Dunlop GCB95 Cry Baby
Dunlop GCB95 Cry Baby
MGR/Justin 12/24/2003

Dunlop GCB95 Cry Baby : MGR/Justin's user review

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I paid about 65 bucks on this pedal on ebay. It was my first pedal, and I got it because of its legacy (hendrix, clapton, etc.).

When I first got it, the pot was really scratchy, and almost unusable. This didn't suprise me too much, and after a while, I finally plopped down the 30 bucks and got a new pot, and whoa, this thing sounded beautiful. I use a 96 Japanese Strat, that I modified with vintage noiseless pickups, and new bridge. My amp is a Marshall Valvestate 100, and with this wah plugged into its effects loop, I was able to extract more out of the pedal. It literally plays like an extension of your body, its analog setup kicks the crap out of digital wahs. If you play it barefoot, it will respond to you merely flexing your foot. Infact, its so predictable and quick that I don't bother using a chorus pedal, as this sounds liquid enough for my tastes.
The Circuitry is also very easy to work with, its got a simple DC board, and, without having an AC adaptor, i was able to hard wire a randon one I had lying around with the correct voltage and polarity, in about 3 minutes.

Well, along with almost all pedals and juiceboxes, it is a little bit noisy. And the scratchy pot is so common with crybabys that it almost sounds wrong without it. If you are extremely picky about noise in your setup, this thing will annoy you. I'd suggest using a power conditioner and a Boss Noise Reduction pedal, if it bothers you that much.

This thing is built like a tank. I swear that it weighs more than my guitar. You could give this thing to Randy Johnson and have him throw it against a wall with all his strength, and it couldn't hurt it.

Its a classic. If you are the type who plays hard metal, or 80's butt rock, you may want a morley or something, or something with a much more exaggerated sweep. But with some skill, this thing is the perfect thing for that vintage analog sound (use it with a tube amp).

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