Fret-King Classic Wah review

  • £89

Fret-King's take on the Vox box

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Our Verdict

Old-school wah with a musical tonal range.


  • Warm, smooth wah tones. LED. Battery access.


  • Not much.
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We've seen many attempts at 'improving' the humble wah pedal over the years but those original 60s designs are still the tonal benchmark. Fret-King's Trevor Wilkinson owns one of the first Vox wah pedals ever produced and has based this new pedal on that oldie.

"This is a pedal that retains the warmth of your tone while offering a smooth sweep"

He believes that a wah should be tuneful and not an exercise in seeing how much sweep you can get from one extreme of the treadle to the other - from muffled bass to piercing treble frequencies.

He's also of the mind that much of the tone is down to a halo inductor in the circuitry and has therefore incorporated one here, resulting in a pedal that retains the warmth of your tone while offering a smooth sweep across the frequencies.

If a retro-sounding wah pedal is what you need, you'll get it here but you don't have to put up with a retro feature set because this wah has a red LED to show that it is active and a flip-top battery compartment - meaning no more unscrewing those rubber feet...

Tech Specs

Country of OriginChina
FeaturesTrue bypass
Available Inputs1/4 Inch Jack
Available Outputs1/4 Inch Jack
Battery/Adaptor Type9V Battery Nine-volt mains adaptor
Dimensions102 x 78 x 254