Vox V847 Wah-Wah Pedal
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Vox V847 Wah-Wah Pedal
denied 05/19/2011

Vox V847 Wah-Wah Pedal : denied's user review

« Not a bad first wah, there are better.  »
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- Reissue of original vox wah

- Buffered bypass

- Rubber grip surface, chrome sides

- Sturdy enclosure

- Powered by 9v batter - No adapter jack (about 100 hours of continuous use depending on batter)

- Comes with vinyl carrying case

- Side mounted jacks

UTILIZATION

As with most wah pedals, very simple to use. Step toe down to engage, do the same to bypass. It ain't rocket science. No knobs or switches to adjust.

That said, there are a few issues worth noting.

The pot can eventually wear out, and get scratchy, and may need to be replaced. I've noticed they aren't the highest quality components.

The rubber feet at the base of the pedal make it difficult to attach to a pedalboard. The screws are a little too long to just remove the feet.

The fact that it can't be adapter powered is another inconvenience. You can get a jack that will switch 9v battery to standard adapter input, and then run it out of the pedal.

The rubber pads that prevent the top of the enclosure from clicking against the bottom come off pretty easily.

SOUND QUALITY

Really not the best sounding wah out there. Definitely useless with higher gain setups, just sounds really thin and fizzy. If you control the sweep really closely, and keep it relatively low in the heel position, it can sound alright for somethings. I found that in the toe down position it was stupidly shrill and piercing, pretty much useless.

The buffered bypass is also pretty junky. I'm all for a good buffer, but this one just sucks all the high end out of your signal. To be fair, that buffer was an integral part of many guitarist's sound at one point, but if you're looking for something to preserve your beautifully perfected tone, this is not it.

OVERALL OPINION

It is "Alright." Really nothing to write home about, and definitely not the best option out there. The questionable build quality, piercing highs, and shoddy buffer make for a very mediocre pedal. You would be better off with a modified crybaby. There aren't quite as many mods available for the V847, but the ones out there are definitely worthwhile. Stock, its just not that great. The older Budda Budwahs also seem to be going for a little less used, and sound incredible.

I'd pass on this one.