800-ZZOUNDS (800-996-8637)
When you call, mention priority code 14JN-W1Z2
close [x]
  • Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri 8AM - 10PM (EST)
  • Sat 9AM - 6PM (EST)
  • Sun 1PM - 7PM (EST)

Rating and Reviews: Budda BudWah Wah Pedal

The Budda BudWah is a top-class way to get wah tones. With boutique quality components and a heavy-duty build, the BudWah is a real keeper.

User Ratings
Overall
Sound
Features
Ease of Use
Quality
Value
Manufacturer Support
The Wow Factor
| | |

"Me Love My Little Budwah!" submitted March 28, 2008

By a customer from comcast.net
Overall
Sound
Features
Ease of Use
Quality
Value
The Wow Factor
Musical Background: Active Musician
Music Style: Rock
Back to Product Information
VERIFIED BUYER
zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us.
Sound: If you like the Jimi Hendrix wah sound, then you will love this! Feature: I love the true bypass. Other wah pedals sound like they're still on when they are bypassed, but not this one! Ease of Use: Simple to use, no controls to worry about. Quality: It seems to be built well, I am very happy with the product! Value: I think it's a little pricey, but it seems like a high quality pedal. This thing is very quiet when it is on. That's important to me Manufacturer Support: Haven't needed support. The Wow Factor: It's chrome and purple. That's pretty cool. Overall: I will keep this wah for a long time! I've tried the Bad Horsie wah. It's a good wah, but as soon as I turn it on it has this loud hum to it. That pretty much ruins it for me. I use high gain Marshall amps, so every little noise is heard. It's important for me to keep unwanted noise to a minimum. That's why I like the Budwah!
12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful. Did you?
Thanks for your opinion!
close [x]

Thank you. Your vote has been counted. Could you briefly tell us why the review was or was not helpful?

"more like a whoa pedal" submitted January 9, 2008

By a customer from comcast.net
Overall
Sound
Features
Ease of Use
Quality
Value
The Wow Factor
Musical Background: active musician
Music Style: hard rock
Back to Product Information
VERIFIED BUYER
zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us.
Sound: None of that face melting high end squeal with the toe down like a lot of the more popular brands. Everywhere is a sweet spot. Very vocal and smooth. Feature: An LED may be helpful but I don't mind not having one. Ease of Use: Step on it and sweep. Quality: Solid build - I don't see any issues. Value: I would buy another one immediately if something happened to mine. The Wow Factor: Purple and chrome - awesome. Overall: I've had a few wahs through the years and this one takes the cake. I suppose there could be better ones out there but that would be more of a personal preference. For the price this one can't be beat.
13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful. Did you?
Thanks for your opinion!
close [x]

Thank you. Your vote has been counted. Could you briefly tell us why the review was or was not helpful?

