Review of: Morley Maverick
Reviewed by: Gabriel TanakaRating:4.5On August 8, 2013Last modified:October 6, 2016
Morley has long been a recognized leader in developing cutting edge wah guitar pedals. This is greatly attributed to their use of innovative and highly accurate electro-optical circuitry over old-fashioned potentiometer controlled wah designs. Many of their wahs even feature switchless technology – which if you’ve ever had an issue turning off your wah during a performance – is a very welcome addition.
And while most Morley wah pedals feature a larger, rugged casing that offers a very satisfying amount of feel and control, some players have yearned for that great Morley sound in a smaller footprint.
Enter the Morley Maverick Mini Switchless Wah.
The Morley Maverick aims to combine the smooth and reliable operation Morley wahs are known for with their performance-optimized switchless technology in an ultra-compact enclosure that’s a perfect fit for any crowded pedalboard. Is the Morley Maverick the best mini wah pedal out there? Read on to find out.
Hybrid vintage/modern wah tone.
Electro-optical design ensures smooth control with no unwanted noise found in typical potentiometer controlled pedals.
Ultra-compact enclosure that’s perfect for pedal boards.
Switchless On/Off control, great for high energy performances.
Cold rolled steel housing.
Easy access battery door.
Powered by 9 volt battery or Morley’s 9VDC 300 milliamp regulated adapter.
Sound & Performance:
If you’ve ever used one of Morley’s full-size wah pedals, the first thing you’ll notice is how small this pedal is by comparison. Even compared to the size of standard sized wah pedals, the Maverick comes in a bit shorter than most. The convenient size of the Morley Maverick is greatly appreciated when placing it on a cramped pedalboard. You’ll easily have room to put a tuner or other small pedal right above it.
The Maverick is as rugged and durable as Morley’s bigger wahs thanks to the same tank-like construction afforded by the cold rolled steel housing. The treadle is also covered with a nice grippy surface for a real tight feel that provides accurate wah control.
When you put your foot on the pedal and barely begin to rock it forward, you’ll notice the pedal automatically engage. Releasing the pedal causes it to disengage after a very short delay. An internal trim pot allows you to adjust the cut-off if you want instantaneous bypass, but you may want to leave it in this factory default setting to more easily use the full low range of the wah without having the pedal flicker on and off during use.
The Maverick has a nice throaty character, reminiscent of a great classic wah pedal but with a smoothness that lends it that modern hybrid voicing Morley talks about. The Maverick has a very wide sweep range that you can control flawlessly thanks to the precise electro-optical circuitry.
My favorite thing about the Maverick is how it allows you to quickly and effortlessly insert wah infused licks into chord progressions without concern for whether or not you can tap the pedal on and off fast enough. Try giving the pedal a quick stomp at the end of a riff while simply bending a note or hitting a single pinch harmonic. The Morley Maverick is a real gem of a wah for the performing musician.
The Maverick is well-rounded enough to be very useful for cleaner sounds and distorted tones alike. This pedal will take you from Shaft-style funk to Voodoo Child to Wylde-like leads with ease. While versatile enough for most wah needs, the Maverick is exceptionally well-suited for high gain tones.
The Maverick performs well in front of a high gain amp channel or distortion pedal, giving you a satisfying sound for coloring your solos. You should try it behind a distortion pedal, too, for a great manual filtering effort over rhythm progressions.
The Morley Maverick may just be the wah you’ve been looking for. If you’re looking for something a little bigger, try the Morley Mark Tremonti Wah.
Let’s see the result.
The Morley Maverick mini switchless wah pedal is a true maverick indeed. This pedal stands out from other wahs with its unique vintage/modern sound, responsive electro-optical and switchless design, and a compact size that will fit perfectly on any pedalboard. It’s especially well suited for high-gain rock and metal leads. If you’re looking for a great sounding and compact wah, definitely try the Maverick. This just might be the best mini wah pedal you’ll ever play.
That concludes our Morley Maverick review. Thanks for reading.
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December 29, 2014 at 1:21 pm
Can you compare it to AMT WH-1 please?
October 27, 2013 at 4:05 pm
Great review Gabriel – I saw this on someone’s rig and was looking for a decent review – Thanks! great job and great website!