Wednesday Question: Greatest Use of Wah Pedal of All Time

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Wednesday Question: Greatest Use of Wah Pedal of All Time

For this week's traditional Wednesday Question, we'd like to kindly ask you folks to think about the application of wah pedal in guitar music in general and answer this thing right here:

What's the greatest use of wah pedal ever?


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    Have to say it. Jimi Hendrix - Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
    There's absolutely no doubt that Voodoo Child wins. It's the definition of Wah Wah. If you ask random people that have never played a guitar before and you'd explain to them what a Wah Wah is, they'd say "Ah you mean that Jimi Hendrix thingy?".
    Metallica - Anesthesia (Pulling Teeth). Cliff was a nutty dude.
    Surprised how far Metallica was down on this list. Pleasantly surprised that its a Cliff solo as well. Not the first thing you think of when you think of Metallica and wahs...
    Metallica - I Disappear For it's one of the best examples of Kirk using wah-wah - it's really catch and at its own place
    Alice in chains - Man in the box
    Rain When I Die has always been the quintessential Jerry wah riff.
    "dirt" is an amazing wah riff too...I agree with the above post, Jerry reinvented ways to riff with a wah pedal
    I think that jerry cantrell reinvented a way to use a wah after hendrix, plus his signature wah is probably the best (check out guthrie govan's demo!)
    The studio version of this song though was Talk box, was it not? I know that Jerry Cantrell usually used the wah pedal to simulate it live, but I believe the wah sound wasn't actually the wah pedal, but the talk box. Some food for thought, does that still qualify?
    He used both in the studio. Try listening for just one of them, then go back and listen for the other one.
    Man Jerry had tons of wah riffs. Grind, Last of my Kind, Rooster, Get Born Again.... There is a wah in Man in the Box but its the solo. The main lick is in fact Layne harmonizing with Jerry's talk box.
    Pink Floyd - Echoes A bit non-traditional, but definitely a masterful way to approach the effect. Gilmour inverts the wah connections to achieve the famed Seagull Effect (originally an accident by a roadie). Starts at 10:40. 
    Kirk's solo in The Outlaw Torn is really cool. It gets overlooked because it was on Load.
    Metallica - Enter Sandman I fully acknowledge that Kirk Hammett overuses wah wah pedals on his solos, but I think it's really effective here.
    Black Sabbath - Electric Funeral
    This was already posted; upvote the earlier one if you like it
    I know I can't prove it, but the other guy (BONNIE SCOTT) posted Electric Funeral exactly a minute after I did - I noticed it when I refreshed this page, though instead of pointing it out, I decided to just let the users votes work themselves out, though I clearly forgot how much UG loves Sabbath  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 
    It's been a long time since i wanted to ask this. Who is that man in the article picture and why do we have him on every single Wednesday Question?
    I know the Kirk Hammett jokes will be plentiful here so I won't nominate him!  My vote goes to jimi Hendrix: all along the watchtower 
    Dream theater - Voices IN that solo petrucci shows off in the best way possible. Perfect dose of wankery and feel
    Lucky by Radiohead. That wah being used in conjunction with the tremolo pedal is the most beautiful thing
    Why limit yourself to the guitar only? Here you have bass with wah (intro), bassoon with wah (bassoon solo after intro), saxophone with wah (main theme), bass solo with wah... Bela Fleck and The Flecktones - Scrath And Sniff (live version from Live at Quick album)  
    Does Bela ever play his electric banjo with wah?
    I can't recall. You know, Bela Fleck is already considered being a quite unorthodox banjo player, playing banjo with a wah could cause some more traditional guys a heart attack