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Say Wah? Five Essential Signature Wah Pedals

Say Wah? Five Essential Signature Wah Pedals

Vox Joe Satriani Big Bad Wah

The Vox Joe Satriani Big Bad Wah dual-mode wah pedal is the result of a collaboration between Vox and Joe Satriani (one of three such collaborations).

In the context of wah pedals, the Vox BBW is unique because it truly is two wah pedals in one. Wah 1 is pretty much a classic VOX, complete with the expected vintage UK tones; Wah 2 captures Satriani's original drive and voice controls. The result is a wide range of new sounds — not exactly the kind of sounds you'd expect from your average wah pedal.

The pedal has a Drive knob that mimics the Wah 1 gain at its lowest setting; it also delivers a 10-dB boost at the maximum settings for growling overtones. Wah 2 mode incorporates the Voice switch, which lets you choose everything from trad wah voicings to dark, resonant tones reminiscent of a vintage talk-box.

What does it sound like?

Here's the official Big Bad Wah demo video, featuring Satriani in action, direct from Vox's website:

MSRP: $280 | Learn more about this pedal.


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