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Morley PDW-II Pro Series Distortion/Wah/Volume Pedal  

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Functions as a volume pedal for clean and distorted playing. Drive, Level, and Tone controls. Runs on 9V battery or optional power supply.

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Functions as a volume pedal for clean and distorted playing. Drive, Level, and Tone controls. Runs on 9V battery or optional power supply.

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MorleyPDW-II Pro Series Distortion/Wah/Volume Pedal
 
4.6

(based on 30 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (21)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (3)
  • Good selection of effects (3)
  • Responsive (3)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Quality With a Great Wah Sound

My Morley PDW Wah has been a mainstay in my rig, which consists of: An Ibanez Talman, Epiphone LP Std, Peavey Wolfgang Special, Marshall SL-X 2100 through a JCM800 1960a cab, a...Read complete review

My Morley PDW Wah has been a mainstay in my rig, which consists of: An Ibanez Talman, Epiphone LP Std, Peavey Wolfgang Special, Marshall SL-X 2100 through a JCM800 1960a cab, a 5150 combo and Fender Princeton. The wah has a squawky upper midrange tone to it and allows for some squeaky trebles. It is a distinctly American sounding wah. It is extremely versatile. I've used mine as a tone filter for the Wolfgang or a treble booster for solos, and of course, as a typical wah pedal The distortion is not very good, to be honest. It is fizzy and is best used as a wah booster (Morley placed the distortion after the wah signal like you would in an effects chain). This pedal is built like a tank and features "potless" optical operation for the pedal signal and it is exceptionally reliable. I've gigged with this pedal and it has never let me down. It is extremely quiet and sounds great.

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Not great, but not horrible

I used this pedal for most of a year, and it never quite lived up to expectations. The volume taper is uneven and cuts out completely with the pedal only about halfway thru it's...Read complete review

I used this pedal for most of a year, and it never quite lived up to expectations. The volume taper is uneven and cuts out completely with the pedal only about halfway thru it's range of travel. The distortion is very trebel heavy, and not very natural sounding with my setup, although I have heard other guitars that it sounded good with. The wah was almost completely useless, it didn't do anything in the low range, and was crackly in the high range. I no longer use it.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wish I Still Had It

By jazzmann620

from Lafayette Indiana

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about Morley PDW-II Pro Series Distortion/Wah/Volume Pedal:

    I had one of these when i first started playing about twenty-ish years ago. Simply put I wish I still had it today. I believe the construction is so good that it would have lasted. you can get a lot out of this device. The added gain wasn't distortion solo worthy but was great as a boost when i needed to stand out and it added great dimension to the wah. In fact since i went into the multi effects processors every wah has been compared to this one in my mind and it just may be nastalga but no other wah I've had since has this one beat.

     
    5.0

    great wah

    By steven

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Morley PDW-II Pro Series Distortion/Wah/Volume Pedal:

    exellent wah tone distortion and level controls are nice opptions

     
    4.0

    Good All-In One Pedal

    By GDH_East_Bay

    from San leandro, CA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Not Responsive

    Best Uses

    • Messing Around

    Comments about Morley PDW-II Pro Series Distortion/Wah/Volume Pedal:

    Tried it with my 4 string Fender Jazz bass. The wah is more responsive on higher notes and strings.It's good to use to simulate an envelope filter effect. The distortion is okay for bass. But, there a better options out there. The volume worked as it should. The optical circuit is clean and noiseless.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Features

    By TG Hoffman

    from Kansas

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Gig With Band
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Morley PDW-II Pro Series Distortion/Wah/Volume Pedal:

    I decided that I wanted a little more than volume and, this pedal delivers plenty. Very easy to use and, adjust to your tastes. One very minor problem-it had a little wobble on a flat floor so I added a little thicker pad on the bottom-fixed. This pedal is built like a tank and, sound quality is superb. I have and, have had other Morley pedals and, they always have delivered what I needed. Product support is very quick and, friendly. You won't find very many pedals that have several functions like this one. Definately get the power pack, forget using the battery option unless it is an emergency. Great pedal for volume,wah, and, distortion. The distortion is very similiar to overdriven tube sound typical of an older tube amp pushed hard. I'll put this pedal to good use when I gig with my band.

     
    4.0

    Small package, big utility.

    By Rhomvargo

    from Willits,CA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Priced Well
    • Solid Feel
    • Versatile Unit
    • Well Built

    Cons

    • Distortion A Little Weak

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Lead Jams And Gigs
    • Performances

    Comments about Morley PDW-II Pro Series Distortion/Wah/Volume Pedal:

