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Hughes & Kettner Warp Factor

Distortion from Hughes & Kettner belonging to the Warp series.

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« Hughes and Kettner Warp Factor Effect Pedal »

Publié le 05/07/05 à 15:00
zzounds.com
$50

I had been looking around for a quality metal effect pedal until I stumbled upon the Hughes and Kettner Warp effect pedal. Prior to buying the Warp effect pedal, I bought a Zoom GFX-5 multi-effect pedal ($200). While this pedal had an abundance of metal type effects, I was still unable to get the tone I wanted.

I plugged the Warp Factor into a Pignose 40w All-Tube amp and was shocked at the clarity of the pedal. Unlike many pedals that create an overwhelming metal sound, the Hughes and Kettner pedal can produce a clear yet intense sound. A Gain knob, a Warp knob, a Level knob and a unique Sub button assist you in dialing in that perfect sound.

One of the best aspects of this effect pedal is the Sub button. The purpose of this button is to simulate the sound of a 4 by 12” cabinet. Like I said before, I play through a 40w all tube amp with only a single 10’ custom speaker. I love the amp, but the bass always seemed to be lacking. With the Sub effect on this petal, my small amp really does sound like a 4-12” cab. Now I can have that great drop-d bass that characterizes most metal.

While this pedal is great, it does have a few flaws. My biggest complaint is that the pedal relies solely on an AC power adaptor (AC adaptor is included). There was no battery power supply option that I would have liked to have seen. This could become an inconvenience if you didn’t have an available power supply, like in most gig situations. However, on the upside, you will not rip through battery after battery with this pedal. Another, downside is the on/off switch; it seems a little sensitive to me. While playing, I have often turned it off and on by accident. While this doesn’t influence my high marks for this pedal, the on/off switch is a little annoying.

The construction of this pedal seems great. It is constructed of black metal and is very solid. I would expect it to live through many years of hard gigging.

The retail value is $119, however, I bought it at zzounds.com for $50 (including shipping). That is a great price for this very well constructed (no plastic) and sexy looking pedal. Hughes and Kettner’s states “The Warp Factor turns every amp into a merciless Nu Metal monster” and I would have to agree. For this reason, I highly recommend this pedal for all metal players looking for that new age sound.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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