PAS strike's again: 30 year old Washburn pedal

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  1. milesdeem

    milesdeem Well-Known Member

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    Just dropped the hammer on a Washburn MX:1 Metalhead pedal today. Pics are courtesy of Effects Database. Never knew they existed until about a week ago. Not much info on them, except one or maybe two (good) reviews scattered among the web.
    It's in 'like new' condition, and should prove to be an interesting device to use. washburn_mx-1_001.jpg washburn_mx-1_002.jpg
     
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    & why not??? Once you get it, do a quick review for us!

    That does look very 80s indeed.
     
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    Yes indeed. I'll post more pic's of the "actual pedal" once it arrives too. The original box is included also. I'll be comparing it to the DOD FX70P Big Pig and FX86B Death Metal pedal's I currently use....and the Glen Burton HM-80 (Metal Zone clone, more or less), just for fun :smile:
     
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    Excellent; looking forward to that!
     
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    I wonder if that's a Boss knockoff or if they used their own circuit.
     
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    Could be this Washburn MX:1 is patterned after the HM-2 maybe? That's what I thought when I noticed it was a 4-knob pedal with a 2-band EQ. The component's used, and component value's may be a bit different.
     
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    I can't find any info on this pedal at all.
     
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    Neither can I....there's like one or two reviews, but nothing else.
     
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    Here's an update.....This pedal arrived this morning. It is exactly what I expected.
    Being that it is about 30 year's old, and in almost new condition, it function's properly. It's more like a "heavy OD", or a "Classic Metal" distortion....not the insane gain buzzsaw thing like my 2 DOD pedals, which I dearly love. The Washburn Metalhead nails NWOBHM sound=Judas Priest/Iron Maiden/Saxon/Riot through my low gain 5 watt tube combo plugged into my 2x12. I'm sure if you-or-I plug it into the dirt input on a high gain tube head, the old school Swede death metal sound (Dismember, Entombed) will easily be achieved.
    This pedal let's the tube goodness shine through. Not fuzzy or can-O-bees.
    I like it a lot, because I wanted a period correct pedal for '80's metal sound :smile: .kevins camera 133.jpg .kevins camera 132.jpg
     
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    I kind of want one now.
     
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    Congrats on the new pedal, very freakin cool.
    And running it with the PIG!!! :dude::dude:
     
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    Thanks!
    Running With The Pig....new VH tune?
     
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    Further sound testing today revealed great results. All I had to do was turn the treble knob back to 6 is all. Bass is still maxed, as is the distortion. Lost track of time too....what seemed like an hour of playing was actually 1.5 hours. It loves the grey Dano-flake strat-copy w/single ceramic HB. Blues to rock to metal=it's a good old pedal :D
     
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    You know what I love? How technology grows by leaps and bounds, then gets to a point where everyone says, "Too much!" and then goes back to old-school. Telephones got smaller and smaller til they got too small, now bigger phones with bigger buttons are a selling point.

    Seems to be the same with guitar gear, while classic gear has always had a following; bigger, better, badder effects kept trumping each other throughout 80's and 90's to today. Then someone takes a look back and re-discovers something that worked and it's new all over again. Sweet find, rock the F&^% out of it!

    Gear-wise, to me it's still 1999, lol.
     
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    i used to have one back when they were new i suppose. recognised it straight away seeing the pics. thanks for the trip man :rofl:
     
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    Yes....I look back quite a bit, especially at stuff that isn't marked "CE" lately :naughty:
    And I will rock the (expletive) out of it :dude:

    And Ess: The trip never ends, as far as I'm concerned :smile: Oh those damn Flashbacks!
     
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    hey miles, i see you like your old DODs too pal. i have an old "american metal" DOD pedal here. it takes a real man to play one of those hahahah!

    nice one man. :bowdown:
     
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    Yeah that Big Pig FX70P might be pink, but it is rather devastating (like the FX86B Death Metal). I just tell folk's I'm not homophobic LOL
     
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    hey nothing wrong with playing with the pink :naughty::naughty::naughty::naughty:
     
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    That's what she said.
     
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