It’s not often that I check out pedals from China but Mooer pedals has made their way into the mainstream market with a loud bang lately. The compact size (same as typical loopers, Lovepedal minis etc) and the familiar names makes the pedals especially intriguing.
It’s no doubt that Mooer makes clones of well known pedals. Ibanez, Electro Harmonix, Boss, Digitech etc are all represented. I’ve had the chance to try most of these tiny babies and I must admit that I’m very impressed. For well below $100 for each pedal, they make a fine budget alternative and well worth checking out even for the more demanding players.
The most unusual model perhaps must be the ElecLady. A tiny clone of the classic Electric Mistress. The pedal feature controls for color, range and rate as well as a switch for the filter matrix. The pedal feature true bypass switching and runs on Boss-style 9V adapter.
I’ll let the shootout clip speak for it self but a couple of remarks. All in all, the ElecLady is an impressive alternative to the Deluxe. As the clip shows, setting the pedal fairly moderate, produce a classic Animals/Wall tone. It sounds a bit brighter and perhaps even more open than the Deluxe, but this also makes overdrives and distortions sound quite brittle and harsh. The ElecLady works best for cleans and milder boost. The rate control needs to be set quite high for any response to appear and the color has a sweetspot around 10:00. Below the signal drops dramatically in volume and any higher, the pedal produce some nasty low frequency oscillation noises. I don’t care much for the range feature, so I always keep this one off.
I’ll stick to my Deluxe for now. It sounds warmer and blends much more natural with the signal and other pedals. However, the ElecLady will be a hard to beat competitor for EHX’s own Stereo and Neo Mistress. In general, Mooer is well worth checking out over other budget brands like Behringer, Joyo, ModTone etc. Check out MooerAudio.Com for more details.