morley fuzz wah

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by 0175westwood29, Aug 2, 2009.

  1. 0175westwood29


    Sep 16, 2007
    been listening to alot of live metallica from back in the day!, ive heard this is what burton used to get the awesome fuzz tone in his solos and lead breaks in songs?

    this true, if so whats a reasonable price and how hard are they to change to 230v? as i believe there a mains supplied pedal?

    anyone used one on bass?

  2. You talking the old chrome PWF? I've owned and repaired a couple of PWO's that were all ok with 240VAC, but obviously it depends where you buy them from. Modifying a 110V version to 240V would require a replacement transformer, but luckily the transformer is not unique or special - you should be able to find an off-the-shelf replacement.

    Haven't tried the PWF myself, but a few of them are floating around members of these forums. I can, however, say that without a shadow of a doubt the Morley PWO is THE best wah pedal for bass that I have ever heard.

    Price? Hmm. I've picked up one for AUD$90, but that was lucky. The condition of these can be pretty variable so you might get a slightly dodgy one for a good price if you're willing to put a bit of effort into fixing it up. For the most part they are very repairable - the common fault is a mechanical one, which is easily fixed with glue or even a bit of gaffa tape!
  3. 0175westwood29


    Sep 16, 2007
    thanks alot man

    there a couple on ebay at the mo, anyone got a guess on the import tax for something like this?

  4. JanusZarate

    JanusZarate Low End Avenger Supporting Member

    Feb 21, 2006
    Boise, ID, USA
    I've seen them float from $100 USD to $200 USD depending on condition (and this goes for all incarnations of the old chrome Morley wahs, from the PWO to the PWB to the PWF and more...).

    Your best bet is definitely to replace the transformer rather than use a clunky converter.

    I haven't seen any definite photo proof that he used a PWF rather than a Big Muff / PWB (Power Wah Boost) combo for all of his solos. But to be fair, I haven't seen any definite photo proof in the other direction either. I've seen conflicting reports in both directions, because it's hard to visually distinguish the PWB and PWF. The only differences are in the text labels!

    One thing's for sure... he DID have a Morley on his board. It's unmistakable!
  5. 0175westwood29


    Sep 16, 2007
    yeh i know he used a biff muff but not for his tone all the time and his tone on a few vids atleast seems to become insane when he stomps on the wah! i can't see the wah making the big muff more fuzzy? im kinda liking how its sounding on the videos ive watched, and im looking for occasional fuzz, whats it like if you leave the wah on? as i know that this pedal is diff to the crybaby as that is spring? and has now on of ( im talking bout the bass wah not guitar crybaby)

    im guessing there's no pwf bass version?:bag:

  6. 0175westwood29


    Sep 16, 2007
    just went and picked the wah up from the shop!

    oh my god! how good! when i went in there there was about 6 guys lining up to buy it of me!

    the fuzz it so brutal! doesnt cut that much low end at all! the wahs really cool! much better than my old dunlop wah.

    it is however going to take some getting used to, as its a completely dif animal to the dunlop. im just gonna have to use it alot and get used to it.