I want an Auto Wah; what should I get? Guyatone WR-3 or other?

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I've been considering getting an auto wah but I'm not familiar with what's available out there, especially in true bypass boutique land. My priorities:

- No tone-sucking!
- Not too pricey ($150 would be pushing it)
- Not too many switches and knobs

The Guyatone WR-3 is on the top of my list right now. I've been mostly pleased with their MD-3 delay especially in terms of being non-tone-sucking. Also, it's only about $65 and it has two knobs and one switch.

If you use (or have used) a WR-3, please weigh in with what your experience has been. If you have other suggestions, let's hear them. Thanks!
 

Jim Martin

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I like the EMMA DisCUMbobulator. Really fast response time, sounds great and it will wah up or down. You could probably find one used in your price range.
 

fr8_trane

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I've done some looking into autowahs and I think the best pedals in your price range are the Guyatone and the MXR M-120 ($110). The guyatone is cool because its small, cheap and has a blend feature. If I had the spare change I would already own one.
 

jordanL

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I have a Wr-3 and think its definitely a good little pedal. I really like the blend feature, your tone doesn't lose all its body. And the sensitivity range is good. I think the Mini Q-tron sounds better, but its huge.


Tonefactor has a DOD 440 clone I want to try-True bypass in an MXR sized box.
 

James Knox

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A Strat into the DiscomBOBulator (with the toggle switch DOWN)into an OCD os an ADDICTING combination. With the DicsomBOBulator, I rarely even use my Teese Picture Wah anymore.

A REALLY nice pedal!

James
 

erksin

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Originally posted by bluzbraker
A Strat into the DiscomBOBulator (with the toggle switch DOWN)into an OCD os an ADDICTING combination. With the DicsomBOBulator, I rarely even use my Teese Picture Wah anymore.

A REALLY nice pedal!

James
Your comment is interesting to me...

I've been using wahs more of my playing life (albeit sparingly), and have been really intrigued by the idea of using an autowah/envelope filter type box instead of a rocker pedal. I like to 'park it' sometimes, and hardly ever do the 'wacka wacka' funk stuff and that's what has kept me from making the leap.

I guess I have a couple questions - how controlable are these things? Have any of you thought they were useable and versatile enough to dump your standard wahs?
 

jordanL

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Originally posted by erksin
Your comment is interesting to me...

I guess I have a couple questions - how controlable are these things? Have any of you thought they were useable and versatile enough to dump your standard wahs?
IMHO the two effects are very different, envelope filters sweep is triggered by your picking, while you control the sweep of a pedal wah without regard to waht you're playing. White room just wouldn't sound right with a Auto wah-IMHO.

Envelope filters can be controlled-but they are volume dependent. Jerry Garcia ran his effects loop off his guitar to get a consistent response: Hit pedals always saw a consistent volume, otherwise turning up or down can alter response.
 

MrSage

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The Jacques Trinity seems like a pretty sweet one. It does the envelope filter thing as well as auto wah and fixed wah.

He has clips on his site.
 

adelphi710

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i like to use autowahs as more of a phaser effect than anything. it gives it a really deep, trippy sounding phase.
 

TAVD

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I have a WR-3 and there isn't much in the way of tweaking the sound. It pretty much does one sound. If you can, swing for the flip series Guyatone, the funkybox or what ever it's called now.
 

esoteric pete

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i bought my discumBOBulator off a forumite to replace my old mutron micro IV......no dissapointments!!! this thing will make the ladies juice....the best filter ive used yet....more adjustable than the old mutron....
 

KRosser

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I dig the Ibanez AFL & Guyatone WR-3. I owned the Emma for a while, it was good but I prefered these others. Also, I really like the old Boss AW-2 (not the more recent AW-3 - even though it's got more features it doesn't sound as good to me). I also really dig the ZVex Ooh Wah, which I used to own but sold to free up some money for a guitar. I'd own another one pretty quickly.
 

Jon Silberman

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Looks like too much TGP browsing has cost me yet again. :jo

Guyatone WR-3 is on the way.

For the past almost 20 years, I've been using the same original version Boss T-Wah. You can see it there on my board to the top right. It sounds pretty good - does the Garcia thing which is all I want, really - but the sensitivity is definitely not up to modern specs.



I already own 2 of the Guyatone Micro-series pedals, the delay and the compressor, and both excell. No, not "for the price," but period.

So thought I'd take a chance on the WR-3 now, too. P.S. No, Tomo's clips didn't disuade me, either. :D

https://www.thegearpage.net/board/index.php?threads/81165&highlight=WR3
 

alanfc

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So how do you like the WR-3 ?

And is it in your loop or up front?

I have one too, and its the last thing about to drop from my lineup in front of the amp, am trying zero FX upfront, and everything in the loop. When I originally bought it I thought it sounded bad/out of control low end when it was in the loop. But I don't think I played around with it enough.
 




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