Vox V847 Wah-Wah Pedal
Vox V847 Wah-Wah Pedal
phraseland 12/05/2008

Vox V847 Wah-Wah Pedal : phraseland's user review


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This is a classic. True analog wah-wah sound with 'True Bypass' and a 'built-to-last' casing. These units have been around for years and are in my opinion still the best of their kind. The prices have come down because Vox (now part of Korg) is producing them in China now. Although I am usually picky about these things I believe it should be possible to produce an electronic device like this in the Far East without having to compromise on construction. The pedal I recenlty bought was of this make and I didn't feel like it sounded any different.

The wah-wah comes with a vintage stlye bag (a little cheap - but also cute) and of course the top is held in gorgeous chrome with a rubber layer to prevent the foot from slipping.
Inputs and outputs are basic jack and you can power the unit either with a 9v battery (you have to unplug the device in order to prevent the battery from running dry) or an external power supply.


Wah-wah pedals are quite simple to set up. For those who haven't owned one just make sure to use it in the correct position. To me it sounds best after my two distortion pedals and all the other modulation effects - but before the reverb. It's a matter of taste if you want the delay before or after - just try out what you like. Remember that using the wah-wah after distortion gives you that huge sound you are looking for - putting it before often washes out the effect.


The VOX Pedal is quite warm sounding and you have a lot of control over the filter. The range is not as dramatic as it would be in a Morley Pedal and the Dunlop Original has more bite. I play with a Stratocaster and a Fender Twin '71 most of the time and bite is not the issue here...so to me most wah-wah pedals just sound too edgy. People should enjoy you kicking in the pedal not loath it.

If you are into modern sounds and have an army of lights flickering in your rack when you start shredding then this might not be the right choice. For me I like the fact that I don't have to worry about finding thousands of sounds - I just get the one I was looking for and I can use it in almost any context.


I owned a Vox wah-wah many years ago and bought this new one last year. It is rock solid and to me there is just no comparison. The on/off switch is a lot smoother than on Dunlop pedals and I have a feeling that the pedal will not start squealing all of a sudden (this happened to me with my last cry-baby during recording). The price drop last year is icing on the cake - vintage freaks will probably go out of their way to get a model made in the UK...but to me they sound just the same.