Boss AW-3 Dynamic Wah

Boss AW-3 Dynamic Wah

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AW-3 Dynamic Wah, Wah-Wah/Auto Wah/Filter for Guitar from Boss.

5 user reviews
Prices starting at $130 Average price: $133

Boss AW-3 Dynamic Wah tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Boss
  • Model: AW-3 Dynamic Wah
  • Category: Wah-Wah/Auto Wahs/Filters for Guitar
  • Added in our database on: 04/18/2004

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Boss AW-3 Dynamic Wah user reviews

Average Score:4.2( 4.2/5 based on 5 reviews )
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 4 reviews80 %

moosers's review

Boss AW-3 Dynamic Wah
The Boss AW-3 Dynamic Wah is a somewhat unique pedal that takes a different approach to wah and filter effects. Personally I'm more of fan of a traditional wah wah pedal, but I recently had a chance to try this out and I can see it's worth. The pedal has two 1/4" inputs (one labeled for bass and one for guitar), a 1/4" output and 1/4" jack for an expression pedal if you choose to add one to the mix. Personally I think it's a good idea to get an expression pedal for it if you're going to own one, but I haven't used one with this pedal. It's powered by either a nine volt power supply or battery and isn't rackable since it's a foot pedal.


There are definitely a good amount of controls available with the Boss AW-3 Dynamic Wah. The AW-3 includes a new unique "humanizer" setting that gives you more of a talk box sort of sound that emulates human speech. There are two separate "vowel" controls with manual and sensitivity parameters that gives you the chance to choose what vowel you'd like the wah to sound like. It also has a decay control and a few modes to choose from to further your sounds. The manual might be a good thing to have to get started if your aim is to learn the pedal inside and out.


Admittedly, I wasn't expecting all that much from the Boss AW-3 Dynamic Wah, but I have to say that I was surprised with it's versatility and the amount of cool sounds that are possible with it. I'd be curious to try it with the expression pedal as I think that would really up it's game and give it the best balance of a traditional wah and more unique filtering effects. It's a super clean pedal too and quite modern sounding.


The Boss AW-3 Dynamic Wah is a cool pedal to check out if you're interested in unique filter and wah wah effects. I won't be buying one of these, but I do like it for use in the studio. I can definitely see how people could do some great things with this pedal, I just prefer the simplicity of my Dunlop Crybaby and there's definitely something more organic sounding about it even though it can't get nearly the same amount of sounds as the AW-3. If you use or want to use wahs and filters a lot, the AW-3 is worth a gander but it won't be for everyone.

iamqman's review

Boss AW-3 Dynamic Wah
A much better improvement over the Boss AW-2. This one has a tap tempo feature which enables to keep a good rhythmic pattern to how the wah react to your playing. keeping in time was a big determent from the Boss Aw-2. That pedal had a big defect in its R&D that made it o out of wah when you didn't want it to. Now this pedal is able to keep in tempo with your playing or the songs beats per minute.


Up, down, sharp and humanizer modes
Dedicated Bass input
EXP Input for optional expression pedal
Tap Tempo (0 - 2 sec.)

Type Auto-wah
Inputs 2 x Instrument
Outputs 1 x 1/4"
Power Supply Included No
Batteries 1 x 9V
Height 2.4"
Depth 5.1"
Width 2.9"
Weight 0.9 lbs.



Controls: Pedal switch, DECAY knob, MANUAL (VOWEL 2), knob, SENS (VOWEL 1) knob, MODE switch (UP, DOWN, SHARP, HUMANIZER, TEMPO)
Connectors: GUITAR Input jack, BASS Input jack, OUTPUT jack, EXP/TEMPO jack
Current Draw: 45 mA (DC 9V)
Weight: 420g / 15 oz (including battery)
Nominal Input Level: -20dBu
Input Impedance: 1MOhm
Nominal Output Level: -20dBu
Output Impedance: 1kOhm
Residual Noise Level: -92dBu (IHF-A weighted, typ.)
Recommended Load Impedance: 10kOhm or greater
Recommended AC Adaptor: PSA Series


The tone of this one isn't really different. Boss simply went back to the drawing board and redesigned the original auto wah 1 and the Boss Aw-2. The tone of this pedal isn't as important as the sweep of the pedal. The sweep is what makes a quality wah sound. There is not much tone if any in this type of unit.

