Dunlop GCB95 Cry Baby
Dunlop GCB95 Cry Baby
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nickname009's review

Dunlop GCB95 Cry Baby
This is...I can't believe I'm reviewing this! Everybody knows by now what this is and what type of sounds it can produces. It's analog technology and has been around for years. Jimi Hendrix has become a household name and thanks to him, so has the crybaby.

Trying to explain the sound without using the words crybaby or wah wah is even more of a challenge these days.


Step on it to engage the switch, then rock the pedal back and forth to sweep between the sounds. Very easy to use, knowing how and WHEN to use it well is a whole different story..


Yes ok here is the hardest part. There has been much debate about how the crybabies were made, what parts were used etc and why every single pedal seemed different. After just watching the documentary on the crybaby my thoughts were confirmed. Back then when the crybaby was just being made and mass produced they used whatever parts they could get and over the years different inductors and other misc parts were used so that's why some people think the older ones sounded better and that's also why some people think the older ones sounded worse.

I personally think of the sound has an effect, nothing else. And the fact that the sound itself is just a filter, that has a range that sweeps from low to high in the midrange of whatever signal you've put through it, how can it sound BAD? or GOOD? It is what it is, some may sound better to people yet those people can't often really properly explain WHY it sounds better, it just 'does'. That's just nonsense! It's just a wah, just an effect and it does what it does, there's no good or bad!


I was never really a big wah person to begin with but over the years have come to recognize that it's an essential effect to have as a guitar player. Yes it has been overused but also has been and could still be used tastefully in certain situations. I currently don't see any problem with it other than the longevity of the pedal itself but to this day haven't had problems with mine. Though I have heard of some people having issues with them over the long run, the pot dying out or the pedal or circuit frying etc etc. Luckily, I haven't had any part of that so far!

Hatsubai's review"The standard for all Wahs"

Dunlop GCB95 Cry Baby
Thanks in part to Hendrix and the like from the 60s, it's generally accepted that nearly every guitarist needs a wah pedal on his or her pedalboard. The Dunlop GCB-95 is to wah pedals as the TS808 is to overdrive pedals. Nearly every wah pedal out there is compared to this one, and once you use it, you can understand why. Housed in a nearly nuke-proof enclosure, the GCB-95 features the bare minimum of things you need to get started in your quest for the latest adult film soundtrack.


This is one of those pedals that'll withstand any abuse you throw at it. The main problem that ever goes wrong is that the pot goes scratchy/bad. Aside from that, there's not much that can go wrong. The recent revisions of this pedal are all surface mount components, so if you're looking to modify one, be sure you get an older model. Older models also had some different parts that many argue were better sounding than the current ones.


The sound of the GCB-95 is that of a typical wah pedal. It sounds like ... a wah. Stock, there is some decent tone suckage going on thanks to the buffered bypass. The most popular mod is to change out the stock switch with a DPDT or 3PDT one and make it true bypass. This mod is a must, IMO. There are also other voicing mods you can do, change out a few resistors for pots, adjust the sweep, add an LED and so on.


Those looking for a first wah, you're probably better off looking at the 535Q or one of the newer ones. This particular wah is starting to get a bit dated. However, if you find a non-surface mount component one and aren't afraid of modding, you can voice this mod to be more versatile than any of the boutique wahs out there. It'll sound just as good, or better, than some of the more expensive ones out there if you take your time to experiment with component values.

soccerplayer25's review

Dunlop GCB95 Cry Baby
The Dunlop GCB-95 Cry Baby is standard wah-wah pedal made by the masters of the wah - Dunlop. There are 1/4'' inputs and outputs and it is not a rackable effect.


Like most pedals, this was really easy to get going. I simply plugged my guitar into the input and sent the output to an amp. The effect is a standard wah/filter sound and while this model could have a greater sweep range, it definitely gets the job done. I have never seen the model because I bought it used.


The effect with this Dunlop is very realistic and usable as a wah sound. I used it with guitar mostly, but it would certainly work with bass, keys, or any other instrument you could plug this into. While it isn't a versatile pedal, it does exactly what it advertises - gives you a good sounding wah-wah at a reasonable price.


