You probably already know what this is and what it does. Should you not know. Jimi Hendrix was the one who really made the Crybaby brand know along with the Wah sound (often referred to as Wah Wah). The GCB95 version was the first of a long line of Wah pedals designed by Dunlop.
The simplicity of the pedal is to be admired. There's an input and an output with some components attached to a pot in between. You also get a foot switch to turn the effect on/off when you need to.
Should you feel the need to point out who invented the plug and play principal, then it has to be Dunlop. You plug in you cords, give it some power and bam - you'r up and running.
However! Getting the right sound out of this kind of effect does take some time and practice. Granted, some require longer then others.
To be honest, I'm not that into the GCB95 version of the Crybaby. To me the sound if it, is simply to harsh and thin. The basic function of the Wah pedal is an EQ low-pass filter changed in real time through the pot on the inside of the housing. The Wah effect is found on many pedal boards throughout the world, but even though they might not all be the same, they all have the same issue. They suck out the tone of your setup. You might want to either give the pedal its own looping system or throw in a buffer after the Wah.
The GCB95 I had (yes, HAD) on my pedal board, sounded like it had a weird range. It was like it would get to the midrange and then go completely mad and go straight to the top range. It didn't fit into my sound at all, so it had to go.
Did I have a bad example of the pedal? I don't know.
It's a legend and the first of it's kind from Dunlop, but that also shows when you play it. It's like they needed to tune in, on how the circuit should be, which took a few generations.
The effect has ben overdone throughout time, but you can't really have a pedal board without it. It can spice up a funky rhythm guitar or give that extra squeal to your heroic guitar solo with the full on distortion blasting at full volume.
Don't just go out and buy the GCB95, because everybody else has one or because it's the "standard Wah" test out a few others and you might find something that's more your style and sound.
This is the first of what seems like an almost endless line of Crybaby effects from Dunlop. Made as simple as can be there is an input for guitar and an output for connecting to your amp. It produces a Wha sound just as the name implies that kind of cycles from the "W" in heel down position to the "a" in toe down position. The only parts are the rocker pedal and the switch under the front of the pedal which turns it on or off.
This is most likely one of the simplest effects to understand but getting it right with your playing will take some practice. This is truly a plug and play pedal because there is nothing to set up or alter. The pedal controls the sound of the filter and honestly can only be learned and mastered through use.
This version of the effect is used on guitars. I'm sure other instruments have made use of it in the past but these days there are ones specifically tailored to the frequency range of lets say a bass for instance. I would see no reason to buy this version for use with anything other than a guitar. This unit will suck some of the sound out of you guitar when not in use and if you are driving a huge pedal board you might want to boost the signal along the line after this unit. When in use there is no denying the signature sound of this effect. Aptly named a Wha-WHa it literally causes that sound to be coupled with your playing. It can be used in rhythm as well as lead playing and when properly applied will add a very desirable emphasis to your playing.
This is the standard wha sound and I do prefer many of the alternate models to this one. It is the tried and true wha so money spent on it is well spent in my opinion. The thing is built like a tank and is capable of kicking the butt of any other pedal in a cage match. The major down sides to this pedal are based in its older design. It turns on it the toe up position and starts in the "a" instead of the "W" portion of the sweep. The button can tend to also add a little "pop" into your sound when hit. The worst however is that the pedal itself could be designed to feel a bit more comfortable if they used an updated design instead of the antiquated pot but I guess it would no longer be original then.
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!
This is a wah pedal. Nothing fancy, just a wah. Very simple. I bought the standard GCB-95 Crybaby. When I got mine, It had a red Fasel, not a Dunlop inductor in it. It has an input, output, and a 9v DC Plug, which is the standard Boss, center negative style.
This is NOT true-bypass, but it is very easy to make it true-bypass.
This is a very simple pedal to use. Plug it in, Turn it on, and rock away. No knobs or switches or sliders here, just click it on and turn into a Voodoo Child.
The manual is very clear about using it.
Nothing more to write here really.
This is where we meet at the crossroads with this pedal. It's a very shrill sounding wah. It benefits greatly from reindexing the pot, which takes 5 minutes and you can easily find out how to do it with a quick Google search. I did mine and it sounded much better. This is a GREAT platform to mod on. A few quick and easy mods can take this to a less than decent wah to a great wah.
Stock, it usually comes with the Dunlop inductor, but for some reason, mine came with the red Fasel inductor. It sounds decent at best. It;s very harsh and shrill, but as I said it can be taken care of with a quick reindex.
It is buffered bypass, and the buffer is NOT a good one. There is noticeable tone suck when using it. The True Bypass mod is very easy to do to it, but requires a new switch. If you're not willing to mod it, you may want to reconsider buying this pedal because stock, it leaves much to be desired.
This thing is VERY Shrill and Harsh stock. It is a great platform for modding, and some people may like it's level of shrillness, but not me. I reindexed the pot and have done a few mods (true bypass and increased the mids) and it sounds like a new pedal. If you're not in to modding, or don't like a shrill, harsh wah, then this is not the pedal for you.
I would have preferred a better buffer than the crap one dunlop threw in this thing. They could have also made it less shrill and throatier stock.
This is an on OK pedal all in all, but again, it's too shrill. It's a great platform for modding, as they can be found used for very cheap, but stock, there's many other great options.