thinking about getting a wah, need some tips

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  1. Sonic Reducer

    Sonic Reducer Member

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    I've been thinking about getting a wah pedal. I don't want to spend a tone of
    money so the Fulltone Clyde is out. I've read a lot of good things about that
    one. Any suggestions? Are the Dunlop 535Q's any good? I just want something
    that sounds good and is simple to use. What are some things to look for when
    picking one out? Any help would be good.
     
  2. eric-d

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    Uhhmmm... Get a Vox Clyde RI... They're about 150 new... prolly cheaper on eBay. Supposedly true bypass and they sound somewhat decent.
     
  3. erksin

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    You should probably go play a few first if possible - including the Clyde. If you don't hear a huge difference between the Clyde and a 'lesser' pedal buy the cheaper one and get it modded for true-bypass (a must with wahs, IMO).

    If you decide the Clyde sounds best, look for one used - I got mine for $175 in near mint condition. It's a killer sounding wah, and the extended sweep range was just what I was looking for...
     
  4. UnderTheGroove

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    Check out the Budda Wah. It's about $175 new, has really good tone, and is true bypass. I'm really happy with mine.
     
  5. JLee

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    Resale on the Cydes isn't so great. I just sold mine in excellent cond for $140 on Ebay. Definitely try before you buy. The Clyde is a very transparent and clean sounding wah. The internal trimmer is great for dialing in the wah's voice with different amps and gain levels. The extended sweep is a love/hate thing. I'm much more comfortable with a standard wah sweep and also missed the growl the Teese Picture Wah has, so I sold the Clyde and got another Picture. I will miss the Clyde though and will probably get another down the road some day.
     
  6. mavrick10_2000

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    You'll want to check out several wah's if possible to determine which one you prefer. Each has a slightly different range, or adjustable ranges and can feel somewhat different. Some also suck serious tone and need some mods.

    I chose the Budda because it doesn't give me the ultra piercing high range, more of a rolled off high. If you search around you can find it below $150..... Musicians Fiend.... oops I meant friend;)

    If you can afford it, the Clydes and RMC's are awesome as well, keep an eye out on e-bay, but you might have to wait a while for a really good deal.

    RE: 535Q, I may be mistaken, but I believe that one falls in to the "tone sucker" category. But you might like it. Everyone's ears are different.
     
  7. tfire

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    I just got a Silver Machine wah, and it deserves the hype it's been getting. It should be on anyone's comaprison list when they're wah shopping.
     
  8. cuz/karl

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    If your on a budget,the old Snarling dog Whin-o-wahs sound great & can be had for under $100.
    The whine-o + is not as nice from what I understand.
    They are TB & have voicing settings and a boost switch.Up to 12 different combos of sound.
    They look pretty cool too.
     
  9. Marcello

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    all you need is a dunlop classic wah with the fasel inductor, very vintage,classic rock tones, price is super friendly.
     
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    I love my 95Q crybaby. It has like a 20dB boost. And it's very intense sounding.
     
  11. Python

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    The best "lesser" wah I've heard is the Dunlop GCB-95F Crybaby Classic Fasel Wah. They go for around $99 new on ebay. I think I saw them for around the same price in Guitar Center.

    I went for the Teese RMC because I am a wah fanatic ... it's one of my most important pedals for what I like to play.

    There are a couple of sound clips on Dunlop's web page ...
    http://www.jimdunlop.com/products/electronics/crybaby/products/gcb95f/Fasel-Solo.mp3
    is my favorite.

    Jim
     
  12. drolling

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    +1 on the Budda Bud Wah. Classic wah tones & true-bypassed.

    Also like the plain vanilla Vox V847. Classic sound (very similar voicing to the Bud) but definitely needs a true bypass switch. This is the one I added a Foxrox booster kit to, for use w/fuzz pedals.

    I was also baffled by the 'extended sweep' on the Vox McCoy, and really prefer the more traditional tone of the V847.
     
  13. Sonic Reducer

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    Are these dunlop wah's (the fasel) or other Dulop wah's trube bypass?
     
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    Does the Budda needs the booster kit to sound good with fuzzes???
     
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    Most dunlop wahs have horrible bypass (my original crybaby is in a TB loooper).

    The crybaby classic is not true bypass, but apparently the bypass is pretty good.

    And I think the 535Q is true bypass, though I may be confusing it with another dunlop wah
     
  16. GuitslingerTim

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    The Classic has a DPDT switch--I'd call that true bypass.
     
  17. Kaiser

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    They don't mention that on their website, where did you hear this?
     
  18. Tonekat

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    You definitely want to try it out with your setup, as others have mentioned. I had a Teese RMC 1 that just didn't do it for me. I sold it and bought a Picture Wha on the advice of Analog Man, and that made me happy. But others love the RMC-1, so it all depends.
     

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