Electro-Harmonix Wiggler
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mooseherman 20/04/2010

Electro-Harmonix Wiggler : Recensione di mooseherman (content in English)

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This is a vibrato/tremolo pedal that is entirely tube-driven. It can be powered through a 9V power supply or with a 9V battery. It has a 1/4" input and output. The pedal cannot be edited with a computer and is not connectable to a MIDI controller. It is not a rackable pedal.

UTILIZATION

The editing of effects with this pedal. There are five knobs to select and/or edit with, as well as the footswitch which activates the pedal's effects and the true bypass (one of the best things about this pedal is its completely true bypass, no excess noise comes from having it plugged in!) There are knobs for volume (overall volume with effect), intensity (rate of clean signal to effect signal), a switch to go from vibrato to tremolo effects, a knob which controls the rate of vibrato/tremolo, and a final switch that switches between four distinct vibrato settings. The names of those settings are looz, hamm (short for Hammond, it emulates a leslie speaker), Acey (a re-imagining of the AC30's vibrato channel), and Whirl (a tone reminiscent of a Wurlitzer electric piano). The tremolo effect, as well as each vibrato, is capable of a variety of sounds, due to the manipulations of the rate, intensity and volume knobs.

SOUND QUALITY

The sounds that come out of this pedal are fantastic. They are especially great for people who have a passion for classic, vintage vibrato and tremolo sounds. I really like the settings on the vibrato, they allow the user to really hone in on the most useful sounds. The sounds all remind me quite vividly of the instruments and speakers they are meant to emulate. I truly like the sound that I get with my Strat and Fender Twin. It almost feels like I'm using the AC30 when I try the acey channel. The same applies for the other settings as well. The tubes do color the sound slightly, which is a drag if you are looking for a pure effect. However, I tend to enjoy the coloring of the sound greatly, so I don't think it's a problem.

OVERALL OPINION

I like this pedal a lot because it has a lot of really cool, useful features and all of them sound great. This pedal is great for practical, classic tones. Those looking to get really wacky and far-out with this pedal should probably look elsewhere, this pedal serves more realistic functions than sheer noise-making and knob-twiddling. I don't think this pedal is too expensive, probably can get it new for less than $300. I would recommend that anybody check this out.