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The first Crybaby. (GCB95 Cry Baby)

By MountAnDewMe, 06/08/2012
This is the first of what seems like an almost endless line of Crybaby effects from Dunlop. Made as simple as can be there is an input for guitar and an output for connecting to your amp. It produces a Wha sound just as the name implies that kind of cycles from the "W" in heel down position to the "a" in toe down position. The only parts are the rocker pedal and the switch under the front of the pedal which turns it on or off.

UTILIZATION

This is most likely one of the simplest effects to understand but getting it right with your playing will take some practice. This is truly a plug and play pedal because there is nothing to set up or alter. The pedal controls the sound of the filter and honestly can only be learned and mastered through use.

SOUND QUALITY

This version of the effect is used on guitars. I'm sure other instruments have made use of it in the past but these days there are ones specifically tailored to the frequency range of lets say a bass for instance. I would see no reason to buy this version for use with anything other than a guitar. This unit will suck some of the sound out of you guitar when not in use and if you are driving a huge pedal board you might want to boost the signal along the line after this unit. When in use there is no denying the signature sound of this effect. Aptly named a Wha-WHa it literally causes that sound to be coupled with your playing. It can be used in rhythm as well as lead playing and when properly applied will add a very desirable emphasis to your playing.

OVERALL OPINION

This is the standard wha sound and I do prefer many of the alternate models to this one. It is the tried and true wha so money spent on it is well spent in my opinion. The thing is built like a tank and is capable of kicking the butt of any other pedal in a cage match. The major down sides to this pedal are based in its older design. It turns on it the toe up position and starts in the "a" instead of the "W" portion of the sweep. The button can tend to also add a little "pop" into your sound when hit. The worst however is that the pedal itself could be designed to feel a bit more comfortable if they used an updated design instead of the antiquated pot but I guess it would no longer be original then.
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No introduction needed (GCB95 Cry Baby)

By Skjold, 13/08/2012
You probably already know what this is and what it does. Should you not know. Jimi Hendrix was the one who really made the Crybaby brand know along with the Wah sound (often referred to as Wah Wah). The GCB95 version was the first of a long line of Wah pedals designed by Dunlop.
The simplicity of the pedal is to be admired. There's an input and an output with some components attached to a pot in between. You also get a foot switch to turn the effect on/off when you need to.

UTILIZATION

Should you feel the need to point out who invented the plug and play principal, then it has to be Dunlop. You plug in you cords, give it some power and bam - you'r up and running.
However! Getting the right sound out of this kind of effect does take some time and practice. Granted, some require longer then others.

SOUND QUALITY

To be honest, I'm not that into the GCB95 version of the Crybaby. To me the sound if it, is simply to harsh and thin. The basic function of the Wah pedal is an EQ low-pass filter changed in real time through the pot on the inside of the housing. The Wah effect is found on many pedal boards throughout the world, but even though they might not all be the same, they all have the same issue. They suck out the tone of your setup. You might want to either give the pedal its own looping system or throw in a buffer after the Wah.

The GCB95 I had (yes, HAD) on my pedal board, sounded like it had a weird range. It was like it would get to the midrange and then go completely mad and go straight to the top range. It didn't fit into my sound at all, so it had to go.
Did I have a bad example of the pedal? I don't know.

OVERALL OPINION

It's a legend and the first of it's kind from Dunlop, but that also shows when you play it. It's like they needed to tune in, on how the circuit should be, which took a few generations.
The effect has ben overdone throughout time, but you can't really have a pedal board without it. It can spice up a funky rhythm guitar or give that extra squeal to your heroic guitar solo with the full on distortion blasting at full volume.
Don't just go out and buy the GCB95, because everybody else has one or because it's the "standard Wah" test out a few others and you might find something that's more your style and sound.
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[NAMM] Dunlop DVP4 Volume (X) Mini Pedal

Published on 01/23/16
Dunlop keeps miniaturizing its pedals, and this time it's the DVP3 Volume (X) that gets adapted into the (somehow counterintuitively) smaller DVP4.

[NAMM] ...and a new Crybaby wah.

Published on 01/22/16

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