Pedal to the Metal: The 25 Greatest Wah Solos of All Time

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el-mark-o

One overlooked gem from 1973. Bachman-Turner Overdrive's Blue Collar has a beautiful wah solo about 2 minutes in. Nice jazzy solo at the end to boot sans the wah. Check out the studio version as I don't think there are any high quality live versions out there. Cheers

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Ettor

Gotta mention Frank Zappa here!

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guytar

"I'm Your Captain (Closer To Home)" - Grand Funk. Mark Farner's cool intro. Also "Paranoid" - Grand Funk. "House of the Rising Sun" - Frigid Pink. "Goodbye Stranger" - Supertramp. "Doo Doo Doo Doo ( Hearbreaker) - The Rolling Stones.

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guytar

"I'm Your Captain (Closer To Home)" - Grand Funk. Mark Farner's cool intro. Also "Paranoid" - Grand Funk. "House of the Rising Sun" - Frigid Pink. "Goodbye Stranger" - Supertramp. "Doo Doo Doo Doo ( Hearbreaker) - The Rolling Stones.

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david nouis

alex lifeson 2112 nuff said wtf

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david nouis

waitin for the bus zz top

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PamelaMcLaughlin03

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RAAF Hornet

What no Robin Trower in the top 25 WTF???? must be a US magazine !

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hughami

seconded

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redstrat8

LOVE 60-70 MUSIC .DAM IT TIRED OF ALL THIS 7 AND 8 STRING CRAP.AND DOWNTUNED STUFF.THANK GOD MY MOMMIE AND DADDIE HAS A RECORD PLAYER

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todaysworld2013

There is a great replica of his guitar made by bancker1 at ebay.

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ROMILAR

What. No Brian Robertson?
The Wah solos from Emerald and Don't Believe A Word, alone, Should have gotten him on this list.

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testicleworld

really hard to believe anyone dissing Jimi. the above video shows him head and shoulders above anyone else named on list. my favorite wah solo is Hendrix' "Still Raining Still Dreaming" from Electric Ladyland. THAT is the epitome of wah guitar playing, in my humble opinion. each to his own.

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BetaMaXX

Really... the 25 greatest of all time heh?

Granted, there are some damn fine wah solos listed here; however, there are some glaring omissions.

A few years ago, one of the 'other guitar' rags had a similar list which included some of the solos listed here; however, their conclusions were much different particularly when it comes to the number one wah solo of all time.

Their pick for the number one wah solo of all time kicks in at 2:02 on the Thin Lizzy song "Warriors" and is played by Scott Gorham. They felt it was the most tasteful wah solo ever played. In addition, they thought Thin Lizzy was a woefully underrated band and that Scott Gorham and Brian Robinson are the two most underrated guitarist in the history of music. I have to concur.

Reyna Taylor

How bout Ana Popovic's solos from her songs like 'Wrong Woman', 'Recall The Days', 'Can You Stand The Heat' (her new song) and others by her too.

And yes by the Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante too. John was the first time I heard him use the pedal. I have one now cause of John and Ana cause they have feeling and emotional when they use the pedal and I love them. They are different musicians with a lot of soul and emotion when they play a solo with the use of the pedal.

These are some great videos of some Wah Pedal musicians :-) It makes me really moved just to listen to these guitar players with such feeling with their pedals. Like I said, John Frusciante was the first time I heard him use one and then came Ana Popovic on her new song, 'Can You Stand The Heat'.

Great solos with Wah Pedals, Guitar World!! Later I'll do the same thing to my pedal :-)

Keep rocking!!

Reyna Taylor

jd111358

how can it be that not on the list is Wah-Wah by George Harrison

strat714

That pic of "James Gang" does not include Joe Walsh. That is a a pic of a four piece "James Gang" with Tommy Bolin. When "Walk Away" was recorded they were a 3 piece band that DID indeed include one Joe Walsh!

