“ Brand: Jim Dunlop / Type: Guitar Accessories „
There's just something about a Wha pedal that makes solo's sound 10x more awesome (when used in the correct way). For years upon years artists ranging from Misha to Jimi Hendrix have used the Wha effect to enhance solo's and add that extra bit of depth that seperates the solo from average.
Jim Dunlop has been known as one of the first manufacturers to break out and become one of the most popular wha pedal producers. I don't know how it came about to be one of the biggest names (as I wasn't alive when It started) however I'm pretty sure I know why it's still the number 1 Wha Pedal.
The Cry Baby got it's name from the sound it makes. What the pedal does it mimic the human sound "wha" over the top of the output signal from the guitar. The pedal is placed inbetween your guitar and amplifier (unless your amplifier has a pedal loop option) meaning you will have to purchase a new cable in order to make the connection. This is one of the reasons many people just say "no thanks" to pedals. When you're onstage playing with 3 guitarists and a bassist (not to mention vocals, drum mics etc) there is a LOT of cable going across that stage! Just be sure to bring that all important duct tape to keep your cable tight to the floor and to avoid those dreaded un-pluggings. On the topic of gigging, you will have no worries at all with carting around this pedal. From past experiences I've always been worried that my pedals will get broken in the car on the way, or stood on, or break from the slightest spilage. With this pedal you've got a metal fortress around the circuit and mechanism! The metal case must be a centimeter or two in thickness so good luck breaking it.
The place I use this pedal most is in the jamming studio. I like to write a solo, then put on effects later. This means i'll write a solo then tyically go to the Cry Baby almost straight away and see if it enhances the sound. Quite often it sounds better without, I don't want to fall into the trap of Kirk Hammett where he puts the Cry Baby on EVERYTHING and it just loses the sound completely. If you're intending on playing fast furious solos, quite often it's best to just leave the pedal out. The place that the pedal shines through is on slow, drawn out notes often played over bends of tremelo picking. From this pedal you can expect clear, effective wha effects that have enough power to shine through, but not enough to drown out your tone or playing. I used to play with a lower priced wha pedal that didn't even come close to competing on this level.
One thing I would have to criticise about this pedal is the distortion that seems to be added when I click down on the start button. It seems to add an audiable hiss to my recordings that gets even more enhanced by my computer interfeerance. Perhaps I just need to be more careful in my placement of the pedal in future recordings.
The pedal can be quite harsh on batteries so make sure to have spares if you're using it at a gig!
Ok the Jim Dunlop Cry baby wah pedal.... essential and iconic!
I've been playing guitar around 7/8 years and got my wah pedal maybe 5 years ago, its been used and abused while on gigs or just at home, its very robust and quite heavy and built to last being stomped on night after night!
It has 4 rubber feet on the bottom to stop it from sliding around but these can be removed if you plan to attach velcro or another means to stick it to a pedal board. The top is like a rubber mat finish providing excellent grip when you are controlling the pedal.
It has 1 in and 1 out so it's not complex to wire up and it is usually the first or second pedal in your set up before your signal goes through all your other effects like phase, flange, reverb etc etc
Now to turn it on you simply press down hard on the front end where you can see the silver switch in the image, this activates the pedal and you are currently in the position that boosts the treble signal, lower your heel to boost the bass signal. Plety of artists use this pedal so you could have a listen to jimi hedrix or some more modern stuff like black stone cherry. Its mostly used to give your solo's that little something extra!! Generally you would leave it with the bass end down and you just rock your foot forward either on the beat or just for accented notes in your solo/riff... that way you add emphasis where needed.
Looking back to the image, behind the silver switch there is a plastic strip, this rotates a variable resistor as you lover the pedal and this is what changes the output. Its quite a simple set up inside the pedal and you can find a circuit diagram online should you need one. For example, the last guitar i purchased was a Matt Tuck signature Jackson Rhoads with EMG pickups... noe with having active pickups the output from this guitar is unbelievable, so much power and sustain... now thats great but when i started using my wah pedal with it i started to experience feedback of sorts when the treble boost side was down?! So, I figured out from the circuit diagram how things work and was glad to see it was really quite simple, all i ended up doing was adding a small value resistor across the variable resistor to cap the high end out put, this stopped the treble boost from getting to high and solved the problem and infact took away the harshness you get at the treble end.
