Dunlop Original Cry Baby Wah Pedal Review – Best Wah?

Review of: Dunlop Original Crybaby Wah

Reviewed by: Rating:3.5On June 4, 2013Last modified:September 26, 2016


This is it. One of the classic guitar pedals that started it all. The Dunlop Original Cry Baby Wah Wah Pedal is arguably one the most famous of Dunlop pedals with wah being one of most famous effects of all time. This iteration of the legendary Cry Baby Wah remains true to the orginal Thomas Organ design from 1966. Let’s see how it holds up to the test of time in our Dunlop Original Cry Baby Wah Wah pedal review.

Want to know what a Cry Baby wah pedal sounds like? Go check out Voodoo Child (Slight Return) by Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton’s solo at the end of White Room by Cream. These are just a couple of the famous performances that o

we their existence to the sound of the Cry Baby.


True to Original 1966 Thomas Organ Design

Rugged Metal Chassis

Rubber Grip Pedal

Toe Position On/Off Footswitch

Powered by single 9-volt batter or Dunlop ECB003 AC Power Adapter (sold separately)

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Sound & Performance:

Many different versions of the wah pedal have been released over the years by countless effects pedal designers. And there are over a dozen Dunlop Cry Baby models currently available. But there’s just something about the original Cry Baby wah pedal.

We kept things clean at first going for a clean Strat sound into the clean channels of our testing amps. Shaft-style sounds were aplenty. This is the sound of classic funk.

Clean chord progressions benefit nicely from a rhythmic rocking of the pedal back and forth. This Cry Baby has a warm tone that lends well to jazz stylings in the heel back position. Take it to the toe position for some soulful clean leads.

Kicking in our crunch and lead channels was even more fun. The Dunlop Original Cry Baby loves distortion.

Overdrive & Distortion Test:

Pairing the Cry Baby with a fuzz, overdrive, or distortion pedal in front yields impressive results. I tried the wah with a Boss SD-1 Super Overdrive, a Boss DS-1, a Fulltone OCD, an Electro Harmonix Big Muff Pi, and various fuzz pedals.

The SD-1 and Fulltone OCD were nice. When you stomp the toe down on the Cry Baby and hear that satisfying click of the footswitch, you’ll be in Zakk Wylde territory instantly. Sick leads. While the SD-1 offers a more compressed tone, the OCD seems to retain more dynamics for soft to loud playing.

A Boss DS-1 or similar no-nonsense distortion will take it further (as if that’s even necessary). It’s great how much versatility the Dunlop Original Cry Baby brings. It seems to magnify the dynamics of the overdrive or distortion you put in front.

And of course the Big Muff Pi took things in a different direction, being more fuzz-like in character while still letting the Cry Baby shine with its dynamic filter sweep.

Using a fuzz pedal was the most nostalgic, as Jimi Hendrix-style tones were easy to conjure up. You’ll chop mountains down with this combo.

It’s really hard to get a “bad” sound out of the Dunlop Original Cry Baby Wah Wah which is why it’s one of the most enduring classic pedals. You can get subtle boosts with a proper overdrive setting or get as extreme and modern as you want. And they call this a vintage effect? The Cry Baby does it all.



The Dunlop Original Cry Baby Wah Wah pedal is a great wah to have. There’s a reason why guitarists have been using this pedal for over 50 years. The Original Cry Baby is an all-time classic. Its straight-forward operation and classic sound never go out of style. This is the first effect every guitarist should start with, and it’s probably the last pedal most guitarists would part with. Instead of getting lost in the sea of Wah pedals, most guitarists would do well to start here. Try the Original Cry Baby. You’ll be hooked for life. It just might be the best wah you’ll ever use. It’s certainly the best wah in its price range.

That concludes our Dunlop Original Cry Baby Wah Wah Pedal Review. Thanks for reading.

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  1. Balky

    February 13, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    I don’t know where you got the info that the dunlop crybaby is completely true to the original Thomas Organ design…

    It most definitely is not. The Dunlop Cry Baby sounds like turds compared to a real vintage unit.

    The Dunlop has an whole buffer circuit tacked on to the wah circuit. And it sounds crappy…

    Replace the inductor, the pot and mod the circuit (removing the buffer) and you’ll have a nice sounding wah. …or you could just buy a Fulltone or a Real McCoy…

  2. Dan Bolz

    October 14, 2013 at 3:53 am

    Cool effect. Sounds good! I need a new wah.

    Gimme gimme gimme! Lol

  3. larry

    September 30, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    i got a decent pedal board. all im lacking is a wah.

  4. Zach Coma

    September 11, 2013 at 3:44 am

    Please compare to (and/or do a review) of a Vox V847. I have said Vox and can’t decide if I should get a Crybaby as well (one can never have too many pedals). I don’t know how tonally different they are.

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