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The Dunlop Cry Baby is a popular wah-wah pedal
A wah-wah pedal is a type of guitar effects pedal that alters the tone of the signal to create a distinctive effect, mimicking the human voice...
, manufactured by Dunlop Manufacturing, Inc. It is the best selling guitar pedal of all time. The name Cry Baby was from the original pedal from which it was copied, the Thomas Organ/Vox Cry Baby wah-wah. Thomas Organ/Vox failed to register the name as a trademark, leaving it open for Dunlop. More recently, Dunlop manufactured the Vox pedals under licence, although this is no longer the case.
The said wah-wah effect was originally intended to imitate the supposed crying tone that a muted trumpet
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produced, but became an expressive tool in its own way. It was, and is, utilised when a guitarist is soloing, or being used to create a "wacka-wacka" funk styled rhythm.
There are many different models of the Cry Baby manufactured by Dunlop Manufacturing, Inc, most are listed below:
- GCB-95 - Also known as the "Cry Baby Original". Typically the lowest priced model.
- GCB-95F Classic - A Cry Baby with a Fasel (classic Italian-made) inductor
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and a Hot Potz 100K Ohm potentiometer. This model also features true hardwire bypass.
- 95Q - A Switchless Cry Baby with a Q control (which varies the intensity of the wah effect), a volume boost, and the auto-return function.
- 535Q - Features tone shifting abilities using the Q control, six different wah ranges, a volume boost, and can also be used as sustain
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- JH-1 Jimi Hendrix Signature - The Jimi Hendrix
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Signature Cry Baby is an original 1960s design to sound like Hendrix. Its circuitry is nearly identical to the GCB-95.
- JH-1FW Jimi Hendrix Fuzz Wah - A combination of the Jimi Hendrix Signature Wah and the Jimi Hendrix Fuzz. It can be used as a Wah Pedal, a Fuzz Pedal, or both at the same time.
- DB-01 Dimebag Signature - Dimebag Darrell
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's Signature Cry Baby. Based on the 535Q, as he used one prior.
- EW-95V Mister Cry Baby Super Volume - A Cry Baby that doubles as a wah pedal and a volume boosting pedal. It can provide a volume boost of up to 16 decibels.
- ZW-45 Zakk Wylde Signature - Zakk Wylde
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's Signature Cry Baby.
- 105Q Bass - A Cry Baby for bass guitar
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s that only affects the mid and high frequencies, and features Q and Volume controls.
- SW-95 Slash Signature - Slash
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's Signature Cry Baby with an added heavy distortion booster.
- Limited Edition (1999) Purple, White, Red or Hammertone Gray
- EVH Signature - Eddie Van Halen
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's Signature Cry Baby.
- KH-95 Kirk Hammett Signature- Kirk Hammett
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's new Cry Baby.
- JC-95 Jerry Cantrell Signature- Jerry Cantrell
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's signature Cry Baby.
With the exception of the GCB95F and most of the artist signature wah's, many of the newer Cry Baby models use a single-pole switch
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instead of true-bypass; using single-pole switching instead of true-bypass adds significant impedance, which can affect the tone.