Clue me in here, Wah pedals

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  1. Carabinerx

    Carabinerx Member

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    I think theyre cool, and Hendrix used one one well, but I just have never understood it. I owned a cry baby 535q for short while and just sort of played with it, but was never serious with or....inspired(?) by it. It just never seemed to be a serious part in music making.

    Give me a few song suggestions that sell the Wah. I know its out there! It has the following, I just dont see the light. Yet.
     
  2. Reddog

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    Personally I love my Crybaby. When I use it, I use it sparingly, to accentuate notes, to create a vocal sound for leads (I seldom rock it back and forth). I also love playing entire leads with it cocked (stationary) to get that awesome Michael Schenker type of tone. I use it mostly with humbucker-equipped guitars. I prefer the way it sounds on the bridge pickup, using a Tube Screamer in front of it (to thicken the tone, add sustain, etc.) and go directly into a Plexi-style amp. I've worn out a couple of 'em.
     
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    songs huh well i assume you know the hendrix stuff so...

    Cream - White Room

    Black Sabbath - Electric Funeral

    Guns and Roses Sweet Child of Mine solo

    for starters
     
  4. guitarjazz

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    You weren't born in the right era but you had been this would have set you straight or vice versa:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d81fdU8EP28
     
  5. rhinocaster

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    Best Wah player I've ever heard was Earl Hooker.....I started working on playing slow blues with a wah after hearing him do it. I've never had the desire to play it on a slow blues out in the world, but it really changed what I thought a wah could be about and how I approach the pedal.

    Listen to Earl Hooker...:)

     
  6. Emporia

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    Temptations - Papa was a Rollin' Stone
     
  7. MONSTER ZERO

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    Almost every Kirk Hammett solo
    Msn in the Box
    Lots of Tony Iommi stuff
    Zakk Wylde uses his almost full time

    Me I love using a wah but only one with a long throw. That rules out most the popular ones.
     
  8. ThePeopleofColin

    ThePeopleofColin Runs with Scissors

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    For a good alternative to the typical crybaby wah sound, try out a dearmond weeper wah.
    Not as extreme as the crybaby, but what you will hear employed on a lot of the more textural types of records in the late 80's and 90's alternative stuff. It has a more throaty sound to it which I prefer to the crybaby.
     
  9. GerryJ

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    'Souls of Distortion' by Satriani.
     
  10. Lightningrt

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    If you don't see the light you need to Listen to Jeff Healy See The Light for good use of the Wah.
     
  11. GCDEF

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    I LOVE Beck's over-the-top wah sound at the beginning of this track:



    He uses a Snarling Dogs wah, or at least he has when I've seen him, I'm assuming that's what he's using in "Hammerhead".
     
  13. rwe333

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    Plus the use of a half-cocked wah for a mid-boost a la '70s Santana, Michael Schenker, Ulrich Roth...
     
  14. phretbored

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    clean auto wah is cool too

     
  15. Campfired

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    You know, it's funny that you mention this...in the past several months my thoughts had turned to use of an auto-wah, or envelope filter that accomplishes the same purpose.

    There are several types out there for the general public, and I am currently watching one brand in particular. Expensive, yes, but this may provide the sound that would accompany my MXR CAE M404 wah, for when I might feel that an auto-wah would solve my problem in contrast to a regular wah.
     
  16. phretbored

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    i believe the holy grail of auto wah is the MU TRON



    for modern builds i have always liked the Mad Professor Snow White auto wah

    haven't purchased one yet but i will when the mood strikes

    probably some other really good ones out there too

    for wah pedals i'm a huge fan of the TEESE REAL MCCOY although i scored an ERNIE BALL wah for a sweet price about a year ago and dig that one a lot too
     
  17. taez555

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    Using the wah should be an extension of your musical personality and of your body.

    That's why I'm a big fan of the Cocked wah.
     
  18. phretbored

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    80s PRS Custom 24s have a Power Out Of Phase setting on the 5 way rotary pickup selector

    it's a cool cocked wah sound
     
  19. Craig Walker

    Craig Walker WHO DAT!! Gold Supporting Member

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