NAMM 2024: “1967 is back!” Vox turns back the clocks with recreations of the first-ever production wah pedals

Vox VRM-1 and V864 vintage wah pedals
(Image credit: Vox)

Vox has continued its recent slew of releases with one that looks backwards rather than forwards – in the best way – as it faithfully recreates the first two production wah pedals. They come in the form of VRM-1 and the V846 Vintage and both will be on display at NAMM 2024

Nicknamed ‘The Real McCoy’, the VRM-1 is a “meticulous recreation of the original wah pedal” produced by Vox in 1967. The pedal was created to emulate Clyde McCoy's trumpet mute technique, although it became an iconic beast unto itself when paired with an electric guitar, with Jimi Hendrix and Clapton quickly finding new ways to express themselves with its rocker pedal.

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Phil Weller

A freelance writer with a penchant for music that gets weird, Phil is a regular contributor to Prog, Guitar World, and Total Guitar magazines and is especially keen on shining a light on unknown artists. Outside of the journalism realm, you can find him writing angular riffs in progressive metal band, Prognosis, in which he slings an 8-string Strandberg Boden Original, churning that low string through a variety of tunings. He's also a published author and is currently penning his debut novel which chucks fantasy, mythology and humanity into a great big melting pot.