As the years have progressed, the number of wahs to hit the market has grown exponentially—as has the tweakability of what was once viewed as a butt-simple effect. Hell, it’s not uncommon these days to have a wah with more controls than a digital delay! But I digress. The GD50 Elite Wah ($254 retail/$182 street) does offer some tweakability via two internal trimpots that adjust the pedal’s high and low frequency response. Other features include optical operation (no pot to wear out), a 1.5mm steel enclosure, an on/off LED, a 9-volt power jack, and “FTB” (Failure-Free True Bypass).
Using a Fender Telecaster and PRS McCarty, I ran the Elite Wah in front of a Cornford Harlequin Mark 1, a Fender Twin Reverb, and a mid-’70s Marshall 50-watt head. The Elite Wah’s tones are expressive, with a pronounced, almost exaggerated, “wow.” And although the Elite Wah’s rocker pedal sports a preponderance of motion, it doesn’t travel to paint-peeling highs or guttural lows. As a matter of fact, the Elite’s overall tones are quite musical. But if you’re used to a smoother transition from low to high—such as you get with a CryBaby—you’re going to have to go inside the Elite Wah’s chassis and start monkeying with the two trimmers. After a little twiddling with a tiny screwdriver, I was able to obtain a more familiar top-to-bottom sweep from the pedal. The Elite Wah is a cool choice for those who desire a slightly different flavor of wah, but who also don’t want to stray too far from the classic effect.
Chris Wyse and Owl Premiere Music Video for New Single “Lake Ego” (WATCH)
Bassist Erik Scott Wins Album of the Year and Best Contemporary Instrumental at ZMR Awards
Lando Chill to Release Album 'The Boy Who Spoke to the Wind' With Chris Pierce on Bass
Dada Life’s Endless Smile Plug-in Creates Tension for EDM Build-Ups
Video: Presonus Studio One 3.5 Update Adds Major Features
This Week in Free Stuff: Reverb, Delay & EQ Plug-ins
Chick Corea Answers YOUR Questions!
Master Class: Korg minilogue and monologue
TALENT SCOUT - James Francies
Dan Auerbach Premieres “Waiting On a Song” Music Video
Are These the Top 10 Guitar Harmonies of All Time?
Watch Steve Vai Perform Led Zeppelin Classics with Zepparella
KLANG:fabrik Gets Inside The Heads Of Linkin Park
L-Acoustics ARCS WiFo Finds Favor With DC/Baltimore-Area Churches
Sully Meets the Challenges for RHCP with Rat Sound and L-Acoustics
Moving Up the Neck and Soloing Over Two-Chord Vamps
Ibanez's New RGA Iron Label RGAIX6U and RGAIX7U Guitars: See and Hear Them in Action
Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Roger McGuinn and Others Rehearse in 1992
Copyright ©2017 by NewBay Media, LLC. All Rights Reserved. 28 East 28th Street, 12th floor, New York, NY 10016 T (212) 378-0400 F (212) 378-0470