"Possibly the Perfect Wah—the BudWah by Budda" submitted December 24, 2010

By a customer from gmail.com
Overall
Sound
Features
Ease of Use
Quality
Value
Manufacturer Support
The Wow Factor
Musical Background: Semipro recording engineer/guitarist/bass/keys
Music Style: Jazz/rock/Noise
Back to Product Information
VERIFIED BUYER
zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us.
Sound: I was lucky enough to know the two guys at Budda (East/ P.A.T.) who developed this pedal as they moonlighted repairing tube amps back about a decade ago when the company was just starting up (incidentally, they transformed the late 60s tube amp i found wasting away at a friends house from what sounded like a detuned radio into a work of art, with beautiful tones and quadruple volume). I get the impression that they take their time and test and retest and retool and retest until their products are absolutely bulletproof, as they were "just finishing up" the first bud-wah for over six months as I anxiously awaited its launch, having worn down two separate dunlops to squeaky metal boxes, and given up on the watered down sound of Vox's contemporaneous offering in addition to the Morleys, etc. (i think digitech and a few other brands had wahs on the market at the time) that i demoed. I must have been among the first regular customers to purchase the purple and chrome bud-wah, according to the manufacturer, almost 10 years ago and use it almost daily due to its lossless bypass and magnificent secondary function as a sweepable mid i leave in place to achieve some odd and some amazing tones when paired with overdrive or distortion, as the rocker rolls perfectly smooth and evenly through each frequency in its expertly chosen range. I cant imagine any pedal (wah or otherwise) as satisfying or as sturdily built. Ive moved cross country twice with it, dragged it to jams, gigs, practices, and spent years with a shoe manipulating it and there is hardly a scratch. It is built like tanks used to be built, and is so far indestructable during normal use. But even forgetting all that, i would still consider this the best wah pedal in production because it sounds better than any wah ive heard, its tuning is perfect for all applications from fx loaded fuzz with hot overdriven tubes in yr amp to a clean chicken scratch or curtis mayfield/70s blaxploitation chase scene angular chords, erupting staccato sounds with slow tilts, or subtle emphasis by gentle 1/4 rockings. Im not sure if the equipment people like isaac hayes and his contemporaries was all hotrodded by their techs, if they worked ten times as hard for the tone or if vox, etc. began cutting corners, but the Budda wah has the quintessential wah sound that i rate all others against. Granted, It doesnt combine ten different effects like some of the new dunlop destroyer models in camo or cherry red or that EVH crisscrossed pattern, but I wanted a wah pedal that sounds great, doesnt require a manual or two feet, and lasts the ten years mine has so far. Those options by dunlop or the revamped Vox may be a dream come true for many players, i must admit that I havent bothered trying another wah since i got this one, as it is the tone ive always sought and the addition of distortion or adjustable Q hold little appeal for me as I have a multifx board by boss with an expression pedal i only ever use to control volume, i love Boss sound, but not that wah, and my ME is loved but aging like my c. '67 Fender. I also have a pair of MXR standalone stompboxes that are excellent (im not biased against dunlop), a boss envelope filter that comes as close to the old Mu-Trons as anything ive found and satisfies any urge i might have to set my own values, not to mention the endless effects i possess on computer pro audio plugins by peak, apple, live, amplitube, MOTU, reason, etc that all require you to manually set parameters and can faithfully replicate everything it seems but the special sound of pressure escaping overdriven speakers and the classic wah sound. The range on the wah is exceptional on guitars, works well with pianos, keyboards, and harmonica—probably woodwinds and midregister strings like viola as well—for my bass if i use the wah i keep it in a static position as though it were an extra precise mid knob. Feature: The only accessory necessary is 9V of power, and while my wholesale version came with a Duracell installed, light wear, and minus a box or AC adapter, im not certain whether the retail version includes the adapter, as like all effects, batteries have a convenience factor but a plug is eventually going to be required. My boss multi has its own Boss brand adaptor, I rarely use more than 3 additional fx so i have a handful of 9V batteries, and interchangeable 9v AC adaptors that plug into my stompboxes i picked up at Radioshaq and/or bestBuy/target, etc and the like. Ease of Use: Like i mentioned earlier, this wah, unlike some of the newer variety is almost completely intuitive. You need to know where the battery is stored and where the adaptor connects. Beyond that it is important that the cables are connected in the correct directional flow from guitar towards amp or DAW, etc. Or you may end up with that Pink Floyd (cant recall if that's from Echoes/Meddle or Shine On) whinycrying sound unique to backwards wahs. Beyond that it is difficult to generate bad tones (if you choose to call that eerie whine a bad tone), if you try to tap into bypass but fail you just get a hot trebly sound similar to the strat's pickup selector set on the bridge position, or a les paul toggled to lead with the tone up. If the rocker rests anywhere while the wah is active it just adds a very cool EQ effect to yr setup, the only learning curve is using your foot in rhythm with yr playing (which, like any wah, requires none of the dexterity of piano or drums, etc). Quality: I know that im beginning to sound like an employee or investor at Budda (i havent even spoke to an employee there since picking up my wah), but i went through more than 300 bucks of suck wah pedals that squeaked, stained me with grease that eventually collected enough crap to clog that cheap dunlop flywheel on their mid 90s iteration, others hungup at certain positions, and all died completely before ever giving me a sound that approached the wah sounds i had heard from all those classic albums (excepting the aforementioned squelch of dave gilmores reversed cables). When i started playing guitar, i wanted an amp primarily for distortion and a terminus to place a wah pedal in front of, between isaac hayes' shaft, Cream, sly, the Doors (peace frog), superfly, the dead, playing guitar meant using a wah pedal and until Budda introduced their model, i was so unimpressed by the versions on the market i had given up and bought an envelope filter (close, but no simulacrum, especially if you want the chukka chukka sound. My decade old pedal barely shows any signs of wear, sounds identical to day one (though i am a bit better at guitar now), and seems no closer to requiring any kind of work than when it was new....if it does somehow fall apart (i might lose the rubber feet changing the battery), i wouldnt consider buying any wah but a BudWah, and im curious if this is a new design and how they may have improved it. Value: Even if it is only as good as a wah of the same price, that one should last at least twice as long makes it twice the value. This is getting repetitive. Manufacturer Support: I dealt with one employee who fixed my amp, he was cool enough, it took about a month but Budda was not only finishing up the wah but a line of amps, and i was at the end of a long of list of people with broken down gear. When he finally had the time to fix it, he was really kind and took the time to educate me about the structure of my amp w/o being condescending. I havent had the slightest reason to contact them about my pedal, its been as solid and dependable as an armored car. The Wow Factor: Its a good lookin wah. Shiny chrome like the vox with a touch of purple...uh, prince might want to sex it up for the purple and because he's prince. I would say the vox is better looking and that wah pedals are towards the bottom of the sexy list for fx, and fx are at the bottom of musical equipment. Overall: I cant imagine replacing or augmenting this with another wah pedal unless mine completely dies or maybe if budda came up with a multifx board using their tube driven stompbox technology and this or a more advanced wah. Im not as insane about wah as i initially was when i began playing, but if budda's new wah technology blew me away (ive never seen one to demo in a retail store, but after ten years they may have improved it or decided not to fix what has not broken. Im more interested in amps, reverbs, sweet tones these days.
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful. Did you?
Thanks for your opinion!
close [x]

