Have Wah? Use Wah?

Discussion in 'Pedals' started by X–Ray, May 4, 2012.

Have Wah? Use Wah?

  1. Like 'em, but don’t use one

    7.1%
  2. Don’t use a wah – neutral about them

    2.7%
  3. Use sparingly/occasionally

    42.5%
  4. Don’t like 'em

    2.7%
  5. Sounds dated

    0.9%
  6. An integral effects pedal

    23.0%
  7. Try to use it in a contemporary/unusual way

    1.8%
  8. Used in the past, not anymore

    5.8%
  9. Have one, but don't use it

    13.7%
  1. yell03

    yell03 Senior Member

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    I have a Dunlop Cry Baby and I can use it pretty well, but I don't use it.

    It stays in the closet.

    If I put it on my board I will use it more than I want to and all that tapping is too much aerobic activity for me.:D
     
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  2. X–Ray

    X–Ray Cowbell by Misadventure Premium Member

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    kudos on your honesty...

    ;~)
     
  3. yell03

    yell03 Senior Member

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    Seriously, I tend to get a little wah crazy, so better off in my closet.
     
  4. Marshall & Moonshine

    Marshall & Moonshine Senior Member

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    I love my Teese Picture wah. I use it whenever I feel like it I guess. I'm not great at it. If I was, I'd be writing this from a beach house in Malibu instead of a ship's engine control room. ;)
    I use it a lot with a clean tone and a slide. I usually don't like to mix much else with it, other than maybe a boost, after voluming up into dirt.
    I don't really plan anything ever... Sometimes I'll use it for a song and the next time I play the same song I won't. Not because I'm so fabulously spontaneous; I just can never remember what I did last time, or during practice, or 5 seconds ago.
     
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  5. gibsonguitar1988

    gibsonguitar1988 Senior Member

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    Hey I've missed your posts! I hope you are doing well. Take care!
     
  6. Marshall & Moonshine

    Marshall & Moonshine Senior Member

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    Thanks, man! Ive missed you and the gang to. Im just back to hit a few ports on the east coast, then i'll make one more run to singapore and be back in a few months. This has been one long ass trip. All my other ships hit US ports where my phone worked. Not this thing. Its definitely good to be back, if only for a week or so. I've kinda forgotten where i stand on straplocks... :)
     
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  7. 3rdstone

    3rdstone Senior Member

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    Cool thread Ray. :applause:

    Wah? Hell yes, wah!

    But not just any wah. My ears gravitate towards a Morley, and not their modern offerings either...

    A long long time ago, in a galaxy not so far away, there was an origin to the Morley family of wahs, and they were righteous...:D They called themselves Tel-Ray.

    Small history lesson for anyone who cares: Tel-Ray Morley Page

    These wahs were not your typical wahs, they produced a frequency range quite extraordinary. Read on.

    From their own manuals:

    :shock::hmm:

    Yes, boys and girls, using this wah at loud volumes could fvck up your speakers very much...hahaha

    For this reason, I believe the new Morley Company didn't give a shit about reproducing the old pedals (lawsuits)

    I just ordered an old Tel Ray Morley, and I can't wait for it to get here. These are not the only wahs to get my attention, but they certainly stoke me.

    Wahs? Hell yes, wahs! :thumb:

    [​IMG]

    Sorry for wasting anyone's precious time..(not really):lol:

    A little demo of the original Morley:

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BjYEqdgA6w&feature=related"]Wah wah Morley - YouTube[/ame]
     
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  8. X–Ray

    X–Ray Cowbell by Misadventure Premium Member

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    (heavy sigh)

    one more wah to **** with my head...

    thanks?

    ;~)
     
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  9. TeaForTwo

    TeaForTwo The Guitar Whisperer Premium Member

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    I used one of those original Morley wahs.....It was stolen many years ago.....
    I DO remember it as being, the cat's pajamas....
     
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  10. Iron Broadsword

    Iron Broadsword Senior Member

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    My dad had an old colorsound fuzz/wah that sounded amazing, but I didn't appreciate it back then. So the bassist took it home to use on his own guitar and I never heard from it again. Sadly, it was a great vintage piece of kit with a great tone. I suppose I could just build one now, but it's not the same y'know?
     
  11. marc1kim

    marc1kim Senior Member

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    I've always managed to own a wah, but hardly use them..mainly more for recording. Usually my live rig consists of guitar -> cable -> channel switching tube amp (with the reverb off).
     
  12. *K*

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    I love my Vox V847A. Didn't use wah for a long time after inheriting the worlds noisiest crybaby about 20 years ago but nowadays I wouldn't be without it.
     
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  13. Nigel T.

    Nigel T. Senior Member

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    As most people I use it occasionally.
     
  14. Quill

    Quill Senior Member

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    I'd forgotten all about those. My crazy uncle had one; keyboard player, wicked rock organist, played killer guitar-like leads on a clavinet. And he had one of those wahs - he might have it still. (My first OD, an old Japanese Boss Super Overdrive, I stole from him - and twenty-some years later, it's not ten feet from me as I type this.) I remember fooling around with that wah - it was wild. Really, really cool.
     
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  15. 3rdstone

    3rdstone Senior Member

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    Hey, what do you guys think about the wah in various songs?

    Other songs?

    I love this example...



    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLiuMkGCOC4"]25 or 6 to 4- Chicago - YouTube[/ame]
     
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  16. snaredrum

    snaredrum V.I.P. Member

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    one of my faves

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eipuJPgHFZk]Alice in Chains - Man in the Box (live) - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    retrobob Senior Member

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    :lol:
     
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  18. tin dirigible

    tin dirigible Senior Member

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    Thanks for the link, X-Ray!

    I voted "used in the past, not anymore" because I had one in my early days of playing in the '90's doing a lot of AIC covers.
    I had a Morley Bad Horsie and I stumbled onto the cocked wah method, which I used all the time - until I sold off all my gear.

    This go around I've been plugging straight into tube amps, but I'll be keeping an eye on craigslist for another wah. :D
     
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  19. mudfinger

    mudfinger Thanks for the memories. V.I.P. Member

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    I use mine all the time. Most common application? Cocked at full throttle, to cut through the mix, particularly on intense leads, but it's also great when the pedal is pulled back to get slide parts (in whatever register) to really sing.

    The thing I'm least likely to do with it is use it as a wah-wah effect. :laugh2: Most of the time, if my foot is on the pedal, I'm doing very slow sweeps to create drama, as in the opening lick of "Bridge of Sighs". :thumb:
     
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  20. Rhust

    Rhust Senior Member

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    can't play voodoo chile without it ;) not that I can play it well anyway... but it sure is fun... I can't imagine not having one.. it's just fun all the way around.
     
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