MXR ZW44 Wylde Overdrive
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MXR ZW44 Wylde Overdrive

ZW44 Wylde Overdrive, Overdrive pedal from MXR.

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iamqman 24/03/2011

MXR ZW44 Wylde Overdrive : Recensione di iamqman (content in English)

"In the right position"
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In the right position this pedal is very useful. It does have a good range of tonal options available with only three buttons. The best situation for this pedal to me is having everything maxed out. This is where this pedal lives and anything other than that in my opinion doesn't suffice.

If you are entertaining the Black Label tone that Wylde gets from his guitar and you need a pedal that will beef up an existing overdriven amp then this is the pedal for you. I am not big on signature gear since it is usually tailored obviously to their personal preference which isn't always the best. Many times you need to discover what works for you and your fingers.

UTILIZATION

It has three knobs which consist of Output, Tone, and Gain. Pretty simple operation like most MXR pedals tend to be. The Output is going to control your over all volume the pedal puts out. The Tone will shape your pedal to be brighter or darker depending on which direction you twist it. The gain will add distortion the more you roll it clockwise.

SOUND QUALITY

This pedal to me is designed to be in front of a heavily overdriven high gain amp. It don't find the tone to sound that great when only using this pedal in front of a clean amp. MXR has others pedals that will do this much better if you have a clean amp and only one distortion box.

I used this with a Strat and a Peavey blues amp with an MXR Crabon Copy. I had a mid boost circuit in my guitar so only having this pedal was ok for me. But this was a mod done to the guitar that boosted the circuit. I had a great classic rock rhythm and lead tone with this pedal. However it wasn't great and probably will never use it in this operation again.

OVERALL OPINION

I'm in no way in love with this pedal. MXR has very good pedals for distortion and effects. To me this pedal was a way to capitalize on the fame of Zakk's popularity. Not anything wrong with that but I don't think this is a good general distortion box that anyone would want to use. You either need to be a fan or really like the tone from this pedal...which I am not either of them. However, his signature chorus pedal sounds very good.

I would recommend this pedal to a fan of BLS or 90's Ozzy tones with Zakk. Or someone who just generally likes the tone from this pedal. If you're looking for a great OD pedal then try the new pedal from MXR called Custom M78. That pedal is killer!