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Boss AW-3 Dynamic Wah Guitar Effects Pedal

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The Boss AW-3 Dynamic Wah Pedal gives guitarists a wide range of classic auto-wah and dynamic wah effects, plus a new "humanizer" effect that can sim...Click To Read More About This Product

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This wah is a better talker than you.

The Boss AW-3 Dynamic Wah Pedal gives guitarists a wide range of classic auto-wah and dynamic wah effects, plus a new "humanizer" effect that can simulate human vowel sounds. The Boss AW-3's bass input even provides a variety of funky wah sounds for bass guitar. An EXP mode allows wah control via optional expression pedal.

FEATURES
  • Auto-wah and dynamic wah
  • Humanizer simulates vocal sounds
  • Bass input
  • Expression pedal jack
  • Decay, Manual, Sensitivity, and Mode controls with Tempo Set function

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BossAW-3 Dynamic Wah Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.1

(based on 38 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (6)
  • Excellent sound quality (6)
  • Responsive (6)
  • Versatile (5)
  • Good selection of effects (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (6)
  • Professional recording (5)
  • Amateur recording (4)
  • Home studio (4)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (4), Experienced (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

For Funk players.

I have been reading the reviews, particularly from guitar players. So this is my take on this pedal, which I own. This pedal is not meant to replace a real wah, and...Read complete review

I have been reading the reviews, particularly from guitar players. So this is my take on this pedal, which I own. This pedal is not meant to replace a real wah, and it is not marketed as such. It is not aimed at rock players (by reading the reviews you can tell they dont know how to use it). It is meant for funk players. A large number of professional funk guitarists have one of these in their rig. The auto-wah, or dynamic-wah sound is a staple of funk music. Some funk players dont use it, but many do. It has its place. But as I said earlier, it is not meant to do the same thing as a regular wah. It gives you different sounds based on sweeping frequencies. If you are lazy, and want the pedal to do the job for you, then you will be disappointed to know that this pedal wont do that. If you are into Funk, do yourself a favor and buy this pedal. It is a lot of fun, and funk rhythms take a new character when you use this pedal properly. Granted, some functions youll probably never use. But once again, if you are a funk player, youll love this pedal. Players who only play rock will never understand the true value of this gem of a pedal. My two cents.
Great Pedal

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Many Features - None of them Good

Overall I thought this would be an Crybaby like wah and a cool auto-wah/envelope filter in one amazing versatile and great-sounding unit. While it has many features, it's spread too thin. It's...Read complete review

Overall I thought this would be an Crybaby like wah and a cool auto-wah/envelope filter in one amazing versatile and great-sounding unit. While it has many features, it's spread too thin. It's sort of like a cheap buffet, has lots of variety, but none of the food is anything you'd write home about.

It sounds cheesy, it doesn't go to an extremes, it plays it safe.
Yes this thing has many different modes and many features, but to me it's sort of like putting a bunch of toppings on a dried shriveled-up convinience store hot dog; no matter what you do to it, the meat of it just isn't all that good. The decay knob seems to do very little, and while there are many different modes, none of them seem to have much of a range of tonal flexibility and sounds cheesy.
Built like any other Boss pedal, like a tank, and it even has an input for an expression pedal, but sound quality sucks, with the expression pedal this thing is nowhere near as good as even a standard Crybaby.
I bought this fairly cheap and it feels exactly that, a cheap pedal more for laughs and amusement. I can't imagine a professional or serious musician using this for gigs.

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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

For Funk players.

By Al Martinez

from Boston

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Comments about Boss AW-3 Dynamic Wah Guitar Effects Pedal:

I have been reading the reviews, particularly from guitar players. So this is my take on this pedal, which I own. This pedal is not meant to replace a real wah, and it is not marketed as such. It is not aimed at rock players (by reading the reviews you can tell they dont know how to use it). It is meant for funk players. A large number of professional funk guitarists have one of these in their rig. The auto-wah, or dynamic-wah sound is a staple of funk music. Some funk players dont use it, but many do. It has its place. But as I said earlier, it is not meant to do the same thing as a regular wah. It gives you different sounds based on sweeping frequencies. If you are lazy, and want the pedal to do the job for you, then you will be disappointed to know that this pedal wont do that. If you are into Funk, do yourself a favor and buy this pedal. It is a lot of fun, and funk rhythms take a new character when you use this pedal properly. Granted, some functions youll probably never use. But once again, if you are a funk player, youll love this pedal. Players who only play rock will never understand the true value of this gem of a pedal. My two cents.
Great Pedal

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Bass Players: Yes, this pedal is for you!

