Morley Steve Vai Bad Horsie 2 Contour Wah
Morley Steve Vai Bad Horsie 2 Contour Wah

Steve Vai Bad Horsie 2 Contour Wah, Wah-Wah/Auto Wah/Filter for Guitar from Morley.

ibanez4life SZ! 04/19/2011

Morley Steve Vai Bad Horsie 2 Contour Wah : ibanez4life SZ!'s user review

« Adding versatility to the original! »

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A signature offspring of Morley designs, the Steve Vai Bad Horsie II features
- optical switchless, auto-return on and off
- power off of 9 V battery or AC adapter
- standard ¼” in and out for connection between amplifier and guitar
- adjustable delay before pedal turns off
- Footswitchable contour


Given its switchless operation, the Bad Horsie II is very easy to use, and especially perfect for live situations. The quick on and off allows one to apply the affect in many more situations, where the typical ‘toe-down’ on/off would prove cumbersome and impractical. Additionally, the optical circuit implemented will never wear, so there is no need to worry of eventual maintenance as with your standard wah pedal. As with all Morley switchless pedals, a trim pot inside the pedal itself allows one to adjust the amount of delay before the pedal shuts itself off. The only downside of the switchless, auto-return feature is that achieving a stationary ‘cocked wah’ sound takes some more effort and a steady foot.


This pedal offers a slight twist in tone from the original Vai wah from Morley. The sound is still true to Vai, so don’t be expecting a completely new wah sound. If you’ve listened to Steve Vai’s music, you have heard the sound of this wah pedal. The Bad Horsie is full of the smooth and vocal sounds that characterize his leads. When you need it to scream, it is there, but it performs equally well for a more laid-back wah lead as well. The pedal also does better on the clean channel, and does not tend to overdrive so easily as some other Morley designs. The Contour feature adds to the versatility of the pedal, and allows a whole new side of the wah via footswitch. It takes out some of the mids, and makes the general response and sound of the pedal a little more ‘modern.’ Overall, tonally, with the addition of the contour feature, the Bad Horsie II sits between the original bad horsie, and the Morley Tremonti wah.


Another great pedal from Morley, offering a slightly more vocal and smooth wah, contrary to their usual modern and aggressive tones. The auto on-off feature, and the footswitchable controur, are irreplaceable for live players! Those seeking vintage wah tone, look elsewhere, but for this playing in high gain applications, Morley is the way to go!