Ibanez upgrades John Frusciante’s favourite wah, the WH10, to version 3

Coinciding with his return to the RHCP lineup.

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The guitar world has been abuzz recently with the news of John Frusciante’s return to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and the excitement seems to have reached Ibanez, which has launced version three of Frusciante’s wah pedal of choice: the WH10. The pedal is currently exclusively available at The Music Zoo; watch its demo video above.

The wah pedal features the same core circuitry as the original, with a few added tricks, including the option to engage a true-bypass mode instead of the buffered bypass mode present in the WH10 versions one and two. The pedal also now comes with a range selector switch for guitar or bass frequency sweeps, and an added depth knob. All of this is now found in a metal enclosure, as opposed to the original plastic.

As Frusciate explained to Vintage Guitar in 2009, he was drawn to the pedal for its ability for reactive feedback control: “the Ibanez WH10 is my standard wah since Blood Sugar Sex Magik. I don’t think there’s a better wah. When we were making Stadium Arcadium, there was so much wah I figured I’d use a variety of pedals and there wasn’t one that came close to the Ibanez. There are a couple of Crybabys that are cool, but for me, they weren’t as good, because I use a lot of feedback. I want something that when I put it in one position, one note is going to feed back, and when I put it in another position, another note is going to feed back. You just have more variation with the Ibanez because there’s a wider frequency range.”

The WH10 V3, for now, seems to be exclusive to The Music Zoo and has not seen an official Ibanez product listing yet. Stay tuned to Guitar.com for more updates on this pedal.

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