Thank you. Your vote has been counted. Could you briefly tell us why the review was or was not helpful?

Budda BudWah Wah Pedal Customer Review submitted February 22, 2008

Overall
Sound
Features
Ease of Use
Quality
Value
Manufacturer Support
The Wow Factor
Back to Product Information
Sound: This is THE wah sound I've been looking for: Very vocal, and doesn't have that annoying piercing characteristic on the highs. Feature: The only thing that I would change if I could, would be to add a LED. Besides that, it's perfect: Simple, great looking pedal with a must have hardwire bypass. Ease of Use: Push on, push off. Quality: Solid, heavy metal construction. Value: Great price for such a great sounding wah. Manufacturer Support: I haven't had to deal with them yet, so that's a 10 in my opinion. The Wow Factor: Try it, you'll love it. Overall: I've used various other wahs before (including the Vox wahs and the Morley wahs,) but this one is by far the best.
6 of 7 people (85.71%) found this review helpful. Did you?
Thanks for your opinion!
close [x]

Thank you. Your vote has been counted. Could you briefly tell us why the review was or was not helpful?

BizRate Customer Certified (GOLD) Site
Questions? Our gear experts can help!
800-zZounds (800-996-8637)
When you call, mention priority code 14JN-W1Z2. Llame Gratis en Español: 800-460-7976
Lunes-Viernes de 1AM a 1AM EST
Customize Search Results for Your Location
Shop with those who respect your privacy — we do. Copyright © 1996-2014, zZounds Music, LLC. Terms of use apply.
X
ALL ACCESS PASS
5 REASONS YOU SHOULD SIGN UP FOR THE ZZOUNDS NEWSLETTER
  • Limited-time payment plan offers
  • Weekly deals
  • Exclusive giveaways
  • Exclusive artist interviews
  • Insider info on your favorite gear
To get your cool stuff, we'll need your address:
close [x]What is this?
A temporary customer reference number is assigned to each customer only while they are shopping on zZounds.com. If you call our customer service department for assistance, this number makes it easier for us to answer any questions you have about products, services or purchases.
 
