Any other "instant-on" optical wahs?

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  1. tfire

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    I have a Bad Horsie and a Bad Horsie 2. They sound OK, but only OK.

    The reason they stay on my pedalboard is that I like the "instant on" that enables you to insert just a dab of wah without that interruption while you hit the switch on other wahs. Plus the lack of graunchy crackle due to it being optical rather than having a pot is good.

    As far as I know, they're the only wahs with both those features, but I'd like to be corrected if there's a better sounding wah out there that does the same thing.
     
  2. jokerjkny

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    i know godlyke is distributing a boutique wah from europe. i have the EarthQuake bass wah.

    has a heel button that turns on as soon as you step on the pedal. quite cool.
     
  3. tfire

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    Do you mean the Automagic Silver Machine? It has a traditional pot, although as someone pointed out, it does have a special hole in the chassis through which you can spray your switch cleaner!
     
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    why not mod the morleys?

    I'm sure it can be done.

    I've had a bad horsie for years for the same reason, it also has a very nice buffer. But yeah, the tone isn't where I'd like it to be.
     
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    George Dennis do a fine range of optical wha's, give them a try.
     
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    Just remembered, they are NOT instant on, sorry.
     
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    What do you mean by instant on? I use a DOD FX17 from the '80's that uses some kind of metallic sensor instead of a pot.
     
  8. tfire

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    I had one of those. It sounded good and was built like a tank.

    On the Morleys, as you step on the treadle, the wah switches into circuit. When you take your foot off, the wah switches off after a short (adjustable) delay. So there's no switch to click before you can wah. Hence "instant-on".
     
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    What about the Ibanez WD7? It's auto-on, but I'm not sure if it's optical or not.

    /Andreas
     
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    I didn't know about this one.

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    Is it as big as it looks? Looks like it probably has a bigger footprint than the Morleys.

    Haven't been able to find any information on whether it has anything other than a standard potentiometer.
     
  11. jokerjkny

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    yup,

    that's the one. works brillant.
     
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    I have one. they are a little wider, but really not all that much.
    I really don't know if it uses optical, but as you pointed out, it has some great options for instant on (you can ALSO set it over to not-instant on, and use the footswitch on the right of it, which is great ifyou find a "sweet spot" and want to just turn it on and off) including that you can choose how instant it is...how long a delay after you touch it withyour foot before it comes on.

    This is the most versatile wah I've run across. I played with it a good while, but it almost has too many options...

    Personally, I just ordered a Teese wah, because I just mainly want one GREAT wah sound and not so much tweakability.

    Of course, this wah, the WD-7, is not true bypass, but that isn't necessarily bad. It's a clever device.

    Definitely the original poster ought to check it out!
     
  13. tfire

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    Would you please measure the base of it for me?
     
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    No problem. It is 10" long, 4.5" wide for most of it, but it juts out to 6" wide where the little sideswitch is.
     
  15. tfire

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    Thanks for doing that. It might fit on my board: The Morley is 5.5" wide by 9" long. I'll try to find a local place to try one out.

    (Sure looks ugly though!)
     

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