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MXR ZW-44 Wylde Overdrive Pedal  

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The MXR ZW-44 Wylde Overdrive Pedal performs like Zakk. Whether on his groundbreaking work with Ozzy Osbourne or with his own Black Label Society, Zakk Wylde's guitar playing is loud, tough, and relentless. Zakk's take-no-prisoners attitude extends to his quest for tone, too. His signature ZW-44 overdrive pedal will turn your clean amp into a heavy, chunky, crunch machine. Or, use it like Zakk does and kick it in front of a dirty amp for a screaming, sustaining lead tone. 3 simple controls—output, tone, and drive—make getting up and running easy, so you can concentrate on your chops.


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MXRZW-44 Wylde Overdrive Pedal
 
4.5

(based on 214 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (151)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (8)

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    (6)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (4)
  • Compact (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (4)
    • Amateur recording (3)
    • Home studio (3)
    • Outdoor events / games (3)
    • Professional recording (3)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Gimme a boost!

    Compared to other overdrive pedals I've owned, the Wydle overdrive pedal had the sound I was looking for. I have the output on 10, Tone on 5 and gain on 3. With those...Read complete review

    Compared to other overdrive pedals I've owned, the Wydle overdrive pedal had the sound I was looking for. I have the output on 10, Tone on 5 and gain on 3. With those settings, my amp really shines and sounds great. I'm amazed at how sensitive the knobs are and how easy it is to change your overall sound by tweaking a little bit here and there. If you're looking to push your amp into hi-gain heaven, pick up a Wydle overdrive, you won't be sorry.
    I've tried many overdrive pedals on my Blackstar HT-5 and none have made it sound as good as the Wylde overdrive. The pedal itself is very simple and easy to use. All metal construction and three knobs, simple enough that a drummer could figure it out. You have an output, tone and gain knob. The tone is very sensitive and easy to dial in the right balance of bass and treble. The output controls the level and the gain dials in that dirty tone that everyone craves.
    This thing is built to last. You can stomp on it all day and it will keep working.
    It's not the cheapest pedal out there, but well worth the money. For the tone and durability alone, you could easily pay twice as much.

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    Buyer Beware

    I bought mine over 2 yrs ago and my switch went bad as well. The switch would either cut the sound volume by half or just wouldn't switch on or off. The light remains...Read complete review

    I bought mine over 2 yrs ago and my switch went bad as well. The switch would either cut the sound volume by half or just wouldn't switch on or off. The light remains lit no matter what. It's also a bit noisy with no sound playing and in use, but I guess that's normal for an overdrive pedal? so I bought a suppressor. I also paid way too much at the local musician store.However, when this thing is behaving properly it's a beast. I put it in front of a Marshall VS65r and I play a Hellraiser and it just made the amp sound like a true tube amp. Dirty channel and knobs all the way to 11, you can sound like the shredmaster himself. Great sound and quite versatile, I can even get a Voxy type sound on the clean channel with the gain all the way down, output at mid and treble a little left of center.If I didn't get ripped o much at the initial purchase I probably would pay to get it fixed. SO, once it's finally working and on, just leave it there, don't mess with the switch. Overall, great sound and I like what it does to my hybrid, but not reliable.

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    4.0

    Great tone

    By Chris

    from Apex, NC

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          Comments about MXR ZW-44 Wylde Overdrive Pedal:

          Great OD pedal, produces great lead tones. I would put in front of heavier distortion for rhythm

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Awesome

          By awer9

          from austin, tx

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          Pros

          • Excellent Sound Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about MXR ZW-44 Wylde Overdrive Pedal:

            I've tried a lot of amps and a lot of pedals. None compare to the tone this pedal gives me. For one, Zakk Wylde is a big name in Metal. I have no interest in that genre or that sound. If you plug in to an amp on a clean tone you can get classic rock to a more pop-punk Blink-182 sound depending on how you set your knobs.

            This pedal is really exciting. Being a Wylde pedal I expected a crazy tone only suitable for his style of playing. It turned out to be one of the most well rounded pedals I've ever played.

            Clear tone, great for palm muting, and it won't muddy up your sound.

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            (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Lot of quality..

            By Wizzard

            from OK,City Oklahoma

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            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Good Selection Of Effects

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              • Performances

              Comments about MXR ZW-44 Wylde Overdrive Pedal:

              Make sure to ask if it's in stock or not first....

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              A Darn Fine Overdrive!

              By Tubehed

              from Westminster, CA

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              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Good Selection Of Effects
              • Responsive
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Graphics Aren't My Taste

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about MXR ZW-44 Wylde Overdrive Pedal:

              You don't have to like Zakk Wylde to love this pedal. I have respect for him as a musician, but I'm not really into the whole leather and chains, lumberjack, WWF biker metal thing, or whatever. Regardless of who is endorsing it or what it looks like, the ZW-44 is one tasty sounding overdrive pedal. I think it sounds a lot like a TS-808, with a nice balanced sound that retains your guitar's fundamental tone even as you turn up the gain. Really easy to get those great early-ZZ Top tones with the tone knob around 10 O'clock and the gain knob at about the same spot. Responds well to picking dynamics and the use of your guitar's volume pot. One of the best of its kind I've tried, including a TS-808. Rugged MXR quality. Nice compact design. Even if it were neon pink, the size of a shoe box and signed by Michael Bolton, I would still dig it!

