Guitar 101: What Is a Wah-Wah Pedal? Learn About the Different Types of Wah-Wah Pedals

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Aug 26, 2021 • 4 min read

Nearly synonymous with the electric guitar, the wah-wah pedal has permeated popular music since its invention in 1966. Its sound can be heard on such classics as Jimi Hendrix’s “Voodoo Child”; Metallica’s “Enter Sandman”; and Isaac Hayes’s “Theme From Shaft.” The wah-wah pedal is so popular that Beatles legend George Harrison even wrote a song about it.