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Fulltone Clyde Standard Wah:
Clyde McCoy was a big-band Trumpet Player in the '60s... not a great musician, but one famous for getting a muted "wah wah" sound. This led to Vox trying to approximate this muted trumpet sound in a pedal... hence the Vox "Clyde McCoy" wah wah circa 1967.
Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton used a Vox "Clyde McCoy" model wah wah. Photos taken during the recording of "Electric Ladyland" document Jimi's as being the "signature" model, featuring Clyde McCoy's name written out script-style on the bottomplate. The other type of Clyde McCoy was the "picture" version, which had Clyde's photo on the bottomplate. The "signature" model, with it's great sounding "halo" inductor, is what the Fulltone CLYDE is modeled after.
The Fulltone "CLYDE" was born from taking the best of the best of Michael Fuller's more than 25 pc. vintage Vox wah collection, and analyzing every aspect... going so far as sacrificing a few of the vintage inductors to get it right.
The Fulltone Inductor is a tuned core hand-made unit using EXACTLY the same type wire and inductance as the '60's era Vox, except VERY consistent from one unit to the next. A tuned core inductor is much more expensive to make, but the end result is worth it! The only change from the original '60's Vox design is the addition of a very usable internal "Resonance Control" which is a large durable trimmer, for Bass and gain adjustment, which is easily adjustable by hand without tools and with room to mark your favorite settings.
All 2008 & beyond CLYDE Standard wahs sport the most authentic '60's Vox type inductor available, which happens to also be the quietest, the Fulltone hand-wound MuMetal shielded 500mH inductor, pictured above.
The Potentiometer, the most overlooked part of the circuit, is one of the keys to a good wah wah sound and there hasn't been a proper "tapered" pot, since the '60's "Icar" in any major manufacturer's wah. This is one of the reasons the '70s, '80s, and '90s wahs are so mediocre. Fulltone makes it's own called the Fullrange pot, pictured above. It has a double screened carbon composition track giving a 500,000 turn life span instead of the industry standard 15,000.
Fulltone's Mike Fuller doesn't like the original Vox-type housings that everyone uses, so he designed and produced one that makes more sense. The traditional housings don't have enough travel and potentiometer range, limiting your tonal sweep, and they have little compensation for tension or feel. The "Clyde" uses Fulltone's own custom-made 14 ga. welded steel pedal housing with nylon pivot points and much more travel than the conventional Vox-style ones that everyone uses. It has nylok nuts so you can adjust the tension of the treadle, and it stays that way until you change it.
As with all Fulltone pedals, the "Clyde" has true bypass switching so that when it's "off" it's not coloring your sound or ruining the performance of other pedals in your signal chain.
The Clyde also has a standard 2.1mm negative center-pin AC adapter port with anti-hum filtering and protection diode (adapter not included), and a textured Black powdercoat finish.
CLYDE wah devotees include: The Rolling Stones, Joe Satriani, The Black Crowes, Ian Moore, Steve Stevens, Oasis, Buzzy Feiten, John Abercrombie, Jen Turner, and Henry Kaiser.
REVIEWS & USER COMMENTS:
HARMONY CENTRAL USER REVIEW 2/3/2009:
"Sweet tone - very consistent across the sweep of the pedal. I like the extra travel with this pedal too. It reminds me of a 60s era Vox with a touch more mojo. The true-bypass is a major plus."
HARMONY CENTRAL USER REVIEW 1/5/2008:
"Sounds great. Very cool with the strat. I heard "clean only" but now that I have it, it sounds great dirty. It definitely leans towards truth and away from mojo IMHO. Which is great considering clean it sounds amazing! The travel is longer than usual and I LOVE THAT. Ive played wah for years but stopped cause I just started to hate the crap build quality of the stock crybaby and it destroyed my love of the funky foot filter! Now Im back and it feels good. THE MAIN REASON I bought the Clyde was the pedal itself. It feels great. The travel, shape, flex, everything works WAY better than what Ive used prior. It sounded great but felt PERFECT and you need to PLAY a wah not stomp it!"
HARMONY CENTRAL USER REVIEW 7/10/2007:
"Excellent sound quality. The best wah sweep I've heard. Have not tried the teese but the wah sound is crazy good. Sounds excellent with other effects and can give a nice thick wah that could cut through overdrive. No additional mods needed, sounds amazing as is, works well with a 1-slot adapter."
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