Guitar Player Staff Picks: Leaving Footprints

WHAT PEDAL IN GUITAR HISTORY HAS BEEN THE BIGGEST GAME CHANGER?

 

Marcus King — Guest Picker
A: The wah pedal, in my opinion, revolutionized the way we thought about hearing guitar. We’d already gotten the fuzz tone with Clapton, but once he added wah into the equation we received “White Room.” Frank Zappa is another example of taking the pedal and using it as another instrument. I like to use the wah pedal almost as someone would use a percussive instrument—different rhythms coinciding with your note choices.

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