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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 07-01-2007, 01:24 PM Thread Starter
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Wa Wa Pedals!! Help!! I need answers!

Hello Everyone,
I really need some help and advice and I hope everyone that reads this message will pass this around:

I keep breaking and wearing out my wa wa pedals!!!

What is the best one on the market and the most durable or should I customize the ones I have with heavy duty parts??????????

I have gone thru two Cry Baby Pedals and an older Vox pedal!!
Last show I did, one crapped out on stage!!!!

Please give me all opinions.

Someone mentioned the Steve Vai Bad Horsey pedal- has anyone tried that one yet???

Thank you so so much for the opinions and help-
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If you dont care what they sould like, the Bad Horsie is ok. I have had both versions and wasn't a fan of them, but they did work fine for years. I just replaced the BH2 with with a Dunlop Crybaby from Hell, and I htink it sounds grea, but you dont seem too happy with the Cry babys. Im a pretty fat bag of crap though, and when I step on something, it stays stepped on and mine hasnt let me down yet, although I've only had it a couple of months.
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One of the huge problems I get is feed back from my wa wa's and/or "bypass" when I shut them off- I am super confused about what is happening..
when they are working great, all is wonderful! Then, something goes wrong.. does anyone know of anyone to fix the pedals I have in the Bay Area?????

I hope I get a ton of responses from this Thread- I really need help on this wa wa issue-
Thank you for replying-
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I dont quite understand what you are saying, you get feedback when you use them and when you shut them off? Have you tried putting the wah at a different spot in your chain?
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Re: Wa Wa Pedals!! Help!! I need answers!

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Someone mentioned the Steve Vai Bad Horsey pedal- has anyone tried that one yet???
Hey amy

I like my Bad Horsie!! It's been going strong for a good 5 years or so now. (B.H.-1) A lot of people think they do not sound as good (though I think it sounds fine)

But as far as durability, they are probably hard to beat
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The pedal is running second in the chain.. right after the volume pedal..

I thought this is the way to run it-
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The pedal is running second in the chain.. right after the volume pedal..

I thought this is the way to run it-
I run mine in front of the volume pedal and have no probs
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Have you tried moving it, just to see. There really isnt a right or wrong place for it.
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A lot of times, when I step on the pedal, it will bypass my system and shut off everything and I am left standing there with no sound. I always have fresh batteries, so not sure why my pedal would shut off the sound when I step on it..
Then I have a pedal modded and when I step on it , it acts like a boost and gain pedal-
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I thought I have tried moving the pedal..

aww what a pain in the butt.. I wonder what Joe Satriani uses and how??????????????????
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So you are going guitar -> wah -> volume pedal, and everything works fine until you step on the wah, then you lose all everything, but this doesnt happen with a new wah, it works fine for a little while first?
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I I wonder what Joe Satriani uses and how??????????????????

Im sure if you wait a few more months he will put one out with his name and a silly picture drawn on it.

Have you checked guitargeek.com, they may have his setup and how it's layed out posted there.
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Re: Wa Wa Pedals!! Help!! I need answers!

I have had my Bad Horsie I for years and it has never let me down. I like it because I really love the fact that it's spring loaded and returns to the off position as soon as you take your foor off of it. I also like the optical switch in it, no potentiometers to wear out. And I am quite happy with the sound of it although I know it is a matter of taste.
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I've own a bad horsie 2 and a JH1 before and have tried the original crybaby, IMO those two blows the BH2 away, but I must admit the BH2 is much easier to use.
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I had a similar situation like Amy. I tried everything after I decided to get rid of my BH1, and I finally found what I wanted in the VOX Clyde wah.
It is more 'musical' to me than the others plus it has true bypass.

Amy - I suggest you lose the batteries and go with a powered board -you'll be less likely to crash during a show. There are some low-cost powered boards in the Musician's Friend catalog or website....good luck.
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