This unit works with all guitars and all amps. Just slick in front of you amp and click it on to keep a nice auto swell from one octave to the other. You get get a cool sound with this pedal in the right situation.


At new these units come in at around $119, which is a good price for a cool effects unit like this. I would recommend this to anyone who needs a good auto wah and doesn't want to spend to much money. They are pretty cheap and do the job that it was intended to do.

likouidsunshine's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Boss AW-3 Dynamic Wah
It's an envelope filter with several options
there is between a low, between a guitar, an outlet and an outlet for expression pedals
was then several types of effects "dynamic", a self wha (wha that rourne loop with the tempo set) an option curious the "humanizer" mode "sharp" and a way up or down that Defines the "meaning" of the dynamic effect.

can rgler for each option sensnibilit raction in time and, in the case of the humanizer, vowels are using (yes, really!)


The options are numerous and rich, it takes a while to find our how it all works
autowha good one is an auto wha, just set the time of the oscillation, the humanizer, as discussed above, is quite simple, there are these vowels alone, it is "uo-uo" or else " ia-ia-eui eui, Gd Gd, "etc, and sharp, and the way down to rglent uo with the first three pots, one groping and stuff are found either.
Plug it a type of expression pedals Roland EV-5 and you make each of these sounds at the base.


It has a powerful, effective advocate trs.
At the same time, not easy to find sound mat with this effect.
undoubtedly, the default is that boiboite aggressivit of sons.Moi I had great fun with, up in this BPS m'aperoive I once raised the Eye of the handle, everyone glared at me with sticky hands on oreilles.Les sounds are VERY rsons, and is the main default of the machine, the absence of rglage of the senibilit rgler rsonnance.Vous can be sure, but you will always be a sound trs aggressive in the low or the high notes, which not maitriss you littralement mutilates the ear. ... see I am first pass through a compressor or prampli to soften, then I ended up buying the Q-tron, from Electro Harmonix, which is much more suited . But it's even a coronation Bte.

APRS, the humanizer is funny, that we laugh a little and then when their usefulness I did not know who do, as a Vocoder achter!

sound sharp, still the most utilisable.Vous have a good envelope filter, slamming, and more atnu the "Down". It is sensitive to the funk, disco, house, or even reggae, pete it.

Sounds up and down, are the famous sounds too resonance, the up as the opposite wha (bioubiou), reminds us of the smear Phelps Collins, for fans of funk.
For the exp pedal, again, is not worth a real whawha.


This is a case which has the advantage of being versatile, and can open the doors of envelope filters, but, again for each of his is far from the original.
The Sharp's remains, for me, the first usable, especially the least aggressive, as the rest gnralement too pronounced.
For my part, could not find my account in the humanizer, and self wha found there, I turned to the Electro Harmonix version, which, without wishing to advertising, are peacoup more enjoyable ear. This is both too good for me dbarasser and too meurtire to my ears, it is still somewhere at home, ass between two chairs, for If o. ..

siroCo's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Boss AW-3 Dynamic Wah
PDAL Hood (+ Dynamic Auto Wah)
Two types of 3-way selector knob + a (mode)
2 inputs (Low in / Guitar in)
Type footswitch pedals


This is a classic Boss pedals (the footswitch that has inspired so many others)
A lgre know of the dynamic filter is sufficient to use
Manuel unnecessary


Auto wah type effects are quite satisfactory mode guitar mode trs deep bass, the filter is not ultra prcis but gives only sounds good.
I use it with a guitar and the sound comes out pretty hard (but not garish) (Trs good result it's pretty funny palm mute) and low (trs sounds bold but not give too slap)
The guitar and bass sounds are both good trs (no ... tural prference may be low even when lol)


I use it for a year and a half.
The -: the sounds are very Varis must constantly change rglages is especially irritating move)
The pros: it's a boss, the battery is housed ais the pedal is super tough, strong and well anchored. idalie to Live.
I tried the other models before that (in the "comparable" is one of the best (that is not the behringer sr!)
Report quality price, not super good (expensive all the same despite the fact that it is of great quality)
With the experience I would hesitate much before The models but especially not in front of the brand!

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