This is a first for me, I’ve never owned or used a Mooer pedal before. It’s also a bit of a change from the norm in that I’m reviewing a pedal that I own, and haven’t borrowed from Nothern Stompboxes.
Why did I purchase the E-Lady you may ask, as I have a flanger in the Zoom CDR-70. A couple of reasons. Firstly I’d seen the E-Lady on That Pedal Show. Dan had it on a budget board he made, and said how it was a good budget friendly replacement for the EHX Electric Mistress. Secondly I had decided recently that I would try to find some pedals out side of the normal things that I would review. If I only ever review pedals that Northern Stompboxes stock I will be limited to only handmade UK-based manufacturers. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but I don’t want to limit myself. I will still be reviewing pedals that I can from Nothern Stomboxes, but branching out to other offerings from more widespread manufacturers.
I have also until now not really had chance to review a budget pedal. The E-Lady cost me just £23 (Second hand) but I can’t imagine it is all that expensive brand new.
So on to the review. What is the E-Lady like as a pedal? It is tiny, I could probably fit about 30 of them on my board. There is a big advantage to the size of it. It feels pretty well-built, it doesn’t feel like it will break any time soon.
I do have a flanger on the CDR-70 and have had one on the Marshall Regenerator, but I have not been very impressed with those particular pedals. I have used both of those pedals for the other effects that they have, not the flanger. The E-Lady is much more impressive. It is not an effect I will use all that often, but for the size and the price I don’t have a single complaint. Also it has quite a refined look to it. It is clearly trying to emulate the Electric Mistress with the font and colour scheme whilst at the same time it is its own thing. Some of the other more budget friendly pedals on the market have quite garish colour schemes or awful graphics but the E-Lady doesn’t fall foul of this problem.
I suppose it does have a few faults. Firstly, It can’t be battery-powered, not that this bothers me personally but for people who might need that as an option, you can’t do it with this. It is somewhat expected in a pedal of this size that there won’t be a battery connection, a battery would probably mean doubling the footprint. The E-Lady only draws 10 mA so could easily be daisy chained with another pedal with similar power consumption requirements. Secondly as far as I can tell the filter mode is terrible. I don’t like it at all. It fixes the flanger, but I can’t see why I would use that, it is as if it is playing your guitar through a tin can. There may be some people out there who are looking for the filter mode, but I am not one of them. If I have a flanger I want it to sound like a jumbo jet taking off, which the E-Lady does on normal settings. The colour knob does make for some interesting sounds, and can make the E-Lady oscillate to some strange effects, sounding at times like a whale call. It is worth pointing out that as with all of my modulation I have put the E-Lady in the effects loop of my amp, before everything other than the EQ pedal. I haven’t tried it anywhere else as I was more than happy with how it sounded where it was. I did experiment with reverb and delay on top of the E-Lady to quite pleasing effect.
I am extremely happy with the E-Lady, as I have already mentioned it isn’t an effect I will use all that often, but it is an interesting sound to have in the arsenal. Due to how the CDR-70 works, I wouldn’t ever use the flanger on it, so it is much easier to have a separate pedal on the board. I’m happy that I didn’t pay all that much for it, and should if I wish to sell it see a small profit or at the very least not lose money on it. I’ve seen the budget pedals in a new light. I’ll be interested in the future to try some more out. I don’t think I’ve been a snob with my board, I just happened to try pedals that I like that weren’t the budget option. I will certainly try the budget option when I can in the future.
See below for a sound clip of the E-Lady. I play my clean signal (Hudson Broadcast into a clean Laney CUB 15) and then turn on the E-Lady for some Flangey goodness.
- Cheap as chips
- Good range of sounds
- Tiny foot print
- Classic looks
- Feels well made (although time will tell)
- Filter mode isn’t to my taste
- Can’t be battery powered.
- Mass produced, may not be as good quality as a boutique pedal, but at this price, if it does break, you could probably go out and buy another with the change in your pocket.