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Wanting the wah you don't have?

dave12

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Does anyone else find that they get tired of their own wah pedal's sound/sweep over time?

I have the Clyde McCoy Deluxe from Fulltone which I absolutely love, but after a while, I really start to dig other wah sweeps (Vox, CryBaby, RMC, etc) that I hear or play on friends' boards.

The Fulltone sounds great and even has 3 different sweep settings which keep it sound fresh to me, but man, sometimes I really just want a CryBaby or Vox. Conversely, almost everyone who plays my board, absolutely love my wah.

I do appreciate my wah, and I have successfully convinced myself to not sell it several times, which has been good for me, cause I fall back in love with it eventually.
 

guitarz1972

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LOL I've got a Clyde Standard and I really like it. I don't use a wah very often, but when I do it's there. I've never dealt with the internal trim pot, but I'm sure I could adjust it and get some additional toanz from it if I wanted to bother with it. So what makes you want a Dunlop Crybaby versus the Clyde Deluxe?
 

zul

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Which probably illustrates the point that we crave diversity. Just to experience the other side of the fence sometimes. Even perfection may lose its lustre, given time.

I have a Pic Wah that is perfect for me most times. I have since learned that instead of buying another, there are many ways for me to affect the flavor either by switching pickup positions, applying different shades of dirt, adjusting playing technique, vol manipulations to vary how much signal the wah sees, adding modulation, especially phasers and vibes, introducing ring mod octavers, and the like. With your Clyde McCoy you may multiply by three.

I like to take the time to know my rig intimately (calm down now) and find it rewarding that even the most moderate rigs can offer many more tonal options than I sometimes fail to recognize at first. Sometimes it is healthy to introduce self-imposed borders in order to force creativity. Like Hitchcock, or Tom Morello.

On the other hand, rack mounted Crybaby's has a lot of progammable features. Also, versatile wahs like the new ones from RMC may give you longer legs. Again,no sex pun intended... I think.
 

rootbeersoup

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I really like the Keeley modded wahs. Two inductors and three "bass modes" with a mid-range pot give you some nice control over the sound
 

dave12

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Well, it's less of a "dislike the sound" or "get bored" issure...more like, after a while of playing my own wah, the fresh sound of a new wah--that say has a throatier sweep or a shorter sweep--just sounds really cool to me and I want my wah to sound like that.

I don't know. I'm just fickle, I guess, but it definitely has to do with the sound of the wah. And again, I don't dislike the Clyde Deluxe, and I do love it, in fact, but sometimes, I want another sound.
 

Shiny McShine

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I first bonded with the Fulltone Clyde Wah but my recently acquired old 70's Vox completely blows it away with it's liquid sound and very vocal understated hump. I was really enjoying the Buddy Guy wah because it's the closest to my Vox also.
 

keepingitweird

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over the twenty years or so of playing, I have had about 10 different wahs...You would think that I would have found "THE" wah by now...no such luck...guess I am gonna try an Area 51 next...and after that, well you know how it goes. This is TGP after all!
 

musica23

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I've got 7 wah pedals (including the McCoy Deluxe) and I'm not thoroughly happy with any of 'em. And since wah is not my fave type of effect, I don't like the thought of buying yet another one. Luckily, I don't use wah much.
 

tibbon

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Only wah I've ever owned is a Roger Mayer Vision Wah. Never wanted anything else. I can't imagine a better sounding, more ergonomic, cooler looking or more flexible wah ever. It beats everything. Only downside is the price, but its good.
 

zul

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Those Roger Mayer Vision Wah are legendary. Would love to experience one someday. Envious that you started there.
 

Stratm69

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Just dink around with the internal trimpot in your Clyde, that's what it's there for.

There's a setting for a stock, 1960's Vox Clyde tone. Among others.

If you keep it on the stock setting that the pedal came with, that's the normal Fulltone Clyde setting, it's not meant to be a typical 60's Clyde tone. Rather a more "souped" up tone of one.

You could also get the Clyde Deluxe. 3 different modes and a adjustable volume boost control.
 

JackStraw12

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I've owned four wahs, the most-recent being and RMC3. It can cover a TON of different bases if you spend time with it and get to know what each dip switch trimpot can do. I like mine a lot, although I may need to send it in for an updated pot
 

Farbulous

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Get a Wilson wah and you'll have lots of choices. I think Burgs did a demo where there was at least 10 different sounds not to mention the other knobbies on the wah he didn't even play with.
 

AXXA

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I also have a Clyde Deluxe, and I love it, and I can get a large variety of sounds out of it. But I know exactly what the OP means. Sometimes I just want the wah to respond a bit differently, but luckily, the Clyde Deluxe has been able to keep up with my changing tastes so far. I like both the Jimi and Whacked modes a lot.

Just dink around with the internal trimpot in your Clyde, that's what it's there for.

There's a setting for a stock, 1960's Vox Clyde tone. Among others.
This is the key for me. And I do typically keep it in the 'classic Vox' setting, which has less bass response than the 'stock' setting. This is good for me, and this way the Whacked setting doesn't have an overwhelming bass response. But with the internal trim turned further CCW, you can make the Jimi setting sound like a Jimi/Whacked combo, which is really cool. And the input gain knob is very effective as well.

Even though the Clyde is extremely versatile, I did recently buy a Dunlop 535Q to screw around with. Between these 2 wahs, I can get an absurd amount of sounds. I really like both, but I play the Clyde way more.
 

J.T.

Silver Supporting Member
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Just picked up a Voodoo Labs Wahzoo. Pricy but having three FX in one very cool :)
 

trower

[geer/peyj] hubris confusion paralysis by analysis
Gold Supporting Member
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I'm a complete Wah slave! I have had so many, some I've built, some vintage, some mini's and at some pint they got a certain something that just made me turn off to them eventually so yea, this happens. I can't believe I finally have settled on one. I know this because every time I step on it or gig it, I tell myself...man this Wah just fits me like a glove. It was one that I never expected to like, just happened upon it on a trade...go figure?
 

dave12

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Ok, let me be clear- I don't want to sell my wah. I love my Clyde DELUXE (for those of you who missed it, it does have the 3 settings), and really feel it fits my sound.

I was just asking if you've ever stepped on someone else's wah, and been like, "Wow, that's really different from my wah, and I'd like to have it." I just used the Clyde Deluxe as an example because it's the wah that I own.


I completely agree with AXXA on this one.
 




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