MXR Bass Auto Q


If Parliament were condensed into a genie-in-a-bottle like place, they would live here. The MXR Bass Auto Q

This little black box is basically an auto-wah effect – with full tweaking controls coming at not extra cost. It runs on a wall-wart (not supplied) or just a standard PP9 battery. As far as external links go, that’s about it. Not forgetting the obvious input/output jack-ins. A nice touch to the design of this pedal is how the knobs are arranged, in a scowl-like fashion. Link this with a personified pout and you’ve got a funk player.

Volume is joined by Range (how low the effect goes) and Q (wah intensity), and on the right there’s Decay (how long the wah effect lasts relative to note sustain). All very clever stuff but the icing on the cake are the two knobs Blend and Rate. Blend controls the mix of wah and trem (left for wah only, right for trem only), and Rate handles the intensity.

When fiddling with all the settings and trying to find the sound to pound to, I quickly rendered this pedal absolutely useless if I were even to think about shredding. You will just hear nothing. It’s best to sustain your chords if you want to get the potential out of this pedal; and it has bucket-loads of that. Rotating the Q clockwise adds a harsher edge to the overall tone while Decay will dictate how quickly the wah and tremelo peak and lull. All these settings really make for a nice three-dimensional sound.

For an ‘out there’ player who’s not afraid of experimenting. In fact, you’d better welcome that idea!

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