SW-95 Slash Signature Cry Baby Wah 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: 9 (87 votes)
Dunlop: SW-95 Slash Signature Cry Baby Wah
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Price paid: $ 150

Purchased from: Guitar Center

Sound — 10
I'm using a Jimmie Vaughn Tex-Mex strat into this the Slash Wah, into a DS-1 all to my Hot Rod Deluxe. I play mainly rock and classic rock. This thing is great on cleans, the manual wasn't lying when they say they added mid-range sparkle. On the clean channel this thing causes my HRD to break up in a good way and is great for those chika waka porno movie type sounds. I don't use the gain on my amp so when I use it with the DS-1 it sounds just as amazing no matter how high the gain, though if you scoop your mids this thing is very uneffective. The gain boost on this pedal is not fantastic alone, but makes an amazing lead boost paired with my DS-1. You can't turn either the volume or gain up very high, but then again, you don't really need to since this pedal has a lot of juice and excess gain will cause unwanted feedback. All in all this is an amazing sounding pedal whether or not you like the distortion.

Overall Impression — 10
I play main rock and classic rock and this thing fits in quite nicely. I think this pedal would be good for any style of music, even metal as long as you aren't a mid-scooper. I've been playing for about 3 years and I own an MXR 10-band eq and a Phase 90 along with a DS-1. If this were stolen I would probably try the dime from hell and a few other wahs, but ultimately I think I would Pick this one up again. I love the gain boost on this thing, it really helps your solos cut through and sounds good if you use it as a boost. The only thing I wish this thing had come with was it's own power supply, but that's a small oversight.

Reliability & Durability — 10
Tank. This thing can stand up to anything although I broke my first one after a few days because I used the wrong power supply which was my fault. I promptly returned it and got a new one and have had no problems since. I would trust this thing on a gig, I think what I did to it is probably the only way to destroy it. This thing is a hoss on 9volts though, leave it plugged in for one night and they'll both be dead. So, you'll probably want to get the adapter from Jim Dunlop.

Ease of Use — 10
Very easy to use, works like any other wah. The distortion is activated by kicking the button on the side. It has volume and gain controls for the distortion. It says all this on the base and in the manual. The distortion is only on when the wah is on, so you can't use it for stand alone gain. 18 volts, batteries load in the top. All in all very simple.

5 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Kevin Saale
    Something you should note with this wah. It has internal pots for treble mid and bass. They don't have tons of range, but they work pretty well for what they are. If you have one crack it open and play with them. I found that cranking the mid pot and putting the treble at 3/4 and bass at 1/4 was very effective. I needed a eyeglass screwdriver to turn the tiny pots.
    Solid-snake
    dont buy this just for the disto circuit especially as you cant use it separately. Does this mean i can't use the distortion boost only? cause i was thinking of buying one as it has a distortion circuit and a pedal tat comes together...
    wilmearz
    yes, YOU CANNOT USE THIS PEDAL AS SEPERATE WAH AND DISTORTION (not trying to be annoying just trying to be clear) you will have to buy another disto pedal aswell as the distortion on the slash wah is only meant to be a boost and can only be used with the wah. It is good at being a boost but not a great disto on its own.
    xAvengerX
    Hey guys. i was wondering if i put a distortion infront of a wah or this wah pedal would it sound similar to like a distorted wah tone? like something in slash's solo's? I get a really soft distorted tone but alot of wah. if i put the disortion before the wah. if i put it after the wah is hardly there. I have a DS-2 and a Crybaby. and a stupud practise amp and a damn ugly squier = / . anyways thanks in advance for the help = ]
    Walternativo
    Tried it in store today. Dont be fooled; its just another crybaby with a flavor. Way too much high end for me. Movin' on...