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. Continue reading “What are the Best Guitar Wah Pedals?”

What are the Best Budget Guitar Wah Pedals?

budget guitar wahShopping on a budget for a guitar wah pedal? This list features some surprisingly affordable choices.

The wah pedal is one of the best-known effects commonly found on a guitarist’s pedal board. Along with its distortion capabilities, it is one of the few effects that is well known to even non-guitar players. It is expressive, giving the guitar an almost vocal-like quality, and guitarists such as Steve Vai have used the wah very successfully to simulate entire conversations. Continue reading “What are the Best Budget Guitar Wah Pedals?”

Vox V847A Classic Reissue Wah Pedal

vox v847aThe V847A is designed to have the original Vox tone while adding a few modern updates to bring the pedal into the modern era

Many wah pedals suffer from a loss of tone when the guitar is plugged into the pedal, and often, this tone loss can be considerable, but the Vox V847A Classic Reissue Wah Pedal is a modern version of the original Vox Wah and it has been designed to address that issue. Continue reading “Vox V847A Classic Reissue Wah Pedal”

Electro-Harmonix Wailer Wah Pedal

electro-harmonix wailerThe Electro-Harmonix Wailer Wah features a circuit that is very similar to the Crying Tone Wah but with a traditional rack and pinion style design.

The traditional style of the Electro-Harmonix Wailer, with movable pedal and a steady base, is much better suited to a pedalboard than the Crying Tone. The pedal is constructed in a light and cost-effective, but still very sturdy, high-impact plastic housing that’s designed to take years of abuse. Continue reading “Electro-Harmonix Wailer Wah Pedal”

Fulltone Clyde Deluxe Wah

fulltone clyde deluxeThe Fulltone Clyde Deluxe Wah 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.

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 has one of the largest pedal sweeps of any wah on the market. Continue reading “Fulltone Clyde Deluxe Wah”

Filter – Understanding How Guitar Effects Work

filterFilter effects are a subcategory of Dynamics and they deal with controlling the volume of certain frequencies.

Equalizers are one of the most common effects in this category and you can find an Equalizer almost everywhere that you find a Volume Control. It is built into your amp, your mixing board, almost everywhere you look. EQs work by using different values of Capacitors to target a certain range of frequencies, and a slider or Volume knob to “Turn Down” (filter to ground) those frequencies. Most EQs are passive, meaning they can only turn down the volume of the frequencies that they target.

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

Bad Horsie 2Used with the guitar, the bass, or the keyboard, the Steve Vai Bad Horsie 2 has two modes of operation: Bad Horsie and Contour.

As it’s designed to be used with the guitar, the bass, or the keyboard, the Steve Vai Bad Horsie 2 has two modes of operation, and in Bad Horsie, the wah tone and Q are set to Steve Vai’s precise specifications. In the Contour mode, you can set your own sound by adjusting the frequency and wah level to suit your needs.  Continue reading “Morley Steve Vai Bad Horsie 2 Electro-Optical Contour Wah Pedal”