In this episode of Gear Geek, Devildriver guitarist Mike Spreitzer shows off his collection of wah pedals, including his favorite Dunlop Cry Baby’s, and his not-so-reliable Boss FV-500H. The video can be found below.
Mike uses several wah pedals, including the Dunlop JC95 Jerry Cantrell Signature Cry Baby wah, which was designed in partnership with Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell; and the DB01 Cry Baby From Hell, which was the signature wah pedal of legendary Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell.
“The Dime Cry Baby From Hell wah is a very versatile wah,” Mike explained. “[It has] lots of controls so you can tweak it to make it work well with whatever style of guitar you are using and your style of playing.”
Mike’s wah pedal of choice is the Cry Baby SW-95 Slash wah. “It’s an 18volt operation, where as the rest of them are all 9volt operations.”
Up until recent times, Mike has used the Boss FV-500H volume/expression pedal. “I do not use it anymore…It’s kind of a piece of junk. I’m not very happy with it. I’ve gone through three of them, and they’ve all broken in some way.”
The Boss FV-500H’s lack of quality helped Mike to make the decision to move away from the Boss brand of wah pedal all together. “I’ve migrated to the Dunlop style of wah’s and so far I’ve been very happy with them.”
Stay tuned for part 2 of Mike Spreitzer’s Gear Geek on wah pedals.