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Trouble with auto-wah pedals.

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Frontporch, Jun 10, 2018.

  1. Frontporch


    Jun 14, 2015
    Do any of you fine TB members know of a simple
    auto-wah pedal that works with active circuits?
    I have bought and returned so many of them that I have become dizzy and more than frustrated. The problem seems to me that most of this type of pedal is developed for passive basses (like Fender J/P bass) that are generally used with volume control dimed.

    Am I missing something.

  2. Sunset Shalom

    Sunset Shalom

    May 9, 2016
    Have you tried some with a wide sensitivity range? I have the EHX Riddle which while not simple can handle very quiet or loud signals. I haven't ran active instruments through it but I will often run a lot of loud dirt pedals into it.

    Maybe look at one of the smaller EHX filters, I saw a very cheap clone of the single knob bassballs on ebay though that might be too simple.
  3. Frontporch


    Jun 14, 2015
    Thanks. I will look into the riddle.
  4. jcerio

    jcerio Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    Syracuse, NY
    My trusty old Digitech Bass Synth Wah works just fine with active circuits.
  5. my new aguilar filter twin can get a real decent wah sound
  6. Sunset Shalom

    Sunset Shalom

    May 9, 2016
    It's one of the best filters out IMO though it is one of EHX's spendier big box pedals and can take some getting used to all the controls. The Exp control is amazing, lets you use it like a wah but with a blend and start/stop controls for the sweep.

    I go back and forth between using mine as an envelope filter and wah pedal, both can be a lot of fun. With the Q cranked while using the exp pedal you can get some super resonant synthy wah tones, the LP/BP/HP modes are great too.

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