So there you go, an essential pedal in everyone's collection and should you have any issues they're easy enough to fix yourself :)
Wah wah pedals are devices used by the more advanced guitarist to shift the guitar sound (extruding from an amplifier) between heavy bass and treble noises - by rocking your foot back and forth on the device. Wah wah is an interpretive term people have adopted from listening to the instrument under the influence of such a device. The Dunlop 'Cry Baby' is a great bit of kit which performs the wah wah action excellently, allowing guitarists to alter their style and playing sound at the touch of a pedal.
With this kind of effects equipment, its all about the pedal action. It allows guitarists to activate the product standing or sitting, and utilizes a part of the body unused when playing the guitar (but which can be controlled accurately whilst playing). I think people who tend to tap their feet when playing to keep the beat will be able to operate the cry baby best, but everyone can learn to use it due to its simplicity, the main plus point to this type of device.
The sound emitted from the device (though heavily effected by the quality and set-up of your amplifier and guitar), is clear and concise. It's sensitivity allows for great control, whilst the electrical equipment inside gives the perfect contrasting balance between bass and treble guitarists stride for. My favourite set up involves a heavily distorted configuration and combined with a deep guitar sound - the wah wah seems to have more depth and sound to manipulate when the guitar is set up like this.
There are no setup requirements with this product, its a plug in and play piece of kit. One cable enters from the amp (a standard guitar jack) and one leaves the other side to connect with the guitar. The device has a separate power source - a battery pack on the back - which provides enough longevity for the device to last a good few weeks on daily play before running out.
The devices plastic is of good durable quality, though it's not the best quality to touch. This doesn't matter though as long as the thing holds together over the years and continues to perform well.
The shape of the device spells out function over form. It's as simple as it can be - it gives the best ankle angle, has the the ideal sized body to keep the battery, and is the right length for the average foot to fit perfectly - though people of smaller and bigger feet won't have a problem because you can sit your foot slightly off the end and still operate the thing with accuracy.
In general this product is a practical wah wah, and probably one of the best on the market at the moment. Its relatively cheap and requires no set up besides clicking in a few jacks, it's also the best performing wah wah I've come across. The sound quality is excellent and it is compatible with all amps and all guitars - what more could you ask?
Jimi Hendrix, Joe Satriani, Kirk Hammet, Dimebag Darrel, Steve Vai.
These are just of the few notable users. If you feel like you are missing the vocal like qualities in your leads and fills, or maybe even rhythm (dire straits 'money for nothing's riff has the wah on but not used so it gives the guitar a nasal quality) then I definitely suggest this pedal. It's a little overpriced for what it is (A bell curve that shifts up and down the frequency spectrum depending on its positiong) however it is iconic in the guitar world.
The wah pedal is activated by pressing on the front of the pedal which activates a small switch underneath. In practice this is quite awkward and you can't just leave it on to prepare yourself (its pretty obvious when its on!). I'd recommend getting used to the switching action if you're going to use this live as it can sometimes be a bit tough to get it going but once you've done it a few times you'll have the knack for it.
It's standard I/O (inputs and outputs) as most pedals have, an input for your guitar and an output to your amp, simple!
Making funny/funky sounds on this thing is easy and takes very little practice, the one thing I would recommend is getting those wahs in time with your string bends to really emphasise the howl of the string getting bent, this seems to be the mark of a professional wah user.
So how does it sound? Well go and listen to the above mentioned artists. For a famous example, voodoo chile is a good reference for rhythm and the ending solo of sweet child o' mine by guns'n' roses is another. There's really not a lot to say about its sound, once you've heard a wah you'll recognise it from then and on and more than likely will be able to achieve that sound with your wah
To sum it up, if you want to add some spice to your solos similair to those greats or maybe have an unfilfilled urge to play some funk rhythms then I highly recommend getting this pedal
Anybody who is an avid fan of rock music, particularly classic rock, will have heard the sound of the wah effect, an effect loved and extensively used by classic guitarists such as Jimi Hendrix, Steve Vai and Kirk Hammett.
The Jim Dunlop wah pedal is the original, classic wah, used by rock royalty over the past 50 years. I don't personally own this pedal, although I have used it extensively due to it being owned by one of my bandmates.
The pedal is extremely easy to use, with the unit slotting into your signal chain between your guitar and amp by the use of standard jack cables. It is extremely durable with its sturdy metal casing, and will last you for many many years of gigging.
As far as tone is concerned, the Jim Dunlop wah is the original and best. The sound is crystal clear and sounds just like the wah sound you will have heard on some of your favourite records. The expression pedal allows you full control over the sound you want, with some practice being needed to move the pedal in time to create the desired sound.
