Vintage VOX (Thomas Organ) Wah pedal Advise

Discussion in 'Pedal Pushers Forum' started by Upchurch65, Jan 18, 2020.

  1. Upchurch65

    Upchurch65 Electromatic

    Mar 19, 2015
    Greetings all,

    I’m looking for advise on restoring this VOX (Thomas Organ) Wah pedal. I acquired it a couple of months back and I’m just now getting time to work with it. My intention is to use this pedal, I’m not really interested in selling it or just displaying it. My main question is, should I try and repaint this pedal, or just leave it alone? The bottom cover is missing, so I will have to fabricate that, I also don’t know the serial number, so it’s a little hard to date. I can look at the components in the circuit and get a general idea, but I’d be interested in hearing everyone’s thoughts. Thanks in advance!!!
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  2. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    You basically answered your own question. If it doesn’t bother you leave it alone, if it bothers you enough, paint it!

    TDK inductor is typical for a Californian made 846, but no guarantee. Look at the pot code.
    Back plate replacements are available.
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  3. Upchurch65

    Upchurch65 Electromatic

    Mar 19, 2015
    Awesome. I didn’t know back plates were still available
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  4. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    Leave it as is---that's an honest relic. It's earned its scars.

    How do you lose a bottom plate?
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2020
  5. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2020
  6. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Admin Post
    As Ricochet said , go with the replacement back plate . I say leave it alone and keep that MoJo goin'
  7. swivel

    swivel Country Gent

    May 13, 2018
    Just leave it, use it. new bottom plate.
  8. SpaceCowboy

    SpaceCowboy Electromatic

    Aug 16, 2019
  9. TV the Wired Turtle

    TV the Wired Turtle Gretschified

    Jul 25, 2009
    so cal
    dont mess w that baby unless you have to replace the pot.. and if you do, keep the original when and if you need to sell. Do not repaint that! There are plenty of remakes but there are NOT originals left in this world that are so lovely as this. Its survived this harsh world thus far and deserves to soldier forward, scars and all. :)
  10. BatmansGretsch

    BatmansGretsch Electromatic

    Dec 3, 2019
    If you know where this came from then go check other Wahs out from the selection to see if the original owner took the plate off to use on another one maybe? The original might be there. I wouldn't mod vintage gear unless you know for certain the mod is one the vintage community wants for gear like that which they will pay for.
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