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ninworks
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May 4th, 2019 09:51 AM   Edit   Profile  

I lost interest in them in about, oh, I'd Say, 1978. Most of the metal guys get stupid with them IMO. Solo for a few seconds and then step on the wah wah pedal to make the same old riffs sound interesting. Chuck Berry riffs at Mach 2 going WAH WAH WAH WAH. Not for me. Most of the time I believe it is used more as a crutch and not an asset.

I haven't used one in decades. I don't even have one except for the internal ones on my modelers. If I were playing in a cover band, where the original tune had one in it, I would use it. If I were to use one for anything other than that it would be in a stationary mode to bring out different harmonics in the sound. Other than that nada.

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LeftyMeister
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May 4th, 2019 10:16 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have one on my board and use it sparingly; mostly for a funky rhythm. I rarely use it for lead, and then only for a phrase or two. It has its place as an accent pedal.

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ohio

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May 4th, 2019 10:28 AM   Edit   Profile  

I had one many moons ago. Used it for a while , but haven’t even owned one for quite some time. Don’t miss it.

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May 4th, 2019 10:51 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have an old Dunlop wah that I use sometimes at practice on a funk or reggae type song but I don't always use it when we play out for some reason. I guess the less stuff I have to mess with the better and it's getting to be a pretty old piece of gear.

SonicBlue

Sunbury-on-Thames

May 4th, 2019 11:16 AM   Edit   Profile  

Setting one a little back from full toe down and leaving it there sound nice...

larryguitar19
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South Florida

larryguitar
May 4th, 2019 11:35 AM   Edit   Profile  

Not me. Like all pedals they are just tools but can be overused. Here I am with my guys jamming out. You will note my right leg is riding the Wah the whole time.

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May 4th, 2019 12:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

I like them fine, but I admit I probably use my Dunlop Crybaby once every 5 years. Had it since 2004 I think. I do ad music and throwback stuff so when I want that vibe I'll use it. But it is an effect I think just a dab'll do ya.

Leftee
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May 4th, 2019 12:49 PM   Edit   Profile  

I like ‘em. I rarely use one. When I payed out I didn’t have one. I probably would have used one a bit, back then.

ninworks
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Middle Tennessee

Too Much GAS
May 4th, 2019 01:29 PM   Edit   Profile  

Back in the late 70's and early 80's, when I was gigging full-time, I had a Morely Power Wah that was also a volume pedal. I used the volume pedal a lot. I only used the wah section of it on one song. When the Morley died I reverted to my old Dunlop volume pedal I had since the early 70's. I never replaced the wah with another one. I still have that volume pedal. I have changed the pot in it probably 10 times over the years but it just keeps on going.

5Strats
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GospelBilly!
May 5th, 2019 05:25 AM   Edit   Profile  

No because I rarely use mine (Fulltone Clyde Standard).

I used my wah on a recording last year and was glad it was around to pull of the shelf.

pcalu

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May 5th, 2019 05:46 AM   Edit   Profile  

Kinda agree with the OP

Mini Dunlop cry baby is on my board and I really never use it, lately been wondering why it's there.

Being a Tele-guy I work the knobs pretty hard and for the most part, can replicate Tremolo and a Wah.

I set the mini or Low and lately been playing with it unconventionally, looking for new ideas

Doc Sarvis
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Tuned Strings and Tight Lines
May 5th, 2019 10:26 AM   Edit   Profile  

I love to kick on a fuzz pedal and play one of my three wahs but it represents a small fraction of my overall playing time.

reverendrob
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May 5th, 2019 11:10 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've never been fond of them.

I'll use one on rare, rare occasions, but I don't do typical wah stuff with it, surprise surprise

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May 5th, 2019 11:15 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've got a George Dennis wah, but it's not been on my pedalboard for years. I did use it a few weeks ago at the local buskers night when I knew I was going to be asked to play "White Room". It did the job.

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El Californio

May 5th, 2019 11:39 AM   Edit   Profile  

Tired of wah? Try a volume pedal. I've been having a blast with and old Ernie Ball one I found used. The swells are epic. Get your Knopfler on.

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Manchester, TN

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May 6th, 2019 06:59 AM   Edit   Profile  

I don't use mine very often, but certain cover songs require one. I often just use the one on my ME-70, it's actually pretty good.

Twangmeister

Philly/NL, CT

Retired
Jun 9th, 2019 09:01 PM   Edit   Profile  

At least a few years every decade since 1965.

Leftee
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VA

Jun 10th, 2019 07:31 AM   Edit   Profile  

Epic Swells

W00T!!!!

gdw3

LA-la-land, CA

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Jun 10th, 2019 11:07 AM   Edit   Profile  

I think most people mis-use them. I personally think they work better for rhythm parts, rather than for lead work as most people use them. Throw it on a lead, and suddenly your notes are mush, unless you use it tastefully (see: Mike Keneally, Steve Vai).

I hadn't owned one in many years, but was "forced" to get one recently for a couple of tunes I was playing in a showcase. It's fun in small doses, but can quickly become annoying.

5Strats
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GospelBilly!
Jun 10th, 2019 02:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

"mush"? Jimi Hendrix, hello?

Hendrix was the best at using a wah pedal, in my opinion, and that's the sound I go for when I use a wah.

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