Dunlop 105Q Cry Baby Bass Wah
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Dunlop 105Q Cry Baby Bass Wah

105Q Cry Baby Bass Wah, Bass Wah-Wah/Auto Wah-Wah/Filter from Dunlop.

MGR/ShackMan 03/05/2010

Dunlop 105Q Cry Baby Bass Wah : MGR/ShackMan's user review

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To my knowledge there's only one version of this unit available. It's white, with rocking, spring-loaded pedal, so it always returns to zero and shuts off as soon as you let your foot off of it. It has two knobs on the side to adjust the depth of the wah and the volume with the effect turned on.
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As for myself, I'm about to graduate college with a degree in music, playing bass and piano. I've been playing in and arranging for bands, musicals, and writing tunes for various rock and pop groups in the area for some time now.

I got it along with an Electro Harmonix Mini Q-Tron at Piaons 'n' Stuff in Blawnox, PA, for just under $100. I can't remember the exact number, but it was definitely under $100. I bought it just for fun, because I wanted to try one out and I thought it could make a great addition to my effects board, which, before then, only contained a Tech 21 Sansamp that I used off and on. I'd say the biggest influence on my purchase would be hearing players like Bootsy Collins, Justin Chancellor, and Justin Meldal Johnson, work these effects like crazy. I wanted to do the same thing.

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I like the various configurations and customization available with the volume and Q controls. Generally, when I want to use an effect, I want it to be big enough that everyone notices that I've turned something on. But sometimes, I just want it to disappear in the background. It can also be a great way to sound like you have the tone rolled way off in a quiet section by turning the volume down and holding your foot in one position on the pedal. Those two knobs, to me, make ALL the difference between this pedal and just about any other pedal on the market. It also, I think, manages to reproduce a bass-y signal through the full spectrum of the wah effect, giving it a full sound, not anything nasally like other pedals I've tried. (These 'other pedals' included, but were not limited to: Morley, Ibanez, and the Rockron Utopia. I found very little about them satisfactory. I even tried the guitar wahs as well with the same problem. There was ONE wah pedal, however, that I found, that could stand up to and in some ways best the Dunlop: the EBS WahOne. The only reason I didn't buy that pedal on the spot was the extra money it cost at the time. It has since largely come down in price, and I think it's the best wah on the market right now. EBS has never let me down with a single product yet.)
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The fact that the adapter comes with it is pretty awesome too, though I recommend just getting a powered pedalboard and an extension cord/surge protector.

There are rare times where I miss being able to leave the pedal in one place and let go to do other things with other effects. But those instances are few and far between, and I usually am very thankful for the spring-loaded rocking pedal. This complaint is minor at its worst. The only actual complaint I have is that I would like the knobs on the side to be just a bit more accessible to users for on the fly adjustments. Dunlop did well to keep them out of the way (so they have much less chance of breaking off on rough days), but making them just a bit larger could make a good deal of difference live, I think.

It'll put a hole in my wall before it'll get a scratch on it. I was worried about the white paint looking dirty when I bought it, but there isn't a single mark on it. It's heavy enough for me to believe that it's probably some kind of steel. I'm not worried about it breaking at all. I've had it for about 8 years and it still looks like it's in pristine condition and works perfectly.

It's only competition is the EBS Wah-One, and that's a very different design: namely, it's a switched pedal, where the Dunlop is switchless. It's unparalleled as a bass-wah otherwise in terms of tone and simplicity and efficiency of design. For $110, or even $210, you probably couldn't do any better than this pedal. Go ahead and compare it to the boutiques, too; I'll stand by it after they stop making them. As far as I'm concerned it's the best there is.

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