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Behringer Hellbabe HB01 Wah Pedal

The Behringer Hellbabe HB01 offers lots of features for a great price. With optical control and many functions, the Hellbabe HB01 is a good all-purpose wah. (118) Read 32 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Product Description

The Behringer HB01 Hellbabe Wah Pedal is a multi-functional pedal that offers everything you need for virtually all styles and sounds. This Behringer product has been designed to compete head to head with leading products on the market.

Different from most pedals, the Hellbabe uses complete optical control for wear-and-tear-free pedal operation (no mechanical pots and switches), plus it features a unique spring-back pedal mechanism with resistance adjustment for the ultimate freedom in playing styles. The heel-down frequency range is freely adjustable using Range control (440Hz to 250Hz), so you can use it even with bass guitars. An additional Fine Tune control allows high-end extension of sweep range for achieving incredibly bright, ultra-present tone.

The musical Q control is provided for precise filter shaping and achieving vocal-like effects. The tunable boost function includes an On/Off switch that lets you push your licks up to the limit. They've included dual LED indicators for Effect On/Off and Boost On/Off at the tail of the pedal. Only ultra-low noise circuitry is used throughout for outstanding audio performance. Run your HB01 on a 9V battery or a DC power supply (not included).

Features:

- Multi-functional Wah-Wah pedal -- offers everything you need for all styles and sounds
- This Behringer product has been designed to compete head to head with leading products on the market.
- Total optical control for wear-and-tear-free pedal operation (no mechanical pots and switches)
- Unique spring-back pedal mechanism with resistance adjustment for ultimate playing style (option to remove)
- Heel-down frequency range freely adjustable via Range control (440Hz to 250Hz) for use even with bass guitars
- Additional Fine Tune control allows high-end extension of sweep range for incredibly bright, ultra-present tone
- Ultra-musical Q control for precise filter shaping to achieve vocal-like effects
- Tunable boost function including On/Off switch to push your licks up to the limit
- Dual LED indicators for Effect On/Off and Boost On/Off at the tail of the pedal for total control
- Ultra-low noise circuitry for outstanding audio performance
- Runs on 9 V battery or the Behringer PSU-SB DC power supply (not included)
- High-quality components and exceptionally rugged construction ensure long life
- Conceived and designed by Behringer Germany

