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MXR ZW-44 Wylde Overdrive

 
Zakk Wylde's signature overdrive by mxr


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Very modern overdrive pedal that pushes the limits! featured

Ease Of Use this is a very easy to use pedal, small box, 3 settings volume, gain and tone, it has a bright red led for performing on dark stages, you can put rubber rings on the knobs supplied by them that makes it easier to change settings live


Sound I was using an Ibanez 1527 and a Fender telecaster, amps used were Kustom tube amp and through my engl head and orange cab.
This pedal has a lot of oomph and can be very noisy with high gain, the overall sound is not to my liking as it is very low endy, this is a must of someone that wants to replicate Zakk Wyldes sound.
I prefer an Ibanez TS-9 to this pedal, its sound was just too much and not useable for me


Reliability This pedal is built like a tank but I managed to break the on/off switch, I basically didnt hit the pedal dead on and came to the side of it and broke the switch, I dont use it much anymore but if you want loads of gain this is the pedal for you


Customer Support Very helpful, I broke my pedal and they just shipped out a new one to me


Liked about it when you have it set just right with you amp it can really put your amp into 6th gear
it is a very loud pedal
great for boosting leads


Didn't like the sound of the pedal is more low oriented
very noisy when dialling up the knobs to 10
with high gain you get a lot of hiss from the amp


Overall satisfaction:
 
4.0

By wildchild247
Jan 20, 2010
 
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Its good but could be little better. featured

Ease Of Use Lets start with the features first, Three small mxr style knobs labelled output, tone and gain. The gain lifts the line level signal to add gain, the tone adjusts the overall sound of the effect and the output controls the volume of the effect into the line, simple. Theres a nice big red led and comes with the neoprene footpad, descant instructions and a battery plate back secured with 4 screws. Manipulation of the knobs to get a good tone is easy, i dont think there is a bad tone in this box but because its an overdrive ts best suited to kick tube amps into total saturation. power is provided via 1 9v battery or a 9v supply.


Sound Right lets start with a few fundamentals ad i mentioned before this unit is best suited to burning valves rather than a solid state amp as transistors dont compress or load the same way as a valve does, so those that are looking for a noise maker for a solid state amp are best looking at dedicated distortion. Remember the rule's, distortion adds well... distortion rather than gain and overdrive adds gain to break up the sound. This unit i use in a few ways. Firstly it can add a good transparent level boost which after my distortion pedals provides a good lead boost. I also use it on its own in front of my tube amp with the gain all the way up and the tone at about 10.30 to send my amp crazy, or with the same setting after my distortion to get complete sonic obliteration! The pedal isn't tube screamer esque as it has a most definate mid cut which gives a satisfying hard rock and metal chunk or thud but on lower gain and volume levels wil provide a more zz top esque blues rock tone. So whilst its not all singing a dancing it does what you'd expect it to do. There are however some problems a compessor can cause the pedal to clip through the compressor lifting the line signal and under high levels of gain it can be noiny in operation. Its not a pedal for all the people, but none the less for its little flaws it is one of the better overdrives. For an alternitive less extreme pedal try maxon's reissue tube screamer or the mxr gt-od.


Reliability you can sleep soundly on this score its an mxr, heavy cast enclosure with the solid push switch that clunks satisfyingly under foot lighting the bright red led up. Great feeling control pots that are quite clearly animal tested and lashings of lovely paint with zakks bullseye and signature on which will not wear of in a hurry. 20 years down the line you know this will still be in good operating condition with pretty much all of the paint still on.


Liked about it lower mids and bass response
Crazy amounts of gain
solid quality feel


Didn't like extra noise added under high gain.
not all that versatile.


Overall satisfaction:
 
3.0

By fretboardpyro
Oct 15, 2009
 
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An Easy to Use Overdrive

Ease Of Use This pedal is simple to use. 3 knobs (Volume, Gain and Tone) that you can dial in to set the level of boost, overdrive and shape you want to use.


Sound I am playing an RG1550 through a 6505+ with a KMD Cabinet. This pedal, when appropriately dialed in, is capable of taking a distorted lead tone and pushing it into a whole new level of overdriven glory. It can easily be used to do Wylde's screaming pinch harmonics, but I like the note clarity it provides for extended alternate picking sequences. For use with tube amps only! I have used this on a Spider III, and it didn't overdrive it well at all.


Reliability Been beating on this for 3 or 4 years now, and it hasn't failed me yet. Dependable, and capable of being powered by daisy chain.


Customer Support N/A (No problems, for what it's worth)


Liked about it One stomp to start/stop
Excellent overdrive for tube amps
Small footprint (like all MXR)


Didn't like High noise (noise gate required)
If not dialed in right, can make you sound worse


Overall satisfaction:
 
4.0

By wage_of_sin
Mar 29, 2011
 
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Squeal like Zakk, with ease.

Ease Of Use Pretty simple setup, 3 knobs with a pushbutton activation switch.


Sound I use mine on a Marshall JCM 900. Coupling this pedal with my natural amp distortion gives it an amazing chugging sound but the hiss it adds to the amp because of this is somewhat overpowering. A noise gate will be in order. Apart from that though..... you get unbelievable sustain.... I mean, just unbelievable. It could go for weeks and that's not an exaggeration, it feeds off itself in perpetuality. Divebombing or pinch harmonics just sound incredible, totally Zakk-like..... it's just that when you stop playing you better roll back that volume knob on the guitar pretty quick or else it'll be a pile of FSSHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! or ear bleedingly loud squeal depending on where your settings are. Its a great pedal, but you have to learn how best to use it. I can see a lot of people buying this pedal, trying it once and blowing it off as a piece of crap. Play around with it a bit and learn how to work it in with your sound. I personally don't use a noise gate even, I have the settings mostly under halfway and click it on over my own distortion when I want great sustain and squeal ability in some of my solos at live gigs.


Reliability The only thing I don't like about MXR's are the click buttons. I've always preferred the Boss switch style but that's only a personal preference thing..... otherwise, these MXR's are built like a freaking tank.


Customer Support Have not used.


Liked about it Great addition to my sound when I need it. The styling of the bulls-eye is a nice touch. Durability is off the chart.


Didn't like Huge hiss potential that left unchecked will wreak havoc on your sound. Learn to use it to it's best ability before hanging any criticism towards it.


Overall satisfaction:
 
4.0

By Macka
Jun 21, 2010
 
Last updated: June 24, 2010
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Reliable Overdrive that depends heavily on a good amp

Ease Of Use A good sound is easy to find, but very dependend from a good amp. If you got a nice Marshall, Mesa etc. to rely on, the MXR ZW will deliver just the sound you have expected. But careful, the MXR cannot be combined with any amp. So personal testing in advance is highly recommended.


Sound Soundwise the MXR overdrive offers a classic rock sound with lots of punch in the lows and screaming peaks in the highest registers. It's pretty much what you expect of when you imagine Zakk Wylde's playing. Having the playing skills, the MXR will give you exactly the sound of Black Label Society.


Reliability Built to last, the ZW Overdrive will take dozens of kicks without batting an eye. Controls run very smoothly from the first day and still do. Very solid!


Customer Support No experiences, yet.


Liked about it one unique sound
built quality
reasonable price


Didn't like "only" one unique sound
not well-sounding with various amps


Overall satisfaction:
 
4.0

By Hind
Jan 29, 2010
 
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