Overall, this is the best wah pedal that money can buy, and to purchase this is really like owning a piece of rock history.
** Jim Dunlop GCB95 Cry Baby Pedal **
Having recenty purchased a zoom multi fx pedal for my guitar I was still lacking one ingredient to my sound. Being a big fan of Cream with Eric Clapton and their song White Room I wanted to recreate the wah sound on the guitar solo.
My multi effects pedal does have a wah wah effect but needs an external expression pedal to make it work so I bought a Jim Dunlop Cry Baby Pedal instead from Amazon for £65. I think Hendrix used to use a Jim Dunlop Cry Baby wah pedal too so I felt I was in good company. I am just a hobby front room player though so I won't be following in Hendrix's footsteps and setting fire to my guitar in a drug filled orgie of music anytime soon!
When the pedal arrived through the post I was really impressed at how robust and toughit feels. It is made of metal covered in black paint and feels like it would survive a nuclear blast. Unlike my zoom 505 which wouldn't survive a light smack with a kipper! There is a non slip rubber area on top of the pedal which is perfect for when I'm using it with my slippers on. Not very rock and roll I know.
The Cry Baby pedal is powered by a square 9 voly battery and the battery is only active when the guitar leads are plugged in. So I take the leads out aftyer using it to save on batteries.
To use the pedal I just put my weight forward to activate a click switch under the pedal then rock my foot from heel to toe to change the sound.
Using the pedal creates a sound like a wahed trumpet that the jazz players do.
If I play my guitar clean and rock my foot it sounds funky and 1970's like the Shaft theme tune. When I add distortin the Cry Baby gives me my White Room sound and I'm in heaven.
** My verdict **
There are cheaper wah pedals out there but they look platic and not so robust - I don't think there are any better Wah pedals than the Jim Dunlop GCB95 Cry Baby Pedal. Money well spent.
I believe that the first Cry Baby pedal was produced sometime in the 1960s, and this modern version captures that amazing quality of shift between bass and teble that first attracted Jimi Hendrix to the original model (Hendrix was appararently introduced to the pedal by Frank Zappa).
I first got my wah wah not long after I started playing the guitar (for those who may not know, these pedals are referred to as wah wahs because that's the noise which they create with your guitar as it shifts, as I said, between bass and treble as you rock the pedal with your foot). However, I think I got mine too soon, before I really needed it. I think this is a pedal which will serve you best when you have advanced onto improvisation and more advanced solos.
Many songs have solos which feature a wah wah pedal, for example, lots of Metallica songs (enter sandman being one of the most popular) and Zakk Wylde uses the pedal a great deal. There is also lots of guns n roses stuff which uses wah (sweet child o mine again being one of the most popular) while predominantly blues guitarists such as Eric Clapton also use the pedal and Jimi Hendrix was possibly the most famous guitarist to champion the wah wah pedal. The range of guitarists and their music genres show how versatile this pedal is.
Jim Dunlop is probably the most famous producer of the pedal and many artists rely of his cry baby range, with many even having their own signiture pedals, such as Zakk Wylde, Dimebag Darrel, Jimi Hendrix, Eddie Van Halen, Kirk Hammett, Buddy Guy, so it is well represented!
The pedal looks cool, and the signiture pedals have their own style (the Zakk Wylde one is camoflage in colour and has a key so that you can dictate how much bass and treble are added and taken off as you rock the pedal) and it is simple to use; just stand on it to push the button under the pedal and then rock your foot!) You can either plug it in with a standard 9 volt adapter or you can use a 9 volt battery (which is useful for live performances, although if you are going to use it alot, you may be best plugging it in still)
They are very reliable and hardy; they can take alot of use and wear and I can't fault mine at all (It's about 5 years old and came with copious amounts of oiling cream inside to ensure that it doesn't start jamming). They can be picked up for a reasonable price (mine was about £60) and are a great investment for any guitarist, whatever your style. They are fantastic for improvised solos and adding a little something extra to them. I also believe that it is impossible to sound bad when using a wah wah; they make things sound better, but I don't think they should be over used either! Although, if you're thinking about buying your first wah, you may get a bit obsessed at first!
You can also buy a Dunlop cry baby for bass guitar, as used by artists such as Duff Mckagan (guns n roses, velvet revolver) which are also very nice and stylish and come in a nice white colour.
This is the original wah-wah pedal used to create many classic rock sounds