Morley Steve Vai Bad Horsie 2 Contour Wah
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Morley Steve Vai Bad Horsie 2 Contour Wah

Steve Vai Bad Horsie 2 Contour Wah, Wah-Wah/Auto Wah/Filter for Guitar from Morley.

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All user reviews of 4/5 for the Morley Steve Vai Bad Horsie 2 Contour Wah

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Average Score:4.7( 4.7/5 based on 12 reviews )
 9 reviews75 %
 3 reviews25 %
Value For Money : Excellent
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wwhhhaatt07/20/2011

wwhhhaatt's review"Less quack more filter"

Morley Steve Vai Bad Horsie 2 Contour Wah
The Morley bad horsie 2 is A twist on the classic wah pedal design.It has the standard 1/4 inout and output jacks, a battery door on the bottom for a 9volt, 9 volt dc jack, and a switch to activate the contour controls.

It is also switchless so it turns on as soon as you step on the pedal and turns off when you remove your foot. There is an internal trim pot to adjust the time it takes to activate and bypass.

UTILIZATION

Setting this pedal up is no different than a normal wah pedal with the exception of the internal trim pot. The manual explains where to find it and how to adjust it. I find it best with a minimal response time but some people may prefer it to not instantly turn off. It is easy enough to adjust so you can see what works best for you.

SOUND QUALITY

I used this pedal in a guitar set up but my bassist seemed to like it on bass as well. Unfortunately for him the rest of the band thinks wah on bass is a terrible idea. This pedal has what Morley calls "clear tone buffer circuitry" what that means is that there is a buffer in the pedal that is always in your signal chain even when the pedal is bypassed. It is supposed to help drive long cables and it seemed to do that. I never had a problem with the buffer except when the pedal was near a noise source, like bad power adapters, it would boost the amount of noise in my rig. It was not too much of a problem but made placement of my power strip something that had to be considered for minimal noise. In general the pedal was a bit more noisy than I would like but it was intermittent. Some days I would have no problem and others it would hiss. It's just picky about things like power and placement

The wah itself I found to be more of a smooth filter than the standard quack of an old dunlop. Playing with the contour controls could get you closer to the funk territory but I preferred using it for slow sweeps. Having the auto on feature made this even better as you can start the pedal at the heel down position instead of it immediately being int he upper register. I have always been a fan of synth sweeps and this pedal allowed me to somewhat simulate that when placed after a dense fuzz box.

OVERALL OPINION

The occasional noise issue is what eventually led me to sell this pedal. I was running a pretty large pedal board at the time and I'm sure that added to the problem. I never had any issue with the pedal when it was on it's own on the floor. The sound is not traditional so if you are looking for that old school Hendrix sound you may want to look elsewhere. If you don't run a large board that adds up noise and want more of a filter than a quack I suggest trying this pedal out. There aren't many other switch less wah pedals out there and the only one I found that I liked more is the silver machine. The silver machine is much more expensive.
05/24/2012

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" It will not be there to teach you the Funk!"

Morley Steve Vai Bad Horsie 2 Contour Wah
Optical + Contour Wah,
Contour level adjustment
Contour Switch
Ultra strong case

UTILIZATION

Ben is a wah wah ...
So, be aware and not playing up to the mimicry of time in open-mouthed bowl :)
If you can play the Crybaby ... well you can start to learn is the day and night.
Once grip is great.
The race is fantastic but not at first, because accustomed to CB you will feel that this wah does virtually nothing.
You should go smoothly and get very low.
At the top is the milling machine.
Knobs are very reactive, do not abuse the effect becomes overdone, to the twelve o'clock 14h was the sound of Vai trad
Contour button is misplaced, live, in the spotlight, it is almost unfeasible, unless playing barefoot and work his big toe to kick button. I work from my spikes pumps!

SOUND QUALITY

DESIGNED FOR THE FUNK .. FORGET SATURATION Leads smoothie full of expression, the disjointed legato, the tappings vaïesques, big jump ropes, low fi Hifi effects on larger rhythmic.
For solos, it is not shit piercing. The contour and switched a bit too much for leads, for really wild solo blow of whammy bar.
I wanted the most modern wah in opposition to my crybaby which sounds more "old school" and 1000fois heard solo.
I wanted a wah how to take notes Shawn Lane, Fredrik Thordendal, and have the short side Vai when I attack the polishing of the handle .... I have used.
By clean is a little more tunable filter at the bottom than anything else, for small motifs smooth full of nuances (End of Tender Surender)

OVERALL OPINION

Ultra Wah practice (with the optical trapping live loupiotte ca)
Plateau ultra nice, a particular sound, magic for solos, the notes sing and glide on their own.
A perfect complement to the classic CB in my opinion and keep rather than replace it with this toy. It is not at all for the same use.
Tends to get addicted, once tasted lead in difficult to happen next, it is progressing well with this wah, we developed his style more than a classic.
Arkanelag06/28/2011

Arkanelag's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Strong character, no versatility"

Morley Steve Vai Bad Horsie 2 Contour Wah
This is the second signature wah pedal from Steve Vai, the main difference with the first two is the presence of knobs (Level, and Contour) and a switch to activate the contour.
9v adapter or battery power.
There is no rack, I dismounted and found that there is an LED and photocell separated by a shutter triangle, it moves according to the movement of the pedal expression. It's amazing how technology but it is accurate and efficient, especially as it avoids the mechanical wear and spitting racks.
Finishing and manufacturing outdoor nickel, for fixing against the screw is bad, there is no screw, the screw is only through the hole in the aluminum frame, result: I screwed up the " mini "thread, I think it's deplorable for a pedal of this range, hence my note a bit harsh.
Another point to note: This is a handmade pedal United States, it changes from TC Electronic or Eventide who certainly exelentes pedals but at a huge price when it's made in China ...

UTILIZATION

The pedal is very ergonomic, already, because there is no activation switch, just set foot and activated automatically, so impeccable comfort level, and is a parameter under to manage on stage.
The expression pedal returns to its initial position by itself with (or because?) Of a large resort. It's a shame because we can not let blocked on a frequency, like Money For Nothing Dire Straits, and finally at the same time is a Morley is not made for this style.
The base of the pedal is very large very stable, it's more complicated by against the return to a pedal board when you're used to the format Cry Baby.

SOUND QUALITY

So this is like anything specific enough: either love or hate it. Personally I loved a few years but I've evolved into a register softer so I turned to something less aggressive and more versatile (Custom Electronic Audio M404). This pedal is a nickel if you want the original, modern, and temperamental light years of Cry Baby. The knobs are fairly effective, but the outline is not deep enough for my taste (it does not put enough value in the low and there are still too many mediums), but I guess it's more of a frequency filter rather than a true contour (it is supposed to cut the mids) in view of the sound.
I find the sound very compressed, very cold saturated and ideal for heavy metal and lead, lots of harmonics and sharp enough. on the other hand do not even intend to play in crunch or clean, even in a good all-tube, it spits and it saturates very early in the race.

OVERALL OPINION

For three years I have, and even if I have other wah, I keep it for "complete" my record sound, you never know if one day I want to replay the large metal ...
I honestly would not have bought today because my musical tastes have evolved. But a few years ago I can assure you that I was in heaven.
So to summarize: No, but versatile character and personality, pop / blues / funk to be avoided, good enough quality / price ratio, a bit expensive but it's because US hands, a try before you buy because the sounds are very specific.