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Where do you place your Wah-Wah Pedal in your signal chain?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by de la mocha, Oct 28, 2006.

  1. de la mocha

    de la mocha

    Aug 20, 2005
    Here are my two questions:

    1) Where do you place your wah wah pedal in your signal chain?

    2) My effects chain goes Aphex Bass Xciter, Digitech bass driver, boss bass chorus and cry baby wah-wah pedal. How should I set up this signal chain? Or should I keep it like this?
  2. Dash Rantic

    Dash Rantic

    Nov 12, 2005
    Palo Alto, CA
    In my chain, I place the wah directly after distortion.

    For part 2... Set your pedals up any way you like it. There's no "correct" or "incorrect" way of doing this.

  3. Higgie


    May 31, 2005
    London, England
    Mine goes after everything but Compression.
  4. Nyarlathotep

    Nyarlathotep Inactive

    Feb 5, 2006
    West Coast of Canada
    If I ever went back to sigal pedals:

    OD -> Wah -> Dist

    That way the Wah actually "wahs" cus of the OD, but you can get major grit throughout the whole sweep cus of the DIST after. Both the OD/Dist would have to have blends though....
  5. de la mocha

    de la mocha

    Aug 20, 2005
    Thanks once again guys! :bassist:
  6. Swimming Bird

    Swimming Bird

    Apr 18, 2006
    Wheaton MD
    Wah is definately post distortion on my board. Problem is I only use fuzz, so it doesn't work to well pre (it gets eaten) or post (way too big of an effect). Still, I say post.

    Try a couple of different setups with your board. I always have modulation near the end, so try the chorus last and maybe the bass exciter post wah? Try a bunch of different setups and see which you like best.
  7. The Lurker

    The Lurker

    Aug 16, 2002

    I may change that, though, and put the phaser and delay after it.
  8. crapusername


    Sep 26, 2005
    North Kent.UK
    endorsing artist: Dean guitars, Marshall , Rotosound strings
    mine runs: tuner, octave/ synth (according to set list), dist / fuzz, wah, chorus, meatbox, Hartke vxl (with NE1 in loop)

    i found this combination after much trial and error, and rough gigs!!!!
  9. olaff421


    Sep 29, 2006
    Murfreesboro TN
    I put my exciter at the end of my chain. Mainly because I sometimes use it as a DI and if I have it at he beginning none of the effects will go through.
  10. markjazzbassist

    markjazzbassist Supporting Member

    Apr 19, 2005
    Lakewood, OH
    my wah is my first pedal in my loop. i think im going to rearrange and put it last though.
  11. Crabby


    Dec 22, 2004
    I may be in a minority here but I strongly prefer my wah before overdrive or distortion. There are no rules tho so just try it both ways and decide how you like it.
  12. my boards always been "whammy>distortion>wah>everything else

    but right now its "Whammy>wah>distortion>...." only because the wah used to get in my way when im hitting other pedals between the whammy and others, but i only moved it cuz of the size of it, but im going to pick up some longer patch cables so i can have the wah sitting before distortion but actually running after distortion.
  13. Himself


    Jan 4, 2006
    I currently have the wah last, after compression and OD.

    I used to have more pedals in my chain and they were then in the following order (bass to amp) envelope -> octaver -> compression -> OD -> wah -> chorus/flanger.

    This is what does the trick for me, but you will obviously have to try various set-ups to find your preference.
  14. one


    Aug 21, 2006
    My wah is always second to last, infront of my DI+.
    So currently:

    Woolly Mammoth>>>Metal Muff>>>Bass Balls>>>Wah>>>DI+

    A MXR Smartgate will hopefully soon be added at the end of my chain though.
  15. Nyarlathotep

    Nyarlathotep Inactive

    Feb 5, 2006
    West Coast of Canada
    I think that w/ the right wah, the wah->od setup can sound AMAZING. Take my RATM on a POD deal. The auto-wah sounds FAT when put before the right amp :D, but the manual sounds pretty weak when put before any od/distortion :(

    I believe that Vosk did some samples of a 105q->Boss ODB-3, and it sounded awesome. I tried the same thing with my CFH, and both my sparkle drive and muff'n, and it sucked. SD->CFH->EM sounded cool though.

    I would love to try SD->105q->Blowtorch one day. All that blending and switchless action would be sweet :D :bassist:
  16. Higgie


    May 31, 2005
    London, England
    Didn't like the BlowTorch one bit, sounded like a wasp in can with some clean blended in.
  17. ihateusernames


    Jun 26, 2006
    right now it's placed in my guitar stuff storage area. haven't found a use for it with bass.
  18. deadstar


    Sep 2, 2005
    I put my wah before everything
  19. excane

    excane Inactive

    Aug 23, 2005
    New York, NY
    I used to put my wah right after the octaver and before everything else.
  20. JanusZarate

    JanusZarate Low End Avenger

    Feb 21, 2006
    Petaluma, CA, USA

    There's two major factors involved:
    - How intense your distortion is
    - How intense your wah is

    An intense wah BEFORE a mild overdrive or distortion sounds great. Wah before fuzz isn't very distinguished unless the wah is intense.

    Now, wah AFTER distortion usually sounds great, but if it's a fuzz pedal or some intense distortion of sorts, it's going to be a HUGE effect, too huge for some.

    I'm still experimenting with my Morley Power Wah placement to see where it works best for me.
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