    I ordered this pedal thinking that I needed a good, standard operation volume/wah pedal. Turned out that for use with my new Apogee Gio device I actually needed something different…but that was my ignorance and does not reflect on Morley or this product.
    That said, I fooled with the Morley pedal before returning it. This little unit packs a lot of function into a small space. Like other Morley products that I own, this thing is built like a tank. Visually the painted on labeling for the buttons is clear and intuitive, though the font and the stencil job are a bit hokey….but that's just cosmetic and my taste.
    The wah function is just that, a good solid basic wah. The circuitry is optical, which apparently does not wear out the way old style mechanical pedals produce the wah effect. I only used it for a few minutes so can't speak to the promised longevity…but it worked fine for me. No noise. Smooth action.
    The pedal is normally in volume mode, and it does that perfectly. Again…smooth, no noise. Pressing a solid foot button to one side and close in to the rocker pedal (no access problem for my foot) switches to wah mood. A second button, on the other side of the rocker pedal turns on the distortion feature. The distortion feature works in both wah or volume mode. There is a side knob to preset the degree of distortion. I was a little disappointed in the depth of the distortion (I was using it on a clean guitar channel) but hey, most wah pedals do not have this feature at all..or the volume function for that matter!
    Overall, if I ever need a basic wah function again I would re-order this pedal. For a simple lead guitar gig or jam, this pedal alone would add a lot of facility. It delivers a lot of bang for the buck both in quality and features. Why buy just a wah when you can get volume, distortion, and Morley quality for about the same price!

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Very Happy

    By Gregory Gastwirth

    from West Chester

    Comments about Morley PDW-II Pro Series Distortion/Wah/Volume Pedal:

    I just received this pedal. It is the first that I own. I like the versatility of having volume, wah and distortion. What is especially great is that Morley totally supports their products. Like others, I didn't care for the default sweep of the volume pedal, so I emailed Scott at Morley and he sent me links on how to customize it for my liking. He also sent me a drawing on how to cut the light openings on the shutter. This is not difficult and greatly helped to get the pedal to work to my liking. Also, if I didn't like the way the customizing worked, they offered to send me a new shutter free of charge to go back to default. Awesome! The pedal is a true tank. Metal to the Pedal!!

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Very happy with this Volume Wah

    By Gregory Gastwirth

    from West Chester, Pa

    Comments about Morley PDW-II Pro Series Distortion/Wah/Volume Pedal:

    This is my 1st pedal. I wanted something to control my volume without losing tone and this fits the bill. Morley fully supports their products, as I received a response to my email within hours on how to customize the volume sweep to make it more linear. It took me just a few minutes and some trial and error. I like having the distortion as an option, though my Mustang iii amp has tons of options as well. Wah works well too. This pedal is one very we'll made unit....built like a tank!

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Very useful pedal...once you learn it

    By John Todd

    from USA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Responsive
    • Tweakable sound

    Cons

    • Requires practise

    Best Uses

    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Morley PDW-II Pro Series Distortion/Wah/Volume Pedal:

    Wonderful pedal. Built like a tank.

    When getting a new pedal that has a treadle on it, you must practise with it to learn to make it work properly. I feel that may be why many people slam this pedal - a lack of ability. It will take time to learn it's "swing". To make it wah effectivly, or swell (volume), you have to work at it until you get it.

    I did the mod listed on Morley's website to change the wah frequency and it made all the difference. This mod will not void the warranty. Before you send the pedal back, try the mod! It's easy.

    Remember, to get the "gritty wah" sound you must place the wah BEFORE distortion. If you are running wah after distortion you are getting one type of sound. That way certainly is valid, but placing the wah before distortion is another way, and it sounds completely different like that. Try it!

    As for the built-in distortion, well, it's OK. Plenty of gain and a tone knob. I consider it another "flavor" to throw in from time to time. It won't replace the distortion on my Marshall. Morley, are you reading this? You can do much better with that distortion circuit. At least emulate a Tube Screamer or something!

    But using the built-in distortion with the crunch channel on my Marshall I can get a boosted sound that is very nice.

    I've gigged live with this pedal, and the sounds it makes garner a lot of attention from the audience. I would not hesitate to recommend this pedal to anyone looking for a great wah with the added features of volume and distortion.

    I thought I heard a slight amount of tone suck when practising on my own, but when my amp was cranked to concert levels, I couldn't hear any difference at all. My Les Paul/Marshall sang and growled as usual with no noticeable loss of tone.

    I'm a professional musician and have played the electric guitar for over 30 years. I know good when I hear it. Best wishes!

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great for violinists

    By violinmaster108

    from Farmington NM

    Comments about Morley PDW-II Pro Series Distortion/Wah/Volume Pedal:

    I love this wah pedal because it is great for use with an electric violin. If you play any Celtic or fiddle music this is your wah. I like to play it threw a Spider 3 or Fender Champ Amplifier. If you do choose to purchase this for a violin make sure it has a tone knob. The sound is weak when the wah is off unless you have the tone knob on a very bright tone. If you think this is a good deal, by all means buy it!

     
    4.0

    Morley PDW

    By Todd-m7O6z

    from Florida

    Comments about Morley PDW-II Pro Series Distortion/Wah/Volume Pedal:

    I bought one of these ages ago when I was tasked to play the bass line for Metallica's "For Whom the Bell Tolls". This is a heavy duty pedal with a wide base. It was always easy to access, and had a decent sound. I'm not a big distortion user, but seemed a bit harsh, unlike other pedals. Also, it ate batteries like no one's business. The biggest issue I had with this pedal was its lack of position sensitivity. Unlike a Vox, you really had to move the pedal to get an effect change. This drawback is what caused me to sell it.

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