Product Type: Jim Dunlop guitars and bass guitars
Newest Review: ... sound "wha" over the top of the output signal from the guitar. The pedal is placed inbetween your guitar and amplifier (unless y... more
No tears from this pedal
Jim Dunlop GCB95 Cry Baby Pedal
Member Name: Bunters1994
Jim Dunlop GCB95 Cry Baby Pedal
Advantages: Great sound and built like a castle
Disadvantages: Sore on batteries and causes some distortion
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!
Summary: Best on the market!