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Dunlop SW-95 Cry Baby Slash Wah Pedal   

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Like the guitarist himself, the Dunlop SW-95 Slash Wah is revolutionary and a classic at the same time. It sports a hot rod, metallic-red finish and ...Read More

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Two pedals in one!

Like the guitarist himself, the Dunlop SW-95 Slash Wah is revolutionary and a classic at the same time. It sports a hot rod, metallic-red finish and a cutting edge, high gain circuit for a different and distinct sound. It also has a modified Fasel inductor for sweet, singing top end and upper midrange bite and sparkle on the wah. 18V operation yields tons of extra headroom. LED indicators for distortion on/off and wah on/off modes keep you clued in at all times. Top hat not included.

FEATURES
  • High gain distortion circuit
  • Fasel inductor circuitry tuned to Slash's specs
  • 18V operation

Want to get your wah on like Slash? This is the ONLY one! Order today!

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DunlopSW-95 Cry Baby Slash Wah Pedal
 
4.3

(based on 67 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (40)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (3)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (4)
  • Home studio (3)
  • Professional recording (3)
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    • Experienced (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Wah not?

The SW-95 has been my wah of choice for more than five years and is a great addition to anyone's set-up. Even though it's geared more towards aggressive playing styles, it still maintains...Read complete review

The SW-95 has been my wah of choice for more than five years and is a great addition to anyone's set-up. Even though it's geared more towards aggressive playing styles, it still maintains a high level of versatility for most genres and tones.

While the wah tone isn't as smooth as say, the KH-95, it's niche is that is has more bite and cuts through the mix better than many of the wahs on the market without sounding thin or nasally.

The most common complaint that I've read is that the distortion channel can't be used unless the wah is engaged. This isn't a stand-alone distortion pedal. The distortion setting produces great tones, and is the more underrated feature of this pedal. When used with a clean tone, the distortion setting favors the wah more, so it sounds like a wah being used in front of a distortion pedal. When used with an amp's distortion or an OD pedal, this channel can serve as a great boost. Players will need to dial back the volume and gain of the pedal, but that goes without saying.

The pedal is very durable. In the time that I've owned it, I haven't had to repair it once. The battery life is surprisingly long, despite it requiring two 9 volt batteries. The LED lights indicating when the wah/distortion are engaged is also a great feature. I can't recommend this pedal enough.

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Decent, but not exact.

I had gotten this wah a few years ago before I had the gear knowledge that I did now. It is a fun addition to the pedalboard and certainly has had its uses. It...Read complete review

I had gotten this wah a few years ago before I had the gear knowledge that I did now. It is a fun addition to the pedalboard and certainly has had its uses. It has a pretty decent range which allows me to give some nice sweepable swells.

The downside is that the distortion has been completely useless with any amps i have owned (vox valvetronix, marshall mg100hdfx, bugera v22, and my current Engl Powerball 2). It also has a pretty audible pop when you engage and disengage the pedal. Not terrible, but for the price you should check out a few other options.

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5.0

Slash Wah is the GCB95F with add-ons

By I Just Wanna Rock

from sconsin

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality

Cons

  • extra unneeded features

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Dunlop SW-95 Cry Baby Slash Wah Pedal:

Just a follow up to my recent review of this pedal: The text on the underside of this wah says it is the Crybaby Classic with the addition of a distortion circuit. An article in the October 2015 issue of Guitar World magazine confirms that the SW-95 Slash signature Crybaby is really just the GCB95F Crybaby Classic with the addition of the distortion circuit, candy apple red paint, and LEDs. It was not specially revoiced or anything. It uses the same Fasel inductor, same wah circuit. The wah circuit is the same as in the GCB95F.
If you can live without those extras (the LEDs sure are handy but I'm not impressed with the distortion and no one who listens to my songs on soundcloud cares that my wah pedal is candy apple red), then you can save a pile of money by just buying the GCB95F.

