effect itself is taken from the filter sweep
that happens in your throat when you say
the word “wah.” The most basic definition of
a wah pedal is a foot-controlled band-pass
filter. The two things that determine the pedal’s sonic print are the width of that filter and
its range. Wah pedals with a narrow band
only produce frequencies that are very close
to the center of the frequency you specify by
the position of the pedal. A narrow band will
produce a very sharp, focused, and drastic
wah effect. Wah pedals with a wider, more
relaxed band deliver a calmer, more subtle
wah effect. The JC95’s filter is decidedly
narrow, producing a pronounced wah. This
really lets you make your guitar talk.
The other factor in a wah pedal’s sound is
the range of frequencies that it can sweep
across. The JC95 has a very wide frequency
range, allowing it to dive way down to 350
Hz to give your solos punch and full body.
The pedal also has a knob to set the frequency ceiling. At its maximum, this is roughly
2000 Hz, and at its minimum it’s around
1000 Hz. The JC95’s range is slightly darker
and drastically wider than other wah pedals.
This affords you a wealth of creative expression. I’ve been using a standard Cry Baby for
years, and I was really inspired by the JC95’s
voicing. It made me realize that my current
wah pedal is far too timid for my sound.
The Final Mojo
With Cantrell’s moody riffs in mind, Dunlop
has crafted a fine wah pedal that pays perfect tribute to his unique style. But even if
you’re not attempting to sound like Alice
in Chains, you’ll likely find this pedal’s wide
sonic range and beautiful voicing inspire creative playing.
you love Cantrell’s wah sound
and would like to incorporate a
dynamic wah pedal into your rig.
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