WFO v2.0 - Atomic Distortion.
Our good old WFO has seen some changes for 2012.
W ... F ... O. It's a motorcycle racing slang term, it's actually an acronym. It stands for "Wide Fekking Open". Since 2007 and we have offered it as a "brown sound" distortion rig. I developed some new subcircuitry and a new Duophonic EQ system for it to create an all new soundset that can be achieved with the new WFO. It still offers the same "Brown Sound" heavy multi-stage gain structure, but with the new EQ structure the new WFO offers an entire second spectrum of tones that the previous WFO could never begin to explore.
Here's a You Tube video of the WFO in full flight - done by Bret Kingman. This video was done of the WFO version 1. So it does not have two TONE controls, it only has the one. But it's still a decent representation of what the WFO is capable of.
These two MP3s were also done with the WFO version 1 so like the video the WFO doesn't have two TONE controls in these demos. But, also like the video they're still a great demonstration of the WFO's abilities. Give them a little time to load up, it's worth the wait!
MP3 - The WFO with a Strat-1 (2.1mb - 0:52 seconds duration) - Fairly self explanatory.
MP3 - The WFO with a Normandy Chrome (5.5mb - 3:45 total duration - WFO comes in at 1:54) - This is one done with a guitar made by Normandy called the "Chrome". It's paired up with our WFO.
This is the original version of the Farndurk WFO pedal that has been brought back from the storage unit in the cryogenic chamber .. um .. *downstairs*.
I built the WFO as a "brown sound" pedal. The original WFO was a really potent device that has huge boots for kicking your amp right in the nuts!
042712: The return of the WFO, now as a FOUR KNOB!
(NOTE: I'm still smoothing out the graphics designs of the new four knob format. I think the upper two characters are going to end up being moved slightly so they're not so hidden by the lower row of control knobs).
I've retrieved the WFO from cryogenic stasis and improved it's design with the addition of two all new tone controls. I'm a Jeff Beck enthusiast, and for the longest time I've been working on getting some of his tones. I'm left handed but play guitar/bass right handed. This handicaps the HELL out of me when attempting to use a pick (put a lot of emphasis on the word "attempting"). That having been said I just don't use the stupid things. I learned a number of years ago that Jeff Beck is that living/breathing "stompbox" that he is, mostly due to the fact that he uses just his fingers. He also plays the entire guitar. (Whut?). He doesn't just use a few features of his guitars, he plays the entire instrument. He uses it with a very proactive approach, using the trem-bar, the volume controls, all of the frets in ways past just using them as pitch stops. And he "plays" his amps as well. This whole idea doesn't work as well without a GREAT gain structure. So lately I have been developing my WFO to see if it could be adapted to the "human FX pedal" ethos and playing style. Thankfully I was able to use the same PC Board to deal with the idea combined with an excellent set of off-board point-to-point subcircuits in the new WFO to achieve my goals.
Brown Sound Killa!
The new WFO is also an excellent brown sound driver. It does all of those EVH, Boston, and ZZ Top "Eliminator-era" tones with ease. Of course you'll need to provide the multi-tracking, delays, chorii, phase shifters, flangers, and reverb to complete the recipe.
Here's the new WFO for 2012. Some new graphics, two all new interactive tone controls too!
Well, I think I really hit it. The new circuitry as well as the new tone controls on the 2012 WFO are just what the doc ordered. Run the GAIN knob ("G") up to roughly 2 o'clock, then roll T1 back alllll the way to minimum, use T2 to fine tune the tone. Now git after it! The way the gain structure works in the WFO circuit, combined with the new interactive tone control array brings out the harmonic content in your sound wonderfully! Oh it's HOT AS HELL alrighty, buttloads of gain too .... but man oh man does it sound super, and it did just what I've been working towards, as well!
When played "A La Beckage" (fingerstyle) that endless variation of tonal content is right there for the taking! Talk about ENORMOUS BALLS! Floor rattling low end without being mud, nice thick midrange quantities, and just the right highs so as not to draw blood from the nose and ears. Even my Shredbilly Tele with it's single coil SD Quarter Pounders with switchable coil taps has simply amazing power and sustain. (I does lubs me some singly coilers!). I'm even able to get all of those *synthesizer-type* sounds now as well. Oh HELLS YEA Baby!! I stuck one of my CARMA compressors in front of this thing .. y'know .. "jist cuzz" .. UH OH! I hear another MEGA pedal in there! The sustain was insane! Looong singing notes. Anyhow, that's a discussion for another time (wink wink).
The WFO is one of those tonal monsters, especially well suited for players that work the guitar and wring out every harmonic and voice it can provide. It makes the guitar quite technique-sensitive.
Here's a gut shot of the new WFO. The wring is pretty tricky in there, but it gets it done! The way I had to route certain wires was painfully tasked out to keep crosstalk, noise, and RFI to minimums.
Back to Earth here, if you open up T1 to the FULL-ON position and then fine tweak the sound with T2 and you're right there in good old "brown sound" land. Thinner bottom end, thick in the middle, and loads of highs. Now you're Runnin' With The Devil again!
We're hoping to have some MP3s of this wonder very soon, a few of them go out over the next few weeks so there's a chance we'll get an MP3 or two from our customers. I'm still working about two hours every single day on getting our studio back on-line (after the ~hell~ of 2011 and those storms that did so much damage to our property) so mp3s may happen even sooner if I end up being able to flip the "ON" switcvh of the studio soon!
Talk about a POWER PAIR!!! Works best with the MEGA9 going before the WFO.
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