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Auto-Wah: cheesy right?


janalon

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I have some post-holiday guitar fund $$$ laying around, burning a hole in my pocket. I picked up the ProCo TurboRat, but it didn't fit into my style of playing, and actually sounded cheesy in comparrison to the way my TS9 and amp interact. There are so many great tones I can get out of my amp, I just wasn't comfortable with the distortion box.

 

My guitar style is pickless with several approaches to pinch harmonics, string pop / snap, arpeggio runs, and alternating between flesh and nail to soften or harden my tone. Caevan knows just how much fun it is to drop the pick. :)

 

To pretext my next statement, let me say I hate auto-wah / filter effects. I think they sound cheesy. The guitarist in my other band had one of those Boss multi-stations, and often used his. I couldn't stand his tone, especially with that effect. Besides, any good wah player can simulate those tones, right???

 

So, isn't it funny to think that I am actually considering picking up an auto-wah? I think it would add an additional dynamic to my finger style. Only problem is that I haven't hear any inspiration auto-wah players. Well, that was until I realized that Jerry Garcia employed one throughout the 70's. I don't think of his application as cheesy. In fact, I kinda like this sound sample from Line 6: http://www.line6.com/media/tonecore/ottolp.mp3

 

I have my eye on the Emma DiscumBOBulator, which my local guitar store carries. Considering that I already made one return, I don't want to make a second return and earn a reutation with the sales reps.

 

What are your thoughts on auto-filters?

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I love them. No, they're a sickness with me. I love that disco/porn vibe. I even used one on a George Jones tune in a country band I was in once. (O.K., it got me fired, but that's not the point.) I like that sort of thing, using them in contexts that are not typical. I say go for it!

 

 

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The first time I ever heard one was on the solo of Eddie Brickell's 80's tune What I Am and I thought it sounded very cool. OTOH, it tends to sound gimmicky and I wouldn't want to use it too much.

 

Didn't Jerry Cantrell use one on Alice In Chain's Would? (or maybe he just used a regular wah).

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Nah I think Cantrell is using a Wah.

 

I think it is a cool effect. I think effects like this can really add to a song and make it more memorable.

 

I wouldn't use it on every solo or anything.

 

But using something like this in the chorus of a song, doing whatever can bring out the chorus more. I always do this. I try to use an effect on the chorus to make it stand out and make it more memorable. Or the verse or prechorus even. I think if you make it part of the song it can help it.

 

EVH did this, so does Jimmy Page.

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I like wah, but what always bored me were the pieces in which the player was just working the pedal to the beat. How dull is that? Thus, the autowah bores me big time.

 

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An auto-wah is among the many effects included on my Alesis GuitarFX. I tried it a while back, and I really didn't care for it...probably just doesn't fit my particular picking style, and plus I'm not a big user of wah effects anyhow. The way I see, wah is one of those things that you just gotta do yourself--i.e. with a foot-pedal, as opposed to letting the device do it for you.

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when used sparingly, it is a really cool effect. especially for chicken-scratch funk rhythm.

 

i use the Boss AW-3 and it's great. very good sensitivity control, and a wide range of tones to choose from for the envelope. they have the presets that resemble vowels, it's way cool.

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I've heard it said (or read it somewhere) that over the top effects should be used for a short while, while subtle effects that flavor tone could be used for a longer duration.

 

Certainly our impression of the auto-wah is that over the top sound. I wonder if the settings could be toned down to accent my playing style. Like tweak the sensitivity knob to where it needs a certain touch to trigger the effect, and then push down the peak knob so it becomes more subtle.

 

Though I saw a Band over the summer, Mudfunk (http://www.mudfunk.com/home.htm) where the dude played the funkiest rhythm riffs on an acoustic pumping out into an EH Q-tron. I don't think that he has any of those sounds up on his web page. Gotta love the Albany, NY music scene!

 

*shrug*

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I've got an auto-wah on my Behringer V-Ampire and it has a sensitivity control which can make it so that it acts like tube distortion in that playing softly will barely activate the wah. That is to say, it will go -woh- instead of going WAH!
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