Price paid: C$ 99
Purchased from: Long and McQuade
Sound — 9
My effect chain is real simple... Gibson Explorer ---> CFH ---> MXR Distortion ---> MXR Overdrive ---> Marshall Haze 15 Half Stack I do not experience much noise with the pedal, it definitely changes the tone just being plugged in, with the boost on and set to +17dB it can be REAL loud even on an amp turned down. With the MXR distortion pedal on the Wah can feedback real fast creating that shrill high pitched squeal; however I think this is from the amount of gain stacking that's happening. I do not have this issue with the tamer MXR OD pedal. Every aspect of the Crybaby From Hell is adjustable, I was after an all purpose general use Wah pedal and the CFH most certainly fits the bill, you can turn the sweep down to a lower Vintage style Wah or crank it up so high that it sounds like a wailing banshee and hit everywhere in between. I have mucked around with the effects built into the amp with the Wah as well, combined with a lengthy delay it could produce some interesting echos, I have really been enjoying playing it with a bit of a phase to it, makes the sound really move around. I didn't notice too much of a difference when I used the Wah with a chorus effect on, but the built in chorus on my amp is meh to begin with. 9/10 as so far this pedal has yet to hit a wall, I have got it to wail extremely high pitched, made it Wah almost like a baritone and my favorite of all is it does the 70s porno "chicka-chicka" sound perfectly, that alone should get it a 10/10.
Overall Impression — 9
I play a lot of rock, punk, metal, funk, stoned out of my mind improv... I mean stoner rock, and almost everything in between and so far this pedal has worked for everything. This pedal really is a universal wah, I spent about 4 months decided on a Wah and then snagged the CFH when a used one was returned with no box to my Long and McQuade and was put on a discounted sale. Being $10 more then a standard Crybaby I had to jump on it. If this pedal was stolen I would rush out to replace it even if I had to pay the full $170 for a brand new one. I purchased the Wah just to mess around pretty much and its rapidly becoming my favorite effects pedal. I compared the CFH to various other Crybaby's, I didn't really look outside of the Dunlop brand too much; however I don't think anyone has anything really comparable to it, aside from that $40 knock of Beringher Hellbabe or what ever it is, BOOOOOO. Honestly I love everything about it, the only thing that I would have changed about its design was possibly to make the pedal function like a volume pedal when its not in Wah mode, but that could be asking for too much! 9/10 I know I know you guys are going to start doubting this review and I will simply say go out and test this pedal or go look at it and you will see this review may even be an understatement. Certainly fits my bill of general purpose wah. If you are after a Wah pedal this is probably at the top of the list, at least I feel this way, and if you can find one on sale like I did, don't hesitate! This is my third Dunlop manufactured pedal and so far I must say they are all very nice pieces.
Reliability & Durability — 9
100% dependable, this pedal is built like a freaking tank, heck the camo paint job on it makes me think it may actually be made out of decommissioned tank armor! If you take good care of your gear this pedal will probably outlast most items in your chain. Its beefy, rugged and has nice weight to it so it doesn't move around at all. I would gig with this without a backup pedal and would not lose a single second of sleep over it. I even had my 300lb buddy put all his weight onto the pedal and it didn't even creak. 9/10 I am 100% confident I will never replace this pedal due to it breaking, only reason I would have to replace it would be because it got stolen.
Ease of Use — 9
The Cry Baby From Hell is practically plug n play, pop in a battery, put it in your effects chain and make your guitar cry! Very straight forward and simple I am sure my three year old niece could figure it out. The bottom of the pedal labels the function of each knob and switch on the pedal so there is never that feeling of Hmmmm what did this trim pot do again! Aside from the fine tune trim pots all adjustments can be made with your foot. 9/10 as this pedal looks like it would be complicated to get a good sound out of, but it took me maybe 10 mins to find the Wah tone I was after.