[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”300″ identifier=”B0002CZVK0″ locale=”US” src=”http://jtpedals.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/51WPQo8UpiL.jpg” tag=”jtspedals-20″ width=”500″]The Dunlop GCB95 The Original Cry Baby has got to be the easiest guitar wah pedal I have ever messed around with. After taking it out of its package and plugging it in I had the pedal working and sounding just as I had hoped it would. I play funk guitar for a punk noise band called Mincemeat: A British Punk Techno Band and use wah very regularly which is why I was interested in this pedal. The design of this pedal is also great because it seems to be simple and sturdy which is always what I look for in my equipment as things are constantly getting dropped and stepped on once my band gets a little inebriated at a show or party.
Typically I play this pedal through a Roland Cube amp and use my old Univox guitar with it. I go for a lot of wah with this pedal while playing higher up on the neck to add some flair to funk riffs and solo breaks. It also adds a very nice touch to the arpeggiated chords but when I do that it sounds best if used lightly. This pedal has a great range with a dynamic sweep from a nice high warm treble to a low bass. Even when I’m not playing funk this pedal is a nice addition to many styles as it adds some extra spark to just about any solo. I wouldn’t use it in metal or industrial but I think it could be done.
The main reason I wanted the Original Cry Baby in the first place is that I knew that Dunlop created the wah in the first place and I was looking for a classic sounding wah to contrast the modern electronic sound that my band produces in many of our songs. This pedal is labeled as “classic” and is different than the Dunlop pedal simply called Cry Baby which gives off a more up to date sounding wah that most bands are looking for unless they want to play funk in most of their songs like I do currently. If I ever lost it I would definitely buy another one. I have other wah pedals but this is my go to pedal for funk as it gives every note that you use it on a sharp sound that is unique and distinct to the exact sound I am looking for. The main reason not to buy this pedal is if you are looking to do a lot of messing around with settings and completely change what the wah does and how it sounds or if you are going for a very modern sounding wah.
The Dunlop Cry Baby pedal is the most popular pedal sold by Dunlop and was first built and sold in a competitive market in 1966, perfect timing in conjunction with the rise of funk and disco music. I’m a huge fan of disco and funk from that era, so when I was looking for a pedal I knew I would want one from when the wah was invented or at least one that replicated it. Some interesting history on the pedal, the name Cry Baby was actually originally the name of a Vox/ Thomas Organ pedal, but at the time Vox didn’t completely have their act together and failed to copyright the name, allowing for Dunlop to come in and start manufacturing their own Cry Baby pedal. I always thought Cry Baby was a great name for this pedal because if you leave it on and start playing notes it really does make that classic “wah, wah” sound. I imagine it would be the sound of a crying musical baby.
But I regress, this pedal is worth the price (it’s honestly a great price at only slightly over 100 dollars) and has lasted for over a few years with me and my band despite all of our shenanigans.