By JakoCLE

from Cleveland, OH

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Comments about Boss AW-3 Dynamic Wah Guitar Effects Pedal:

I had initially purchased the EHX Q-tron + because I wanted a funky sound for my bass. After all, there are countless articles about how the Funk Masters use this device (maybe the original Mu-Tron is the real answer, but I'm not spending the money on that vintage tool). The Q-tron + sucked my tone and volume, and also created a noisy sound similar to wow and flutter. Not what I wanted. This BOSS AW-3 arrived yesterday, and after comparing it to the MXR M-188 (Bass Auto Q Auto Wah) I decided to keep the BOSS. Several reasons: this device has many tonal variations, is noise free, built ruggedly, easy to use, and practically every tweak of the dials produces sounds that are pleasant. From subtle to extreme, this pedal is worth it and is cheaper in $ than the MXR box. It's made for both guitar and/or bass, has separate inputs for each, and even has another jack for an expression pedal for manual wah control. I don't plan on using the latter, because I get enough sound variations by using different dynamics with my right hand. Hard, soft, and slapping/popping produces different sounds. I use my Micro POG just before the BOSS to further enhance this already cool pedal. The two together are greater than the sum of their parts.

(3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Many Features - None of them Good

By theahn

from Potomac, MD

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Comments about Boss AW-3 Dynamic Wah Guitar Effects Pedal:

Overall I thought this would be an Crybaby like wah and a cool auto-wah/envelope filter in one amazing versatile and great-sounding unit. While it has many features, it's spread too thin. It's sort of like a cheap buffet, has lots of variety, but none of the food is anything you'd write home about.

It sounds cheesy, it doesn't go to an extremes, it plays it safe.
Yes this thing has many different modes and many features, but to me it's sort of like putting a bunch of toppings on a dried shriveled-up convinience store hot dog; no matter what you do to it, the meat of it just isn't all that good. The decay knob seems to do very little, and while there are many different modes, none of them seem to have much of a range of tonal flexibility and sounds cheesy.
Built like any other Boss pedal, like a tank, and it even has an input for an expression pedal, but sound quality sucks, with the expression pedal this thing is nowhere near as good as even a standard Crybaby.
I bought this fairly cheap and it feels exactly that, a cheap pedal more for laughs and amusement. I can't imagine a professional or serious musician using this for gigs.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AutoWahSolution!

By Powerman

from California

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Comments about Boss AW-3 Dynamic Wah Guitar Effects Pedal:

This wah does what a wah is made to do. It wah wahs for you, enabling you to focus on playing rather than rockking your foot. Its tone is pretty convincing and have found 3-4 very usable settings on this BOSS.It's very musical in the right hands...give it a week before rating. It takes some time to find the sweet spots.

(2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Pretty good

By Greg-zvmls

from Milwaukee, WI

Comments about Boss AW-3 Dynamic Wah Guitar Effects Pedal:

I just purchased this today and in my opinion its pretty good. What I enjoyed about it is that you don't constantly have to stomp on it. One press and the wah-wah is on. For the price here it seems pretty reasonable. Just be sure to pick up the extra cord to connect it to your amp and guitar.

 
5.0

Really Excellent Envelope Filter/Auto Wah

By Frank D.

from Long Island, NY

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Boss AW-3 Dynamic Wah Guitar Effects Pedal:

    This is a highly flexible pedal that works well for keyboards as well as guitar (I haven't tried it on bass yet). I mostly bought it to give synthesizer-type envelope filter effects to my inexpensive keyboards and it does this perfectly, bridging the gap between the keyboards' stock sounds and the envelope filtered sounds you can get out of "real" synths with their ADSR filter sections. For guitar is gives you those Jerry Garcia and Frank Zappa-type auto wah sounds which you can NOT get from a wah wah pedal. The "vowel" sounds are an added bonus and I will definitely be using these in recording and performing.

     
    5.0

    Classic auto-wah sound

    By Kevin W

    from Georgetown Texas

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances

      Comments about Boss AW-3 Dynamic Wah Guitar Effects Pedal:

      Delivers a cool '70's funk sound that can be tailored to your needs. Like most Boss pedals it's built tough.

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      NO CONTROL.

      By The Baron

      from Cherry Plain, NY

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

        Cons

        • Difficult To Use

        Best Uses

        • Mobile DJ

        Comments about Boss AW-3 Dynamic Wah Guitar Effects Pedal:

        If you know the exact duration of every note you're going to play in every solo...maybe.

         
        5.0

        Amazing funk pedal

        By Stav

        from Melbourne, Australia

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Boss AW-3 Dynamic Wah Guitar Effects Pedal:

          Okay, so I was a rock/metal guitarist when I bought this thing, and holy smokes did I hate it. I thought this pedal sucked. But I realised, it is not made for rock/metal players. I have become a funk player lately and decided to give this pedal a second shot, I absolutely fell in love with it. On bass, its even better, this thing sounds incredible with slap bass. I realised it was an amazing pedal, I just didn't use it correctly. Please go buy this diamond of a pedal.

           
          5.0

          BASSISTS-Just try it!

          By Stacy

          from Benicia CA

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Boss AW-3 Dynamic Wah Guitar Effects Pedal:

            I have tried every envelope filet on the market- all the classics. This is by far my favorite!. You can get all the classic filter sounds here, plus my favorite- the closest description is Chris Squire's sound on "Tormato."
            You can hear me using it on "Country Open" and "The Opera" on the "Jazz Mandolin Project" album.

