For a guitar hero on a budget… The Hellbabe wah pedal from Behringer. This is one of the devices of today’s market that epitomizes the concept of budget cuts made at all the right places.
Is this the best wah out there? Nope- but is it the best wah within this price range? Yep. You can get it for around $50, and it’s worth around twice more in our humble opinion.
This is a plastic pedal, yet it’s very strong and sturdy. This was accomplished by adding a metal foundation and a rubber grip, none of which feel cheap. All-metal construction would be nice, but for this price it’s pretty awesome as it is.
It should be noted that the HB01 utilizes the so-called “step on, step off” type of control, meaning that there’s now on/off capability as the pedal switches on as soon as you even slightly step on it.
On the inside, the pedal is packed with low-noise circuitry that runs via 9V battery or through a standard power adapter. Two LED status indicators are also included in the mix, one for Effect Status, and the other for Boost Status.
The pedal comes with a total weight of 2.6 pounds and a size of 10 x 4.7 x 3.9 inches.
There are four control knobs. The big one on the right is Range, which allows you to adjust the pedal’s frequency range anywhere between 440 an 250 Hz. This is a rather wide range, especially for this budget, allowing you to use this Behringer on bass guitars as well.
The pedal comes with optical control, which happens to be a feature of high-end items. This means you won’t ever have to worry about scratchy pots anymore. This is a good thing.
The remaining Q controls allows you to adjust the boost and shape the wah’s tone until it matches your needs.
NICE. First of all, the pedal feels exceptionally smooth. The “step on, step off” control works like a charm and It’ so much easier to rock with no on/off buttons. The controls work pretty good on both guitar and bass, and the sound is smooth, wobbly and swirly.
The boost feature will also give you a nice extra 10 dB drive, but the area in which the pedal lags behind high-end models is precision. This one is nowhere near as surgically accurate as classic Cry Baby, but seeing that it’s three times less expensive, we say you’re still getting a killer deal.
Overall, another Behringer that pleasantly surprised us. The German manufacturers seem to have become the masters of the budget-friendly realm, and we say this fella is 100% usable for players of any genre and skill level. Good stuff!
Behringer Hellbabe HB01 Wah Pedal
- Multi-functional Wah-Wah pedal—offers everything you need for all styles and sounds
- This BEHRINGER product has been designed to compete head to head with leading products on the market
- Total optical control for wear-and-tear-free pedal operation (no mechanical pots and switches)
- Unique spring-back pedal mechanism with resistance adjustment for ultimate playing style (option to remove)
- Heel-down frequency range freely adjustable via Range control (440 Hz to 250 Hz) for use even with bass guitars
- Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com