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BOSS AW-3 Dynamic Wah Best Guitar Effects Pedal and Humanizer Mode with Bass Input


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The BOSS AW-3 Dynamic Wah pedal gives guitarists a wide range of classic auto-wah and dynamic wah effects, plus a new "Humanizer" effect which can simulate human vowel sounds. A Bass input provides a variety of funky wah sounds for bass guitar.

- Compact pedal creates a variety of classic "wah" effects
- Dynamic wah sounds provide variable effects based on picking strength
- "Humanizer" effect creates human voice-type vowel sounds
- Dedicated Bass input for processing bass guitar
- EXP Pedal mode allows wah control via optional expression pedal
- Tempo can be set for pedal control or at a fixed rate via Manual mode

A "Talking" Pedal
The AW-3 Dynamic Wah is the first compact wah pedal to incorporate human voice-type sounds through a new "Humanizer" Mode. Of course, you can also choose from standard up-and-down wah effects, plus a Tempo Mode and resonant synth-like Sharp Mode.

Endless Possibilities
Choose from both fixed and auto wah settings using the Manual control or pedal for tempo input. By connecting an optional expression pedal, the AW-3 can also be used for Pedal Wah effects. A dedicated Bass input permits direct processing of bass guitars.



1. What is the BOSS AW-3 pedal used for?

  • The BOSS AW-3 is a wah pedal that alters the tone of a guitar to create a sound that mimics a human voice going “wah wah”.

2. Is the BOSS AW-3 a good wah pedal?

  • Yes. The BOSS AW-3 is a good auto-wah, touch-wah, and regular-wah pedal. It also has a humanizer effect which users find a fun effect to play with.

3. What is the difference between BOSS AW-3 and other wah pedals?

  • The BOSS AW-3 is the first compact pedal to add humanizer mode. Unlike other wah pedals, it is an auto-wah pedal that reacts to the dynamic changes in the volume of the note.

4. Where do I put the BOSS AW-3 in the signal chain?

  • The BOSS AW-3 is usually placed at the beginning of a signal chain.

5. Is the BOSS AW-3 a good humanized?

  • Yes. The BOSS AW-3 simulates human vowel sounds and can be a good vocoder/talkbox.

6. Is the BOSS AW-3 placed before or after distortion?

  • Either. You can place the BOSS AW-3 before the distortion to allow the pedal to react to the changes in the signal. Placing the BOSS AW-3 after the distortion will create a much thicker sound.

7. Can I use the BOSS AW-3 with a bass?

  • Yes. The BOSS AW-3 has dedicated inputs for both your guitar and bass

8. What country is the BOSS AW-3 made from?

  • Taiwan

9. Does the BOSS AW-3 require power?

  • Yes. The BOSS AW-3 works with a 9v battery or a 9v power supply.

10. Does the volume spike or drop when using the BOSS AW-3?

  • No. The BOSS AW-3 has a bit of treble so that might come across as a volume spikebut a little adjustment to the tone will fix it.

11. Can I use the BOSS AW-3 for a fixed “wah”?

  • No. The BOSS AW-3 is designed to be an auto-wah pedal.


  • Nominal Input Level: -20 dBu
  • Input Impedance: 1 M ohm
  • Nominal Output Level: -20 dBu
  • Output Impedance: 1 k ohm
  • Recommended Load Impedance: 10 k ohms or greater
  • Bypass: Buffered bypass
  • Controls: MODE knob, SENS knob, MANUAL knob, DECAY knob, Pedal switch
  • Indicator: CHECK indicator (Used for indication of check battery)
  • Connectors: GUITAR IN jack: 1/4-inch phone type, BASS IN jack: 1/4-inch phone type, OUTPUT jack: 1/4-inch phone type, EXP/CTL jack: 1/4-inch phone type, DC IN jack
  • Power Supply: Alkaline battery (9 V, 6LR61), AC adaptor (PSA series: sold separately)
  • Current Draw: 50 mA
  • Expected battery life under continuous use: Alkaline: Approx. 8 hours *These figures will vary depending on the actual conditions of use.
  • Accessories: Leaflet, Alkaline battery (9 V, 6LR61)
  • Options (sold separately): AC adaptor: PSA series
  • Expression Pedal: EV-30/FV-500H/FV-500L, Roland EV-5
  • Footswitch (momentary-type): FS-5U/FS-6/FS-7

Size & Weight

  • Width: 73 mm (2-7/8 inches)
  • Depth: 129 mm (5-1/8 inches)
  • Height: 59 mm (2-3/8 inches)
  • Weight (including battery): 430 g (1 lb)

* 0 dBu = 0.775 Vrms
* The specifications are subject to change without notice.

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