Morley PLA Steve Vai Little Alligator Optical Volume Pedal

This is one of the more distinctive-looking pedals that you’ll find. The slightly strange design isn’t just for aesthetics, though. The extra distance between the base and the pedal gives you a wider viable range of effect control. The clean simplicity of the pedal makes it very easy to use, too. The minimum volume knob […]

Last updateJuly 18, 2018
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Morley PLA Steve Vai Little Alligator Optical Volume Pedal

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This is one of the more distinctive-looking pedals that you’ll find. The slightly strange design isn’t just for aesthetics, though. The extra distance between the base and the pedal gives you a wider viable range of effect control. The clean simplicity of the pedal makes it very easy to use, too. The minimum volume knob is at the bottom of the pedal, out of the way of your foot, and there’s an easy-to-read LED indicator light so you can tell when it’s powered on.

The interior circuitry of the Little Alligator, meanwhile, makes sure that the taper is smooth and consistent throughout, with none of the jumps some other pedals suffer from. It’s entirely electro-optical so you won’t have to worry about any signal noise. This also makes the effect more dependable, so you don’t have to worry about the pedal wearing out from regular use.

The only thing this pedal is lacking is a secondary output for a tuner—not necessarily a deal breaker, but an odd omission gave the strength of the pedal in other areas. It does have an external minimum volume control that makes it easy to switch from rhythm to lead and gives you a wider viable effect range.

Sound-wise, the Little Alligator is wonderfully transparent at all dynamic levels. It’s perfect for a reliable clean boost of your tone. This transparency also makes it extremely versatile. You can use this in any style or genre, and it will function just as well with either guitar or bass. If you use other effects pedals, as well, you can put the Little Alligator anywhere in the signal chain without impacting the sound of anything that comes before or after it.

You can’t always count on products that bear a famous name to be any better than the rest. In this case, though, Steve Vai didn’t just put his name on this pedal. It was designed to his settings and specifications so you know it’s designed with a professional guitarist in mind.

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 9.2”D X 6”W X 2.8”H
  • Weight: 3.45 pounds
  • Input: ¼” mono
  • Outputs: ¼” main (mono)
  • Power: DC 9V/300mA power supply or 9V battery (not included)

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