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Bass Wah Deciding

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Hotrenobass, Jul 21, 2018.


  1. Hotrenobass

    Hotrenobass

    Jul 21, 2018
    Anyone have any experience with bass Wah’s? I’ve heard that the cry baby bass way doesn’t retain the low end that well so I’ve got my eyes on either the geezer signature wah or EHX crying bass fuzz wah. Anyone have experience with both and can help me choose. Also interested in hearing what else is out there. I play with a pick too if that helps narrow things down a bit
     
  2. SleazyB

    SleazyB

    Sep 25, 2016
    Frankfurt a.M.
    Hey Hotrenobass,
    it all really depends on where you want to use your wah. If you´re playing live or want to put it on a pedalboard I would not choose the EHX Crying Fuzz Wah. You can purchase a cradle for that, but that is not ideal (in my opinion).
    The Dunlop Crybaby Mini is a Wah I recently sold because it had way too much lowend for my taste and sounded rather boomy.
    One week ago I got myself the Geezer Wah and despite it being 200€ I´m unbelievably happy with it. The Wah is very articulated and cuts through the mix effortlessly.
     
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  3. dannybuoy

    dannybuoy

    Aug 3, 2005
    England
    Don’t know where you read the Dunlop has low end loss, seemed pretty decent in that department to me. I like the Hotone Bass Press myself. I’d avoid the EHX - I’ve tried a lot of bass wahs and it’s by far the worst I’ve had!
     
  4. I say the 105q and the mini have too much dry signal. I haven't used the mini wah in a while. The last time I tryed it out, I just couldn't get a tone I wanted my rock/punk/metal band. Ocd say try the geezer b. Wah. Remember adjustable q on the inside.

    Apparently The cliff button signature wah loses low end. The gb wah doesn't.
     
  5. K2000

    K2000

    Nov 16, 2005
    Brooklyn
    The Ibanez Weeping Demon wah is kind of a sleeper/underrated option. If you can find a good deal on a used one, it might be worth trying.
     
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  6. Sunset Shalom

    Sunset Shalom

    May 9, 2016
    Unless you want really classic/tradtional wah tones it is worth considering a filter + expression pedal such as the EHX Riddle/Enigma. They are a lot more versatile and let you dial in exactly what you want with the blend and start/stop controls, you can actually manually control the range of the sweep and they have LP/BP/HP modes. You can set it for a crazy deep LP sweep of just pure bass, or some more synth like BP/HP modes. The blend is very useful as well.

    I have the Riddle which is the guitar version, but it gets plenty low for bass IMO. Also works great on keys. The blend makes it fun to stack with other pedals as well, been digging phaser + filter with around 50% clean blended in.

    I still occasionally use some crybabies for more classic wah tones, but the riddle gets close enough IMO and is way more versatile so I often just take wahs out of my chain until I want them which is not very often.
     
  7. Lammchop93

    Lammchop93 Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2007
    Louisville, KY
    Morley is coming out with a mini bass wah this October. I'm holding out for that. I'm currently using a mini crybaby, but the bolt in the pedal always works itself loose when I use it.
     
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  8. crapusername

    crapusername

    Sep 26, 2005
    North Kent.UK
    endorsing artist: Dean guitars, Marshall , Rotosound strings
    I'm in a position where I need low sweeps and high sweeps.
    For the low sweeps I use the 105q in one situation, and the ibanez demon set to low in the other.
    In the 105q situation, I have a weeping demon set to hi on the same board.
    The hi setting can get quite cliff burtony on the hi setting, and bothe the demon and the 105 do real low sweeps well.
     
  9. Dave W

    Dave W

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    The 105Q has no low end loss. It's a great way IMO, and will sound good in a wide variety of music styles. Solid and dependable, and I love the optical switching.

    Just to give a few more options:

    The Morley Mark Tremonti signature is one of the closest modern ways to the original Tel Ray ways that everyone loves. They sound great with bass too. The sweep range is pretty wide, wider than most. It also has optical switching.

    The Sonnus Wahoo can do a lot of different stuff, very cool.

    The G Labs Wowee Bass Wah has a few different switching (optical and a more traditional switch) and voicing options. It gets a fair amount of love from the guys that have them.

    I'd still like to try the Geezer, Cliff Burton sig, and the 105Q Mini.

    Can you please post more info? I can't seem to find anything on it.
     
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  10. Lammchop93

    Lammchop93 Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2007
    Louisville, KY

    I emailed them asking if there is a mini version of the bass wah in the works, and they told me October 2018 .
     
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  11. Dave W

    Dave W

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    Cool! Too bad they don't seem to realize that their online presence kinda stinks.
     
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