October 10th, 2011, 09:01 AM
Hi guys & dolls i'd just like to get some opinions on these wah pedals
Wilson Effects 12 Ps. Vintage Spec Rippah Boost Wah
Keeley modded Vox & Dunlop mello wah's
& please throw in some other wah's your impressed with
Cheers Folks :grin:
October 10th, 2011, 10:27 AM
Wilson makes a decent wah, better than Vox and Dunlop IMHO. I own the Tunable Colorful Wah (http://www.wilsoneffects.com/TunableColorfulClone.html) which is a clone of the Macari/Coloursound wah
October 10th, 2011, 12:07 PM
id go boutique with wahs if I used mine alot but I don't so I just use a dunlop crybaby, most likely should upgrade but theres always another more useful pedal to spend my money on
anyways long story short get the Wilson or area 51 they are most likely superior
October 10th, 2011, 06:04 PM
if money was no object i would get a roger mayer vision wah. it is very versitile and the voicing on it can be changed. 16 different voiceings, class Awired.
it is patterened after the wah roger mayer made for hendrix and is best heard on band of gypsies.
here is a review from pedal geek
Soundwise, the Vision Wah has no peers. Combine 16 different wah voicings along with custom tweaks to the internal Range and Bias knobs and you can call up everything from shrilly squawks to woofer-shaking wooliness. Although every setting has its' own charming personality, we gravitated towards some of the richer voicings and fell heel over heel in love. The sweep is ultra smooth and the transistion from low to high is balanced and very consistent. It's worth mentioning that the overall voice of the Vision is that of a "Wah," as opposed to a "Wow." This particular vowel-like voicing has more in common with that of a Crybaby than that of a vintage Vox or a boutique Budda wah. Some players have their own picky preferences and knowing this could either make you run to the music store or stay home. The blend knob is a genius move on Mayer's part as it expands the wah palette even more by allowing the user to dial in a more pronounced wah sound or a nearly absent one. The output knob provides a robust boost for solos, noisey spasms, and basic wah-freakouts. It's a welcome touch that saves you the stress of depeding on the soundman to push your parts in the mix. Add to all this true bypass and AC power and you can see why we haven't dished out a bad word for this wah. All these small details add up to a wah that really pushes the envelope of design, ease of use, and overall sound. You'll pay considerably more for this remarkable breakthrough in Wah design but then again, this isn't the usual Wah.
October 10th, 2011, 06:27 PM
I have had the area 51 for about 4 years and recently added the buffer mod...
To me it is...meh... Don't get me wrong, it is waaaaay better than the Dunlop guts that I ripped out of that pedal, but I have yet to go truly be over-the-moon about it. I have tried adjusting the pot travel but just haven't been thrilled. I added the buffer to work better with some old school fuzz circuits but it still touchy and i cant help feeling that there is room for improvement in the way that it interacts with my other pedals. I have tweaked like crazy and eventually just sidelined it when I scored a Mutron C-200 Vol/Wah. On the plus side, the Area 51 is well built and the operation is quiet. Also Dan (I think that's his name) seems like a great guy and builds/ships quickly. He's got the kind of business that I would't hesitate to recommend. It is possible that I just haven't been as wah crazy as I was 10 years ago... Still, the thing that I would watch out for is tone suck and that loud audible click when operating. Both are signature crybaby sounds that I can't handle. The area 51 doesn't do that neither does my Mutron.
October 10th, 2011, 06:40 PM
Of those you mentioned, the Wilson Rippah is a great wah.
If you want a classic Vox wah sound, check out the Wilson Signature with vintage spec.
I have one (though it's on loan to a friend right now), and it's a great sounding wah that requires zero tweaking.
If you don't mind really spending some dough, check out the Teese wahs.
My RMC2 is the best wah I've ever played.
It has 5 preset sweeps along with a Q and a level/boost pot,
and sounds good with those knobs set at any point, really-
it's just your preference.
On the other hand, I had a Wilson Freaker wah that was a bitch to dial in.
The Rippah is more comparable to the RMC, but that Freaker has scared me off the Wilson tweakable wahs a bit.