Monday, January 23, 2012

How about a little fire, Scarecrow?

Announcing the latest addition to the 73 Effects roster - the Wicked Witch. Take a dirty transistor boost and shove it into a vintage Clyde McCoy wah-wah circuit and you get a solo/lead boost pedal that just flat-out screams. The boost control adds grit and volume while the "Heel-Toe" control lets you adjust the wah sweep so you can leave it in one spot- think Mick Ronson or Michael Schenker's tone.  The range switch gives you three sweep ranges from screechy treble to woofy bass. Somewhere in there you will find the sweet spot that will cut through any mix. It works magic for a sterile lead tone on a solid-state amp and makes tube amps spit fire. You have been warned.

The Wicked Witch was developed with Johnny Wator of The Last Vegas - gig tested, tweaked, and refined until it was...well, wicked. The fun starts with a dirty diode-clipped transistor boost that kicks the gain, sustain, and harmonics up a notch. The rest  is pure vintage McCoy - a real wah circuit that features a Sabbadius Soul inductor, the most accurate replica of the ancient Vox halo inductor we could find. Add some NOS Mullard Tropical Fish capacitors and BC109B transistors to complete the trip back in time. True bypass switching and a 9v adapter jack bring it into the 21st century.

The Wicked Witch is available with a four-week lead time for $160 plus shipping.

1 comment:

  1. Any videos available so I can hear it? Sounds like a damn cool pedal to me.