Choosing The Right Dunlop Cry Baby Wah Wah Pedal

So you’ve spent some time with a standard GCB95 Cry Baby Wah, getting a feel for how its sweep works and how to season up your licks with it. You’re ready to step up your wah game, to branch out and explore different tonal possibilities. Can’t figure out where to begin your search? Worry not! We put this cheat sheet together to help you choose your next Cry Baby Wah. This guide is broken down by musical genre/style. It’s meant to be a general overview and a starting point—your personal tastes and playing style will—and should always be—the deciding factor. Take a look.



Classic Rock

Cry Baby Classic Wah: This wah—equipped with the same Fasel inductor used in the original Italian-made Cry Baby pedals—has a sweet midrange voice that is perfect for old school rock. A classic pedal for classic sounds!


Vintage Hard Rock

Jimi Hendrix Signature Wah: Overall voicing is dark, meaty, and focused. Perfect for gnarly distorted leads.


Modern Hard Rock

535Q Cry Baby Multi-Wah: This is the Swiss Army Knife of wahs. Adjustable Q, selectable heel/toe voicing, output boost—the 535Q is perfect for players who like to tweak and tailor their sound from rig to rig and song to song.


Blues and Blues Rock

Buddy Guy Signature Cry Baby Wah: Smooth, warm, and voiced like a bell.

Clyde McCoy by Cry Baby Wah: This our tribute to the very first wah pedal—super throaty and super expressive thanks to its Halo inductor. Sounds just as great with vintage hard rock as it is with blues and blues rock.



Dimebag Signature Cry Baby Wah: This is actually our most versatile wah pedal—6-position heel/toe voicing selector, adjustable Q, boost level trim, toe down voicing trim, stereo outs. You can sculpt your tone into downright nastiness when using hi gain amps.

Zakk Wylde Signature Cry Baby Wah: Voiced around the lower mids to better complement a down-tuned setup, and it pairs well with high-gain rig.


Wild Cards

MC404 CAE Wah: This wah is great if you want to go back and forth between vintage and modern sounds, which is ideal for those of you who play in cover bands. It has two different Fasel inductors and a great built-in boost.

105Q Cry Baby Bass Wah: This one has the deepest and broadest range. It doesn’t use an inductor like most wahs. Instead, it’s voiced more like a classic envelope filter, which can get very heavy!



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