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Area 51 Standard Wah

Excellent condition, 8,5/10, price brand new is
3295SEK (about 330USD), from Area 51: ALL NEW FOR
2020!The Area 51 Wah (Standard, Clone, and All
Options models) have been updated for 2020. I
redesigned the circuit boards from the ground up
and added a few cool new features. Gone is the
ala-carte ordering system for options. I m now
making the wahs in 4 versions: Standard, Clone,
All Options, and Fuzzwah. This allows me to build
pedals in advance and have stock available at any
given time. Starting in April 2020, the Area 51
Standard wah has the all new (and unique to Area
51) Selectable Bypass and Buffering System. This
circuitry allows the player to easily set the wah
up in any of SIX configurations: True Bypass (with
output buffer off)True Bypass (with output buffer
ON)Vintage Bypass (output buffer off)Vintage
Bypass (output buffer ON)Buffered Bypass (output
buffer off)Buffered Bypass (output buffer ON) The
buffer circuit has a volume control trimmer so you
can dial in the output level to match a fuzz face
type pedal better.These wahs have the same
legendary tone that has made them sought after for
many years now - since 2003! The standard model
has what s come to be known as the Area 51
Voicing which is to say that it s slightly lower
range than a vintage type wah. There s still
plenty of treble, but it s smoother and still very
much in the midrange. It s just smoother. The Q
is a little bit sharper too - which makes it pair
well with humbucker guitars and P90s as well as
Fender style single coils. The heart of a wah is
it s inductor - and I worked for a very long time
on the development of mine. I make them right here
at my shop - by hand on a winder that I designed
for the purpose that uses an antique sewing
maching motor and programmable relay to set the
amount of turns. I make two versions now - the
Standard (used with standard wah, all options, and
fuzzwah) and the Clone which is spec d to work
best with the Clyde Clone. If you d like a
standard with the Clone voicing, shoot me an email
- dan@area51tone.com - and I ll be happy to set
you up.Bypass Types - What you should knowTrue
Bypass - This type has become pretty much the
standard for effects at present. Very simply, your
signal passes directly from input jack to output
jack when the effect is bypassed. If you really
like your straight into the amp tone - this is the
way to go usually.Vintage Bypass - This is the
type of bypass that was used on the vintage wah
pedals of old - from the early English, American,
and Italian made wahs right up into the 2000s on
pedals like the Vox V847. It s also often called
tone suck bypass. But before you write it off
completely - hear me out. If you have an amp that
has a lot of treble and attack, vintage bypass can
really smooth things out in a nice way. After all,
our heroes like Jimi, Eric, Jimmy, SRV, etc ALL
used this type of bypass in their wahs. And nobody
to my knowledge has accused them of having bad
tone.Buffered Bypass - This is where your bypassed
signal goes from the input jack - to a buffer - to
the output jack. It converts your signal into a
low impedance signal that is far more impervious
to things like resistance and capacitance from
guitar cables - especially long ones or
not-so-great quality ones. It can be useful on a
pedal board also - but keep in mind: the buffering
only goes until it hits the next device - then,
that device becomes responsible for the
signal.This wah also features an output buffer
that can be used to drive a fuzz pedal after the
wah. Vintage style fuzzes have a low impedance
input which is a really important part of their
tone. It loads down the passive guitar pickups and
helps give it that really fat, round sound. It
also is what allows the fuzz to clean up with your
guitar volume (something this wah will ALSO do -
more on that later) But if you try to run a wah
into a fuzz, it won t work well. The fuzz loads
down the output of the wah and makes it sound
pretty weak - sometimes it will oscillate/squeal.
The output buffer lets the signal pass to the fuzz
without it loading down the wah. Problem solved.
There s also a buffer level control that lets you
dial it in so that it prevents the signal from
overcompressing (cutting out) at the fuzz
input.All Area 51 Wahs now have an input
level/impedance control on the board (it s an
external control on the all options wah) Set it
about 1/3 of the way up for vintage Clyde or
Thomas Organ type response. Half way for the Area
51 setting - pretty close to unity gain compared
to bypassed. Or my favorite setting - all the way
up! This lowers the input impedance of the wah and
lets it clean up like you wouldn t believe for
some super-smooth and watery wah wah tones. Turn
your guitar volume to about 9 and it s more
prominent wah - and guitar volume maxed is just
about as mean and dirty as a wah can get.One more
thing: When you buy an Area 51 Wah, you re getting
the best value of anything out there. I ve been
building and improving on these for close to 20
years now and I truly know that what I build now
is the best they have ever been. The parts are all
chosen for tone and reliability - from the robust
3PDT footswitch on back. The circuit board is even
shock-mounted on rubber grommets to keep
microphonics to a minimum. And in purchasing a
pedal from us, you are supporting a very small
business that has forever been focused on building
a killer pedal that is as dependable as they are
toneful. And another great thing about buying a
pedal built like mine: If it ever does need
repairs - it CAN be repaired! Many modern pedals
are built for ease of assembly by robotics and as
such are very difficult to fix.

Price: SEK 1900

For more purchase information, please
contact Oscar at oscar@oscarguitars.se

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