100% HANDMADE - ONE AT A TIME
Modeled after the highly desired 1967
VOX Clyde McCoy
This, like my pickups was an effort to re-create the correct warm, and vintage bite & feel of an old wah. I purchased several different wahs from many years, and was completely dissatisfied with all of them. This is how the McWah came to be ... a broke (imagine that) aspiring musician looking for authentic, vintage sounds. - Michael McConachie
This (like my pickups) was a carefully studied, and concerted effort to stay true to original vibe, all while re-creating the necessary Vintage bite, warmth, and feel that good wahs have. I purchased several different wahs, from many manufactures and years of production (vintage, new, retro) and was dissatisfied with the way they sounded. Ranging from either needing a complete overhaul, to not having enough throat, or just being way too thin, and nasally sounding, I never seemed to find exactly what I wanted. In all honesty, it became an obsession. My learning started in modifying whatever circuit I could get my hands on. Eventually those notes, and ideas were transferred to a bread board, then a home PCB board. Eventually I learned, and paid my dues in PCB prototyping land, and after what seemed like years of refinement (trial and error) I resurfaced and the McWah was born.
This is how the McWah came to be. A broke (imagine that) U.S. Enlisted Marine, and aspiring musician who was looking for authentic, vintage sounds all the while trying to find a way to find/obtain playable, good sounding gear. I wanted to be able to achieve this without having to buy an original $800.00 + Vintage (early model) late 60s Wah-Wah from eBay something that would need more service to make gigable, costing me even more beer money that I was always lacking.
Adjustable Tension Foot Treadle
Heavy Duty Aluminum Case (
Really, its pretty hefty)
True Bypass Point-to-Point wired to prevent excessive tone sucking when in the off position
1% tolerance resistors are used for better consistency in sound wah, to wah.
High quality, Low-Noise capacitors are used for better filtering, and freq. response.
Wax Sealed, Hand Stamped, and Hand-Wound (by me) 500mH Small-Hole Halo Inductor; nearly identical to an in inductor that you would find in a Vintage 1967 Clyde McCoy that various Celebrities used on monumental recordings.
Hand selected transistors for maximum chewiness, and range of expression through out the operating band.
Through hole soldered, solder masked, and protective coated board (designed by me, not a foreign entity) which allows for a proper solder connection, and greatly reduces the chance of future solder cracks; lead fee solder cracks fairly easy, and the woes of gigging can be hard on gear.
Heavy Duty Battery snap
Heavy Duty On/Off Switch
Heavy Duty Input/Output Jacks
Standard 2.1mm Boss Style 9Vdc Input Jack
Reverse voltage protected
Filtered for noisy power situations