• Pros: Switchable inductors for two very different sounds.
• Cons: Could sound a bit bland compared to other pedals.
• Overall: The MC404 is perfectly adequate adaptation of the original Crybaby. Just make sure you try a few others before settling for this one.
Here’s yet another adaptation on the original Crybaby. But with so many mods around, what does the MC404 have to offer the original doesn’t?
Well, as well a boost button, the MC404 features switchable inductors meaning you can change the timbre of the sound quite dramatically from ‘red’ for a warmer sound to ‘yellow’ for a more biting tone. Our preference was for the ‘red’ setting as on ‘yellow’ we found the sound to be a little harsh, but other guitarists may think differently, depending on their set-up. The ‘yellow’ setting certainly wasn’t unusable, but we found the ‘red’ setting to be luxuriously warm and full – ideal for some hard blues or even some grungy metal.
Using the boost, you can kick in a hefty gain when you want it and we found it will easily cut through the thickest of mixes when it comes to soloing. It’s also good to see that MXR has included highly visible LEDs to let you know where you stand when it comes to the current status of the pedal.
All the build quality you’ve come to expect from Dunlop is present here, including a custom designed CTS low noise potentiometer and true bypass, all packaged within Dunlop’s traditional bombproof casing. The MC404 does what it does perfectly adequately, but in an overcrowded pond of big Wah fishes, you can find more versatility and probably better tone for the same money. Make sure you try a few of the competitors first.