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- Total optical control for wear-and-tear-free pedal operation (no mechanical pots and switches)
- Unique spring-back pedal mechanism with resistance adjustment for ultimate playing style (option to remove)
- Heel-down frequency range freely adjustable via Range control (440 Hz to 250 Hz) for use even with bass guitars
- Additional Fine Tune control allows high-end extension of sweep range for incredibly bright, ultra-present tone
- Ultra-musical Q control for precise filter shaping to achieve vocal-like effects
- Tunable boost function including On/Off switch to push your licks up to the limit
- Dual LED indicators for Effect On/Off and Boost On/Off at the tail of the pedal for total control
- Ultra-low noise circuitry for outstanding audio performance
- Runs on 9 V battery or the BEHRINGER PSU-SB DC power supply (not included)
- High-quality components and exceptionally rugged construction ensure long life
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Shipping Weight: 3 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 13 x 7 x 3 in
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 702-800-8290
Customer Reviews
4.5 out of 5 (118 ratings) Rate and Review This Product
This review has been selected by our experts as particularly helpful. "By far the very best value, miles ahead of the more pricey wah's out there.."
Sound: Really great sounding wah!! Very responsive and dynamic. It gives you exactly what you want from a wah pedal and much, much more. The tone is incredible, and almost infinitely tweakable. You can dial in super clean shimmering high end sweeps, or throaty, vocal classic wah sounds ... the range control allows this to be used with a bass guitar on the lowest setting, which also lends a really off the beaten path "I'm using a bass wha" with my guitar 'whallop' effect. It's a really fun pedal, because it is absolutely loaded with features! The features and dials are pretty straight forward. Spend an hour with this wah and you'll realize you have several different types of classic wah's in one incredibly inexpensive pedal!! The best part is that it is noiseless - it uses an optical sensor instead of a potentometer -- so good riddance to scratchy, hiss laden garbage in the signal. The old Crybaby pedal I was using actually picked up am radio broadcast! I bought this wah in a pinch, because my crybaby pedal is overdue for a pot change-out, and I needed a replacement yesterday, but I couldn't get it to the tech in time -- so I bought this Behringer as a stand in. I'll still fix the crybaby, but I'm thinking I'll lean on this Behringer wah for a bit yet. The one major thing that takes some getting used to is the on/bypass feature -- there is no 'toe-forward switch on/bypass' -- as soon as you touch the pedal, it is on and functioning, which is nice, because you don't have to 'toe-forward' to switch it on or bypass!! I like that personally and I think it's a great improvement. BUT ... If you are used to aggressively rocking your wah all the way back -on the default setting, you will notice that the 'heel down' position instantly goes into bypass, and YOU WILL hear a pop!! There is a delay adjustment that is not obvious but is clearly marked and accessible from the bottom of the pedal ... you can adjust that delay up to two seconds, which allows the pedal to be at full 'heel down' position while playing, and then as soon as you leave it there, it will switch off. I personally like the 'instant on' functionality of this pedal, but it takes learning a little finesse, which is how a wah should actually be used... Feature: This pedal is loaded with features that pedals costing 8 times as much don't even have! Ease of Use: I'm giving it an eight, because it takes a slight, very slight learning curve to get used to the way this pedal turns on and off --- we're all so used to 'toe-down' to switch on and off. If you use the default settings, you simply cannot rock it all the way back without hearing it go in and out of bypass mode . if you use just a little care and finesse, the instant on/off feature will make you wonder why vox and crybaby pedals never evolved ... Quality: I really should give an eight, but folks that know behringer pedals know that they use industrial grade plastic instead of metal. As far as effects pedals made these days go, time will tell... my 'vintage' crybaby wah is mostly pot metal, I could crack it with a ball ping hammer -- the same blow might shatter or bounce off the housing of this Behringer pedal--I don't know haven't tried either .. they hold up just as good as all the other pedals with normal use. Value: The absolute bang for the buck!! It doesn't get much better. If you don't mind being a pioneer, ignoring all the clap-trap about what vintage pedal this or that guitar god recorded with; back in the day, that was all there was, there wasn't an option -- Behringer just threw it out there, rockstar style!! Finally, a reliable wah, that you don't have to wince every time you go to step on it wondering what kind of sound you're going to get. Manufacturer Support: Haven't had to call them, ever. And I have mixers, amps, microphones and now effects pedals that haven't given me the slightest problem -- so not having to have contacted customer support ever deserves a 9! The Wow Factor: It's sexy, because it works with no frills and it doesn't come with all the quirks and noise, and constant replacing of pots that the vox and crybaby pedals have. This is gonna be my wah for a good while yet!!!
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"EXCELLENT pedal - buy it NOW!"
Sound: I absolutely love the sound of this pedal. I (like most of us) am very meticulous with my sound and this Hellbabe pedal really hit the mark. I'm able to use it quite comforably with Damageplan, BLS and Metallica-style covers. I also use the Ibanez Weeping Demon - a good pedal, but the Ibanez sucks a little tone (still good for less 'heavy' uses), whereas I don't have that same issue with the Hellbabe. Feature: Real simple to use with the optical on-off. I haven't experienced the 'noise' issue others have in the ratings, but I did experience the pedal not switching off automatically when I removed my foot. I opened the case (from the bottom) like I had to do with my old Morley and pushed the optical 'eye' down just slightly and BAM, problem fixed. So...I don't know how long it'll hold up with gigging (I've found myself being a little more tender with it now when moving it around), but there are very few moving parts so it'll be an easy adjustment if something goes outta whack. The plastic casing is fine. Quality: I've had Crybaby's/Morley/and Ibanez and they've all had 'issues' of some sort, so the fact I had to minimally adjust the optical eye is not an issue to me. It's been fine ever since and sounds awesome. Value: Absolutely fantastic. It IS, for all intents-and-purposes, the Dimebag Wah (for $150) but for $29 (minus the metal dime-o-flage casing). Manufacturer Support: I haven't needed it...that's the best kind of support. The Wow Factor: Well...I chose a nine because it looks like every other standard wah...nothing more special (or less). Overall: If I totally break (or lose) this thing, I'll definitely replace it with another Behringer Hellbabe....definately.
Style of Music: Hard Rock - Heavy Metal
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