Best Wah’s?

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  1. peterjc

    peterjc Senior Member

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    Thinking of getting a new Wah and wondering which ones you guys use? I have the Dunlop Wylde and it’s not bad but there is a range in the sweep which is unusable towards the bass end that I don’t like, way too much bass. Thinking bout the Cantrell but is it too heavy in bass heel down too? Hendrix? Cheers
     
  2. misterhatter6

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    If you have a Crybaby housing and parts, you can get a solderless DIY kit from Chicago Iron for their Para Pedal clone. It's not for everyone but it's going to be my next wah.

    Edit: It's like $170 though, and if you're wondering what one sounds like, listen to Black Sabbath's "Electric Funeral"
     
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    filtersweep Senior Member

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    I like the BBE Ben Wah. I don't like BBE in general, but this wah is quite decent. Some boutique 'builder' was just relabeling them at three times the price. My previous wah was from the 70s, weighed a ton, ran on AC, and the Ben Wah has a Dunlop footprint.
     
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    Is the BBE Ben Wah based on anything? Or how does it sound compared to a normal Crybaby?
     
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    joff Senior Member

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    I have a JAM Pedals Wahako + wah which has a knob with 6 selectable frequency ranges...it's simply fab! :)

    JAM Wahako +.jpg
     
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    +1 for the JAM Pedals Wah:)
     
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    I know exactly what you are struggling with, I had the same issues with numerous wah's until I settled on the Crybaby Jerry Cantrel Wah. It is simply magnificent and easy to adjust the sweep on the fly.

    Good luck finding a wah that works for you.
     
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    I've gone thru a lot of wah pedals over the years. Most have broken or start to sound funny over time. The last few years I've gone with...

    The MC-404 CAE Wah - It has proven to be excellent sounding, flexible and 100% reliable.

    Wah preference is very subjective but I would suggest you check this one out if you have the opportunity. It's sort of like a richer, creamier sounding, more robust crybaby without any of the piercing high end and built much stronger imo.

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    Have you opened it up and tried adjusting it? It’s a mechanical adjustment and not at all hard to do. I’ve done it with just about all my wahs. PM me if you need further info/instructions.
     
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    Xotic xw-1, its brilliant. So much adjustability but its not cheap thats for sure.
     
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    peterjc Senior Member

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    Yeah that one was on my list too? Along with the Cantrell and Hendrix! I like a throaty Wah, that’s why I like the Wylde but I want all the sweep to be usable. Also don’t like a big sweep because they are just harder to find the sweet spot. I demo’d the 535q and the sweep is too big and hard to find sweet spot. I’ve had original gcb95 way too piercing and massive sweep!
     
  13. BanditPanda

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    How about a mini wah with less cost..maybe something by Danelectro / Joyo / Mooer ?
    Any suggestions ?
    BP
     
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    Liquid State Premium Member

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    THIS!
     
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    scooter500 Senior Member

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    No idea about those three companies, but Boss has a smaller wah and Dunlop has an even smaller wah. These don't cost less but they do have quality construction and several cool improvements Someday I'd like a mini wah like one of those.
     
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    i use the dunlop 535q and love it.
     
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    NotScott Silver Supporter

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    Not cheap, but if you want something that sounds great, is well built and you can dial in to do exactly what you want, this is it:

    http://www.realmccoycustom.com/RMC3.htm

    I have used one with my analog rigs for several years now and it has never let me down.
     
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    Thank you scooter. I'll look into those which you have mentioned.
    BP
     
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    Just got the Crybaby Mini...with the internal selector switch I was able to dial in just how I though a Wah should sound. It's smaller size is actually a bonus IMHO.
     
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