GCB-95 Cry Baby review by Dunlop

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  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 7
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Ease of Use: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 8.5 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.7 (185 votes)
Dunlop: GCB-95 Cry Baby
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Price paid: $ 86.9

Purchased from: Kitts Music

Sound — 8
This is the classic wah sound that most guitar players look for when they want to nail some of those classic solos that made them want to play guitar in the first place. I use it with humbucking pickups, and a whole bunch of effects placed in front of it, so I don't have too many problems with unwanted feedback. However, if you use amplifier distortion and plug straight into the CryBaby, get ready for some noise. Honestly though, I can get some really great tones with this wah and play some classic riffs with it almost spot on (Voodoo Child anyone). Seriously, if your basic wah sound is what you're looking for, this is it, but if you want to change the settings or get a different range on the sweep, forget about it.

Overall Impression — 7
Definitely one of the greatest guitar effects ever invented. Every time you pull this baby out, everybody will actually love to hear it cry. Rock and metal are this baby's parents, so the effect is always welcome to followers of the genres. It's very replacable, and should be if it breaks down on you. However, it's so affordable that I doubt it will be stolen, so it's no wonder that it's "The #1 best selling pedal of all time." On the other hand though, unless you're Kirk Hammett post 1990, you're probably not gonna use it all the time, let alone use it very much over the course of the time that you own it. But just the same, it's always a decent effect to have in your bag of tricks.

Reliability & Durability — 9
Very reliable, very durable: nuff said.

Ease of Use — 10
Probably the easiest pedal to use in the world. Just stomp it on and start moving the expression pedal to get all those classic "wah-wah" sounds that this pedal became famous for. There can't be a better-sounding, easy-to-use wah pedal out there as far as I'm concerned.

8 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Shreddin 4 Life
    lol The "white thing" on top is just the caution sticker that comes w/ the pedal when u but it new... One thing u guys must know tho, Slash & Hendrix both used Crybaby's in the studio... (the old ones w/ the fiesel chip in them).
    Shreddin 4 Life
    I noticed many of you complaining about using this wah w/ distortion or playing high notes. Remember: your tone helps a lot, instead of using a tone that has a lot of bass and treble, and very little mid-range, your wah loses a lot of it's effectiveness. Drop some of the treble and boost the mids-your results will increase significantly!!!
    Shreddin 4 Life
    Another thing, upon reading up on more wahs, I discovered that most wahs dont hold up very well when you use drop tunings (like down 1 step or 1 & 1/2 steps [D and C# respectively]), that most simple wha pedals lose their effectivness as well... This should be considered when you take a look at this one (and perhaps a closer look at the "Black Cat Moan" by Rocktron).
    moo453
    uh, i might buy this one on ebay used, but theres no white part on top like in this picture. also, whats an adapter, and will i need it when i play stuff like sweet child o mine or hendrix type stuff?
    moo453
    oh and i forgot, would the Vox V847 Reissue Wah Pedal be better than this or should i just get this one?
    Johnny Blade
    the best wah pedal that i have ever used is a chicago iron parachute wah. it is a remake of the old tychobrahe parapedal that is no longer in production. however i own both a vox and crybaby aswell and the best of those 2 is the vox V847 wah. that is good for guns 'n' roses, cream and hendrix stuff
    Shreddin 4 Life
    btw, An adaptor is just a 9-volt power source which is an alternative to using batteries. It has very little to do with the sound. However,I heard somewhere that using batteries in a practicing situation reduces the amount of noise/buzz u get from the treble boost...