Electro-Harmonix Q-Tron (Original)
Electro-Harmonix Q-Tron (Original)

Q-Tron (Original), Wah-Wah/Auto Wah/Filter for Guitar from Electro-Harmonix in the Q-Tron series.

moosers 01/18/2010

Electro-Harmonix Q-Tron (Original) : moosers's user review


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The general characteristics of the Electro-Harmonix Q-Tron aren’t out of the ordinary, as the pedal is enclosed in a pretty standard shape and design as a number of other pedals made by them.<span> </span>It has ¼ inch connections for input, direct output, and effect output, and is powered by the power supply that comes with.<span> </span>I’m not sure if you can power it with anything other than the Electro-Harmonix power supply, but I do know that most Electro-Harmonix pedals do not have this luxury.<span> </span>It isn’t a rackable piece of gear as it is a foot pedal.


<p class="MsoNormal">Using the pedal isn’t a hard task in the least, as everything is laid out clearly and without dispute.<span> </span>You’ve got parameters in the form of knobs for gain, range, mode, and peak.<span> </span>The mode knob has four different settings.<span> </span>There are also switches for drive and normal boost.<span> </span>A small amount of fiddling with the Q-Tron allowed me to get a pretty good grasp of how to use the pedal and what the pedal is capable of doing.<span> </span>Unless you’re a beginner or are having technical issues, a manual definitely isn’t needed.


<p class="MsoNormal">When talking about the sound quality of the Q-Tron, let me say that I’m usually more of a traditional wah-wah type guy rather than filtering when it comes to guitar pedals, but I absolutely love the Q-Tron.<span> </span>You can really get all sorts of interesting tones from the pedal that will work on everything from funk to rock n roll.<span> </span>I’ve used the pedal for recording, mostly with a Fender Strat and a ’65 Deluxe Reverb, but have also used the pedal with a Fender Jazzmaster and a ’76 Fender Twin Reverb, as well as with mixing and matching them.<span> </span>The sounds that I’m able to achieve with any combination of these is outstanding.<span> </span>So often I find that the Q-Tron could be helpful to my tone, and while I don’t always stick with it for a recording, more often than not I end up loving what I do with it.


For such a versatile and clear sounding envelope filter pedal, the Electro-Harmonix Q-Tron is a great deal.<span> </span>This isn’t to say that the pedal is the cheapest in the world, but it will give you a lot of bang for your buck in terms of high sound quality and reliability.<span> </span>Before using this pedal I never put too much stock in guitar pedals for filtering, but the Q-Tron is real deal and should be tried out by every guitarist interested in cool and interesting effects.