GatorStudio

Man in the Box

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baronvontolbooth

type in 'flowers of the night'

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baronvontolbooth

type in 'flowers of the night'

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baronvontolbooth

for all you youngsters, metalheads, ostriches, the definitive wah solo can be marvelled at on the link that follows, a very young man of south american origin playing straight down the line against a string of north american counterculturral cliches...who cares,just let me loose

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timelander

All the GW polls end with Hendrix or Van Halen as a winners..., GW is living in the past!!!

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timelander

All the GW polls end with Hendrix or Van Halen as a winners..., GW is living in the past!!!

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Hendrix1970

That Funkadelic song is so awesome!

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metalhead0283

maybe its just me but you guys are missing something..hit play an listen to surfing with the alien..it looks like the alien has a red rocket if ya know what im saying

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VicG2412

Why is GW infatuated with Hendrix..?! it's annoying, he's the epitome of overrated... GW is moronic...

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stratman672001

Yes... Quite the epitome of overrated... I mean, what's he done, besides changing the way we play and view the guitar, single handedly saved the Stratocaster from going out of production (they were 100% ready to phase it out of the lineup when Hendrix burst on the scene), put Marshall amps in the forefront, inspire countless guitarist to pick up the instrument, intimidate his contemporaries into putting theirs down (Mike Bloomfield confessed to not picking his axe up for two weeks). So overrated that Les Paul himself scoured clubs looking to sign the "Wild man with a guitar" a full year before Chas Chandler found him. Overrated to the point of making Miles Davis shake his head after a Hendrix concert saying "What the f**k was THAT?" and then go out and start the jazz/rock fusion genre. So yeah. He's way overrated to the point of 80% of what we do is because of him. "There's nobody in the same building with him." - Neil Young

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hughami

Mr. Hendrix is not over rated.. just over exposed. Great guitar player, but cmon, the poor man has been dead 40 years, let him rest in peace.

What more can there be to say about him?

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classicrockguy

A few songs I thought might be on this list are:
Blues For Salvador Santana
Hope Your Feeling Better Santana
Everybody's Everything (great wah solo) Santana
Once Bitten Twice Shy Great White
Too Rolling Stoned Trower
Custard Pie Zep
I Just Want To Celebrate Rare Earth
Love Thing Satriani (great wah on this one)
& as mentioned
SAY WHAT.
It figures that guitar world in all there "best of" lists, they have things on there that don't belong and leave out things that do.

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johnnycnote

Definitely this one: Hope Your Feeling Better, Santana

Santana and Hendrix really pioneered the art of the wah wah pedal. Clapton wasn't bad, but not particularly innovative. Some guitar players were unable to break out of simply keeping time with the pedal, doing a straight 1-2-3-4 sort of thing. Some of this can be heard in "White Room", not that it detracts from the song's greatness. An example of the negative aspects of this "technique" is the solo in Chicago's "Twenty Five or Six to Four".

Where Hendrix and Santana really excel is in using the wah pedal to shape each note, varying their sweep of the pedal's range, often achieving a "talking" effect (but not like the dreaded voice tube). Check out the opening part of "Rainy Day, Dream Away" on Electric Ladyland.

Also, Hendrix would park his pedal in one spot to boost and/or reduce a particular frequency range. This can be heard really well in "I don't live today" on The Hendrix Concerts. During the final "freak out", it's mostly detectable after he switches it off. While it's on, he gets a lot of negative feedback (squeal) because of the limitations of the equipment of the day.

I've read that the effect came about from guitarists playing with the tone knob while playing. I once saw a thing on PBS ages ago where Roy Buchanan was doing this with a Telecaster. He'd wrap his pinky around the tone knob and managed to get a really good wah effect. I've never seen anyone else do that, but I'm sure they're out there.

Ultimately it's mostly a matter of taste, especially after you get past Hendrix and Santana. No doubt others would differ in their opinions . . .

aaronb

I can't believe they left out SRV's "Say What"

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doubleg23

PRESENCE OF THE LORD by Blind Faith.

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dockaiser

I was missing the title song from "Shaft", ok it's more a riff than a solo, but the wah is really applied in a great way ...

