Price paid: $ 70
Purchased from: Guitar Center - Edina, Minnesota
Sound — 10
My current setup is: Washburn Maverick BT-4 > Dunlop Cry Baby GCB-95 > Danelectro Fab Distortion D-1 > Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi USA (greatest pedal ever, I might add) > Behringer GMX-212 (100 watts, has two 50-watt Jensen speakers). Once you work with it for a while you can get a very very sweet tone for leads and soloing. Makes any solo sound good. Also very useful for playing psychedelic effects, try using it with a very prominent delay effect, very trippy. I've noticed that the effect for the most part doesn't work on the lowest 2 strings, so it's pretty worthless if you're trying to use it on some heavy riffs. Also, the effect doesn't really work on maybe about the highest 5 or 6 notes on the highest string. Is this infamous "tone sucking" only when it's on? Because I notice no difference between before I owned it and now when I have it off. When it is on though, yes, your tone is drastically different. In my opinion it only sounds sweet when you're actually rocking it, I still haven't found this "sweet spot" people are talking about if you set it around the middle of it's sweep. It is very noisy when it's on with distortion and a bit noisy when there is no distortion, so turn it off if you're going to stop playing for even a second or you'll get this loud humming/hissing noise depending on what position it's in. I noticed if I put it after my distortion pedals, the wah effect is extremely prominent to a point where you cannot even tell what notes you're playing. Something tells me Clapton, Hendrix, Gilmour etc do not have it at after their effects. Put it at the beginning, before all of your effects and it'll still be prominent but your notes will come through clear too, it sounds very professional. With heavy distortion, this thing just rips. Super rich, creamy tone. Good for solos and not much else, but man this thing will make your solos sound incredible. Even just running over blues scales or something. With my Big Muff Pi USA it sounds jawdropping. No wonder the Cry Baby is the best selling pedal of all time.
Overall Impression — 9
Like I said, it's incredible for solos, trippy effects & the theme to Shaft but nothing else, so you probably won't be using it a lot (whereas I hardly ever play anything without using my Big Muff Pi). This thing can make crappy solos sound great. Great for beginners or pros. I was either going to buy this or a Morley Power Wah and I asked some people and everybody recommended the Dunlop. It doesn't come with an adapter or a battery, and from Radio Shack a 9V adapter is $15. Kind of steep for a plug with a cord, but worth it. I'm in a band and we play some Sonic Youth type of psychedelic/atmospheric/noise jams which this is perfect for. We also do some Black Flag style hardcore punk and some Melvins/Swans style insanely heavy metal jams. The first time I played a wah pedal was when I got this home, I didn't even try it out in the store. I had just heard so much about this that I went out and bought it immediately. At the time Guitar Center were having a sale and a Danelectro effects pedal was free with any wah pedal so I got a $15 Distortion pedal for free with the Cry Baby. Good deal. Overall if you just want a bargain-priced, simple but very effective wah pedal, this is it. Excellent tone, worth the money in my opinion. Get it.
Reliability & Durability — 8
It's built so sturdy if you hit it with a bat you'd probably break the bat. Throw it at a wall and you'll probably break the wall, etc. One time my friend was kicking it across my carpeting and one of the little rubber stopper/gripper/leg dealies came off the bottom and it was a bitch to get back on. So don't slide it on carpet. I've heard the potentiometer only lasts a year or two, so don't be scared if it stops working if you've had it for a while. Of course I'd use it on a gig without a backup. You think I have enough money to buy another one just in case this one dies?
Ease of Use — 10
It will not let me send this review, every time it pops up and says Please write "Easy of Use". And this is the minimum number of "Easy of Use"s that I can put in here to make it send. Obnoxiously easy to use. If you have the wah in the full forward position and you go to stomp on it to turn it on, sometimes the button doesn't click, so just make sure it's all the way back when you turn it on. If that makes sense.