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    Ok, I'm in the market for a wah pedal. Never had one before and I'm not looking to spend too much. With the mixed reviews of the EVH wah and the high price tag, I probably won't be getting that, and I'm not too thrilled with the paint job on it...it just doesn't work on that pedal for some reason.

    So I'm thinking a Dunlop crybaby...but I know little about wahs. Is there something else I should be looking at? I want one that will keep the characteristic of the amp tone and not be too over the top.

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    I would stay away from the signature wahs....Go with either a Vox or a Crybaby

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    Quote Originally Posted by vhin04 View Post
    Ok, I'm in the market for a wah pedal. Never had one before and I'm not looking to spend too much. With the mixed reviews of the EVH wah and the high price tag, I probably won't be getting that, and I'm not too thrilled with the paint job on it...it just doesn't work on that pedal for some reason.

    So I'm thinking a Dunlop crybaby...but I know little about wahs. Is there something else I should be looking at? I want one that will keep the characteristic of the amp tone and not be too over the top.
    I have heard good things about the a keeley-modded crybaby, especially with their true-bypass and a different conductor.

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    Cant go wrong with a Vox or a Jimi Hendrix wah

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    I've had the basic Crybaby and I recently got the Hendrix model because that was all the store had...and I love it. Awesome. Highly recommend.
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    The regular old basic Dunlop Crybaby is great. Built like a tank, been used by tons of artists for tons of years, sounds great with about any setup. Cheap too. I have heard good things about the basic Vox wah too, but I don't personally own it. It does have a wider sweep if that is what you are going for.

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    yeah the good 'ol crybaby is a great place to start, also worth a look is the morley wah range (i currently use a bad horsie).
    the evh wah may look daft and cost too much but dont discount it it does sound fantastic....and you can always put black tape over the yellow stripes!
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    I've had a Morley wah for 12 years or so. Works well and never had a problem with it. Highly recommended.

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    The Crybaby is great. I've had mine for 20+ years and it still does the job. What most people don't know is they are also very adjustable to personal taste. If you look at the wah you will notice rubber bumpers where the pedal meets the body. Two at the back and sometimes a combination bumper cover over the bypass switch. You will see notches molded into the bumpers. If you want a wider sweep, you can cut the back bumpers at the notch, or remove the bumpers all together. I would recomend removing them first, analyzing if you like that and note the position of the pedals back to the body. The next thing is when you open the back of the wah and look at the pot area, you will notice the gear on the pot, and the toothed rail which is held in place by a nylon guide. To alter the curve of the effect, first mark the rail and the gear so you can go back to original spec if needed. Loosen the guide so you can pull back the rail, and move the pot freely. With the pedal in the forward position and plugged in of course, rotate the gear for or aft a quarter turn at a time, tighten the guide slightly so it locates the rail, and sweep the pedal while playing a couple licks. Do this several times and you will feel like you have a whole new pedal. I've set mine to be a little less trebly and to have that slight muffled Clapton sort of sound.
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    I would go with either the Crybaby or the Vox Wah. Both have gotten great reviews and many musicians use them. I've used both and they both sound great. The Vox has a wider sweep than the Crybaby and it's a little more expensive, but both are great in my opinion.

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    I use a morley bad horsie.

    1. its spring loaded, so always returns to zero (which I like, you may not if you actually want to alter the sound with the pedal and walk away)

    2. it switches to bypass just by taking your foot off.

    I always has problems with the internal gear on the crybaby slipping..heavy foot I guess.
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    I used a Dunlop Crybaby for years. I now use a Vox V847 and it does have a bit wider sweep, which I like.

    For a bit more money, the Budda BudWah can't be beat. Even more extended range than the Vox (with a very similar tone), true bypass.

    I know I'll get flamed for this, but the best SOUNDING wah I've ever encountered is the Danelectro TripL wah, which gives you three wah sounds. The midrange tone is fantastic for lead playing. The Dano has a plastic casing so I wouldn't recommend it if you're rough on your gear. I gigged mine for 3 years with no issues. The Dano also has an LED and does not suck tone when bypassed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JGD5150 View Post

    I know I'll get flamed for this, but the best SOUNDING wah I've ever encountered is the Danelectro TripL wah, which gives you three wah sounds. The midrange tone is fantastic for lead playing. The Dano has a plastic casing so I wouldn't recommend it if you're rough on your gear. I gigged mine for 3 years with no issues. The Dano also has an LED and does not suck tone when bypassed.
    Hmmm... I might have to try that. I'm sure it could be put in an old crybaby case too, if too fragile for me...

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    Well I'm staring at the EVH wah, I just got it from the VH Store today. Gonna plug it in, see what I think.

    I may record a little something with it you guys can hear it.
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