50 Classic Wah Riffs from 50 Years in One Take

A couple years back, to mark the 50 year anniversary of the Cry Baby, the first commercially available wah pedal, hitting the market, Reverb.com's Joe Shadid performed 50 of the most classic wah riffs in a single take. 

Among the better-known classic songs he demonstrates are Earl Hoooker’s “Wah Wah Blues,” George Harrison’s “Wah-Wah,” Jeff Beck’s “I Ain’t Superstitious,” Jimi Hendrix’s “Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)” and Led Zeppelin’s “Dazed and Confused.”

Joe also tosses in a handful of lesser-celebrated entries, like the Sensational Alex Harvey Band’s “Vambo Marble Eye,” Frank Zappa’s “I’m the Slime” and Mick Ronson’s “Angel No. 9.”

When you’re finished viewing the video, check out Reverb.com’s YouTube channel for more of their great videos.

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Christopher Scapelliti is editor-in-chief of Guitar Player (opens in new tab) magazine, the world’s longest-running guitar magazine, founded in 1967. In his extensive career, he has authored in-depth interviews with such guitarists as Pete Townshend, Slash, Billy Corgan, Jack White, Elvis Costello and Todd Rundgren, and audio professionals including Beatles engineers Geoff Emerick and Ken Scott. He is the co-author of Guitar Aficionado: The Collections: The Most Famous, Rare, and Valuable Guitars in the World (opens in new tab), a founding editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine, and a former editor with Guitar WorldGuitar for the Practicing Musician and Maximum Guitar. Apart from guitars, he maintains a collection of more than 30 vintage analog synthesizers.