5 Best Auto Wah Pedals Review

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1Mad Professor MAD-HW-SWAW 5.1 x 3.1 x 2.4 inches1 pound1 Check
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2Donner Mini Auto 3.9 x 2.4 x 2.4 inches9.1 ounces
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3Electro-Harmonix Micro Q-Tron 6.2 x 3.2 x 5.7 inches15.2 ounces
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4Boss AW-3 6.1 x 3.7 x 2.5 inches10.6 ounces
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5Donner Wah Cry 2 in 1 5.8 x 2.8 x 2.3 inches13.6 ounces
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Mad Professor MAD-HW-SWAW
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Donner Mini Auto
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9.1 ounces
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Electro-Harmonix Micro Q-Tron
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Boss AW-3
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Donner Wah Cry 2 in 1
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How the Pedals were chosen

I am not a huge fan of wahs, I only used one during my whole career. So, choosing items for this list was a lot of fun and new experience for me as well. I tried to choose different models, suitable for different types of players. There are only two features characteristic for all of the models:

  • The value

All the pedals in the list are worth their cost. You get exactly as much, as you pay for.

  • Reliable manufacturer

All the manufacturers in the list had been tested by time. Each of them had been working for at least two decades. Therefore, even you have some problems with your equipment, you are guaranteed to get help with fixing it or getting a replacement.

The Process I went through

So, several more words about my research:

  • I met my old friends…

Who are/were guitarists. It turned out many of them love using wah effects, so they shared some information with me. They recommended the brands as well, so from that point on, I started looking for the most suitable options in the internet.

  • I found ten final models

And made an even deeper research, which consisted of reading every review I could find. I contacted some owners as well. This was the final stage, I chose five best models during it.

So, here they are.

Mad Professor MAD-HW-SWAW

Mad professor is a manufacturer from Finland. It`s a rather small one, but they have some ridiculously good offers.

Main Features

Mad Professor wah pedal is hand-made. It`s the first thing you need to know about it. The white body with four knobs was not assembled by a soulless machine, but by a living man. There are some other features as well.

Producing hand-made imposes certain restrictions on design. It would be too hard to place knobs, ins and outs in different places. Mad Professor`s pedal has all the important elements grouped together and signed with nice font. This pedal is really easy to use.

It is pleasant to use it as well. There is no dirt in the sound, it comes out clean. The range of effects is wide: there are decay, resonance, sensitivity and bias. Not much, but all the necessary features are included.

Tip:While everything is working great, the sound doesn`t feel powerful enough. It is not a problem, unless you want to perform in front of big audience.

What is a bigger problem, is that this pedal becomes boring after you use it for a while. It is simple to get used to it, but once you`ll start needing more options and will most likely have to replace this pedal with a better one.

The Pedal in Action

Using a hand-made piece of equipment was a large pleasure. The little pedal felt like it has its` own little soul. From a professional point of view, this is a simple pedal for a beginner. It`s affordable as well. I honestly imagine a small indie band using this pedal. Mad Professor made a perfect accessory for them.

Short Conclusion

If you are looking for a simple wah pedal to start with, this is a good choice. It will show you the amazing World of wah effects without ever disappointing you. However, you`ll need a more powerful pedal once, keep that in mind.

Helmi, 22, Guitarist

I always support the national manufacturer. Finding out, that Finland makes audio equipment was a surprisingly pleasant experience. This pedal is truly hand-made and has spectacular warm effects. Everybody also loves, when you say your equipment is made by a mad professor.

 

Pros
Simplicity
Sound quality
Cons
Lack of power
Lack of potential

Donner Mini Auto

Donnerdeal is a small company with a big potential. It is trying to conquer the market, by making large amounts of different equipment. There are some quite successful models.

Main Features

Donner Mini Auto is the most compact and the most affordable pedal in the list. Despite costing like a toy pedal, it is an actual audio accessory which will get the job done.

I`ve already mentioned, that this is the smallest available pedal. You can literally put it in a big pocket or any small bag. This makes me think, that Donner Mini Auto will be a perfect complement for an ukulele.

The adjustability of this pedal is impressive as well. Knobs and handles are located all around the body.

Tip:You can learn what the effects do by playing and get some new experience. Especially, that the sound you get is great.

To achieve light weight the engineers used light and thin materials. They managed to reach their original goal with this move, but they had to sacrifice the reliability. You`ll need to be really careful with this pedal.

Another inconvenient thing is the interface of this pedal. All the signs and knobs are small. So, once you find yourself in a situation, when you are desperately trying to find out what to adjust, you`ll understand how unpleasant that experience can be.

The Pedal in Action

I was carrying this pedal around, so I managed to test it more, than the other pedals. It had been working fine with all the guitars, until the ball hit it one day. Donner mini got broken immediately with no chance of restoring.

Short Conclusion

A nice wah, that will do its` job. It is also one of the lowest costs you can find. However, if you are not a diligent and careful person, you`ll need a case for this pedal. Also, try to remember, what all the knobs are responsible for and to adjust this accessory blindfolded.

