So wah+distortion users...

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Petary791, Dec 22, 2005.

  1. Wah --> Distortion

    10 vote(s)
  2. Distortion --> Wah

    15 vote(s)
  3. Both

    7 vote(s)
  4. Carrots

    0 vote(s)
  5. Noodles

    5 vote(s)
  1. Petary791


    Feb 20, 2005
    Michigan, USA
    What ordering do you use? Since I've recently got another distortion pedal, I do one before and one after because it sounds great both ways.
  2. David Wilson

    David Wilson Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    both sound fine, but I prefer the kind of quack sound I get with wah after the distortion.
  3. Higgie


    May 31, 2005
    London, England
    Distortion into wah gives that classic Timmy C sound from the numerous songs on Battle of L.A.

    After this Xmas I will have 3 distortion pedals though so I may put one after it...Though I never did see the appeal last time I tried it.
  4. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA
    I do both, but I prefer distortion BEFORE the wah. It lets the wah do it's job. I think Wah should be one of the last things in a chain (but before a delay/reverb). Otherwise you are effecting a wahed signal, and it sounds weaker to me.
  5. I use one before and after, my signal chain;

    Boss ODB-3 ---> Dunlop 105Q Bass Wah ---> EH Big Muff.
    (amoung other pedals)
    I use the ODB-3 with only a sniff of overdrive to help boost the signal, and the big muff to blow everything to hell when i need it (but not often)
    I find the wah sounds SOOOOOO much better with a slight amount of OD passing through.
  6. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    I agree with Matt Till.

    On the other hand, I go both ways sometimes (with order only you sickos) throw one distortion box after the wah for some more variety.
  7. i agree with matt till as well. I think put wah before distrotion doesn't sound great...i know cliff burton fans love that sound, but i don't...i seems all you can get is the fully treble sound and the fully bass sound, but no sweep...

    personally i like distortion bofore wah, just listen to audioslave's "exploder" or RATM's "war within a breath" to understand!
    I think that is an awesome sound!
  8. Tedintheshed

    Tedintheshed Inactive

    Oct 8, 2004
    Columbus, Ohio

    It really depends on a lot of factors. I have a distortion before my wah, and one after.

    Best answer: depends on the distortion and the wah and what appeals to you, so try out both ways.
  9. IcedEarthWOM


    Oct 2, 2005
    My V-Wah is limited to the Wah -> Dist/Fuzz and can't handle distorted input :( , but now I have a proper wah (the Dime CryBaby From Hell) I can and will be using both positionings :D cus I can use the V-Wah as a distortion unit until I get my MD-2 back :(
  10. David Wilson

    David Wilson Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    sounds like your unit has a problem, since my vwah handles distorted input signal no problem.
  11. IcedEarthWOM


    Oct 2, 2005
    Most likely, I Guess.....

    I've replaced it now anyway, with the CryBaby From Hell.
    I'm using it as a fuzz box till I get my MD-2 back :(

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