John Frusciante’s Ibanez WH-10 Wah Pedal

This is John’s favorite wah pedal, and the one that he has been using consistently with the Peppers, probably from around Mother’s Milk era, all the way to Stadium Arcadium. He explained that he prefers this pedal over something like a Dunlop CryBaby because Ibanez has a wider frequency range.

I have an Ibanez wah-wah pedal, because it has a wider range than the others. I use a Fuzzface and a Boss distortion pedal, and an MXR phase shifter, and that’s about it. [Guitar (UK), February 1991]

Ibanez WH-10 is my standard wah since BloodSugarSexMagik. I don’t think there’s a better wah. When we were making Stadium Arcadium, there was so much wah I figured I’d use a variety of pedals and there wasn’t one that came close to the Ibanez. There are a couple of Crybabys that are cool, but for me, they weren’t as good, because I use a lot of feedback. I want something that when I put it in one position, one note is going to feed back, and when I put it in another position, another note is going to feed back. You just have more variation with the Ibanez because there’s a wider frequency range. [Vintage Guitar (USA), April 2009]


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John also used a Dimebag Darrell Dunlop Crybaby wah during Stadium Arcadium, because it adds on distortion when engaged. This can be heard on tracks like Dani California.

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Actually it has a volume boost rather than added distortion, along with an added eq kind of thing, which in turn can totally add distortion.

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