BOSS PW-3 Wah Pedal Buyers Guide Review (January 2021)
BOSS PW-3 Wah Pedal
- ✔ Vintage Mode - Familiar Classic Wah Sound
- ✔ Rich Mode - Retains Low-End Fullness
- ✔ Space Saving Small Sized Design
- ✔ Die-Cast Aluminum Chassis
- Unique Rich mode retains low-end fullness, eliminating the thin tone of typical wah designs
- Vintage mode for the familiar classic wah sound
- Low-noise operation and pro playing feel with smooth pivot action and adjustable tension
- Space-saving design fits easily on crowded pedalboards
- Rugged, die-cast aluminum chassis provides a rock-solid feel and gig-ready durability
- On/off LEDS on each side of the pedal make it easy to see status at a glance
The all-analog PW-3 delivers pro wah tones in a rugged, space-saving design that conserves precious real estate on your pedalboard. Newly developed by BOSS, the PW-3’s Rich mode has a uniquely full wah voice that retains the low-end definition and fullness lost with typical wah circuits. Want a more traditional tone? Just flip the rear-panel switch to Vintage mode for that classic wah vibe.
Unlike other pedals that sacrifice feel and functionality when trimmed down in size, the PW-3 strikes the perfect balance between practicality and playability. Its die-cast aluminum chassis is solid and substantial underfoot, and the long, smooth pedal action is highly responsive and feels great. Another issue with downsized pedals is that it’s hard to see when the effect is on or off, because your foot blocks the view. The PW-3 solves this with status LEDs on each side of the pedal, making it much easier to see when the wah is activated.
Overall we think that BOSS have done well with the PW-3. It’s rich mode is interesting but we think the vintage mode has the nicest sound. We’d be doing you an injustice if we didn’t quote this review, it really does sum up BOSS pedals in general.
“It’s also built like a tank. It’s literally armoured. It’s probably bullet proof.”