Exar Electronics is based in Poland and has been around since 1983. Besides their own range of pedals, they also build the pedals for some other brands. Their team of about 10 people builds a wide range of overdrive, distortion and modulation pedals.
The Exar Electronics pedal all feature the same die-cast zinc-aluminium
housing, the amount of controls and the color varies between them. The
MW-3 I tested has a 9v input and output but they are mini-jacks. The new
version, MW-4, has a standard 2.1mm 9v input. The Multi-Wah has 4
controls. The amount of control makes this a 3-in-one pedal as you can
get an envelope-filter triggered by playing dynamics, an auto-wah or a
traditional wah if you use the Exar pump-pedal. The rate-control sets
the frequency of the LFO-generator, depth is self-explanatory, sens
adjust the sensitivity of the filter and manual the frequency of the
filter. The Exar Electronics pedal have their own true bypass system
called the Silent True Bypass. This system eliminates the clicking and
popping noises you get with standard true bypass.
The pedal in use
One downside to having a lot of control on the effect is that it can take some time to tweak before finding the sweet spot. Unlike some other auto-wah pedals, you can really fine-tune the MW-3 to act like a standard, foot-controlled wah. The sensitivity control is very powerful and allows you to really get the feel of the pedal right. Playing around with the manual control, you can tailor the tone of the wah. Using a wah with clean sounds, you want a different sound then with gain. A lot of wah-pedals struggle with this. Having a control to tweak the frequency is just great, you can quickly change settings and have a smoother sound for clean and a more biting sound for gain tones allowing you to cut through better. I usually struggle with auto-wahs because they work on your picking dynamics. I do use a lot of picking dynamics but I still want a “big” wah sound. The MW-3 however did not disappoint me as I was able to dial it in just right so that I was still getting a nice full wah sound when picking lightly.
The MW-3 Multi-Wah is an excellent wah-pedal. You get a lot of control but this will allow you to get it to sound just right. It is definitely a lot more versatile than a standard wah-pedal so if you are a wah enthusiast, you have to do yourself a favor and try this one out, you might just have to get one!
- More info: Exar MW-03 Multi Wah