The Wah Wah Pedal is an effects pedal pioneered by Jimi Hendrix and used often by guys like Eric Clapton, Slash, Tom Morello in Rage Against the Machine and the man who’s got his own signature pedal, Jerry Cantrell.
Jerry Cantrell turns 50 today, born March 18th, 1966.
HOW does it work? Watch the videos below and learn some songs we’ll hear in today’s 5 @ 5 featuring 5 Wah Wah Pedal songs as requested by you!
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#1 Alice in Chains - Man in the Box
Jerry Catrell is known for his dark Wah Wah pedal tone so much so that he now has his own signature Wah Wah Pedal!
From the website where you can order his ‘Signature Cry Baby Wah Wah’:
One of the most influential guitarists to come out of the Seattle rock scene, Jerry Cantrell’s epic riffs and searing tone have been the driving force behind Alice in Chains since the late 80’s. His melancholy wah-drenched melodies in modern classics like “Man in the Box” and “The Rooster” left an indelible mark on a generation of guitarists. Jerry favored wah-wahs with a wider, darker response, and Dunlop has painstakingly replicated that moody sound to create his signature pedal. It’s custom-voiced for a tight, punchy heel-down tone and a rugged side-control knob lets you fine tune the toe-down frequency. And with its antique, oxidized “road worn” brass casting and custom Alice in Chains tread, this is one pedal that looks as great as it sounds.
You can hear it used on the new Monster Truck album, Sittin’ Heavy. Jer was amped about the gift given to him on tour (FF to 5:30 to hear him talk about it).
#2 Jimi Hendrix - Voo Doo Chile
The man who pioneered the sound!
#3 Rage Against the Machine - Renegades of Funk
Tom Morello uses the Wah Wah Pedal quite often, you can hear it in many Rage Against the Machine songs.
#4 Cream - White Room
Eric Clapton, guitar god and Wah-Wah enthusiast:
#5 Metallica - I Disappear
Kirk Hammett has always been WAY into the Wah Wah and also has his own signature pedal: