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A good wah at a reasonable price.

Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by Jack Clayton, Nov 22, 2018.

  1. Jack Clayton

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    I've gone the Dunlop crybaby route, and I was NOT a fan. The buffer seems to be very poorly made, and the pedal sucked all the tone out of my signal, even if it's the only pedal in my chain. I bought it locally for forty dollars and almost immediately resold it for the same price.

    I know JHS does a mod for the crybaby that apparently solves this problem, but it's not cheap. I've seen other wahs for sale locally by companies like vox. I also know there is more than one model of crybaby, and maybe there are some better ones I should be looking for.

    Can anybody recommend a readily available wah that won't break the bank (I'd like to spend less than $100) or wreck my tone?
     
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    I like the Vox 847a. I don’t know how it compares to the crybaby, though. Used prices are very good.
     
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    I've considered that one. I'm not as concerned about it's performance as a wah as I am that it won't suck my signal right out the window. Does your vox generally sound pretty good turned off?
     
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    Try to find a used Morley Bad Horsie (1st Gen) on Reverb. It has an optical switch so no scratchy pot to deal with. It has a bit more of a modern sweep to it.

    Just, FYI, I was in your camp with Dunlops until I heard their Classic Cry Baby Wah with the Fasel inductor. Used, you can get them for $80 and they sound awesome.
     
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    I like the Ibanez Screaming Demon. Very flexible wah with lots of options and a robust build.

    I found a used one for $25.

    I also like like the Fasel Crybabys.
     
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    Just an anecdote about the Cry Baby wah. A friend gave me a really old one, and it sucked tone and volume badly so I put away for a while.

    I finally took a look inside and there was some deteriorated insulation in there. I replaced it with a peice of a foam egg carton cut to fit, and it suddenly worked much better.

    Apparently the circuit board was shorting out on the enclosure.
     
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    Weeping Demon Jr. you can get at a great price, bought a used Morley Mark Tremontti Wah and it is now my favorite ever. Great sweep on that one!
     
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    Behringer Hellbaby (waits for laughter and shaming to subside) All wahs suck tone but I find the build in boost can be used to (somewhat) offset this.. $50 new I paid 10 used. In your case I would get a new one for some place w/ a return privilege. BTW it is mostly plastic (heavy) but plastic NTL
     
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    Mmm. Start by looking for true bypass. I tried a bunch. They're all a little different sounding on each rig, so I wouldn't obsess on tone until you've settled in. A Bud Wah works for me, a modded Vox was second.
     
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    Went through lots of wahs before deciding the Vox V847 (USA) was my favorite.

    Haven't used wah since pedal boards grew bigger than the amps they run into though.
     
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    They are easy to mod for true bypass relieving the tone suck if you can solder or know someone that can.
     
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    I think so. I’ve never noticed a huge tone suck.
     
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    The mini Dunlop crybaby wahs sound ok. The Vox wah mentioned above is also a favorite. I use an Xotic Wah, which is not cheap, so may not fit your criteria, but dang it is versatile as all get out.

    If you have a player’s wah sound in mind, you might look to see if they have a signature wah and what the price might be there.
     
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    The Boss auto-way used with an expression pedal doesn't suck tone and sounds surprisingly good. Some (at least the VOX wah) doesn't seem to suck the tone out when a buffered pedal is used in front of it. Such as a Boss TU-3 tuner.
     
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    No wah. No tone suck. Costs zero $.

    Sorry couldn't resist. :D
     
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    Same here, been playing one for the last 10 years.
     
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    yep

    Just a couple of bucks for another footswitch
    =Full bypass, no tone suck
     
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    Did the true bypass+led mod on my Crybaby and its fine. Couple bucks at most really and minimal soldering skills required.

     
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    Favorite one I've ever owned is the BBE Wah. Vintage-correct circuit, sounded great to my ear; absolutely better than the Crybaby wahs that GC had at the time I went shopping. And it has an LED to show when it's on. Never underestimate the value of that.

     
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    Good luck. Maybe one of those suggestions will work for you. Personally, I would never, ever buy a wah without trying it with my guitar and comparable rig. I find that the wah sound is so guitar-dependent that it's best by far to audition them in a setup like the one in which it will be used. I have a BYOC wah that has been modded to have 4 adjustment knobs, and a level control, on the outside of the unit. I can't imagine using a non-adjustable wah and actually having it somehow just match up great.
     
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