I've had mine for about 6 years now and although I don't use it all the time, it is my only wah-wah pedal and use it whenever I want the effect. It is real basic to use and has an on/off switch to toggle with when you press down the front of the pedal with your toes. I've used some other Dunlop models and Vox models and while I like some of the other wah-wah pedals better, for the price I really can't complain. It gives you a nice sounding wah for a fraction of the price of some of the more expensive models.
MGR/captain espresso03/15/2004

MGR/captain espresso's review"Jim Dunlop Original Crybaby"

Dunlop GCB95 Cry Baby
i got this from music scene in mansfield for £80. sweet

well its a wah, which is good. it takes a little practise to be able to tilt the wah at the right tempo to the song or music your playing but it sounds sweet

nothing except it eats batteries like a fat man at a pie fest.

its solid construction makes it hardly impossible to break. throw it off a cliff, let your dog pee on it, fire a nuclear bomb at it. its still fine.

sweet. although it looses volume when put through an fx loop without controlable gain, get a boost pedal and your a-okay. so pretty much, it kicks ass.

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MGR/Anonymous's review"Jim Dunlop Original Crybaby"

Dunlop GCB95 Cry Baby
uhh guitar center for $70

the whole wah thing is awsome but i wuz on a tight budget so i didn't get the vox. uhh it sounds badass with distortion, and if ur solo's sound shitty well then get this baby and it'll be sounding awsome

uhh inside there was this silly lube, but that's probably lubricant, and sum fags complain u hav to stomp to hard, well if dunlop makes it that u hav to stomp easy then it'll always be turning on and off

it's badass but i think after time it'll break like my frineds......

dope pedal good for the money, but i wish it had sum other sound

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MGR/Kevin Kelly09/15/2002

MGR/Kevin Kelly's review"Dunlop Original Cry Baby Wah"

Dunlop GCB95 Cry Baby
I purchased this unit from a local Mars Music for $69.99.

This unit has a good sound. The construction is top notch, and it feels nice. The wah effect is awsome for a funky rythem sound clean, and is not to bad for solos overdriven. I also like the range this unit gets.

Well,uh, er, I guess the range could be a little bigger, but that is about it.

Its built like a tank, you'd prolly have a hard time breaking it. Plus it comes with a nice warranty.

Lemme wrap it up by stating what other people said to trash the pedal.

"I hate having to press the expression pedal down so hard all the time to turn it on."

Jeese its not that hard, maybe Kurt Kobain would have a hard time, but comon.....

"The signal will also stop sometimes also when passing through"

If that happens send it in and they'll fix it, but it has never happened to me.

"This unit is also heavy for a pedal this size."


"Wah effect is quite bland"

To me it sounds fine, throw on a compressor,boost the bass and you'll be slammin funk or blues, I mean you gotta just work with it and you'll eventually find the right settings...

"it goes from bassey to trebley too quick when switched"

Then slow your foot, it has a moderatley bigger range than a VOX or something, you just gotta get used to it.

I gave it a 4 because I know there is something better out there but this unit it #1 for any wah under $150. (Roger Moore Vision Wah $400, that thing sounds so friggin awsome)

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MGR/Dan's review"Dunlop GCB95 Original Cry Baby"

Dunlop GCB95 Cry Baby
I didnt Buy this petal im borrowing from someone.

I like The range in sound,Its easy to use and fun to play around with.

Really hard to press the petal,seems the bottom isnt all that strong,and the hole with that little belt is to opened,it collectes lint and dust and crud.

well it isnt mine and id only hade it a week,its an old petal so its falling apart a little but all in all i think its sturdy.

Well im not the biggist Cry baby petal but i give it a 3 1/2 or 4 because its a good petal.

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MGR/John Miller01/10/2002

MGR/John Miller's review"Dunlop Original Cry Baby"

Dunlop GCB95 Cry Baby
Helo everyone at Music Gear Review,

I know this is an ancient product by todays standardsgoing back to Jimi and the boys, but merits revisiting for new comers or old guys going back to their roots. The Dunlop Cry Baby Wah peddle was sold to me by my local guitar shop as I wanted a straight peddle to give me a Steveie Ray Vaughan sound for uder 130.00$. He immediatley got me the Cry Baby.I bought it based on its reputation and the fact that its been around for so long with very little modifications.

easy to operate and get the hang of in very little time, the battery lasts a long time, the WAh effect is exactly what it claims to give you.

