• Pros: A souped-up version of the Crybaby with unrivalled flexibility.
• Cons: How about a plain silver version, Mr Dunlop?
• Overall: The DB-01 comes with so much extra versatility built in that it can be tricky to settle on your favorite sound, but when you do, you’ll love it.
Thanks to the musical nuances of the likes of Kirk Hammett and Dimebag Darrell, the Wah pedal has become a distinctive sound in metal music. To capitalise on the trend, Dunlop has developed a version of the Crybaby specifically for the metal market, based on the late great Dimebag Darrell’s use of the effect in his work with Pantera.
Although retaining the recognisable Crybaby shape, the DB-01 comes in garish hues of camouflage, which makes it appear perhaps geared towards the amateur market. However, the moment you hit it, you’ll see that’s not the case at all. The tone and range of sweep straight out of the box is simply superb. You would think that, with a frequency range of this size, the pedal could be susceptible to a hissy high end but that’s not the case at all. Through all five selectable frequency ranges for the Wah effect, we found plenty of usable clean, rounded tones. And the kick-in volume boost will definitely appeal to lead guitarists everywhere. In fact, short of its dodgy paintjob, we couldn’t find a single fault in the DB-01.
The Dimebag Crybaby has already garnered a reputation for being a ‘killer’ Wah pedal among metal musicians, and rightly so, when it comes to tone, sound, range and overall flexibility. But don’t let the name and tacky paintjob trick you into believing that this pedal is strictly for metalheads. If you like incorporating Wah into your playing, we bet there’ll be something on the DB-01 for you.