Effects Real McCoy RMC3 Wah Pedal Purple

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Real McCoy Custom RMC3

The Real McCoy Custom 3 (RMC3) is the world's first (and only) fully tunable self-contained wah. Vari-Tune circuit controls include:


  • LOW-Controls the amount of low frequencies present in the wah's sweep.
  • MID-Controls the mid-range depth of the sweep. This control affects the vocal-like quality of the wah, as the human voice falls mostly into this range.
  • Q-Controls the attack, sharpness, and contour of the sweep. The Q can be anywhere from a smooth US Thomas Organ wah at minimum to a very sharp attack like found on early Clyde McCoy Picture wahs.
  • VOLUME-Allows you to adjust the output strength of the wah.
  • SWEEP-This bank of 9 DIP switches allows you to select your desired sweep within a 9 octave range. The switches may be used in any combination to create familiar wah sweeps as well as some never before available. The voicing parameters go from higher than the old SCHALLER Bow-wow/Yoy-yoy pedal to deeper than any bass wah.
  • FINE TUNE-These 2 trimmers work in conjunction with the SWEEP DIP switches to allow you access to values "in-between" switch settings. The effect of these trimmers is slight and might not be audible to every player. For those that can hear the difference, they are available.

Just like all RMC wahs, the RMC3 is designed and built by Geoffrey Teese and includes licensed fuzz-friendly technology (as of October 2006), true-bypass, exclusive RMC ROC-POT5 extra long-life sealed potentiometer (as of 2008), easily adjustable rocker tension (as of October 2006), and AC adapter jack, and is covered by our limited one year warranty.

When I first got one in, I compared it to my vintage wahs in my private collection (Clydes, V-846, Dallas Arbiter, etc). It stands up to the best of them! The wah is signed by Geoffrey on the bottom, and HOURS of work are apparent in the construction. After opening it, I removed a bit of grease from the mechanism (a bit too much for my liking) and played it. I was in heaven. Now there is no reason to take my mint $700+ Clyde McCoy off the shelf.

The RMC3 has a fully adjustable, tuneable circuit that can be made to sound like any other wah, and other wah sounds that you can only imagine! The adjustable parameters are treble, bass, mids, intensity, gain, range of sweep, and location of resonant peak. The adjustments are all hand labeled on the circuit board. You have to pull off the bottom of the wah and use a small screwdriver to make the adjustments. The factory setting is a nice Clyde McCoy sound, I don't need any further adjustment! The manual has settings for SRV, Hendrix, Clapton, Santana, Colorsound, and Thomas organ sounds to give you some ideas.

The switch is wired for a TRUE BYPASS, so that when the wah is off, it does not affect your tone like most wahs. All RMC wahs have true bypass. 9V DC adaptor jack (Boss style) now standard, along with RFI filtering. Used by Trey in Phish, Slash, George Lynch, Page Hamilton, THE BLACK CROWES, Joe Holmes (Ozzy), Monster Magnet, and many other professionals.

These pedals are STILL made in the USA by hand, one at a time! See the product review in Vintage Guitar magazine, Oct '95 by Ken Fischer. See below for sound samples.

There is one model type of the Real McCoy Custom RMC3 wah now available. A very distinctive and heavy case that will not walk around on you. Like all RMC wahs it features a limited ONE-YEAR warranty.

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