• Pros: A Wah pedal designed especially for high gain, pinch harmonic fans.
• Cons: The extreme tonal range mightn’t be to everyone’s taste.
• Overall: All the quality you’ve come to expect from Dunlop in a Wah pedal made with a beefed-up sound in mind.
Dunlop’s Zakk Wylde version of the Crybaby looks pretty much the same as the original, aside from the Zakk Wylde branding on the rocker. The big difference is on the inside, where electronics have been modified to deliver improved performance when it comes to higher levels of drive, sustain and that typically beefy sound associated with its namesake.
Apart from that, the Zakk Wylde Crybaby Wah pedal has all the same attributes of the original Crybaby that guitarists all over the world have come to love. It’s built like a tank and will probably last longer than the person playing it.
Where you will notice a big difference from the original Crybaby is in the tonal range. The frequency spectrum is clearly wider on this model, giving a bigger feeling of depth, especially when rocking the pedal slowly from one extreme to the other. This wasn’t always a good thing, especially on lower gain settings. However, the whole point here is to emphasise harmonics during lead breaks and bring out that trademark Zakk Wylde sound. For general playing, you’ll probably need to exercise caution when it comes to the extreme high-end frequencies.
The Zakk Wylde version of Dunlop’s classic Wah is definitely one to try out in the shop first. Some players will be more comfortable with the more natural feel of the original Crybaby.