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Gig-fx releases the Peter Frampton MegaWah effects pedal

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November 23, 2010

Gig-fx has released a new Megawah model to specs supplied by noted guitarist and songwrite...

Gig-fx has released a new Megawah model to specs supplied by noted guitarist and songwriter Peter Frampton

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Guitarist and songwriter Peter Frampton – of Humble Pie fame – has put his name to a new Megawah effects pedal built by Gig-fx. Designed to meet his exacting specifications, the signature analog pedal features four settings to produce the established Megawah sound, but with a slightly warmer high end and more defined lower end response. Players can also choose a classic crying wah, an adjustable funky envelope wah and a variable rate autowah.

Like all Gig-fx pedals, the Peter Frampton Signature Megawah is encased in a tough, aircraft-quality aluminum housing. When the pedal is positioned all the way back, it enters by-pass mode to take the Megawah out of the effects loop. When pressed forward, it comes noiselessly into play – no more audible clicks between in-use and not-in-use. A bright blue LED is illuminated when the effect is on and a flashing red LED indicates the auto-wah modulation rate.

Gig-fx says that its pedal has a unique filter circuit to offer players a "wider range in order to enable the pedal to sweep from a low, funky bass response to a crisp high end without losing any of the famous mid tones that Wah pedals can provide. This wider range gives the pedal a much more expressive quack, wail and talk capability and also ensures that if the guitar is a significant part of the sound, none of the low end is lost when the Wah is engaged."

Peter Frampton holding his signature model Megawah effects pedal, which offers four differ...

The Frampton wah uses optical control and is a mono model, unlike the original stereo Megawah. There's also a user-adjustable off delay, to avoid accidentally turning off the wah effect while rocking back and forth mid-solo. Gig-fx reports that the pedal also benefits from "better than true bypass" circuitry, which presents constant matching impedences to the guitar's pickup and to the amplifier to help reduce high-frequency signal loss as it passes through cables.

Five onboard controls face the player as the Megawah is being used:
  • The four position selector switch gives access to the different wah effects
  • An overall gain effect control allows for louder soloing when required
  • If a player wants to tap into up to 15dB of peak amplification, then the resonance control takes care of the amount of signal available
  • The envelope wah is triggered by a player's picking attack, and the envelope sensitivity control can be used to alter the talk or quack according to preference
  • A player can also control the tempo of the Autowah using the rate control

The Peter Frampton Megawah has a 9V operating voltage and power consumption of 30mA. It's available now for US$175.

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