GCB-95 Cry Baby Original review by Dunlop

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  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 7
  • Ease of Use: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 7.8 Good
  • Users' score: 7.2 (84 votes)
Dunlop: GCB-95 Cry Baby Original
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Price paid: £ 100

Purchased from: A Friend

Sound — 8
The sound is always pretty fun with a Wha. Sadly though on the top end of the Wha's range, there seems to be some clear unwanted noise. It sounds really fuzzy, like the sound you get from a plastic bag. Still, when it's behind a full band, you barely notice it. You can really get a good lead sound like Slash or Hendrix if you really work at it. Like I said, it's not easy to use at first.

Overall Impression — 8
I play many styles of music, from soul to reggae, rock to pop... I play in a band where we do Knock On Wood (which I use it briefly in) and Sweet Shild O' Mine (where I use it on the outro solo), and the Wha holds up perfectly to them, among others. If this were stolen? I'd get one again, but maybe a multi-effects unit instead - though having never had one before, I don't know whether it would be better or not - I'm sure it wouldn't be as tough though.

Reliability & Durability — 7
It's fairly hardy, built like a brick. The entire thing's near 100% block-metal, so it's not going to break anytime soon. I wouldn't recomend using it in a loop on a laminate floor, however. The pedal has a tendancy to slide/move when in use, so it could come loose from other pedals. It's happened to me before now, and it's just plain embarrasing.

Ease of Use — 8
It's fairly easy to use, although I've used easier. It takes a little time to get the hang of using it though. Using it tastefully is an ART that can't be learnt overnight. When I recieved it, there was no box or manual - it was third hand, in effect. It is easy to set up too, just plug in and play, what could be easier?

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