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The [Mini] wah that has it all!
[Disclaimer: My review is actually for the Morley George Lynch Mini Dragon 2.] Compact size and many killer features that I have always wanted in a wah: footswitchable modes, switchless activation and a dedicated footswitch/pot for wah lock ("cocked wah"), so I couldn't pass this one up when I saw it on MF's SDOTD. That and the fact that George Lynch is and has remained one of my biggest influences since my teens probably had a little something to do with my purchase, but after my Vox Clyde McCoy's wah pot crapped out on me for the second time I decided to go the optical route for a change. As for the Mini Dragon's two modes, I prefer the tonal sweep of the 'Wah' mode, but the 'Wow' mode is cool and useful in its own right (think '70s Funk/Disco vamping). But the cocked-wah-on-tap ability is the icing on the cake! I do kinda wish the Wah Lock mode's sweep was user-tweakable based on my own tastes, but there are a few useable spots that work well enough for my needs (solos, especially). Another thing I absolutely love about this unit is Morley's switchless activation which comes in handy for quick and seamless in/out wah accents. Hell, even the treadle's dragon logo glows in the dark, which is definitely useful on dark stages, and it just looks too frickin' cool! And the tiger stripe graphics--despite its "LSU Tigers" yellow-and-purple color scheme (War Eagle, baby!)--takes me back to the days of my youth when all I wanted was an ESP Sunburst Tiger more than anything in the world. All that said, and despite its namesake, this is hands down the best wah (aside from the Clyde) that I've ever owned, and I'd buy another in a heartbeat!
Good Wah, Great Features
It's an optical wah pedal, so there are no moving parts to break or get worn out. Features a wah lock, with a frequency select pot, so you can easily get that "Money for Nothing" sound. Also features a "WOW" button for more distortion-friendly wah, and a gain knob for a boost.