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Bass Wah vs. Crybaby Wah: The ultimate showdown

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by xianbei, Jan 9, 2003.


  1. xianbei

    xianbei

    Dec 4, 2002
    Vermont
    Could someone (or, maybe more than one) enlighten me on the differences between the ol' Crybaby classic wah, and what a "Bass" wah do?

    I currently only own - and have played through - a Dunlop Crybaby Wah, and Have found it to be a little less than special when it comes to showtime. It's always a little noisy, and there's alway a great big attenuation when it's turned on.

    Wah t's the deal?

    Dave
    The Huntington Project
     
  2. ihixulu

    ihixulu Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2000
    getting warmer
    From the Dunlop site:

    "What are the differences between the different Wah pedals?

    To understand the differences between the different wah wah pedals, it's first important to understand how the wah works. Basically, the wah wah pedal selects a portion of your sound, filtering it and then accentuates it. The wah wah pedal, like all effects, will first select the portion of your sound. The circuitry of the wah pedal selects a slice of the frequency range and accentuates the sounds in that range. The rest of the sound that is not selected is reduced. This concept is known to technicians as the bandpass filter.
    When you move the rocker up and down, the rocker turns the potentiometer. The potentiometer accentuates a tiny portion of the sound within the range that has been selected. When you put the toe down, your higher frequencies are accentuated. When you put the heel down, your lower frequencies are accentuated. When the move the rocker up and down, you move between the lower and higher frequencies within the range you have selected.
    GCB95 Crybaby Wah Wah Pedal
    The GCB95 has the highest-pitched selected frequency range of all our wah pedals. This pedal produces those famous high pitched wahka, wahka sounds
    JH-1 Jimi Hendrix Wah Wah Pedal
    The JH-1 is an altered GCB95. Legend has it that before Jimi used his Crybaby pedal, he would have his tech alter it slightly so that the frequency range selected would be slightly more lower-pitched. This pedal has a fatter, more open sound than the GCB95.
    GCB100 Bass Crybaby Pedal
    The GCB100 selects a frequency range on the lower end to modify the bass tones that are played with the bass guitar."

    Jim Dunlop faq's

    It's amazing what you can find by searching the internet. ;)
     
  3. Haha, good call ihixulu... how are things over there in ole Scituate? ;)
     
  4. ihixulu

    ihixulu Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2000
    getting warmer
    Apart from the flooding, wind, occasional power outages and incessant smell of seaweed.... no problemo!
     
  5. xianbei

    xianbei

    Dec 4, 2002
    Vermont
    ihixulu -

    You wrote of Jimi's technician altering his pedal to have more of an effect on the lower frequencies. Do you have any idea as to how to do such a thing? Does it require the replacement of certain components - or add-ons?
     
  6. ihixulu

    ihixulu Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2000
    getting warmer
    xianbei,

    That was a quote from the Jim Dunlop site, the makers of the Cry Baby wah.

    go to www.jimdunlop.com and see if there is more on the site.

    Good luck!