I 've owned several wah's over the years, but am currently wah-less. here's my dilemma. I prefer the sounds of dunlop style wah"s, BUT I HATE the stiff button switches they have. I had a Joe Bonamassa wah that I thought sounded great, but again, the button. I love the operation of the Morely's, but haven't found any that I like the sound of. anybody have any suggestions? any soft button switch wah's out there. this has always driven me crazy with wah's.
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The Dunlops always seem to come set up pretty stiff. Basically to operate the switch you have to push hard enough on the treadle to squish the rubber pads enough to reach the switch and activate it.
They are adjustable though. If you loosen and remove the nut that is visible on the outside of the switch you can pull out the switch from the inside and loosen up the jam nut. Pretty much just like adjusting a guitar volume knob. The higher you set the knob on the wah the less you have to push against the rubber pads. It can be set for super easy activation.
With that said my Xotic wah has a silent switch. The bad horsie comes on automatically when the treadle is rocked. Other than those I'm not familiar with any others.
I just bought the Jam pedals Wahcko wah and It has 6 different settings. I used to use the fulltones. The jam pedal wah sounds great. It has a nice sweep and you can adjust it if you want. I left mine stock.
I'm curious about the Fulltone wahfull - turn the box on and off like a normal pedal, and use an expression pedal for wah-ing.
I have one. I need to mess around with it more. It's cool for the always on thing because you can really fine tune it. But it's odd using the expression pedal, then stepping over to the pedal to turn it off. I really do need to play around with it more.
I've got a few others, the Dunlop 535Q which is my reoccurring favorite for as long as I can remember. The Xotic wah is a nice, smaller size with similar adjustable control but it doesn't seem to sound as thick or lush as the 535Q for my settings. Also the Dunlop Jerry Cantrell which I like so far. I need to play around with that one some more.