Repair and Mod Service

Got a wah pedal that needs some attention? Send it on over! I've been building and servicing wah pedals 20+ years, and have seen and dealt with just about every problem imaginable.

All wahs are repairable, but here is the rub: With some newer wahs, especially where they have board mounted jacks, and tiny surface mount components - the repair can often exceed the low-ish cost of the wah! Well, at least they have a good enclosure! In those cases, I usually recommend installation of a drop in kit. The wah will sound far better than it ever did, will be far more dependable, and will also be...(drumroll please) repairable! We live in a throw-away society these days, so the idea of repairing something might be a strange thing to some people. But there was a time, not so long ago when every town had a TV repair shop, and a vacuum cleaner repair shop, and other types of repair shops too. You can think of Area 51 as a wah pedal repair shop - along with being a small manufacturer. (VERY small, actually)

Contact me at: with any questions you have on your specific model. Sometimes, the problem will be something very simple that you can fix yourself - so I like to be sure we've covered that before you go through the trouble and expense of sending the pedal to me.

When sending a pedal, please include your email, phone number, return address and a note explaing what the pedal is doing (or not doing) and/or what you'd like to accomplish with any mods, and what kind of sound you're going for. There are tons of options with voicing a pedal for a specific tone.


The basic repair and mod services I offer:

True bypass mod - $25

True bypass with LED - $35

Replace pot - $25

Add dc jack and filtering - $20

Replace battery snap - $8

Replace bumpers - $8

Replace feet - $8

Replace transistors with vintage equivalent types - $14

Add Area 51 Buffer - $45 (can be configured as output buffer, or true-buffered bypass (always in the signal path)

5 position range control - $35

Add gain/impedance adjust feature - knob on outside - $35

Replace jacks - $10 per jack

Area 51 custom-voiced inductor replacement - $40

Complete Wah Tune-up special - $75 (includes pot replacement, batt snap, switch replacement or true bypass mod, check all connections/clean jacks, replace switch felt, replace bumpers if needed.)

Complete wah pedal rewire to Area 51 specs - either A51 voicing, or Clone Wah voicing. - $145 - I strip your wah of all it's internals, and replace with the Area 51 Wah Kit parts - switch, jacks, Area 51 Wah kit board with the hand wound inductor, impedance/level trim and DC jack+filtering circuitry.

Special deal: Go "ALL THE WAY" (or would that be all the wah?...I digress) and get your wah upgraded to the Area 51 All Options spec for just $225 - that's like 75 bucks off the price of the actual A51 model. It's the same thing...except it uses your existing shell.

Add an Area 51 pedalboard mounting plate with grounding - $25 (20% discount when included with other services)

Send to:

Area 51
P.O. Box 61
Fremont, MI 49412

I will contact you upon receiving your pedal with a diagnosis and estimate. I can bill you through paypal when the repair job is completed. (paypal invoices can be funded with your credit/debit card OR your paypal account, if applicable.)



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