RMC RMC3 Limited Edition Anniversary Gold Version Gold : $425
by Geoffery Teese
Limited production to only 300 units, the inductors used in these units were only made for this run and sound amazing. Along with the EQ parameters, you have an amazing combination of tones that truly are musical and useable.
Add this special wah to your collection.
The REAL MCCOY CUSTOM THREE (RMC3) wah-wah pedal is the world's first, self contained, fully tunable wah-wah. The RMC3 has an international heritage, with roots in California and Italy.
While the exact date of the wah's origination is open for debate, time has proven that the pedal developed by the Thomas Organ Company has to be considered the father of all subsequent wahs. When musicians search out old wahs, these are the ones being hunted.
The old Thomas Organ Company wahs were built in the U.S. and in Italy. They were all built with the same circuit design, but were constructed with wildly varying components. These differences were thought to be of no consequence at the time, but, years later, they've proven to be of great importance.
In conducting his research for the RMC wahs, Geoffrey Teese went back to the original sources for information. Through much detective work, Geoffrey was able to speak with various engineers, who each had some part in the manufacture of the old wahs. He was quite fortunate to get in touch with Thomas' former National Service Manager, prior to the gentleman's retirement. Through this contact he purchased several old wah-wah production files and numerous new-old-stock inductors, and also acquired hard-copies of old microfilm files of a particular inductor used in the prototype wah. This information led him to the company that had actually manufactured the inductor for Thomas. After considerable effort, Geoffrey was successful in getting some pieces of information that no other "outsider" had discovered. Namely, the classified secrets of the old inductor. Armed with this information, Geoffrey was eventually able to reproduce an inductor that was really 100% true to the original unit in question. Only then, with the proper inductor available, could development begin in earnest.
Much time was spent analyzing old wah boards, both Italian and American. Being a capable guitarist, the differences were quite easy for Geoffrey to hear, but not so easy to understand. He had already found out that just putting a good inductor in an inferior sounding board would not cure all the problems. There had to be some way of making a "bad" board sound "good." Weeks of research passed before something clicked. Almost forgotten bits of electronics knowledge, from nearly 20 years prior, flashed into Geoffrey's recollection. He quickly jotted down the ideas as fast as they came to him. Then, one by one, these fragments proved to be more than just speculation. They helped to provide firm proof of another piece of the puzzle.
After applying the concepts he "rediscovered", Geoffrey was eventually able to transform poor or mediocre sounding wah boards into great sounding ones. This ability allowed him to offer competent modification services to guitarists around the world. He even became the authorized repair station for vintage Thomas and Vox wah-wah pedals, with Randy Whitney of Korg/Vox referring vintage work to him. It was about this time that Geoffrey began drawing, drilling, and etching his own circuit board, which he called the "Real McCoy" board.
As word spread, the modification requests increased greatly. From time to time, Geoffrey even found himself performing mods a second time for certain individuals, altering the characteristics each time. He began to wonder if there was a way to allow each guitarist to shape their own sound. The concept that would eventually become the "Vari-Tune Circuit" was born. The "Real McCoy" board that Geoffrey was making soon turned into the "Real McCoy Custom 1" board. This RMC1 board allowed guitarists to determine their own sweep contour, or "Q", which was the point of greatest variation in mod requests. While all his clients were happy, Geoffrey was not satisfied.
Once again, he chose to seek out those with appropriate knowledge. This time, an old Ampeg engineer was the "keeper of the knowledge." After several lengthy conversations, Geoffrey was inspired enough to come up with "Real McCoy Custom 2" design. This new version added a way to allow guitarists to widen their sweep without changing the intensity. As expected, the RMC2 circuit was warmly received by clients.
Scarcely three months had passed since the inception of the RMC2 when Geoffrey was able to meet with the designer of the Thomas wah. What had started as a half hour hand-shake and photo shoot turned into a many hours long discussion on the development of the wah. Almost as fast as questions could come into Geoffrey's mind, the former Thomas engineer would answer. This was truly an historic meeting for the future of the wah.
The very next morning, Geoffrey began compiling all the information he'd gleaned from mods, the discussions with the Ampeg and Thomas Organ engineers, as well as those with numerous other engineers, not to mention the intricacies of the inductor. Slowly, the concepts of what would be the RMC3 board went from mind to paper. Before the end of the day, two prototype RMC3 boards were drawn, drilled, and etched.
Having finally come up with a circuit that could address every tonal nuance, Geoffrey soon turned his full attention to the problem of potentiometers. Quite early on, he had not thought potentiometers to be much of a problem or concern, but that did not prove to be the case. It turned out that the ICAR potentiometers used in nearly all the early Italian wahs were long out of manufacture. To make matters worse, no one could be located that knew anything of the old ICAR company, or their manufacturing specifications. As if that wasn't enough, the sound produced with the old ICAR pots was unable to be reproduced by any pot of current manufacture. The one pristine new-old-stock ICAR pot Geoffrey had was the last of it's line.
Undaunted in the past by similarly "impossible" quests, Geoffrey set out to find a pot that would perform the same as the ICAR. After going through dozens of different type pots, from uncountable electronics suppliers, he found one in particular that nearly duplicated the ICAR's effect. Without hesitation, he purchased all the available stock. Trouble was, that totaled only a few hundred pieces. If he really planned to be serious about producing his own wah, he'd have to have more. After careful consideration, he decided to contact the manufacturer of his chosen pot.
The manufacturer was open to the concept of custom making a wah pot, but, in order to be 100% accurate, they would need to dissect an original ICAR. This presented Geoffrey with quite a problem. If he didn't offer up his NOS ICAR, he couldn't truly reproduce it. But, if the company determined they couldn't reproduce it after dissecting it, there would be nothing left for a second try with anyone else. Since they had once made a very similar pot, Geoffrey felt confident that they could reproduce the ICAR, 100%. After several agonizing months, a few prototype pots arrived, along with the remains of the ICAR. They had done it. For all intents and purposes, the ICAR pot had been reborn.
Two seemingly impossible feats had now been accomplished. The accurate reproduction of the old brown (stack-of-dimes) inductor, and the ready availability of a true ICAR-like potentiometer.
While the pots were being built, Geoffrey realized there was yet another problem he had to deal with. That of radio interference. Old analog effects were prone to picking up radio frequencies. There were even famous recorded performances from 1969 and 1970 where wahs and fuzzes picked up local radio broadcasts. This was a problem that no one had been able to control even since. As luck would have it, Geoffrey had been in radio back when you had to know some of the electronic theory behind radio just to get the license. This knowledge, coupled with his never-say-die attitude, allowed him to create a unique passive RFI and EMI filter and incorporate it into the wiring of his wahs.
Geoffrey now had a working interference-free circuit, an inductor that couldn't be equaled, and a potentiometer that people thought would never again exist. The stage was set for the RMC3.
Geoffrey proudly released his RMC3 to the public in the winter of 1994. It caught on almost immediately in Japan, and began to be imported into that country in relatively large numbers by a large Tokyo based distributor. Late in the summer of 1995, Europe came on board, with distribution based in Germany. In late fall of 1995, the RMC3 was picked up by a small distributor in the U.S.. In the summer of 1996, the RMC3 began to appear in its' own original case, instead of being housed in pedal cases made by another manufacturer. In less than two years, the RMC3 had grown from a guitarist's dream into a truly all original wah available throughout the world.
Excellent to Very Good condition, has some normal minimal wear from use minor scuffs.
Products related to this classified ad
Real McCoy Custom RMC3 Limited Edition Anniversary Gold Version