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History of the wah pedal

History of the wah pedal

The Wah Wah pedal is brilliant. It really is. From funky rhythm chops to wailing solos, your guitar is the only thing its cool to make cry.

Dunlop Cry Baby Wah Pedal

For me, as an average guitarist, the wah pedal is a very useful thing to have on the pedalboard for two reasons: first, it is great for those little bits of guitar solos that are slightly too hard to play, covering up those wee mistakes, and it’s great for when I can’t think of what’s coming next in the solo, so I just play the same bit again, but with some wah. Now it’s different.

Enough with the flippancy though, the wah is a legendary guitar effect and, in the hands of someone who knows what they’re doing, sounds absolutely iconic. Think about Voodoo Child (Slight Return), Shaft, Bulls on Parade, the bassline for Lenny Kravitz’s Fly Away or, who cares, let’s have him again, Hendrix’s Hush Now.

Fancy a history lesson? This rather excellent video is as entertaining as it is informative:

Featuring a history of the wah wah pedal, and interviews with plenty of famous users, it really is worth a watch!

What are your favourite wah moments?


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