NOT WHAT IT SAYS ON THE TIN
This tiny pedal has three types of reverb effects. There’s reverb, which simulates a vintage plate reverb; mod, which adds a modulation effect; and flter, which adds a sweeping flter sound. There are controls for decay, mix and tone/rate/range, the latter depending on the selection on the three-position mode switch. The Woodverb is solely 9vDC powered since it’s too small to hold a battery, and the input and output jacks are offset so they’ll both ft. The fnish of the pedal includes a graphic of an acoustic guitar as well as a wood grain motif. Again this seems to give the impression that it’s an ambient, body-simulating effect so I dunno, if I worked at Mooer I probably would have trotted out some Umberto Eco quote about semiotics and using the design of an item to tell the user how to interact with it. Then I’d probably be chased out of the offce for being pretentious, or someone would produce Eco from off camera like Marshall McLuhan in Annie Hall to tell me I got it wrong. But I digress.
DID IT JUST GET CAVERNOUS IN HERE?
All three modes are very musical and useful, but the mod and flter modes give you more of a spacey, ambient, swirly effect that feels very ‘Devin Townsend’ to these ears. The Reverb mode sounds great, very vintage and evocative, but I have a feeling most players who pick this pedal up will prefer it precisely for those more out-there sounds accessible via the mod and flter modes. At more extreme settings the mod mode can sound a bit seasick and out of tune but there’s a sweet spot with just enough pitch manipulation to add dimension and depth. As for flter, it’s more of a niche effect but could be great for specifc stand-out moments.
ECHO ECHO ECHO ECHO
Okay so this is a weird one, defnitely not a ‘leave on all the time’ pedal and one whose name and graphics seem a little misleading, but if you’re an acoustic guitarist who needs something a little unique for featured moments or to stand out from the crowd, or to create ambient, swirly, wooshy soundscapes, this is a fun and inspiring option.