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zumurito

no disrespect, but GW, it is time that you do an entire magazine dedicated to perhaps the GREATEST funk/rock band of all time! most players only know a few cuts, but i grew up on these cats and outside of jimi and a few others, our voice got DISSED and NOW is the time to right that wrong! RHCP would agree along with MANY OTHERS! LET IT ROCK. who is ron bykowski? why don't folks know more 'bout him? just sayin' OPEN it up. wanna hear funk bands like randy pie et al that folks don't know 'bout, as well!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8vBDET3kbI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4d1i35T5yAk (should be an anthem!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFd04Qu9UZg

won't even go into their classic stuff which goes WAAAAY beyond this!

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zumurito

don't get me wrong. maggot brain A FRICKING CLASSIC is a start, but so ya'll know what else he did? (lol)

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doubleg23

Guitar World get your facts right! Hendrix did not introduce the wah to Clapton...Clapton introduced the wah to Jimi. It is a well known fact that upon hearing Clapton's TALES OF BRAVE ULYSSES (which was recorded before WHITE ROOM), Hendrix exclaimed, "I gotta get me one of those!" Eric Clapton was Jimi's favorite guitarist and a big influence on him. I've seen a lot of postings criticizing Clapton as overrated. What nonsense! Any major guitarist will tell you that EC is one of the most influential guitarists of all time and a master player. He remains one of the most melodic, lyrical, tasteful and soulful players in guitar history. Nobody has a better sense of time in a song. BTW, the Greatest Guitarist poll was a joke!

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shadow1029

Very good catch... maybe you should be writing the articles! But yeh very good catch. I cant believe GW screwed that one.

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doubleg23

Thanks shadow1029! GW, I would be happy to entertain an offer.

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HangtownDave

I'm right with you in regard to EC, clearly belongs in the top 5 of any greatest.

Just watched Jimi's Voodoo Child again, hate to beat this Greatest 100 dead horse again but, anybody who thinks that Brian May is better then Jimi is clearly delusional.

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doubleg23

Thanks HangtownDave! You clearly have good taste.

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doubleg23

Thanks GW for making the correction and removing the line about Hendrix introducing the wah wah to Clapton. Editorial integrity...well done!

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Darth Compton

I was hoping to see Man In The Box mentioned, but glad VooDoo Child was #1 in the Wah universe. And no Rock Bottom? I was sure that was a Wah solo, and a great solo.

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GreenBird

I do not know what GW has against Peter Tosh, but I have noticed they never mentioned him in anything. When I read "25 greatest wah solo's of all time." I thought "cool" they will list Peter Tosh here. But sadly no. These guys are some Reggae hattin fools. Haters Gonna Hate! But for everyone else check out "Stir it Up" here he uses it so masterfully with out over doing it, but you know it is "wah." You can almost here the guitar say "wah, wah, yeah....stir it up." GW is blinded by Metal, they should call it Guitar Neighborhood, because they rarely will get outside of their little world.

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oneunder

Stevie Ray Vaughan plays an awesome version of "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)." His version is spelled "Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)." Check it out.

blacksoul62

I like from Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Creedence, Rolling Stones, Deep Purple, Sabbath, Police, Judas Priest, Cream, SRV, Joe Satriani to Metallica, Slayer, Pantera, Mastodon, etc, etc, but one thing I´m sure the best wah wah pedal work comes from Jimi Hendrix´foot and Voodoo child is a great example of this, and if you doubt it listen to All Along the Watchtower

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shadow1029

For me personally All Along the Watchtower is a way better wah solo. But yeahi agree with you otherwise

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walrus108

Can't believe they named 'white room' by Cream instead of 'tales of brave ulysses'. TOBU is THE wah song that got all the others started using the wah. I remember being like 4 years old and thinking, how's he make his guitar sound like that?

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bmule68

Good mention of The Needle and the Spoon (Skynyrd). Allen has mentioned his love for the british players.

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SamiEndler

I didn´t look at the last page but let me guess: Number one is Voodoo Child... -.- What a surprise...

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sethboyer22

finally no brian may

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