"Parked Wah" Sound

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  1. Gearhead

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    How do you get the wah type sound when you park a wah pedal halfway? (M. Schenker). Is it a band pass filter?
     
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    If you mean that sound when you engage the wah and then set the treadle at the midway point--well, that's how you get that sound (which is also a part of the original Boston album's guitar sounds).

    If you want something that's a little more stable, Dunlop makes a Crybaby pedal that is essentially a small effects box with a bypass switch and a knob to control the sweep of the potentiometer. You can set it for the exact point in the wah sweep that you like and turn it on and off via the switch. Pretty cool.
     
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    Keeley Nova Wah has two presets, right? That would be cool...
     
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    You can also get that sound with a parametric EQ.
     
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    Or get a Turner Model 1 (the Lindsay Buckingham guitar) - it has active pickups and a mid knob that lets you get that from the guitar itself. My favorite part when I borrowed one once.
     
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    I'm not sure that you can get exactly the same sound with a parametric EQ, you'd need at least two overlapping bands so you could do a lowpass filter with one, and gain with the other. Be interesting to try. You can do exactly this with the Mooger-Fooger Low Pass Filter. If you want the whole thing cheap and easy, pull the guts out of a $50 used Crybaby and mount it in a Bud box...
     
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    A good tone control on your guitar works too...
     
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    Hmm...

    It wouldn't sound like a parked wah, though. It would just roll off trebles...a wah does a bit more than that to your tone.

    I just made this for someone:

    http://tinypic.com/9k18gw.jpg

    It's literally a Crybaby circuit board housed in a pedal enclosure. Sounds just like a fixed wah.

    :D
     
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    Exactly.

    :)

    (and then sell me your empty Crybaby shell)
     
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    Sounds like the old Boss Spectrum pedal! But those are pretty rare...and demand a lot on the used market.

    The Dunlop pedal is supposed to be similar, but I haven't heard one yet.

    TBD
     
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    I had the Keeley Yellow YeeHAa ,the early version of the Nova Wah.It was realy cool but had to sell it.

    I'll be making my own to replace it until the cheaper Nova's come out.
     
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    FWIW - Schenker used 2 wahs. One like a normal wah pedal, and on the other he removed the rack, then adjusted the pot by hand until he found the sweet spot he liked. Then when he kicked on the wah it was always in that spot with no sweep.

    I always wondered how he got his pedal in the perfect position every time and you never heard the sweep up or down as he was hunting around for it - now I know.
     
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    The Foxrox Zim allows you to get a parked wah sound (as well as tons of other great tones). Zim uses phases cancellation on its adjustable channel and when it is set to extreme settings it sounds just like the wah.
     
  16. jokerjkny

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    :dude

    and schenker's parked wah sound?

    :dude
     
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    I haven't tried to cop it but I can't see why not. I am listening to MSG's Let Sleeping Dogs Lie and the solo around 2:20 sounds like a cocked wah and I would say that I can pretty close to it with only the Zim. Shoot Dave Fox an email and ask him what he thinks.
     
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    the simplest thing to do would be to just put your wah in your line selector, and use that to "turn on and off" your wah
     
  19. TAVD

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    Isn't this what the Chandler Tone-X does.
     
  20. Don Rusk

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    Ah, thanks I learned something!,,, and that makes sense.....lo tech solution, and still fools the onlookers.....


    and Yes the Nova Wah will do this all night long until the lights go out in London ;)
     

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