M O R L E Y QUAD
BY JAMES EGOLF
Morley seems intent on making the world an
easier place to use multiple amp and guitar
rigs, offering four pedals in their “Routing”
series which includes the Quad Box. The
Quad Box offers multiple switching options
via two on/off footswitches for Amp 1 and
2, another footswitch for selecting Input 1 or
2 and a 9V input to power the status LEDs
– the true bypass switches work fine with no
power, providing you trust your ears.
switching option for the input is
perfectly functional, but there
is no option for effects to
be shared by both inputs or
outputs. The Quad Box lim-
its pedal choices to one gui-
tar or the other or one amp or
the other, set up independently
of the switcher.
Plugging two axes into two amps was
straightforward enough and the pedal powered up just fine with a standard BOSS 9V
adapter. The true bypass design allowed for
some signal loading, but nothing considered
a deal breaker. Remember, even with short
lengths, you’re likely dealing with at least 40
feet of cable, offering plenty of opportunity
for some high-end loss.
Quad Box suits your specific
switching needs – and you have your
ground issues sorted – you really can’t go
wrong for the price.
The switching system offers on/off for each
amp, both on or both off, but no easy option
for quick switching from one amp to the
other, although people with wide feet can hit
both switches at the same time. The either/or
Another gripe was noise – if
your current rig is noisy, the Quad
just brings more beer to the party.
[Morley responds: Hooking multiple
amps together via any switching device
can commonly create a ground loop.
This is a byproduct of the combined amp
grounds, not the switching device. Ground
hum can be removed using an Ebtech Hum
X.] The hum was bad enough that I installed
a 9V after a hard-won battle prying the powder-coated case apart. Someone at Morley
must’ve had a battery fall out of a vintage
Clyde McCoy wah because battery access
was needlessly difficult. And no, the hum
didn’t lessen with internal power – it was still
my dragon to chase.