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Old September 7th, 2009, 11:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Best basic vintage sounding wah

I want a basic wah pedal for blues, R 'n' B, funk and 60s rock.

Nothing to modern and I'm not desperate for a lot of special features.

I want something simple and reliable, preferably with true-bypass or one that you can mod for true-bypass but I definitely don't want anything that will suck the balls out of my tone.

At the moment I'm thinking either Vox 847 or Dunlop Classic Crybaby, but I know nothing so I'm open to other suggestions!

Thanx in advance to anyone who helps!

All this would be a lot more simple if we played bass.
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Old September 7th, 2009, 11:38 AM   #2 (permalink)
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i had the cry baby years ago...i have the vox 847a now...they sound like night and day...the vox to me definitely sounds old school
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Old September 9th, 2009, 09:32 AM   #3 (permalink)
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i had the cry baby years ago...i have the vox 847a now...they sound like night and day...the vox to me definitely sounds old school
And it's really easy to mod for true bypass. I did it, and I'm an idiot. Here's the link:
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Old September 10th, 2009, 04:51 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I have an old Thomas Organ CryBaby Wah that I bought off of EBay. LOVE this pedal. I converted it to true bypass. I'm a happy camper.
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Old September 10th, 2009, 06:15 AM   #5 (permalink)
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hey, i love my v847a for that tone too.
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Old September 10th, 2009, 08:28 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I have an 847 but my best wah is an RMC "Picture Wah." Nails those 70's tones!
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Old September 10th, 2009, 04:36 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I just picked up a BBE Wah at for a pretty good price. It's based on the Vox. I have to say, it sounds mighty good - wide natural vocal sound. I previously had a Vox wah and was looking for something similar but better quality with true bypass. The BBE wah is true bypass. Got an endorsement from Guitar Player magazine (April 09). If you're looking for a Vox with true bypass, this is probably one to consider.
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Old September 10th, 2009, 07:02 PM   #8 (permalink)
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fulltone clyde deluxe wah. zvex wah probe sounds great too but the sensor plate is not for everyone.
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Old September 12th, 2009, 02:07 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Love my vintage Vox wah
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Old September 12th, 2009, 04:22 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I currently use a crybaby but after hearing a mates vox I want to swap.

My vote goes to the Vox.
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You don't need to spend a whole lot to get that vintage sound.

I had a Crybaby Classic and an Original Crybaby - both paled in comparison to the Vox 847a.
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I've got a Crybaby which was perfectly fine until I played the BBE Wah. My bandmate has one and it just kills. It has a great vintage sound, and when I play it I always have an "OMG, that sounds great" moment. Amazon does have them for a great price. I had always wanted a Vox, but never dropped the cash on one. Mother-in-law got me my the Crybaby.

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Old September 13th, 2009, 01:13 AM   #13 (permalink)
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I'll check that BBE out.
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Old September 19th, 2009, 10:41 PM   #14 (permalink)
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If you get a Vox V847a, I would strongly suggest doing the true bypass mod, which is really simple to do. Before, the pedal had a really, really, really negative impact on my sound. After the mod, it's fine.
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Old September 20th, 2009, 01:54 AM   #15 (permalink)
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I use a Teese Picture wah and a Fulltone Clyde Deluxe.

For classic 60's and 70's electric guitar blues rock tones, this one's tough to beat. It has a great vocal belch. It retired my VOX 847 and several different versions of Dunlops. However, the VOX slightly outdid the Teese for Shaft "wacka wacka" noises, although I've no idea what sort of wah Charles Pitts used on the Isaac Hayes track.

For whatever reasons, the Teese is not as good a fit with my DI--> PA signal path for acoustic-electric guitar and lap steel. It sounds great 'toe-down', but otherwise the sweep is very limited, and there's a perceived volume drop as engaged, neither of which have been issues with tube amp/electric guitar rigs. I'd played a Fulltone Clyde Standard for a while a few years back, and remembered that it had a longer throw and a more dramatic sweep, so I decided to give it another whirl with the acoustic-electric rig. Viola, issues resolved. The 'Deluxe' also has a variable stepped input gain knob, which I can run a notch above unity to alleviate the perceived volume drop that I mentioned. The Fulltone as 'toe-down' might have a bit much high end character for some folks' taste; it's a matter of your gear and how you set it, as well as what your ear wants to hear.

Neither the Teese or the Fulltone are cheap, but they're built to withstand nuclear war. The pots are excellent. I still have the original pot in the Teese, which is nearly ten years old now and has been gigged a bunch. It still doesn't sound scratchy, which I find difficult to believe. I went through pots far more frequently with the VOX and Dunlops that I played.
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Old September 20th, 2009, 05:15 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Had the CryBaby - Hatet it with a passion.

Have the Vox V847 - Love it!
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Old September 20th, 2009, 12:17 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I like the Vox Clyde McCoy model, not sure if they are making it anymore. I used to be a Vox dealer and had a chance to A/B the regular Vox, a Crybaby, a Tech 21 wah, a Morely Bad Horsie and the Clyde together. the Clyde had more range and response than any of them and basically was like the regular Vox with extended range and was a bit more sensitive.
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