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Wah as extra tone control

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Vox Populi, Nov 26, 2005.


  1. Vox Populi

    Vox Populi Reggae Loving Honkey

    Jan 27, 2004
    Poulsbo, WA
    My neighbor left a bunch of his guitar gear at my house today, so I decided that was reason enough to experiment around with it.

    I normally don't play my bass through any effects. He had a crybaby wah in his bag, so I plugged it in. Remembering that Frank Zappa used a wah as a kind of "extra tone control" I decided to check out that possibility.

    WOW! It worked great! There was one specific setting that just blew me away, it added so much punch and clarity to the tone of my Peavey Grind NTB. It achieved tones I can't get just by fiddling with the onboard tone control. I really liked what I heard. I'm going to have to get one of these now.

    Anyone else do this?
     
  2. I have and it works well but you can achieve the same effect more easily with an active parametric mid control on your bass.
     
  3. Joe P

    Joe P

    Jul 15, 2004
    Milwaukee, WI
  4. chaosMK

    chaosMK

    May 26, 2005
    Albuquerque, NM
    Hi-fi into an old tube amp
    Ive tried to use my Wah in that manner, but it doesnt quite put out the right sound. Mind you, its a crybaby bass wah (not the best IMO).
     
  5. Vox Populi

    Vox Populi Reggae Loving Honkey

    Jan 27, 2004
    Poulsbo, WA
    On any of the active basses I've played and owned, I've never gotten this tone with my mid controls. This is just a cooler tone to my ears.

    Thanks Joe P for that link. That's a cool effect, I might have to pick one of those up.
     
  6. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    The Jacques Trinity also has fix wah settings.