-as far as wah wahs go, this and the crybaby are the best known, and the crybaby ever since dunlop bought them out is basically a reissue - this is the real deal
-like i said i don't use the wah very much but it's in my chain in case i ever decide to go wah crazy
Model Year: 2002
Where Obtained: eBay
-just step on it to turn it on and off
-battery powered, i have an ac adapter to it but it's very awkward how i have it hooked up to my power supply, a built in ac adapter would be better, but then you'd be messing with a classic design
-i use it with lp/strat through a vox amp
-i don't use it at all hardly, just leave it on all the time
-this is of course a classic pedal, used by many famous musicians to make all kinds of music
-not noisy at all
-could not be easier to use
-heavy as hell, built like a tank
It's an awesome wah! I got it cheap and brand new; the pawn shop staff received it after Christmas (they told me that the kid had asked for a new WALL to replace on his room for Christmas, and his parents heard 'wah') and only stepped on it once to make sure it worked.
The biggest problem I have with the wah is that the lil rubber booties on the bottom metal plate pick up all the cat hair on my floor. Otherwise, it's awesome!
Price: $40.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Pawn Shop
Features? It's a wah! It cries! Single feature, and the best!
Although a few reviews I've read says it has AC power, I can't find anywhere to plug in an adapter. It's battery-powered with a 9-volt. Doesn't seem to suck much power, either; I've not changed the battery in 3 months and it still sounds awesome.
I played this through my cheap Harmony Strat, with a Ibanez Smash Box pedal and a Crate GX15 amp. I'm primarily a metal guy, and it works beautifully to create that tone you might associate with Kirk Hammet.
Everyone I know seems to swear by the Crybaby, but I liked this one better!
It's very easy to use; Just plug in, step on it till you hear the click, and wail away!
It's built like a friggin tank! It takes batteries, which kinda bogs it down a lil bit (you have to remove the bottom metal plate to change batteries) but otherwise, I'm sure I could throw it out of a car on the highway and come back to find it in good condition!
I didnt have to look at any other effects when it came to choosing this one cause I had already owned a Dunlop Crybaby and they really sucked for my line of playing well at least to my taste. HELL YES. In a heartbeat. It couldn't be any better then it already is. The way she sounds. It can either be passive or completely full blown hostile. My favorite aspects are its durability and its sound but the worst aspect is that there is no power adpter jack for alternate power cause the way I use it I will burn through 9volts like there going out of style. YEAH, GET IT!
Price: $99.99 (new)
Where Obtained: Musicians Friend
It has just an on and off switch when you step dwon on the pedal. It is a battery powered pedal. It really shoudl have an adapter for a power supply. It Sounds frigging awesome. No tubes are involved and I'm not quite familair with what stereo is.
I use an ESP LTD KH-603 guitar and a Line 6 Spider II 150watt 2X12 combo with it. I play metal, blues and classical. As far as the metal and blues goes this pedal is all that. Not sure about other styles of playig though
This unit is not programmable or patchable in any wawy shape or form but it is just fine the way that it is. Nope you plug here in and she is ready to rock. You have full control of the sound that comes out constantly. It is probably the simplest yet for the fact all you have to ddo is press down on it and your ready to rock. I love it.
Oh hell yes. You can stomp the hell out of this thing and she wont take any abuse. That I'm not sure of. I know the make amps that look kinda funky but that is about it. I believe it is made out of die-cast metal which is the same thing they used to make matchbox cars with at least the old ones LOL. Those thing could also take a beating. Therefore its pretty durable.
Hopefully I'll find a plethora of uses for this great lookin' little toy. I wouldn't blame anyone for wanting to steal one of these, seeing as they look cool and sound great. The man who touches any piece of my gear better pray that the G men get 'im before I do. What was that Ving Rames said in Pulp Fiction? Oh yea, "go to work on 'im with a pair of pliers and a blowtorch". So, yea, I'd buy it again (as it is, It was a Christmas present.
I don't think it's a big deal that this pedal doesn't have a full bypass. After all, this is a REISSUE. It's based on OLD technology. Hey, vintage stuff was cranky as hell and probably broke down more times than a ford explorer. But the reason vintage gear is prized is because, despite all its faults, the damn things produced some of the SWEEEEETEST tone out there. Hell, we're still trying to match it.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $99.95 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center in San Jose, CA
This pedal has no switches, just the pedal (simple as it gets). It takes 9 volts or an AC adapter (only worth getting if you do long gigs). Anything I wish it had? The ability to reproduce by division. Then I could build a whole army of wah-wahs.....
Oh, and there's an extra bonus for all you vintage freaks out there: it comes in a SUPER COOL retro brown vinyl carry bag!!!!! White trim and everything. And if you prefer to let the cat out of the bag, if you will, then you will be basked in the shine of the chrome on the pedal. WOOHOO!
My music career is short and therefore unfocused (let's hope it stays that way). As I said before, I've been playing 8 months. I play anything that I listen to, which is anything from Classic Rock (Hendrix, The Doors) to Hard Rock (Led Zeppelin, AC/DC), to contemporary Grunge (Alice In Chains, STP).
