• Pros: A Wah pedal with an handy boost for lead playing.
• Cons: The volume boost can be noisy.
• Overall: The classic Crybaby sound now with added versatility.
The original Crybaby was one of the best pedals in the world, so it makes sense that Dunlop built on that success by adapting the original to cater for niche audiences. The 95Q is one of those adaptations incorporating a ‘Q’ control and a volume boost. Whereas the Q control varies the intensity of Wah by altering the bandpass shape, the volume boost can add an extra 15db to your signal – both useful additions to have.
We already know just how good the original Dunlop Crybaby is and all the usual characteristics that made up the trademark sound of the original are still there. Now, of course, you’ve the added tweakability of the added features. So how do they fare?
Well the most obvious advantage with the 95Q is the volume boost. If you use your Wah during lead passages, now you no longer have to hit a separate pedal to give your playing a lift. Having said that, the boost was more obvious when playing clean. Using the boost along with a compression pedal seemed to be more effective for higher gain settings.
As for the Q control, this simply gives you overall control over the Wah tone. With a little bit of playing around, you should find a setting that suits your sound. It’s also worth noting that there’s an auto-off switch too, which means you no longer have to slam the pedal to switch the Wah effect off.
All in all, the 95Q is a clever progression for the Dunlop Crybaby. With a volume boost and more tonal control than ever, the best just got better.