Jim Dunlop Heil Talk Box review

  • £209
  • $308.43

Prepare to enter the Twilight Tone Zone...

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Our Verdict

A classic pedal that's too easily dismissed.


  • Limitless phase options in the palm of your... erm... mouth.


  • Can only be used through a PA.
Buying options

A talkbox might seem like a needless extravagance to you. An over-priced relic of days gone by that will make your guitar sound like its stuck down a drain.

Well, yeah, it's expensive, but like the MXR Variphase variable phaser, it's the sort of luxury item that's well worth shopping around for.

This is a truly inimitable effect. Just consider classic tracks like Kickstart My Heart, Sweet Emotion or Living On A Prayer – the Talk Box was conversant with all of them.

Sadly, you'll need to play through a PA to use it, but if you do, you'll find an excuse to make the most of it whenever you can.

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Tech Specs

Manufacturer's DescriptionThe original Heil Talk Box is back in style. You too can recreate the sounds popularized by: Peter Frampton, Joe Walsh, Slash, Alice In Chains, Aerosmith and others. Easy to Use! Can be set up with one guitar amp, but requires separate microphone and mic amp. Features: Sturdy metal body, 6-1/2 feet of surgical tubing and a sturdy phenolic diaphragm. Powered by your amplifier's external speaker jack.