The Jet-Age Backwards Wah Wah Effect
A new trick for your old Wah Wah. Hook it up backwards!
Next time your guitar player whips out his Cry Baby wah pedal for a late-nite overdub, take a moment to show him this truly bizarre technique.
Here’s how you do it: First, flip the connections on the wah pedal. That’s right, plug the guitar into the “To Amplifier” jack, and the line leading to the console input or guitar amp into the “From Guitar” jack.
Then, turn up the volume and tone pots on the guitar fully and switch on the pedal. The output from the guitar strings will now be muted. But the pedal should be wildly oscillating. Finally, by varying the tone and volume pots on the guitar, and by diddling the pickup switch around many cool and far-out effects can be achieved. Add a little echo and verb and, Voila! Instant 1970s flashback!
This effect can be heard on Pink Floyd’s Meddle album on the cut “Echoes.”