A large number of musicians, particularly guitarist, dream of making it big. Each musician is talented in his or her own way, but what separates the star from the amateur is a unique sound. Having an unparalleled sound is important for the person looking for a rewarding music career. An electric guitar alone will not achieve a one-of-a-kind sound, but with a quality wah pedal the rising musician can create an unmatched sound that would separate them from the average guitar player.
There are a number of wah pedals available in the market that will give the budding guitarist that exceptional sound to set them apart from the competition. Two of the most popular wah pedals are the Big Bad Wah, collaboration between VOX and world-renowned guitarist Joe Satriani, and the BOSS PW-10 V-Wah. Both offer a variety of options that gives the guitarist flexibility to create an arrangement that is incomparable to any other.
The Vox Joe Satriani Big Bad Wah Pedal offers two modes in one single pedal. A simple toggled inductor switch makes it simple for the guitarist to switch between the two modes. In wah one, it toggles to VOX mode which produces the ever classic UK tone. In wah two, it toggles Joe Satriani’s original voice and drive controls. To widen the variety of using the inductors, the Big Bad Wah has a drive knob which allows up to a 10 dB boost and a voice switch that switches between traditional and vintage wah-voicing.
The BOSS PW-10 V-Wah Pedal offers similar capabilities through a series of 3 knobs which controls the type, wah range, and drive. The type knob allows the guitarist to choose between 8 different modes. The 8 modes offered are the UNI-V which models vintage Uni-vibe, VOICE-an advanced BOSS Humanizer, MO-WAH which models the Morley Bad Horsie, VO-WAH which models the VOX V846, CBY-WAH which models the JMI Crybaby, BASS MIX- a suitable wah effect for bass players, ADVANCED which is a new BOSS original, and CUSTOM which allows the guitarist to create their own wah effect.
Two features truly separate the BOSS PW-10 stand out from the Big Bad Wah. The BOSS PW-10 utilizes an infrared sensor in the pedal which produces no clicking sound when depressed. This also eliminates the need to clean a switch internally to ensure maximum performance. Also equipped in the BOSS PW-10 is a 3 digital memory conveniently accessed by a heel switch guitarist ease in switching between their favorite modes.
Either of these unique and hip wah pedals will appeal to a variety of musicians. Depending upon individual tastes and preference of the musicians, these wah pedals may very easily both find a home in the same musician’s stash of musical gear. Each wah pedal features a unique sounds, both offer a traditional operation which even a new guitar player will find easy to use and to adjust to. The Boss PW-10 may be more preferred due to the infrared sensor and its silent function. The flexibility and options offered by the Vox will appeal to musicians who favor a wide array of choices.