Pros
Compact design
Adjustability
Cons
Durability
User interface

Electro-Harmonix Q-Tron

Electro-Harmonix is an American manufacturer founded in 1968. The company is known for introducing innovations to the market.

Main Features

One of their most memorable innovations is A Q-Tron wah pedal. The original Q-Tron launched the whole era of this type of pedals. The model we are taking a look is a remastered, renewed version of the famous legend.

Boy, is there a lot of adjustments to make. There are three types of filters (a highly professional feature, you can usually only use a default filter), there are also the controllers for gain, sweep, range and boost controllers.

Tip:The pedal is made of a highly durable material. It feels like a whole solid piece of metal in your hand. Although it is not as compact some other models in the list, it can be transported conveniently.

Regulating types of filters and adjusting that high amount of options is hard. A new player will be confused. I remember the times when I myself wasn`t able to differ the effects. On the other hand, if you like challenging stuff, the complex nature will not bother you. The more effort you make to learn and understand the nature of Q-Tron the better it gets.

The Pedal in Action

I`ve completely forgotten to mention how great the design of this pedal is. There is a huge graffiti painting on the front panel. An unusual and original decision. I struggled a bit myself, while regulating all the things, but, as I had expected, the effort payed off completely. Q-Tron gave me the powerful and emphasized effects.

Short Conclusion

There are two types of guitarists, whom I would recommend this wah pedal. The advanced players and the beginners who love challenges and learning. Q-Tron is like a deposit account. The more you put there, the more you`ll get back.

Pros
Flexibility
Solid build
Cons
Complex nature of this item

Boss AW-3

Boss is a company, that focuses on making affordable mass models with decent quality. The quality is so decent, that we even have Boss`s pedal in our top.

Main Features

This is an example of what I call “the working machine”. It starts working nice right out of the box and once you adjust, it will continue delivering the same qualities during centuries maybe. Maybe a little less, but you get the idea.

There are four inputs/outputs. The channels are separate for the bass and simple guitar, so it is theoretically possible to plug both in simultaneously. AW-3 is compatible with most devices, so it is a universal pedal.

From my point of view, the engineers managed to make the perfect combination of intuitive stuff and flexible stuff. There is more than enough adjustments, which are easy to get used to. This type of combo is rare.

Tip:Finally, the quality of audio itself is great. Whichever effect you choose, you get them with no excessive noise.

I`ve met several reviews, saying, that design looks weird. I can agree with that. Engineers tried to make it look more complicated, than it really is. The signs could have been bigger, so could have been the knobs. It`s a minor drawback though.

The Pedal in Action

There were actually no visible (and hearable) drawbacks. There was nothing I can call outstanding as well. I guess, this is exactly what you feel, while using the device which is working as advertised.

Short Conclusion

It is just a decent pedal. A bit dull, but working nicely. You get what you pay for and this is a great deal. If you have absolutely no clue about what you want to be doing, this is a nice pick. It will fit for any guitar and any genre.

Pros
Compatibility
Simplicity
Audio quality
Cons
Design

Donner Wah Cry 2 in 1

Finally, we have something alternative. I decided to include a simpler model for those, who want to get general understanding of multiple effects with minimal investment.

Main Features

Basically, this is a multipedal with prevailing wah effects. It also allows to control sound simultaneously. A design is unusual.

Surprisingly, this pedal is reliable. I expected this to make a bit dirty sound from the very beginning, but it was actually clean. Although the material is not expensive, all the details have the same quality. Wah Cry 2 in 1 is a synergetic pedal.

Tip:It is quite a multifunctional one as well. Pedal can be used both a volume controller and a wah device simultaneously. So, this is literally two different items in one body.

Donner Wah 2 in 1 can not compete in performance with the other pedals from this list. It lacks power, so effects sound duller and flatter than you want them to. On the other hand, it is still a decent sound controller and provides general understanding of what wah effects are.

The Pedal in Action

I can not add much to what had already been said. The only thing, I`ve not yet mentioned is the original design. This pedal looks like a stapler. The appearance doesn`t actually make it better or worse, it`s just a different look.

Short Conclusion

If you decided to start learning, purchased all the equipment you wanted and still have some leftover money, Donner Wah 2 in 1 is the best wat to spend that money. It will be a well-functioning sound controller, while also delivering some professional experience.

Pros
Durability
Multifunctionality
Cons
Actual performance
General lack of power

General Conclusion

I usually end my reviews with several useful recommendations. I have two of them this time as well:

  • You need range

The wider the range of the pedal is, the wider your possibilities will be.

  • You need sensitivity

Wah effects depend a lot on how you deliver them. It`s one of those things, you want to master perfectly. A sensitive pedal will help you show the listener all the emotional pattern you have.

Finally, I would like to remember, that unless you have unlimited budget, buying a very expensive wah pedal is useless. It is not the most necessary item in your collection, so I`d rather recommend going for a balanced model (any in this list basically).

This was it for this article. Thank you for reading and good luck!

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