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Morley VAI-2 Steve Vai Bad Horsie 2 Contour Wah
- 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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From the manufacturer
- Standard 9V DC Power Operation
- Pedal Dimensions: 9.13" x 5.88" x 2.75" (L x W x H)
- Morley MQ2 Inductor
- Made in the USA
Morley Steve Vai Bad Horsie 2 Contour Wah
Wah Wah & Filter Effects
The Guitar God’s legendary, signature Wah with an added Contour mode that allows you to adjust the tone. Morley spent years working with Vai taming this Bad Horsie and in 1996 released what would become one of the all-time great Wah pedals. it's Switchless, Optical, built like a tank and used by countless professionals worldwide. Get one today and see why!
- Steve Vai's signature Wah pedal
- Switchless activation with two modes: Bad Horsie and Contour mode
- Buffer Circuit that protects your guitar's tone from long cable runs or what's in your rig
- Optical Circuitry that won't wear down and get scratchy like a traditional Potentiometer
- Contour control adjusts Tone of the Wah in Contour mode
- Level Control adjusts volume in Contour mode
Key Features & Controls
Spring Loaded Switchless Activation
One of Morley's great innovations. Ever thought you switched off your Wah only to find it’s still on? Or have you ever accidentally hit the switch while playing? Go Switchless! Simply step on to engage and step off to bypass. The handy spring also returns the Wah back to it's off position. You can also adjust the Wah off time between 0 and 2 seconds with it's internal trim pot. Stock setting is around 1 second.
Dual Wah Modes with Tone and Level Control plus LED Indication
The first Wah mode is set to Steve Vai's preferred tone and sweep. The second Contour mode allows you to adjust the tone of the Wah. Turning the knob clockwise will increase the treble frequencies, which can be used to mimic a vintage nasally Wah tone. Rolling back counterclockwise mellows the Wah out for a more subtle sound. Level control allows up to 15 db of clean boost in Contour mode to help you level out in the mix or to boost your signal for solos. Handy LEDs indicate when the Wah is on and when it is in Contour mode.
Steve Vai's Signature Pedal
Morley worked with Steve Vai for years tweaking every detail of the Bad Horsie so it would not only sound great, but also live up Vai's touring demands.
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|Item Dimensions||9.25 x 6.00 x 3.50 inches||10.00 x 2.50 x 4.00 inches||11.00 x 7.00 x 6.00 inches||5.98 x 2.72 x 2.40 inches||40.00 x 4.00 x 2.50 inches||10.90 x 4.90 x 3.50 inches|
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.
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Buuuut this guy creates a pretty mean hiss when I engage it fully even if nothing else is plugged in (including a guitar). With heavy distortion it’s not really as noticeable (and maybe even adds to it), and if you’re looking at a Steve Vai wah I’m willing to bet you’re gonna be using some distortion. If you’re like me, though, you’re also often going to be using a wah with clean tones and that’s where it’s more obvious. I don’t have a noise gate at the moment so I plan on getting one and seeing what I can do with that. Using the contour controls does help that some, though.
Speaking of the contour, what a cool feature! Wahs usually just sound like what they sound like. This lets you tweak the tone and dial it in a bit to your preference.
One of the reasons I’ve always enjoyed Morley wahs is that they often provide a much more pronounced, dramatic wah effect than some others. This one is no exception, but if that’s not your cup of tea you can use the contour mode to reign it in a bit. And the tone of the wah effect itself is top notch, as expected. However, for the price I wouldn’t expect to have it add a bunch of static to my signal, and that’s quite disappointing since over the years I’ve come to expect more from a pedal with the Morley name on it.
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.
the pedal has an on and off mode, which can only be activated by starting to press it down. before you get tot he contour arc you want to play with, the activity of going from "off" to "on" just my placing your foot on it drastically changes the tone of the note your on.
aside from that, i love that you can play with the one of the contour, and it has a nice little active area that allows for some real swift control.
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The wah itself is actually fairly average IMO and sound-wise it is probably not nearly as good as many others (Vox, Jensen etc ). The feature that makes it stand out above the rest is the way it works. To use it simply move the pedal and it switches on. When you take your foot off it switches off - simple and fantastic for live use.
Peter Nugent - pro guitarist
As you'll probably know, the Bad Horsie 2 doesn't come with any Power Adaptor, as its supposed to be battery powered. I highly reccomend you purchase an adaptor, you can get them on here for pretty cheap.