The range of movement through the peddle is limited and not as wide as I had hope. There is quite a bit of noise and at a high volume, depending on your amp, you would probably require some type of noise reduction or filter.

Solid, heavy duty construction, built to last and to be used on the road.

A must addition to a guitarists arsenal of toys in order to play over the edge stuff from classic Stevie Ray and Jimi to Alice and Chains and most of todays heavier stuff.A peddle that will probably never go out of style and one you will find in most gear lists of the most well known guitar players.

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ENG152's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A good little wah!"

Dunlop GCB95 Cry Baby
The DUNLOP GCB 95 is also called "CRYBABY Classic". This is the basic frame of almost all the models in which DUNLOP is also often found a PCB stamped "95 CRY BABY GCB."
Mine was a "Revision H" 2006 RED FASEL comprising an inductor, as all present GCB 95.

This may seem surprising for a lot of people. yet it is a verifiable fact on the site of DUNLOP and photos of my model I join this opinion.

The pedal comes in a red and white box that can be read two or three messages praising the qualities of this model presented as the mother of all CRYBABY. There is a short manual, and DUNLOP basta catalog.

Devoid of all refinements of other more expensive models profitants a range effect finely tuned by JIM DUNLOP we shall see that it definitely has nothing to be ashamed of the comparison.

The build quality is decent, the pedal is heavy and we feel that the machine is built for the rigors and last stage. No True Bypass here, just an input and an output guitar, and a jack for AC adapter. The beast can run on 9 volt battery whose location is accessible via a hatch located under the plastic pedal. The hardness of the balance is not adjustable, the race is long enough. It has a great feeling and it is easy to find the "sweet spot". The switch is conveniently dosed and not too likely to trigger or inadvertently disengage the pedal.

The overall impression is very good.


Cry baby has no settings, the trick is knowing where to place it in the effects chain. Note that the absence of True Bypass makes "FUZZ Friendly".

In my case, I have always placed on top of all my stuff there before the FUZZ. I've never used in a loop effect although apparently it happen. The manual is clear, at the same time it was not much to say.


The sound of the GCB 95 is very good, although angry: it is part of wah a little dirty and is packed with character. Perhaps it is this due to the RED FASEL? Sweep is interesting rather long. He used to go low enough for serious and go very high in the treble. Therefore it is ideal for those who are fond of notes screaming.

In his clear, it is not all bad, we had to get these beautiful sounds of singing and vocal characteristics of the 70s, their prosecution of cops and their porn with soundtracks.

With distortion it shines much more from me. I find it even more explosive ...

A Cry Baby versatile and sounds great ...


The lack of true bypass interfere more or less guitarists. For me, the sound loss is sensitive when the GCB 95 is in my effect chain. Disabled, the loss of momentum seems very noticeable, the sound of my guitar is altered which is slightly destabilizing. Now I know many guitarist does not mind at all: we are all more or less hypochondriac after all, right?

Besides some Joe B. has a cry baby in his name on which to disable the True Bypass because he prefers it without ...


I kept this pedal for a little over a year. I enjoyed and I'm used to whenever I need a wah. Unfortunately I could not leave it plugged all the time, its presence is not neutral. I replaced it with a Vox V846 Handwired that satisfies me. But I have fond memories and I can only advise to anyone wishing to provide effective wah, with a very good sound at a reasonable price. For me its performance make it an excellent alternative to the almost entire range CRYBABY often two to three times more expensive and do not offer much more concretely. His only fault is to me the tendency to be a little "Tone Sucker" not respecting the original signal.

I have attached two photos of this opinion of mine, seen from the outside and from the inside with the famous RED FASEL.

ricou8312's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A classic"

Dunlop GCB95 Cry Baby
A legendary wha, indestructible.
Crude foundry fuss-mail.


Use could not be more simple, no need to book.


Personal j.adore me sound this pedal is on there must be better, but it suits me fine.


I've had a hell pays!!
The only thing I changed is the way to true bypass, only fault I could blame him.
The manipulation is super simple.
This is a legendary pedal worth.