close [x]What is this?
A temporary customer reference number is assigned to each customer only while they are shopping on zZounds.com. If you call our customer service department for assistance, this number makes it easier for us to answer any questions you have about products, services or purchases.
close [x]

1. zZounds offers the industry‘s most musician-friendly payment plans

zZounds offers a variety of Play as You Pay installment plans that allow you to get the gear you want today. While our competitors might offer house credit cards that require you to fill out an application and pass a credit check, our payment plans are easy to get, simple to use, and, best of all, accrue zero interest. Unlike those house credit cards that can leave you vulnerable to exorbitant interest charges once the promotional period ends, we never have and never will charge interest when you take advantage of one of the zZounds Play as You Pay plans.

zZounds payment plans details »

2. zZounds guarantees the lowest price

Seen it for less somewhere else? Get it for less at zZounds. Simply click the “Seen it for less?” link on any product page and as long as we‘re not losing money, we‘ll beat any legitimate competitor‘s lowest price, usually within two hours. Want our best price even faster? Call us at 800-zZounds (800-996-8637), and we‘ll provide you with a lower price on the phone. Also, if you purchase from us and later find the product for less elsewhere, call or email us within 45 days, and we‘ll refund you the difference.

zZounds.com price match details »

3. zZounds gets you your gear fast

At zZounds, you‘ll get your gear fast and, usually, with free delivery. Because we have warehouses in New Jersey and Nevada, nearly 75 percent of Americans reside within our two-day shipping zones. Combine this with the fact that many of our best-selling products qualify for free two-day delivery and you get expedited shipping without the additional cost.

zZounds.com shipping details »

4. zZounds makes returns super easy

Buy it, try it, like it, or return it to us for a full refund. It‘s just that simple. If you‘re not in love with what you bought, return it to zZounds within 45 days, and we‘ll promptly arrange for an exchange or a refund. No hassles. No hidden charges. And if a product‘s defective or damaged, call us at 800-zZounds (800-996-8637), and we‘ll email you a prepaid shipping label so you can easily return it to us at zero cost to you.

zZounds.com return details »

5. zZounds delivers top-rated customer service

zZounds has received multiple Bizrate® Circle of Excellence Platinum awards, placing us in the top 0.7 percent of Bizrate‘s network of 5,200 retailers. Our success in meeting the needs of our customers -- since 1996, we‘ve satisfied over 1,000,000 people -- is due in large part to the fact that zZounds only hires experienced musicians to answer your calls and emails, and they are never paid a commission.

zZounds.com customer service »
close [x]
Available on
orders $249+
learn more

Need it now but short of cash? All we need is the first payment up front and the rest in easy monthly payments!

Fast approval.
We approve everyone, with very few exceptions, as long as we can verify your identity.
No interest. Ever.
It's just as if you paid the whole amount up front!
No paperwork. Nothing to track.
No application to mail or fax, no bills to pay. We automatically charge the payments to your credit card.

We'll wait on your money so you don't have to wait for your gear!

When you checkout, just click the Play as you Pay checkbox to indicate which installment plan you wish to use.

close [x]
on most orders $29+

Just $1.99 on
smaller orders

Really heavy stuff might cost you a
little more

learn more

Why fight traffic and pushy salesmen when we'll bring your gear straight to your home, free of charge?

zZounds free shipping is really free!
No hidden charges or hassles on returns.
Fast, reliable delivery
We have warehouses on both coasts, so most shipments arrive in 3 days or less.
We don't collect sales tax. Bonus!
Only NJ residents pay tax during checkout.
close [x]

A guarantee so solid, you never have to worry about price when shopping at zZounds

We'll beat any price
Simply click the Seen it for less? link next to the gear you want or call us at 800-zZounds (800-996-8637)
Got a coupon from another site?
Use it with us - we'll beat those prices, too!
Find a better price after buying from us?
No problem. We'll refund you the difference for 45 days, so you'll never regret buying from zZounds.

You'll still get the trustworthy service you've come to expect from zZounds, without paying more for your gear!