My current setup is an 2001 Epi Les Paul Studio to a Boss BD-2 Bluesdriver to the Vox Wah to a Crate GFX-212T amp. Now, there is no set rule regarding the placement of wah pedals in an effects chain. If you put the wah BEFORE a distortion or overdrive pedal, the end result will be an overdriven wah'd signal. The same applies if you are placing the wah between your guitar and your amp's distortion circuits. Placing the wah AFTER a distortion or overdrive pedal (or in the effects loop of your amp), the end result will be a wah'd overdriven signal. BUT!!! the wah pedal will affect the overdrive! So, if the wah is open, your tone will be cleaner. If the wah is closed, your tone will be more distorted. It's totally up to you how you want to use it. Personally, I place the wah before my overdrive pedal so that it does not affect my overdrive (that would just be another factor I'd have to divert brain power to, and using your foot and your fingers at the same time is tough enough for me!).
The pedal produces no noise other than the typical "swirling air" noise heard when the wah is closed (full treble) and nothing is being played. This wah-wah has a slightly wider range than the Dunlop Crybaby pedal that my friend has. It'll do the Hendrix thing (after all, he USED THIS PEDAL* for most of his recordings, NOT the Crybaby as some believe!) The lack of a full bypass doesn't bother me, but the click when you turn it on is loud enough to be annoying when playing clean. I give it a 4 only because of that fault.
*Source: "Jimi Hendrix Signature Licks" by Andy Aledort
Here's the deal with wah-wahs: You kick the front end hard, and it turns on. Rock it back and forth while enjoying the effects of your wah. To turn it off, kick the front part hard again. The thing didn't come with a manual (how could anyone need a manual for a wah pedal?).
First of all, wah-wah pedals are GIANT STEEL BRICKS! Inside, the circuitry is simple (simplicity = less things that can go wrong = reliability). I have had it only a week, but I can't see anything much going wrong in the future. Not gigging yet, but maybe one day....and when I do, I'm going without a backup. In my opinion, you gotta get gear you can count on. The only backup I'd ever take with me to any gig is a second guitar (never know when a string could break, although in my 8 months of playing, I have yet to break a single string.)
I like it because it has a wider "wah range" than the crybaby and the few others that I tried. Best sounding wah I ever played. I got the shiny chrome special edition and its super sleek looking. The only thing that brings this thing down is the lack of an AC adapter, but I have yet to see my battery wear out.
Price: $120.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Music Store
Wah-wah.. wah wah wah wawawawah..
Very nice... lack of true bypass dosn't bother me.
I would like to see someone try and break this thing.
I bought this one because I didn't like the original crybaby sound(gcb-95). If it was lost or stolen I would consider getting another one. It could be better if I could get the sound of Clapton or Hendrix out of it. Anyone know How? I like the chrome look and the worst aspect would be ? ? ? I can't really complain about this wah, sounds and looks good.
Where Obtained: Ebay
I use a Strat(yamaha) and les paul copy (essex). I like the sound this wah has over the other wahs that are made now. I still like the wah sounds from the sixties better. Trouble is I don't have the money to buy a vintage pedal and even then there is no gurantee it is going to sound any different then the one I got.
Press a switch and rock a pedal
If you want the classic wah sound, it's either this or Dunlop. Dunlop is cheaper, but I think you get what you pay for with this. I'm happy with my choice to get this classic.
Where Obtained: eBay
This guy's got one job and one job only: wah. No overdrive, no variations on the wah sound. Just plain ol' wah.
This pedal delivers the much sought-after classic wah sound. And the lack of a true bypass doesn't seem to impare my tone that much, although I've heard of many people who found it to be a problem.
It can't get much simpler that this:
1) Hit the front part hard to engage it.
2) Rock your foot back and forth to produce great wah sound.
3) See step 1 to disengage the wah.
In my opinion, this is where it really shines. As a programmer, I can tell you that the simpler something is, the less chance there is for something to go wrong. Since you are forced to open up the pedal to change the battery, I've seen the very simple, straight-forward internal circuitry. Again, simple = less that can go wrong. (And it doesn't hurt that it weighs as much as a rock).
The sound is not exactlly what I have in my head, and that's the only reason I say it's not excellent... personal problem if you will :-P It is _THE_ best sounding wah I've ever played.
Model Year: 1997
Price: $100.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Musicians Friend
It's just a wah (no volume or O/D or anything like that), but that's all I wanted.
Best sounding stock wah I've ever played (I've owned several over the years)
I've been beating it up for a few years now and it still works and looks great.
Vox is one of the grandaddies of wah-ness. This is the vox flagsghip. A simple wah. If your looking for a good wah, look at either vox or Dunlop, the top contenders in the feild. While this wah doesn't have any of the bells and whistles found on other wahs, its a classic. Remeber the golden rule of guitar equipment. The longer the company has been around, the more their stuff costs ;)
Price: $80.00 (new)
Where Obtained: E-Bay
Its a plain ole' wah. Its a pain to put in new batteries, but thats all.
Its an exact recreation of Vox's 1960 wah. Vox and dunlop are like Fender and Gibson. Throughout history, famous musicians have pledged alleigance to one or the other. Mark Worrell will love it because Kirk Hammet uses one.
It weighs a ton, and wont break. Much stronger than anything thats digital or made by Rogue.