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The Legacy Of The Dunlop Cry Baby Wah-Wah
The Dunlop Cry Baby wah expression pedal is among the most prolific and famous pedals out there. It’s among the top tier of pedals fortunate enough to have changed the way people look at shaping a guitar’s tone as well as a means to express one’s self through the guitar. Since its conception guitarists have found any way they can to make the Cry Baby their own, mending it into any style thinkable, using it to get new feelings from simple techniques like harmonics or vibrato, and we’re here to pay homage to the pedal that started it all with a modest comparison.
The cat’s out of the bag so no sense in waiting any longer. With that I give you the Dunlop Cry Baby comparison.
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Cry Baby Classic
The Cry Baby has easily had one of the largest impacts on how people view the guitar. When you plug into a reverb pedal, for instance, it’s a matter of how much depth you want to add to your signal. Since the Cry Baby’s origin it’s helped define genres it’s been used in. The Cry Baby Classic seeks to make the original models from the 60s available to the masses again while sparing us all those restless nights on eBay while sacrificing all the lunch money we’ve saved up. Thanks to the Fasel inductor that is now possible.
Kirk Hammett Signature
Kirk Hammett certainly has made the wah a staple part of his style. No escaping that little tidbit of information. His signature Cry Baby has been custom tweaked to fit with Hammett’s preferred EQ, volume, and tone settings as well as his style. Love it or hate it, you don’t get one without the other.
Dimebag Darrel Signature
The Dimebag Signature Cry Baby is pretty much loaded up to the back of the teeth with features. From the volume boost to the Q control to tinker the frequency breadth, and the sweep extension controls it comes to battle with versatility on its side. Though you may want to put some neon, glow-in-the-dark paint or something on it. With the camo finish you may have a hard time spotting it in your peddle chain.
Jerry Cantrell Signature
Jerry Cantrell’s use of the Cry Baby is perhaps most famous for his efforts on the Alice in Chains songs “Man in the Box” and “The Rooster”, though those are just the songs that take the top spots on his resume. Thanks to that one thing led to another and now we all have a pedal designed to replicate the thick, warm sound of said songs. Isn’t that just peachy?
The Slash Signature Classic Cry Baby actually isn’t the first signature Cry Baby to have been branded with Slash’s name. His first model featured a built-in distortion control to add more grit to the leads as well as a Fasel inductor. The new model switches up the the components a bit and omits the distortion controls.