For the past few months I’ve been struggling with a floppy wah. Stop sniggering at the back. I have a Snarling Dogs Whine-o-Wah. Snarling Dogs wahs are the funky ones that look like a foot.
Unfortunately that big foot-shaped treadle is very heavy. I found that every time I took my foot off the pedal it would flop back into the ‘toe down’ position.
“What’s the problem with that?” the uninitiated may ask. Well we don’t always want to be rocking the wah backwards and forwards to make a ‘wakka-wakka’ sound. It can be very effective to find a spot you like on the wah and then just leave it there. At the heel down end you’ll get a fuzzy soupy bassy sound, in the middle you get a nasal honk and at the toe end you get a fizzy rasp.
When we’re using the wah in this way we don’t want to have to sit there with our foot glued to it. We want to move away, stand up on a stage monitor and rock out. So it’s very annoying when you’ve found the perfect spot, then take your foot off, the wah flops down and your tone is ruined.
After a bit of investigation I discovered the problem was the P-Clip which presses the treadle’s connecting bar on to the gear which is attached to the main wah pot. (It was actually Charlie Chandler of Chandler’s Guitar Experience who pointed this out to me, I’d never have found it on my own). [Click on pictures to enlarge]
The P-Clip just wasn’t sturdy enough to stop the heavy metal treadle from flopping down. So I went on eBay and ordered myself a slightly larger one – 12mm. It turned out to be quite a bit thicker than the stock one too, which helped.
When it arrived I thought it wasn’t going to work because I couldn’t get the hole on the new P-clip lined up with the one in the wah’s housing. But then I realised I could put it in sideways, keep the screw loose, rotate the P-Clip in to place and then tighten the screw fully. This worked and I’m happy to say it has cured my floppy wah.
It’s not perfect. The action of the pedal isn’t very smooth. I’m hoping that over time, with repeated use, it will smooth out a bit. But the new P-Clip was a whole lot cheaper than buying a new wah, so it’ll do for now.
I hope that helps some of you out there who might be experiencing a similar problem.