Fulltone Clyde Standard Wah

Price Paid: 
$240 with adapter (in 2002)


There is an internal "Resonance Control" which is a trimmer, that adds Bass and gain as you turn it. This control lets you adjust the wah's tone (somewhat). I found two useful settings ("default" and "Vox") You may find more than I did.

With the default factory setting, the Clyde's low end (at the full back pedal postion) was silkier than a Crybaby's. i.e. there was more guitar tone and less wah tone. At the full forward position, there was a bit more high end on the Clyde than on the Crybaby. When playing on the high E, it's not quite ice-pick-in-the-ear, but it was getting close. If you have a trebley sounding guitar, you may have to adjust the control to compensate.

At the Vox setting, the Clyde gets this wonderfully rude, quacking, honking, best-Vox-you-ever-heard type of tone. High and low end now VERY much more like my Crybaby, but with more tonal sweep range in the low mids.

There is more travel and potentiometer range in the pedal that increases your tonal sweep. I'm estimating 20% to 25% more range thatn the Crybaby in the pedal from full back to full forward. If you're used to the feel of a Vox or a Crybaby pedal, the Clyde's greater sweep range will take just a bit of getting-used-to, but depending on how you use wah, we're talking minutes or hours, not days or weeks.

Ease of Use: 
5 (easy)

25+ years ago, it used to be you had to play between 10 and 15 WILDLY inconsistent Crybaby's, pick the best sounding one, and then have it modded it for true bypass. Now all that grunt-work is done for you. You get that situaion straight out-of-the-box from the the Clyde Standard. Plus you get a noise reduction cuicuit and a bit of adjustment capability.

There are AT LEAST two usable sounds available from the Clyde Standard Wah. That alone makes it an upgrade over even a great-sounding, true-bypass Crybaby.



No LED light to indicate whether it's on or off. I know this isn't the only wah with this deficiency, and I have no complaints with the sound or build quality whatsoever, but I have found I personally need to be able to know at a glance if the wah is active or not. Ultimately, this need led me to replace the standard Clyde with the Clyde Deluxe which does have the LED and a few more bells and whistles. While you couldn't really adjust the Resonance Control during a song in a live performance, you could can adjust the settings (without any tools) in a matter of minutes and this could be fun/useful in the context of a recording session. If you want that resonance nob on the outside of the pedal, you have to get the more expensive Clyde Deluxe. But in that price range, and if I wanted ultimate tweak-ability, I'd probably go with the RMC. But I'm more of a "set-and-forget" guy, so the Clyde suits me fine.

Sound Quality: 
5 (excellent)
Customer Support: 

Haven't needed any. Though I haven't submitted it to a lot of use, mine's 6 years old and still looks and performs like new.


The Clyde Standard Wah uses custom-made 14 ga. welded steel pedal with nylon pivot points and features much more travel than the conventional Vox-style wahs that everyone uses. It has nylok nuts so you can adjust the tension of the treadle, and it stays that way until you change it.

You could have read that blurb and more from Fulltone's site


but this is what it means: Compared to the Vox and the Crybaby, the Clyde is build like a tank both inside and out (internally, the wiring looks robust and bulletproof).

Mike Fuller persoanlly plays and hand sets the Resonance Control on each wah before it's shipped and signs each pedal. Background noise-wise, the Clyde is perhaps 5% quieter than the Crybaby.

Overall Rating: 
Average: 5 (1 vote)