"Morley PDWII Whatever U Want It To Be"
This reviewer purchased this item from Same Day Music.
The key to the best sound is that this pedal can be modded by adjusting the LEDs for the volume sweep and the wah sweep. Also note that for the distortion, there is a morley PDF owner's manual on the web that gives some tone, drive and level settings to achieve different distortions. My pedal came out of the box OK but with an audio taper. For my use, I wanted a linear taper. After e-mails back and forth with Scott @ Morley and use of their informative tech documents on line, I was able to get a linear taper and also a more vocal mid range honk to the wah as well as a treble boost when the pedal is left toe down. Combine with a good tube amp, a Joe Perry slide and a strat and you can cover a lot of blues territory.
It does not have any pots to get scratchy and is built like a tank. I use a regulated power supply for consistent operation. It provides stable volume control now that I have it adjusted to my needs. The distortion is useable alone and volume controlled by the pedal. Note that when distortion and wah are selected, the volume jumps to full volume and goes with the wah sweep. Modding is easy once you understand how it works and read the Morley PDFs.
Ease of Use:
Out of the box it was good but modded it covers a wide range of sounds. Kind of like using a crybaby and a Vox depending on how you sweep the pedal.
I have had a Morley Pro Series volume/wah before and it was very durable. I sold it off because I never liked the wah and went to multi effects therefore not needing a volume pedal. Had I known how to adjust the LEDs, I would have probably kept it. I feel like this one is cut from the same cloth and is built like a brick. Where I play, I use a ZT Lunchbox for my monitor, a line out to the board and just this Morley PDWII and a strat or Les Paul. Very basic but effective.
Scott Flesher was very prompt, technically competent and helpful as I was comparing this pedal to other brands as well as the Morley Kiko. He also explained some of the things I would not have known reading the how to adjust PDFs on the Morley site. Basically the Mods I made have brought this pedal close to how the Kiko signature pedal sounds except that the Kiko does have a different component in the wah circuit. All of this is very subjective to guitar, volume and tone settings on amp and guitar as well as whether you use a tube amp or something like a lunchbox if you are using wah and distortion.
SameDay beat everyone else with a price match of a little over a hundred. This is a good value considering you have a good volume pedal, wah and distortion in one well built unit that has been a rugged brand in the past.
The Wow Factor:
It looks good, packs well, meets my needs and is a practical addition to my rig. I like the black and the LEDs that keep me from having distortion or wah on if we're doing something soft and clean.
Based on past Morley pedals I think it will last a long time. Jacks, pedal, housing, pots, etc. are all top quality and replacement parts will probably be available from Morley. If my needs change for the type of wah or volume sweep, I can always open it up and adjust it. If I ever break off a LED, I'm sure I can get one from Morley. Also, I have the schematic!