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              4.0

              Very good pedal for a good price.

              By sevenstring revenge

              from Hopkinsville, KY

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              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Responsive

              Cons

              • Noisy If Gain Is High

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about MXR ZW-44 Wylde Overdrive Pedal:

              Very good overdrive pedal. Probably not the best on the market, but it gets the job done. It does generate a bit of noise if you put the drive past noon, but I'm only using it to boost my amp so I keep it at about 10 o'clock. Very sturdy and high quality and I imagine it can take a beating and keep working. Most MXR pedals are built tough.

              I would definitely recommend this pedal if you just want to boost your high gain amp to tighten the tone and distortion. However, if you want to use as an overdrive on the clean channel, you'll need a noise gate before the pedal and after the mic because it will get noisy.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Review of ZW-44 Wylde Overdrive Pedal

              Comments about MXR ZW-44 Wylde Overdrive Pedal:

              Overall its a great overdrive pedal not over the top and its awesome i Reccomend it to anyone
              I love the pedal its so simple to use three knobs and it gives great sound it really beefs up the sound on any amp no matter what channel. I read the reviews on how good it and watch so many videos of people using it and the sound was awesome so I knew that I had to buy it.
              The sound really beefs everything up especially on an overdrive channel. When i played on clean then turn this pedal on it made it sound jump to a crunch settting even though i set it on clean, on overdrive it gives it that extra kick that I was looking for. The main reason I bought this pedal was to have a good overdrive pedal to kick up my overdrive a little more and bring my Zack Wylde Crybaby to life because If you get the crybaby by itself it looses the sound and gets lost in the mix but with the overdrive it cuts through the mix and brings the sound back to life so you won't be disapointed.
              For the price its a great pedal its really good no matter what channel im playing on im not disappointed and along with my crybaby pedals ( dunlop zack wylde & morley mark tremonti) the overdrive gives them and extra kick

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              My quest for tone has come to an end!

              By Bl1nk of an Eye

              from Calgary, Alberta, Canada

              Comments about MXR ZW-44 Wylde Overdrive Pedal:

              I've been on a search for quite a while now for my ultimate tone. I've always been close but I couldn't find the right OD or distortion pedal to really make it work for me, until I found this one. Truly the best sounding pedal I've ever player. Far better than my ts-9, RAT, Custom badass 78', etc.
              Combined with my pedal board and my Line 6 DT25 set on the mesa setting, I'm getting an early 90's "No more tears" Zakk sound and I'm loving it. Switch it over to the clean channel and you get really nice growl. I've had tons of gear in my time and I've never felt compelled to review a product, which shows you how highly I feel about this pedal.
              Youre average pedal features. Not too much to tinker with, which is what I like.

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              If Thor was a rock god, this would be his hammer!

              By A7ex

              from Po-town New york

              Comments about MXR ZW-44 Wylde Overdrive Pedal:

              This thing sounds like a little nightmare! (In a good way) Can get anywhere from a crisp crunchy tone to a deep hard blues sound out of it, so it's actually pretty versatile. Who needs a quality amp when you got this beast, I put it through my Fender 212 and it makes it sound like a marshall full stack of Metal! Highly recommend, if you're looking into it, get it! I've never been so satisfied with a pedal.

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Gimme a boost!

              By Madmoe

              from Miami, FL.

              Comments about MXR ZW-44 Wylde Overdrive Pedal:

              Compared to other overdrive pedals I've owned, the Wydle overdrive pedal had the sound I was looking for. I have the output on 10, Tone on 5 and gain on 3. With those settings, my amp really shines and sounds great. I'm amazed at how sensitive the knobs are and how easy it is to change your overall sound by tweaking a little bit here and there. If you're looking to push your amp into hi-gain heaven, pick up a Wydle overdrive, you won't be sorry.
              I've tried many overdrive pedals on my Blackstar HT-5 and none have made it sound as good as the Wylde overdrive. The pedal itself is very simple and easy to use. All metal construction and three knobs, simple enough that a drummer could figure it out. You have an output, tone and gain knob. The tone is very sensitive and easy to dial in the right balance of bass and treble. The output controls the level and the gain dials in that dirty tone that everyone craves.
              This thing is built to last. You can stomp on it all day and it will keep working.
              It's not the cheapest pedal out there, but well worth the money. For the tone and durability alone, you could easily pay twice as much.

              Comment on this review

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Nice Overdrive

              By Domin-A-Tor-WVrOu

              from Bedford, Quebec, Canada

              Comments about MXR ZW-44 Wylde Overdrive Pedal:

              Ok lets all remember that this is an overdrive pedal. This is designed to help out your sound and not necessarily be the end all and be all of overdrive tones. There is a reason that amps that have a clean and dirty channel cost more and the better the sound the more they cost. Distortion pedals are relatively cheap and can really help out an amp that is so-so or give a little punch to a lead so that you don't have to fiddle with the knob settings of the amp right before. With that said THIS PEDAL WILL DELIVER. Simple, sleek and with three settings that cover a wide range of sounds. I like the LED that confirms ON-OFF if you are using it as a lead boost. Sometimes you can get carried away and keep using it in the rythm sections, but the light reminds you that you are not Zakk Wylde and that maybe some of the rest of the band might want to be heard. Solid, dependable, very easy to use.

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