What's your favorite wah pedal?

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  1. nosuch

    nosuch Friend of Leo's

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    Let me know what your favorite is and why.

    Myself: I have a standard Cry Baby I bought new in the 90s and a recent one on "smoked chrome". I like the sound but I have one problem: As I switch it on there's a noticeable volume boost – I play clean most of the time. I wonder what I can do about it. For now I just roll back the guitar's volume. I was thinking if I should maybe have a volume control installed in the wah pedal?
    Some wahs seem to have a boost control, but I didn't see any with volume cut.
     
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    I have a few wah pedals. Each has a unique voice, suited to specific use.
    for clean "Shaft" tones, I use a modded old Crybaby or Budda Bud Wah.

    based on the rest of your signal chain, the buffer in the Crybaby is providing a boost when engaged
    you can perform a "True Bypass" mod and remove the buffer components
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    you can swap out 1 resistor which sets gain - higher value OR a pot for more control
    the recent model might not be easily modded if it's SMT construction

    https://www.electrosmash.com/crybaby-gcb-95
     
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    The auto wah inside the Boss Ms 3....:):)
     
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    Dunlop q95. Ajustable Q and Boost controls, auto on/off upon stepping on the unit. Lovely buffer and sound.
     
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    fulltone clyde deluxe is the best i've ever owned/played. it has an input control and buffer adjustment to deal with volume jump. it's fat and sassy!

    in the '70s, a buddy had a morley power fuzz wah. that thing was in a class by itself. i never got to play with it. when he kicked it on, it sounded like Armageddon.
     
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    DADGAD Friend of Leo's

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    Early Thomas Organ Cry Babys. They give me the sound I want so, in all honesty, I haven't tried any others. I have two.

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    I never really got along with wahs back when, but I ended up with a Tel-Ray era chrome Morley Wah Volume pedal. Bought it on a whim when a local music store was clearing old stuff out of their basement. Something about the way the optical circuit works makes the pedal easier for me to use than others, and since I have huge feet, maybe it’s just an issue of fit, although I mostly use it as a cocked wah.
     
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    JAM Pedals WAHCKO Wah.

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    Simply the finest Wah Wah I've ever owned. Six voice selections. I'm almost always on #2, (the second brightest), but on my brightest Telecaster I use #4. The sweep is very wide and the Q comes right where I would have designed it to be.
     
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    Morley Bad Horsie. Once you go switchless, you’ll never go back. Probably. At least, I won’t.
     
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    I ended up building my own based off the pedalpcb tearjerker wah pcb ... pretty expensive DIY build to be honest but I got exactly everything I wanted. It does have volume, Q, mid, and low trimmers along with DIP switches for choosing voice caps. This is pretty close to the Teese RMC3 in features and while not cheap for DIY was a far sight cheaper than buying the original.
     
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    Never been much for wahs, although I always kept one around cause it seems to be a pedal board staple. Mostly Crybabies because you can get them fairly cheap used, although I do have an AMT Japanese girl wah, because I like its small footprint. All the Crybabies I have I have modded them for true bypass, and one I've modded so that with the flick of a switch I can reverse the ins-and outputs, to get the David Gilmour seagull screams.
     
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    I've got a Boss wah that I really like. I don't remember the model number and they didn't bother to put that info on the pedal. It sounds as good as any I've tried, it's solidly built, and it has LEDs on both sides of the pedal so there is never any doubt if it is on or off.
     
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    Teese Picture Wah!! Had it for years, although it doesn't get a lot of use anymore given I'm playing alt country.
     
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    AMT Japanese Girl wah.
     
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    For me, it's the CAE MC404. Built in boost and two choices for "voice". It's had this position on my pedal board locked down for years. I can get it to find unity or really drive the front end of the amp.

    https://www.jimdunlop.com/cae-wah/
     
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    I've got one of these but mine is a little more recent and is the "Stereo Fuzz Wah" variant. :)
     
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    A Thomas Organ Co. wah (late 60's, early 70's) modded true bypass and has had some resistors changed to improve the sweep & volume and a swap to a Red Fasel inductor.

    It's been on my board since the 70's.
     
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    I like that one too. It's pretty versatile.
     
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    I've had a bunch of vintage, all the usual Dunlops including the 535q, and the Vox 847 has the best puke, the best vowel, the best top, the best bottom, and the most balanced versatile sweep on Earth.
    Might be a 20 yo sample though, not sure about current production.
     
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