The new Black Cat Mona Wah was designed with the help of DIY guru and
wah master, Joe Gagan, and features a revolutionary breakthrough in
traditional wah-wah design. The Black Cat Mona features a special custom
tuned Black Cat inductor, as well as the newly engineered Black Cat wah
pot, which is like nothing else on the market. These features allow the
Black Cat Mona to be used as a sophisticated tone-sculpting tool
instead of a mere novelty quack machine.
Black Cat Wah Pot
(Joe Gagan design)
Designed by Joe Gagan, the Black Cat wah pot features a new taper
and redesigned gear which yield a subtly of expression never before
possible with any other wah. This unique new design allows for a totally
smooth, even sweep that covers the entire range of the pot, which
places it in a league above the compromised design of the ICAR and other
condensed or "S taper" pots.
The Mona Vintage uses carbon comp resistors and NOS vintage capacitors (tropical fish, orange drops, etc) and is voiced more like a vintage Vox wah.
All the standard Black Cat Mona Wahs have three internal trimpots
(Frequency, Q, and Volume), plus a built in buffer with an external
mini-switch that allows you to bypass the buffer completely. The Volume
control is for the output level when the buffer is engaged.
Mona Vintage board
The Q and Freq controls are for adjusting the Q (resonant peak or
sharpness) and the Frequency range. By experimenting with these controls
you'll be able to achieve a number of subtle and intriguing
tone-shaping effects, including passive tone control and pedal-steel
type swells. Of course, when a good old-fashioned wah-wah is what you
need, the Black Cat Mona can wakka wakka with the best of them.
The Deluxe Edition Black Cat Mona moves the three internal controls (Q, Freq & Vol) to the outside, which lets you make on-the-fly adjustments. In addition, the Deluxe Mona has a 3-position mini-switch to give you three separate and distinct voicings to choose from. One position is a deeply resonant lowpass filter that is reminiscent of a Tycobrahe Parapedal; the middle position is a thin, reedy synth-like filter sound; and the third position is close to the stock standard Mona, only more aggressive.
» Durable powder-coat "Holographic Sparkle" finish
» On-board tone-shaping controls
» Bypass-able buffer for compatibility with low-impedance effects
» Lighter weight, more "pedalboard friendly" design
» Dual LED indicators:
» 3PDT true-bypass switch and Switchcraft jacks
» Uses 2.1mm Boss style power jack or internal 9V battery
» Hand-wired, Boutique quality, Made in USA