The First Boo-Wah Pedal

I just started reading Deke Dickerson’s blog recently. It’s a great read for vintage-minded steel players (among other people). Particularly, I was interested to find an entry about the first boo-wah pedal (moreover the first guitar effects pedal in general.) So, check out this entry and his whole blog. 


Trials of a Bigsby Pedal Restoration

This blog isn’t about me, but this post sort of is since it deals with restoring a Bigsby volume/tone pedal.

Within hours someone responded to my Craigslist ad for a wanted Bigsby volume/tone pedal. We agreed on an “as-is” condition price and I bought it. So, now I have it.

My goal is to achieve the same boo-wah sound the original lap-steel players did with an original and authentic Bigsby pedal. I do have a Fender reissue volume/wah but it’s a little too stiff and I have to keep adding oil or loosening the pivot nut to make it more usable. Bigsby pedals were never reissued (although their steel guitars are apparently) so finding one may require a search.

Currently I’m having a heck of a time finding the 100k audio taper with 1-inch shaft potentiometer needed for the tone control. Here’s the one I bought from Mouser Electronics and it’s too small for the pot shaft coupling on the current pot (that needs replacing.) And I haven’t yet found anything at Antique Electronic Supply.