#1
(Not sure if this is the correct forum)


I bought a wah pedal yesterday, and I have two problems:

1: It barely makes a wah sound

2: When I play on the darker strings, there is almost no "wah".


And this can't be right, since several songs have wah, with lot of distortion, while playing on the darker strings. So, is there something I'm doing wrong, or did I just buy a crappy pedal?
#2
tried fixing the settings on it?
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#3
well, this should probably be in GG&A but i'm not certain

okay, is it second hand?

have you tried all possible inputs and outputs?

have you tried different guitars?

have you tried different cables?

have you put fresh batteries in it?

is it manual or automatic?

if it's manual, are you moving your foot up and down?

do you have any other fx pedals, and if so do they still work properly?

finally, i suppose i should ask what sort of wah pedal you bought, cause there are a fair few out there.
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#4
what wah did you buy? Are you using it with other pedals? with dist?
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#5
first...which pedal is it.... i mean manufacturer and secondly wht do mean "darker strings"
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#6
And make sure you're not putting it through the effects loop. I was a jackass and did that.
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#7
It's a morley classic wah.

Settings? What settings, it only has a on/off button

Second hand? *blank*

Have tried different cables, but not different guitars. But will do. Will also try new batteries.

And what's the difference between manual and automatic? (Yes I'm a noob )

Haven't got any other pedals no.

And by darker strings, I mean the ones that make the darker sound (I consider E, A and D dark, and G, B and e for light) Not sure what you call it in english
#8
try new batteries or better yet try to get an adapter ...
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#10
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Second hand? *blank*


Well in that case it may well be. So it's probably dodgy

Will also try new batteries.


Get an adaptor, you won't need to worry about batteries then
#11
e B G - thin
D A E - thick

manual - you use your foot to control it
automatic - (auto-wah) it does the work for you, so you don't have to rock your foot
by second hand, i mean did you buy it brand new from a shop, or pre-owned (second hand) off like ebay or something. sometimes they sell them cause they don't actually work.

also, quite often they have dials/knobs on the top that you can mess with to change the general sound (these are the settings).

sometimes, there are two inputs/outputs rather than one of each. try all combinations of them if yours has two.
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#12
Auto does the sound without you hvaing to do anything other than turning the effect on. Manual effect has an large el which can go up and down and makes diffrent wah noises if he is open or closed.

Auto wah looks something like this: http://www.dolphinmusic.co.uk/shop_image/product/f7cf14f157bea8810969f081dcda4039.jpg

Manually controlled wah looks something like this: http://www.ibanez.co.jp/world/products/effects/pict/wd7.jpg

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#13
I have an adapter, and the pedal is bought from a store (not second-hand )

And it is manual, but there are no dials/knobs on the top.

So, what am I doing wrong? Or is the wah pedal just crappy?
#14
try putting all your bass, treble and mids to the 12 o clock setting. That usually helps my wah sound better. Also be aware that your wah might just have a subtle effect, which can be nice, depending on your genre.
#15
I have a morley and it's pretty cruddy on the lower strings, it sweeps more over the lower mids rather than the upper mids that something like a Vox wah affects so the actual "wahiness" is less pronounced.
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#16
Thanks for the tips!

BTW, do some strings and amps go better with the wah? Just wondering
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Thanks for the tips!

BTW, do some strings and amps go better with the wah? Just wondering


amps maybe ... string i doubt it....
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And make sure you're not putting it through the effects loop. I was a jackass and did that.


Care to explain what that is?
#20
If you have other pedals, I believe the wha has to be first from the guitar.
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#21
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If you have other pedals, I believe the wha has to be first from the guitar.


not always true, it just gives more of a 'wah' sound if its in front. i have a similar problem though, i have a dunlop classic wah, and although it makes a nice wah sound, its no where near the sound of 'wah' u hear on recordings (i do play through a **** amp though), its brand new, fresh batteries and everything.
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Care to explain what that is?

There is an effects loop input and output jack on amps (mines on the back of my amp). I tried running my wah pedal through it and it makes a super muddy sound.

Another thing, it should go: guitar>wah>distortion>amp

I tried putting the wah after the distortion and it would cut off the distortion sound when i used it. Before the distortion though, you hear the wah + distortion fine.
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There is an effects loop input and output jack on amps (mines on the back of my amp). I tried running my wah pedal through it and it makes a super muddy sound.

Another thing, it should go: guitar>wah>distortion>amp

I tried putting the wah after the distortion and it would cut off the distortion sound when i used it. Before the distortion though, you hear the wah + distortion fine.

Same thing happened to me. I was hesitant on buying on cause my friend had it like that and I'm like "that sucks..."