Stompbox Blog: Dunlop Cry Baby

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Welcome to the guitar effects virtual museum. I have been collecting stompboxes for the past few years and wanted to share some thoughts. I will continually add more pics and opinions. Any comments or suggestions are appreciated. Thanks for looking.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Dunlop Cry Baby

What's interesting about the Wah-Wah pedal is that it's really just and equalizer attached to a rotary dial that allows you to dial in a particular range. If you want bass(heel), mids(mid-way) or treble(toe) you just dial it in with your foot. The unit uses a bandwith filter to achieve it's vowel-like voice. These new devices were very popular with the musicians of the day like Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix. You can see the camera man zoom in on one during Jimi's performance at Berkley college. What would Voodoo Child be without the famous intro or the solo on Dazed and Confused without the Wah-Wah. Frank Zappa use to dial in a particular "sweet-spot" with one and leave it there while he jammed. In the eighties Jim Dunlop was buying up a lot of the rights to devices and kept the unit alive. The Cry Baby is more of a subtle effect compared to other models but has a great mid-range while less treble and bass of it's cousins. It's a solid workhorse of a unit even if it doesn't provide the extreme ranges of it's other contemporaries. For more info please visit


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