Area 51 Remote Rack Wah

Posted: 2012/05/03 in DIY Guitar Effect Pedal Projects, Remote/Rack Wah

Here’s the latest version of the Rack/Remote Wah I’ve built:

This version used an Area 51 “Vintage Italian” wah board for the wah circuit.  I like the sound of it a lot.  It’s basically a Vox wah circuit with some mods to make it more vintage-sounding.  According to Area 51 Tube Designs, it’s “The same circuit as the original, early Vox® wahs manufactured by the Jen corporation in Italy”.  They include their own custom inductor.  I also installed the Area 51 output buffer, in case the wah is ever used with a Fuzz Face or similar pedal that can load down the output of a wah circuit.  There is a switch on the back which allows bypass of the buffer.

I put some “retro” embossed labels on it, to make it look more like The Edge’s CAE remote wah:

  1. H Choo says:

    Beautiful…. the person getting this rack wah must be super excited!! 😉

  2. J.A. says:

    Hello man. How much this pedal if you sell some of these?

  3. Bert says:

    Is this only for Helena?, sounds great David! My compliments

    gr dutchyU2

  4. Kage says:

    Beautiful Job, Ive been trying to do this and have been told that its more trouble and money than its worth. I want to use a Mcon-o-wah. Is there a parts list or schematics or something that I can give to a tech to have him build this for me? what are you using to work the wah? Is appreciate any help that you could give me!!! Thank you!!!

    • trabantland says:

      Thanks Kage. Well it’s true that rackmount enclosures generally aren’t cheap so right there you are out some extra change… R.G. Keen’s site (which I linked to) has the schematic which shows how to do it. I’m using a Boss FV300L as the controller but almost any expression pedal could be adapted to this.

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