             
            5.0

            Ajustable dynamic wah works well

            By Daniel

            from undisclosed

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            Comments about AW-3 Dynamic Wah Guitar Effects Pedal:

            Just getting into using pedals with my bass. Wrote this funk song and i could hear it wanted wah. Saw youtube video of this pedal in action, bought it and am really happy. I may not use it for many tunes but it does wonders. The dynamic aspect is great being able to dial in the parameters of the wah effect. It's a keeper.

             
            5.0

            Wah Wah Wah all the way home!

            By Daniel

            from undisclosed

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            Comments about Boss AW-3 Dynamic Wah Guitar Effects Pedal:

            Just the sound i wanted on my bass for this funk tune i wrote. Haven't played with setting much.

             
            5.0

            AW-3 Definitely For Me!

            By Multiscoffer

            from Piedmont, CA.

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            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Good Selection Of Effects
            • Responsive
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Boss AW-3 Dynamic Wah Guitar Effects Pedal:

              Love the sound of this pedal works great!

               
              5.0

              Just another trick to wah the Audience

              By Lyle Style

              from Minneapolis MN

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              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Good Selection Of Effects
              • Responsive
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Mobile DJ
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Boss AW-3 Dynamic Wah Guitar Effects Pedal:

                I purchased this at a great price. After working with it for a few hours I was able to find the right combination. Like most pedals the guitar and amp play a large factor in the sound. This pedal is very usable for single coil or coil tap configurations. The double humbucker just did not work until I turn it down a slight bit and played around with the tone knob. This pedal awesome once you work with it and tweak it to your preferences.

                 
                3.0

                Not what I expected...

                By Zach-51fAT

                from East Haddam CT

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                Comments about Boss AW-3 Dynamic Wah Guitar Effects Pedal:

                I just recently bought this pedal and I must admit I am not totally impressed. I guess I expected more. All of the different types of wah features sound mostly the same and it got boring fast. Sounds pretty cool with an overdrive, fuzz or distortion. Simply, not enough for $$$.

                 
                5.0

                every wah I need

                By Anonymous

                from Undisclosed

                Comments about Boss AW-3 Dynamic Wah Guitar Effects Pedal:

                There are a lot of wah sounds and more in this pedal. I took some time to find the settings I liked the best and I primarily use it as a regular wah by using the Roland Expression Pedal I bought with it. It's kind of a pain to bend over and switch sounds between songs, but this pedal definitely has plenty.

                 
                5.0

                Supertone!

                By Benjamin'-iBDMo

                from Topsfield, MA

                Comments about Boss AW-3 Dynamic Wah Guitar Effects Pedal:

                I just got a Boss AW-3 today. From the time I opened the box and plugged it in, I just was completely impatient waiting to see what kind of sounds the pedal can make. My only grievence is the down mode for bass, it's a little weak, but the up and sharp sound awesome. The Humanizer on bass gives a really synthy sound with a little distortion, great for a little buzz in your sound. You can get every envelope filter sound you could really think of. Matches perfectly to Les Claypool's tone. Tempo mode is very fun to play with.

                 
                5.0

                It took me awile...

                By troy c

                from L.A.

                Comments about Boss AW-3 Dynamic Wah Guitar Effects Pedal:

                Well first off i the got the pedal for $** that is why the value is so high but when i got it i like the sound it made but did not use it then i put it away and it did not really get used i pick it up the other day and put a super chorus behind it and got this really weard sound and i liked it a lot so i made a song out of it . But the thing i like most a bout it is that when you have a foot controled wah you push your foot down and you get a lower sound you push it up and you get a high pitch sound you can do the same with the pic.

                 
                5.0

                Hard to resist!!

                By Prettyfunk4awhiteguy

                from Houston, TX

                Comments about Boss AW-3 Dynamic Wah Guitar Effects Pedal:

                After I had bought a new Ibanez bass, my friend brought this over and said he used it for his guitar, but that there was a bass input on it as well.I figured what the heck, I'll give it a try. I turned it on and was BLOWN AWAY. I had been looking to get an envelope filter for some time but I was completely blown away with the tone I got from this pedal! I got rediculously angry at my friend and told him that this was keeping me from saving money for a new amp....about 2 weeks later I ordered one of these badboys and have never been happier. The versatility of the effects in the wah category was stunning and all of it is dynamic so it's easy to use. All in all, if you love funk and having an excellent wah tone to your basslines or guitar riffs, I would recommend this pedal, hands and feet down =D

                 
                4.0

                Not the Best but Great in it's Own Right

                By ninja4hire

                from My House

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                Comments about Boss AW-3 Dynamic Wah Guitar Effects Pedal:

                Like a lot of (bass) players, I went for the AW-3 looking for that classic Mu-Tron sound. You won't find it in this pedal, at least not to my ears, but what you will find is that it possesses it's own definition of the wah sound. Plenty to be heard here, and the Humanizer adds some interesting sound ideas with its various vowel settings. So far, the funkiest sound is to dial the decay almost flat and the mode to sharp; play around in this area and you're bound to get a nice, although a bit "modern", drippy wah sound. Cheaper than some of the other bass-centric effects, BOSS offers good bang for your buck: affordable, solid, and effective...give the AW-3 a run before blowing your cash on something with less character or extravagant price tag.

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