There have been some really cool gimmicks in the guitar and fashion world. For guitarist we have seen some odd things like the Shredneck, the Voyage Air Guitar, and Source Audio’s Hot Hand Ring Controller (available at Ant Hill Music) that have given us new ways and gear to play music. For the trendy stylists we have seen Hitler Themed Clothing, to the Reverse Mohawk, and Converse Pants. But happens you combine style with function:
Today a few designers at Cute Circuit combined their love of their Converse chuck’s and punk rock to create an instant and usual classic: The Converse All Wha.
The original design is simple; 1/4 inch input jack on one side for input, another for output. Rock shoe sole similar to using a wha pedal and viola…wah tones. This idea was inspired by Chet Atkins, 1st known musician to use a wah pedal. There is an unusual science behind this. Wah pedals operate on a potentiometer that turns and adjusts the notched frequency the pedal performs in. With the All Wha, it uses micro sensor technology to track the flexing of the shoes’ sole, then communicates via Bluetooth to the included Wah Box created by Cute Circuit. It works with an amp and can also be connected to a Mac or iPhone using a proprietary app which is not yet available.
This is the vid everyone should see to get an idea on the concept AND sound of the All Wha:
The pedal sound is authentic. This may be due to the fact that they may actually be using a Crybaby circuit, from what I see in the vid. They probably chose this since this is one on the most popular wah pedals of all time and to get the best sounding tone to work with. Below is another video of J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. giving these thing a road worthy test. The video lacks the wah demo, but you get the idea.
This item is not available to the public yet. However with all gimmicky ideas, this may actual have some merit as a functional peace of gear if can truly be wireless. Who knows if this will take off, but if it should, be sure to watch whose toes you step on. It could make or break the song. If I see someone playing guitar with this and a couple of Hot Hand controllers to perform, it might look like someone is having a seizure, but if it sounds cool:
Be sure to checkout our site Ant Hill Music for other great pedals and unique sounds. We are here to answer any questions you may have. As always play well, and play on!