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Morley VAI-2 Steve Vai Bad Horsie 2 Contour Wah

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4.8 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews

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  • Switchless design Simply step on to engage wah mode and step off to go to bypass
  • Two foot-selectable wah modes Bad Horsie and CONTOUR Wah
  • In contour mode two knobs allow you to alter the frequency and level of the wah
  • Clear Tone buffer circuit ensures pure guitar tone and maintains signal level in bypass and wah mode
  • Easy access battery compartment LED indication and two year warranty
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Product Description

It’s a Bad Horsie, and then some! Two foot-switchable wah modes; Bad Horsie Wah and Contour Wah. In Contour Wah mode, two knobs allow you to alter the wah frequency and level. The pedal is also equipped with “Clear-Tone” buffer circuitry to prevent signal loading and to drive long cables. Equipped with LED indication, easy access battery compartment, and two-year warranty.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6 x 3.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item can be shipped to select countries outside of the U.S. Learn More
  • ASIN: B0002D0KCS
  • Item model number: VAI-2
  • Batteries 1 9V batteries required.
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,896 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Manufacturer’s warranty can be requested from customer service. Click here to make a request to customer service.
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

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I've had few different wahs over the years, all of them noteworthy, but I found that I hardly ever used them. Not sure why.
Since I've had this Bad Horsie 2, I've had it along on every gig, and I use it on several solos each show.
It's very convenient, in that you don't need to kick a toe switch on or off. The wah instantly engages when you put your foot on it, and disengages when you withdraw your foot. This saves you the experience of going back to do a vocal, only THINKING you've turned the wah off.
Another feature I like is the high-quality input buffer. It normalizes your signal, keeping the guitar at steady volume levels while working the wah. I've noticed with some wahs that not all frequencies kept the same strong signal. This one appears to have solved that problem.
There's also the separate contour circuit which is nice to give you a bit more flexibility with your settings.
Plus, it's built like a tank.
Over all, I'm very happy with this product.
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I bought this for my nephew, who loves it. It's easy to use, good control of the wah. As far as the extra knob for the Bad Horsie 2, it's hard to say if it's worth the extra few bucks or not: It allows depth/shape control, but we played with it and, pretty much, once you've set it how you like it, you don't change it. It's more like a tuning knob than a control knob, in that sense.

But the sound is nice and clean and the pedal's tough and can take a beating.
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The very first thing that caught my attention in the Bad Horsie Wah was that you don't need to step on the switch before using the wah, and that works really well. The is some king of pressure system that when you step off the wah leads the pedal back to a "idle" position. After some time in that position the wah automatically turns off. The time can be regulated, you just need to be aware that if you, while playing, leave the wah on the idle position for too long, it you turn off (that would be the closest to a "con").

About the sound, it is pointless to say anything, if you like aggressive wahs, like Steve Vai (duh), than thats the way you're looking for. The contour is a plus, but to be honest I rarely use it.
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Many people who are considering the Morley BH-2 may also be looking at the Dunlop 535Q. Since I have both pedals, I thought it would be helpful to share my experiences with each.

Design: Being a Crybaby, The 535Q has that ubiquitous classic wah pedal look and feel to it. It is more compact and pedal board friendly than the BH-2, which is considerably wider. If you are used to the feel of the treadle on a Crybaby style wah, the Morley’s spring operated treadle, with its steeper angle and longer throw, may take some getting used to. However, once you adjust to it, you may find the 535Q’s treadle action to be fairly limited, clunky and awkward. Personally, I prefer the smoother feel and longer throw of the Morley. The 535Q’s gain, center frequency and Q controls are side-mounted while the BH-2’s knobs are on top. I find the Morley’s controls easier to access than the Dunlop’s controls. The BH-2, of course, has no on/off switch or sweep pot. Battery access is easy with both pedals. The Dunlop’s battery door is a better design, however, since it is hinged and holds the battery firmly in place. The Morley’s battery cover is not attached to the bottom plate and is very easy to lose. The Morley features red status LED’s for when the wah is in use as well as when the Contour mode is engaged. No LED’s on the Dunlop. Either pedal can be powered by a standard Boss style 9V PSU.

Build Quality/Durability: Both pedals are built to stand up to the abuse of regular gigs and touring. The BH-2’s switchless operation and lack of a sweep pot are obvious advantages when it comes to reliability since Morley have removed from the equation the two parts most likely to wear out or fail on a wah pedal.
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For me, this wah was exactly what I was looking for.
I really loved this Digitech wah that I had about 20 years ago. The thing died after years of use / abuse, so I bought a Dunlop (Classic with the fasel inductor). Although the sound was acceptable (not great), it was only a matter of a few months before I started to have problems with the on/off switch and the potentiometer started to make some noise. Mind you, I am not a heavy user of the effect at this point, maybe used 50 times in three months.
Disappointed, I bought a Behringer HB-01 to try it out. At the price (about $30), I thought it was worthwhile to give it a try . Lo and behold, it is a good pedal with a nice range of sounds. May be made pf plastic, but I have had zero problems with it. I still use it and will keep it. Decent wah pedal. But, and when I listen to recordings done with that old Digitech wah and the Behringer, I don't have exactly the sound that I want. So, I kept on looking.
On to the Morley Power Wah / Volume pedal. Great pedal, great sound, built well, but not exactly the sound that I wanted. Still a keeper, but not perfect. Maybe I am too picky....
I decided to give this Bad Horsie 2 a shot. Now this is what I wanted all along! The standard "Bad Horsie" mode wah sound is excellent, but aggressive.When you use the contour mode, you can adjust the range and level of the wah effect over a wide range. For me, this was what did the trick. I have found several different contour settings that work really well for me and exceed the quality of sound that I perceived with the old Digitech.
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