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Pedalworx Cool Machine Wah
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I plugged my Strat into the Cool Machine and a ’70s-era Marshall Super Lead. Right away, it knocked me out with sweet, vintage wah tones and super quiet function. The pedal sweep felt just right, and with a flick of the mini-toggle it brought a bigger and bolder “deep” sound out of the pedal that dropped the floor about 10 feet. Obviously, the folks at PedalworX made their “Q” choices after carefully listening to it through many amps because both settings work extremely well on all of the amps I played through.
Another flick of the right mini-toggle moved the CM into auto-wah territory. I was able to pull out slow Uni-Vibe and faster Leslie-like tones with ease—and even some early Jimmy Page-style “Dazed and Confused” sounds without a trip to the foot doctor! One thing I noticed while getting a little overzealous with the CM was that the footswitch was quite sensitive. More than once I shut the effect off by going too far with a foot sweep. Most pedals have too stubborn of a switch on them, so I’ve probably become a little heavyfooted. Nice to know I can relax a bit. This one is clearly a winner. – SO
you want a great wah with the bonus of a true auto-wah.
you’re married to your current favorite.
Street $250 - PedalworX - pedalworx.com
Mad Professor Snow White Autowah
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I found the pedal to sound fantastic with any guitar I threw at it, and was easily able to create badass wah tones with just a little concentration on my right hand technique. Because of the level of control you have over the tone, it’s like having multiple wahs in a package half the size of a traditional pedal, without the need to plant yourself in one place. It took a little time to dial in the right tone, but I quickly found it to be intuitive and more expressive than expected. At first my guess was that it would approximate the tones of a pedal with less control, but upon listening back to my recordings I was hard pressed to tell the difference. – SO
you love wahs but don’t want to be stuck in front of one onstage.
you’re a traditionalist and prefer the known control of a pedal.
Street $350 - Mad Professor - mpamp.com