• Pros: Sounds great no matter whatever you throw at it.
• Cons: Eats batteries for breakfast.
• Overall: The original and best still as relevant today as it ever was.
There can be few guitarists who haven’t heard of (or used) the Dunlop Crybaby. When it comes to Wah pedals, it has ruled the roost since the 60s. And deservedly so, even today, few pedals come near to the classic stompbox that Hendrix used to rock the world all those years ago.
What makes the Dunlop’s original Crybaby so special is its ability to sound great no matter how you use it. Funk, rock, blues, metal, the Crybaby performs equally effectively in every musical genre and with all makes of guitar and amp, making it probably one of the most versatile pedals ever. The tonal range just always seems to be just right, regardless of set up, and it’s that natural feel and sound that makes the Crybaby so special among guitar pedals.
For one of the first of its type, it’s quite noiseless too even when using high gain pickups, although this may be a result of component alterations Dunlop has made over the years. Indeed, finding faults in the original Crybaby isn’t easy. If we wanted to nitpick, we’d say that it goes through batteries very quickly, but the solution to that is simple – buy a DC power adapter!
If you’re looking for a Wah pedal, clearly the original Dunlop Crybaby is a good place to start. Few modern pedals come close to that classic Crybaby sound. And that’s why Dunlop’s original remains the best-selling guitar FX pedal ever.