GCB-95 Cry Baby Original review by Dunlop

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Ease of Use: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 7.2 (84 votes)
Dunlop: GCB-95 Cry Baby Original

Price paid: $ 146.382

Purchased from: Music Land

Sound — 10
At the moment, I am using it with a Gibson-Baldwin LP and Fender Frontman 15G amplifier, that despite the low quality of instrument, I can still get a great sound out of it. Due to this, when I tried it out with my friends Fender stratocaster, I was blown away with the awesome tangy Hendrix-sounding effects. The crybaby will only ever become noisy if the gain is at top or very high setting and used repetetively for ages on end. With a bass tone and about a third gain, the crybaby is at it's best and easiest to get the sound of many great artists e.g. Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton etc. If the sound is slightly weak, it could be a connection error in a lead, guitar jack or amp input.

Overall Impression — 10
I find that my mixture of Blues/Jazz/Rock/Metal music taste is well suited with my crybaby and it can adapt to the majority of music tastes and styles. In comparison to other wah/distortion/effects pedals that I have used in the past, the crybaby is definitely my favourite and most reliable. If I somehow lost possesion of my prized crybaby, I would run to the shops and buy it before I even knew how it went missing! My favourite featuire of the crybaby is definitely the sound quality from it, that when played, especially through a Fender, is the best wah (in my opinion) in the world. I could not hate anything about it, and it one of my most used and prized possessions. I think if I had to compare it to another effects pedal, I would have to choose a Morley Wah/Volume pedal, but despite being cheaper than the crybaby, it comes up nowhere near to the crybaby itself. The only thing I wish it had would be a cheaper price tag, but for 79.99, if you can afford it, I would seriously reccomend purchasing an Dunlop Original Crybaby.

Reliability & Durability — 10
It is the most reliable effects pedal that I have ever purchased and is very dependable. the only problem at a gig I have ever had has been a faulty lead, so a backup saved my part on that one. I have known crybabys to last over 20 years without even the tiniest of faults, and are used in gigs proffesionally throughout the world.

Ease of Use — 10
Regarding sound quality, the crybaby can make your guitar (no matter what guitar) sound great. It's easy to get a good sound out of it and is pretty simple to use, so you hardly need the manual(which isn't hugely clear). By the way, this is the simple Original Crybaby, i.o.w the simplest of the Crybabys.

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    joesoleo wrote: its good for drug fueled solos
    Electric Kool Aid fueled solos
    This is a VERY bad wa'h, if any of you play it through a tube amp you'll notice it's very harsh sounding.