What are the Best Guitar Wah Pedals?

blues telecaster pickupsThe wah pedal is one of the most well known and expressive effects available for the guitar. We'll take a look at a few and see if we can find the best one for your sound.

Since its creation, the wah has become a true staple of countless guitar players. Created in 1966 and popularized by Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix in 1967, the Vox V846 was the first commercial pedal to become available. The Vox V846 was soon followed by the Cry Baby, which was just an American branded version of the same pedal. The effect was originally designed to emulate the sounds of Clyde McCoy, a Jazz trumpeter known for creating a very similar sound from his trumpet in the 1930s.

Since the original Vox was invented, there have been many new brands of the wah pedal and some of the modern ones have notably useful features that we’ll take a look at. We’re going to take a look at a few of the best of the best and see what makes them so great. We’ll take a look at some of the vintage pedals, as well as a few of the modern styles and check out the differences. Since the late ’60 there have been millions of recordings made using the wah pedal, and almost every guitar player, popular or not, has used one. Let’s see if we can find the best one for you.

Fulltone Clyde Deluxe WahFulltone Clyde Deluxe Wah

The Fulltone Clyde Deluxe Wah is the Fulltone version of the Vox “Clyde McCoy” Wah, a well known vintage Wah used by Jimi Hendrix. This pedal uses a very quiet MU-80 (80% nickel alloy) shielded Fulltone 500mH inductor that is hand made and designed to be the same as the inductor in the ’60s Vox. more…

Voodoo Lab Wahzoo Wah PedalVoodoo Lab Wahzoo Wah Pedal

One of the most versatile wah pedals on the market today, the Voodoo Lab Wahzoo Wah Pedal is actually three pedals in one: Standard, Auto, and Step. There’s a Vintage mode that is Voodoo Lab’s recreation of the Vox Clyde McCoy Wah, and it has a wide sweep, as the pedal is designed to feel good under your foot. more…

Dunlop 535Q-B Cry Baby 535Q Multi-wah PedalDunlop 535Q-B Cry Baby 535Q Multi-wah Pedal

The Dunlop 535Q-B Cry Baby 535Q Multi-Wah Pedal is the next generation of the original Cry Baby Wah pedal that has been very popular for decades. The 535Q has been designed to allow you to customize your sound and get the wah tones that you’re looking for. This wah pedal features a six-position switch that allows you to select from different frequency ranges of operation. more…

Vox V846-HW Hand Wired Wah PedalVox V846-HW Hand Wired Wah Pedal

The Vox V846-HW Hand Wired Wah Pedal is a reissue of the grandfather of all wah pedals, the Vox V846. The Vox V846 is a classic that was used by Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and countless others. The Vox V846-HW Hand Wired Wah Pedal, as the name suggests, is hand wired on a turret style board. There are no printed circuit boards in this pedal and each is wired by a highly skilled technician. more…

Morley Steve Vai Bad Horsie 2 Electro-Optical Contour Wah PedalMorley Steve Vai Bad Horsie 2 Electro-Optical Contour Wah Pedal

Designed to be used with the guitar, the bass, or the keyboard, the Morley Steve Vai Bad Horsie 2 Electro-Optical Contour Wah Pedal has two modes of operation: Bad Horsie and Contour Wah. In Bad Horsie mode the wah tone and Q are set to Steve Vai’s precise specifications. more…

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