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Re: Wah before or after distortion?

PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2020 7:48 am
by CS70
First thing in my pedalboard, right after the tuner.

Re: Wah before or after distortion?

PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2020 7:52 am
by Arpangel
ore_terra wrote:After!

Yes, me too, the distorted sound has richer harmonics for the wah to work on, but it’s crazy, you could try having two distortion pedals on different settings, one before, and one after the wah, also, reverb before distortion is very cool, especially with very long reverb times, the onset decays into a lovely slow break-up with less and less drive as it decays.

Re: Wah before or after distortion?

PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2020 8:01 am
by ore_terra
Well, my amps are always all cranked up. Therefore I should have replied “after, but before” :mrgreen:

Arpangel, reverbs and delays I prefer them in the input rather than fx loops. It’s a sort of similar recurrent debate

Re: Wah before or after distortion?

PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2020 8:44 am
by Arpangel
ore_terra wrote:Arpangel, reverbs and delays I prefer them in the input rather than fx loops. It’s a sort of similar recurrent debate

I do sometimes, depends, just a hint of verb using a mixer aux is lovely on a few things, but I think effects "respond" better when plugged direct into the outputs if my instruments, you can really "play" them, that’s not the same at all using an FX loop.

Re: Wah before or after distortion?

PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2020 1:47 pm
by ManFromGlass
Arpangel wrote:
ore_terra wrote:After!
you could try having two distortion pedals on different settings, one before, and one after the wah,

Having 2 distortion pedals in my chain I will try putting the wah between them - brilliant!
:P

Re: Wah before or after distortion?

PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2020 4:05 pm
by Arpangel
ManFromGlass wrote:
Arpangel wrote:
ore_terra wrote:After!
you could try having two distortion pedals on different settings, one before, and one after the wah,

Having 2 distortion pedals in my chain I will try putting the wah between them - brilliant!
:P

If you get the chance, check out a Yamaha EMP100, this could kick off the "Most Underrated FX" thread!
A friend bought one because it was all he could afford, and it proceeded to blow his mind.
It was cheap, but it had the ability to have effects in really weird combinations, like pitch shifted reverb, or two reverbs in a row, pretty rad at the time.

Re: Wah before or after distortion?

PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2020 5:13 pm
by BJG145
ManFromGlass wrote:Having 2 distortion pedals in my chain I will try putting the wah between them - brilliant!

No, weren't you paying attention...? You need two wah pedals, with a distortion in between...

Re: Wah before or after distortion?

PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2020 5:25 pm
by Arpangel
BJG145 wrote:
ManFromGlass wrote:Having 2 distortion pedals in my chain I will try putting the wah between them - brilliant!

No, weren't you paying attention...? You need two wah pedals, with a distortion in between...

No no, you need two wah's, and two distortions, a delay, a reverb, one chorus, a ring modu...la.......t......or................ :D

Re: Wah before or after distortion?

PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2020 5:31 pm
by blinddrew
I've been slightly amazed throughout this thread that anyone still uses wah pedals?

Re: Wah before or after distortion?

PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2020 5:38 pm
by BJG145
blinddrew wrote:I've been slightly amazed throughout this thread that anyone still uses wah pedals?

*group politely ignores this remark*

Re: Wah before or after distortion?

PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2020 6:07 pm
by ManFromGlass
blinddrew wrote:I've been slightly amazed throughout this thread that anyone still uses wah pedals?
I don’t know about the others but it’s a foot operated filter tone chooser for me! I also have one I installed inside my frankenelectric. It was built and sold by Tone X many years ago. Before you ask “how does he get his foot onto his guitar to work it?” :smirk: It’s a battery powered retrofit that has a small knob that is easily turned by a finger. A pull turns it on.
Flash I just realized - I can do a double wah - whoa!!!!! runs off in his underwear, mumbling and laughing to self like a mad woodchuck who has just had a triple espresso

Re: Wah before or after distortion?

PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2020 6:38 pm
by blinddrew
ManFromGlass wrote:
blinddrew wrote:I've been slightly amazed throughout this thread that anyone still uses wah pedals?
I don’t know about the others but it’s a foot operated filter tone chooser for me!
To be fair that's the only think I ever used mine for before it broke.
On one song.
#notmybestbuy

Re: Wah before or after distortion?

PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2020 6:44 pm
by CS70
blinddrew wrote:I've been slightly amazed throughout this thread that anyone still uses wah pedals?

Only for jamming.. if you ever try to use them in an actual song you immediately sound like Kirk Hammet :D

Re: Wah before or after distortion?

PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2020 7:07 pm
by blinddrew
CS70 wrote:
blinddrew wrote:I've been slightly amazed throughout this thread that anyone still uses wah pedals?

Only for jamming.. if you ever try to use them in an actual song you immediately sound like a bad version of Kirk Hammet :D
Fixed for my level of guitaring...

Re: Wah before or after distortion?

PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2020 7:26 pm
by Sam Spoons
Given that my electric band play some Cream stuff the wah does earn it's keep on the pedalboard.