Cry Baby® Wah Wah Info
When people talk about wah-wah pedals, they’re talking about the Cry Baby Wahs. This is the one that created some of the most timeless sounds in rock. The pedal that would eventually become the Cry Baby was first created in 1966 by engineers at the Thomas Organ Company. This new and expressive effect was an instant hit with players like Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton, who have contributed to the Cry Baby Wah’s huge popularity to this day. While other effects have come and gone, the Cry Baby Wah just keeps getting better with age.
The Cry Baby® Wah Wah FAQs
Q: How does the Crybaby GCB-95 operate?
A: By rocking your foot back and forth on the pedal, you can change the effect that the CryBaby wah pedal has on the tone of your instrument instantaneously. Toe down will give you more treble, and heel down will give you more bass. The speed and amount of effect you use depends on your style of playing. When placing the pedal in one position, you will hear a boost in that particular frequency. This boost can be used to add sustain and create feedback of a desired overtone. Listen to the classic recordings of Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton where the CryBaby wah pedal is used extensively. After listening to the sound you will begin to recognize the CryBaby in just about every rock, funk, and blues player’s repertoire. When using a lot of distortion, the effect will not be as prominent. Try setting the pedal in one position. This will help in making artificial harmonics and in controlling the amount of feedback.
Q: What are the differences between the different Wah pedals?
A: To understand the differences between the different wah wah pedals, it’s important to understand how the wah works. The wah wah pedal selects a portion of your sound, filters it and then accentuates it. The rest of the sound is reduced. Technicians refer to this concept as the bandpass filter. When you move the rocker up and down, the rocker turns the potentiometer. The potentiometer accentuates a tiny portion of the sound within the range that has been selected. When you put the toe down, your higher frequencies are accentuated. When you put the heel down, your lower frequencies are accentuated. When the rocker is moved up and down, you move between the lower and higher frequencies within the range you have selected. GCB95 Crybaby Wah Wah When people talk about wah pedals, they’re talking about the Crybaby. This is the one that created some of the most timeless sound in rock. GCB95F Crybaby Classic Wah Wah The GCB-95F comes loaded with the legendary Fasel inductor, which instantly gives you the sound of the classic 60s wahs that are considered the holy grail of wah tone. 535Q Crybaby Multi-Wah The 535Q is the answer to every guitar player’s wah dream. This pedal allows you to select from 6 different frequency range selections, ranging from the high of the Original Crybaby to the low of the Bass Crybaby, and comes loaded with the legendary Fasel inductor. 95Q Crybaby Wah Wah We’ve taken the original Crybaby and added three of our most popular upgrades: the famous “Q” control; Volume boost for up to 15dB of added gain; and our auto return function that automatically engages the effect when you place your foot on the pedal. ZW-45 Zakk Wylde Signature Wah With guts that that have been finely tuned to Zakk’s specs, this wah is specially voiced to deliver extra thick and cutting tones and comes loaded with the legendary Fasel inductor. DB01 Dimebag Signature Wah This might be the most flexible and powerful wah pedal ever. The DB-01 has an extended sweep range with a fine tune knob, 6-way range selector, kick in volume boost, LED indicator and loaded with the legendary Fasel inductor. 105Q Crybaby Bass Wah The 105Q selects a frequency range on the lower end to modify the bass tones that are played with the bass guitar. GCB-80 High Gain Volume Pedal The GCB-80 is the gold standard of volume controllers. Quiet operation and heavy-duty construction combined with a 1 million cycle taper potentiometer give a player the most delicate control ever. EW95V Mister Crybaby Super Volume Wah This wah has both a wah mode, with a wah similar to the Original Crybaby and a boost mode, which offers a 16dB adjustable boost. JH1D Jimi Hendrix Wah Wah (Formerly JH-1 and JH-1B) The JH-1 is an altered GCB95. Legend has it that before Jimi used his Crybaby pedal, he would have his tech alter it so that the frequency range selected would be at a slightly lower-pitch. This pedal has a fatter, more open sound than the GCB95.