Cry Baby Wah, in 4 parts. The Cry Baby Wah Wah pedal, or simply Wah, was invented in 1966 and quickly found its way into the gear rig of prominent guitarists of the day. To celebrate the history of the Wah, from Brad Plunkett’s play thing to the 1970’s adult film industry and to its rebirth as an 80’s rock device, here’s a video history of the Cry Baby Wah Wah pedal.
History of the Wah Wah Pedal (in 4 parts)
Part 1: The Beginning.
Part 2: Cry Baby Hits the Rock Scene with Clapton,Hendrix and more.
Part 3: Overkill. Cry Baby Branches Out to Jazz, Funk and t.v. themes.
Part 4: Don’t Call it a Come Back. Stevie Ray Vaughan, Metallica and Alice in Chains help make the Wah Cool Again.
What struck me about the Wah is how it never really went away. I grew up listening to Hendrix and Cream, but always thought the Wah-Wah died in the 70’s. But looking back, with the help of this documentary, I realize that it never really went away. Like the guitar itself, the Wah-Wah just keeps evolving.