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Wah wah chucka chuka...

Discussion in 'Pedal/Effects Owners Clubs' started by Seasicksailor, Feb 8, 2019.

  1. Seasicksailor

    Seasicksailor Tele-Afflicted

    Jun 26, 2012
    Bristol UK
    I'm almost 43 and I've never had a Wah pedal. How shocking is that? :confused:

    My first Wah just arrived in the post (Vox V847-A). Sadly, I'm at work, but I'll get a chance to test it at rehearsal tonight.

    I envisage I'll mostly use it for cocked wah sounds and the occasional porn soundtrack. :D

    Any tips? How do you use yours?
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  2. SixStringSlinger

    SixStringSlinger Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    May 21, 2006
    The two most basic tricks (aside from cocked wah and porn) are:

    1) Rock it back and forth in a steady rhythm as you play. Quarter notes, eighth notes, whatever.

    2) Keep it more or less parked in one spot and notch it up to emphasize a long sustained note, or a bend, or something. The "punctuation" of the lick.

    Over time you'll get to know the pedal's sweep and learnt to be more expressive with it. I see it as basically a third hand to play your guitar with; over time you develop greater control and can therefore use it more effectively.

    Also experiment with at what point in the sweep you leave it cocked. You might prefer it at different spots depending on what you're playing.
  3. Seasicksailor

    Seasicksailor Tele-Afflicted

    Jun 26, 2012
    Bristol UK
    Thanks SSS (oh I just noticed we have the same initials)! Your post makes me even more eager to try it... is it 5pm yet? :-D
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  4. 24 track

    24 track Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Nov 6, 2014
    kamloops bc
    wah's are also useful to get a particular tone, basically a wah is a sweepable one chanel parametric eq, that can be set to give a tonal boost to certain frequency ,
    I have 2 of them , the first one is a Dunlop Crybaby , I dont like it much , my other is a DOD FX-17 , Vol/Wah , this uses an LED and a masking shield to produce the sweep so I dont get that crackly dirty pot sound when the pot wears out as with the Crybaby ,
    have fun with it and enjoy
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  5. TeleFunk Man

    TeleFunk Man Tele-Afflicted

    Listen to funk.
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  6. JodanOrNoDan

    JodanOrNoDan Tele-Meister

    Jan 2, 2019
    Step 1. Close Windows
    Step 2. Get inebriated
    Step 3. Plug In Strat. Volume on 10. Bridge pickup.
    Step 4. Turn on Marshall.
    Step 5. Set everything to 10.
    Step 6. Get the feedback going and pedal the wah and hit the trem hard.

    You will think you are God.

    Disclaimer... the above practice can be a direct cause of broken strings, deafness, hangovers and a pissed off wife and neighbors.
  7. drf64

    drf64 Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Jul 24, 2009
    Ada, MI
    I'm almost 55 and I've never had a wah....
  8. kennl

    kennl Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 6, 2007
    Moon Township, PA
    Had a DOD FX-17 since the 1980's that I only used as a volume pedal.
    My Acid jazz band added Dr. Lonnie Smith's "Witchdoctor" to the setlist and everyone wanted some wah like Peter Bernstein played on the recording.
    So I used the DOD for 1 gig and have since added a Crybaby, Budda, and Snarling Dogs. Some wah pedals work better with specific guitars than others.
    I only use it for comping, not on solo playing. Definitely adds some porno soundtrack vibe.
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2019
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  9. Deebs3

    Deebs3 TDPRI Member

    Sep 1, 2018
    Check out the theme from shaft. .. Simple but oh so effective
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  10. Ex-riverman

    Ex-riverman Tele-Holic

    Jun 17, 2016
    Tulsa, OK
    That’s a good wah pedal. I miss mine.
    Parked wah is great. Rocking is cool.
    This is a great use of the wah here (go about 6 minutes in to hear him get his start):
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  11. JGD5150

    JGD5150 TDPRI Member

    Jan 10, 2009
    I've always had a wah on my board, back to my days as an SRV-worshipping Strat-totin' youth.

    Currently I'm rocking the MXR/CAE wah, which has switchable Fasel inductors and a switchable boost (which I never use). The wah doesn't get used a lot, but there are a couple solos that I never play without the wah.
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  12. 41144

    41144 Tele-Holic

    Sep 5, 2017
    West Midlands
    I"m in entirely the opposite camp to SixStringSlinger ...

    Just play guitar and rock the wah-wah up and down ... Funky or what?

    But, yes keep it parked down/off when not in use or it'll affect your tone. :eek:
  13. W.L.Weller

    W.L.Weller Tele-Meister

    May 20, 2014
    Also you can adjust the sweep of your Vox 847 by loosening the screw that holds the spacer that holds the rack that connects to the treadle, turning the pot shaft, and reversing the above.

    This moves the whole "frequency window" either brighter or darker. I set my Vox so that heel-down is my preferred cocked-wah sound and toe-down is shattered glass and feedback. Probably not to everyone's taste, but I just wanted you to know that you can tweak it a little.
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  14. Ricky D.

    Ricky D. Poster Extraordinaire

    Oct 22, 2006
    Raleigh, North Carolina
    I saw Miles Davis in Boston in 1970 +/-. Miles, Keith Jarrett, and Michael Henderson all had Vox wahwahs.

    So I went out the next day and bought one. There's a spot in the pedal travel about midway that would resonate with the note being played and produce a tone that seemed psychotic. Used that with tiny foot movements to track single note solos. Even better with a fuzz pedal in front of it.

    For other ideas, check out Jimi Hendrix on Rainy Day.
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  15. DADGAD

    DADGAD Tele-Afflicted

    Mar 18, 2003
    Hendrix. Anyone mention Hendrix?
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  16. scottser

    scottser Tele-Afflicted

    Mar 6, 2009
    Learn the solo to Thin Lizzy's 'don't believe a word.'
  17. Larry F

    Larry F Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

    Nov 5, 2006
    Iowa City, IA
    I put in my time with a wah. For me, Boomerang was the best. Built of cast iron.

    My band in 1974:
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  18. 24 track

    24 track Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Nov 6, 2014
    kamloops bc
    nice stuff you had some fun I could tell!!!

    I like how you got the same 3 people to use the moving floor at LAX!:lol::lol::lol::lol:
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2019
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  19. Deebs3

    Deebs3 TDPRI Member

    Sep 1, 2018
    Well yes, it's time to mention voodoo chile, I could play this song forever if the neighbours would let me.
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  20. Seasicksailor

    Seasicksailor Tele-Afflicted

    Jun 26, 2012
    Bristol UK
    Amazing tips people! Thanks so much!

    It has been immense fun so far... although it is a bit noisier than I expected. I'll try it with humbuckers next time.
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