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GCB95 Cry Baby, Wah Wah/Auto Wah/Filtro Chitarra from Dunlop.


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Dunlop GCB95 Cry Baby tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer:Dunlop
  • Modello :GCB95 Cry Baby
  • Categoria :Wah Wah/Auto Wah/Filtri per Chitarra
  • Added in our database on:27/06/2006

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Average Score:3.3( 3.3/5 based on 9 reviews )
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Skjold13/08/2012

Recensione di Skjold (content in English)"No introduction needed"

Dunlop GCB95 Cry Baby
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.

UTILIZATION

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.

SOUND QUALITY

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.

OVERALL OPINION

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.
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MountAnDewMe07/08/2012

Recensione di MountAnDewMe (content in English)"The first Crybaby."

Dunlop GCB95 Cry Baby
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.

UTILIZATION

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.

SOUND QUALITY

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.

OVERALL OPINION

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.
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nickname00920/01/2012

Recensione di nickname009 (content in English)

Dunlop GCB95 Cry Baby
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.

UTILIZATION

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..

SOUND QUALITY

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!


OVERALL OPINION

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!
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Hatsubai21/03/2011

Recensione di Hatsubai (content in English)"The standard for all Wahs"

Dunlop GCB95 Cry Baby
Thanks in part to Hendrix and the like from the 60s, it's generally accepted that nearly every guitarist needs a wah pedal on his or her pedalboard. The Dunlop GCB-95 is to wah pedals as the TS808 is to overdrive pedals. Nearly every wah pedal out there is compared to this one, and once you use it, you can understand why. Housed in a nearly nuke-proof enclosure, the GCB-95 features the bare minimum of things you need to get started in your quest for the latest adult film soundtrack.

UTILIZATION

This is one of those pedals that'll withstand any abuse you throw at it. The main problem that ever goes wrong is that the pot goes scratchy/bad. Aside from that, there's not much that can go wrong. The recent revisions of this pedal are all surface mount components, so if you're looking to modify one, be sure you get an older model. Older models also had some different parts that many argue were better sounding than the current ones.

SOUND QUALITY

The sound of the GCB-95 is that of a typical wah pedal. It sounds like ... a wah. Stock, there is some decent tone suckage going on thanks to the buffered bypass. The most popular mod is to change out the stock switch with a DPDT or 3PDT one and make it true bypass. This mod is a must, IMO. There are also other voicing mods you can do, change out a few resistors for pots, adjust the sweep, add an LED and so on.

OVERALL OPINION

Those looking for a first wah, you're probably better off looking at the 535Q or one of the newer ones. This particular wah is starting to get a bit dated. However, if you find a non-surface mount component one and aren't afraid of modding, you can voice this mod to be more versatile than any of the boutique wahs out there. It'll sound just as good, or better, than some of the more expensive ones out there if you take your time to experiment with component values.
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