Dunlop GCB95 Cry Baby
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Dunlop GCB95 Cry Baby
ENG152 05/05/2014

Dunlop GCB95 Cry Baby : ENG152's user review

«  A good little wah! »
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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.

UTILIZATION

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.

SOUND QUALITY

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 ...

However:

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 ...

OVERALL OPINION

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.