Should I get a wah wah pedal?

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  1. Stratafied

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    WOW!! Outstanding, I think I’ll get one . With a few lessons from you of course.
     
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    Must you always be so damn awesome?
     
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    I brought a Vox pedal, main feature for me is no drop in volume when used. Only used on a couple of songs in the set but when you need wah, nothing else will do.
     
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    I'm really surprised at all the "Meh, maybe" answers. To me, there is not a more fun pedal to use than a wah. It makes your playing so much more physical, if you use one then you know what I mean. I have never owned any other brand of wah than Dunlop and I cannot say a bad word about them.
    I have a Dunlop 535Q which used to be my main wah. It is so adjustable with the Q (freq) dial, the sweep range control, plus volume and boost controls. I have 2 boards so I also picked up a Dimebag CFH wah, which also has pretty much the same controls as the 535Q plus a toe-down sound adjuster, a rocker tension adjuster, and LEDs for pedal-on and boost-on. The LEDs are awesome, especially the pedal-on LED because 1) if you have been switching on and off, you just don't know if the wah is on unless you play and that's is not a mid-performance option sometimes so the visual cue is just great. The CFH wah is pretty much the most customizable wah you can get, but I'll be honest I like the 535Q a bit more. But maybe simpler is better because I decided to get a Jerry Cantrell wah for no other reason that he is one of my favorite guitarists and his wah work is pretty amazing. And supposedly this wah is built to his specs. There is really only one control dial for toe-down frequency but the sound of this wah is really amazing. It's my #1 even with all the controls on the other two wahs. I just like its sound the best. My point here is that you can get a big range of sounds between various wahs and you would be best to try some if possible or at least check out some YouTube demos. Good luck.
     
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    Yes.


    No.


    What do you think?


    Nobody cares.

    Mmm... bacon. :)
     
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    If you have to ask I’d say no.
     
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    Wah pedal effect has a lot of use, some players like IE: Santana and Michael Schenker use it half cocked or somewhere around there always on at certain frequency, gives a unique throaty tone

     
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    i could make one of those flow charts:
    Are you a guitarist?
    Do you like to play funk or 70s style rock?
    Do you like being able to dial in a 'cocked wah' tone sometimes (as in the post above)?

    A wah is something that i don't use very often. but pre-pandemic i always had one on my live pedalboard (vintage 70s CryBaby).
    Now that i'm using digital modeling, it's been replaced by an expression pedal, though.
     
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    Im sure a lot would be interested, and your expertise is always welcomed and appreciated :thumb:
     
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    Never underestimate Mr. Hammer when he's got his rig going.
    'Nuff said.
     
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    yes as that shows more the player than the actual pedal itself, Norm is da man fo shure :thumb:
     
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    There's another way to get that sound that i have available, though:


    Basically the wah is not sweeping through the frequency range, but rather is dialed in to a specific frequency instead.
    Since that is the case, you can get that sound with just your guitar's pickup (and the right cap/resistor combinations).
    Here's a step by step 'how to' video:
     
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    another great example of the Cocked Wah Tone --->

     
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    Well, it's always the player first and not the gear imo.
    Your touch, phrasing, and note choices tell us who you are no matter what you're playing through.
    And a good player knows how to get their sound out of just about any rig, whether it's basic or complex.
    That's why Mr. Hammer is going to sound like himself if he's playing through my rig, and i will sound
    like myself even if i'm playing through his.
    Because who we are as players is going to be the first thing you hear, and then because we're gonna
    work all the knobs, dials, and switches available until we like what we're hearing tone-wise.
    :)
     
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    Agreed 100% but that takes many many hours & years of practice and playing to achieve :)
     
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    Another vote for the Crybaby from Hell - you can dial in just about any flavor of wah you would need.
    Yeah, it looks obnoxious, but the tone and flexibility make it worth it.

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