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5.0

Very musical, very versatile

By I Just Wanna Rock

from sconsin

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Great Tone
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Distortion Effect
  • Needs 18V adapter

Best Uses

  • Home Studio
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Dunlop SW-95 Cry Baby Slash Wah Pedal:

The wah has a very musical tone, vocal sounding enough for rock and blues lead playing, but the sweep goes high enough to be useful for funk rhythm playing or reggae skanking. It doesn't seem to get nasal or shrill when in the full toe down position. Sounds good playing rock lead solos as well as the theme from Shaft.
I really have no use for the built in distortion. I tried it and was not impressed. According to the Jim Dunlop web site, it comes before the wah in the signal chain. What were they thinking?
And if it sounded like one of the great classic distortion tones, fat, muscular and full of character and sustain, that would be one thing. But it sounds like a generic, buzzy sounding distortion.
The Dunlop demo video claims it's a very complex circuit. I feel bad for them having put a lot of work into it.
One possible use for it is keeping the gain level low and using it to just add a little extra gain and sustain.
Or keep the gain down as low as possible and turn the level up and use the distortion circuit as a boost that kicks in when you kick in the wah.

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3.0

Decent, but not exact.

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By CJB2293

from Duncannon, PA

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Pros

  • Responsive
  • Sweep Sounds
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Poor Sound Quality
  • Useless Distortion

Best Uses

  • Practice

Comments about Dunlop SW-95 Cry Baby Slash Wah Pedal:

I had gotten this wah a few years ago before I had the gear knowledge that I did now. It is a fun addition to the pedalboard and certainly has had its uses. It has a pretty decent range which allows me to give some nice sweepable swells.

The downside is that the distortion has been completely useless with any amps i have owned (vox valvetronix, marshall mg100hdfx, bugera v22, and my current Engl Powerball 2). It also has a pretty audible pop when you engage and disengage the pedal. Not terrible, but for the price you should check out a few other options.

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1.0

HORRIBLE

By Guitar Nut!

from Calif.

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Good For Nailing 2x4's
  • Nice Color

Cons

  • Feedback
  • Noise
  • Poor Sound Quality
  • Tone Is Terrible

Best Uses

  • Paper weight

Comments about Dunlop SW-95 Cry Baby Slash Wah Pedal:

This pedal was a huge dissapointment! Terrible tone! I play through a Marshal with a PRS Custom and it just produces the worst noise. The feed back doesn't even stop if I turn my volume on my guitar all the way down. HORRIBLE waste of money. I have the Kirk Hammet Wah and that one is GREAT! Sorry for the bad review but people need to know.

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5.0

Good Crunch

By Delektra

from East Providence, RI

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about Dunlop SW-95 Cry Baby Slash Wah Pedal:

    Goes into bypass too easily. Takes a little getting used to. The sounds is great, has a real good crunch. Versatile.
    Good value for the money too.

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    5.0

    Wah not?

    By Matt W.

    from Poplar Bluff, MO

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Dunlop SW-95 Cry Baby Slash Wah Pedal:

      The SW-95 has been my wah of choice for more than five years and is a great addition to anyone's set-up. Even though it's geared more towards aggressive playing styles, it still maintains a high level of versatility for most genres and tones.

      While the wah tone isn't as smooth as say, the KH-95, it's niche is that is has more bite and cuts through the mix better than many of the wahs on the market without sounding thin or nasally.

      The most common complaint that I've read is that the distortion channel can't be used unless the wah is engaged. This isn't a stand-alone distortion pedal. The distortion setting produces great tones, and is the more underrated feature of this pedal. When used with a clean tone, the distortion setting favors the wah more, so it sounds like a wah being used in front of a distortion pedal. When used with an amp's distortion or an OD pedal, this channel can serve as a great boost. Players will need to dial back the volume and gain of the pedal, but that goes without saying.

      The pedal is very durable. In the time that I've owned it, I haven't had to repair it once. The battery life is surprisingly long, despite it requiring two 9 volt batteries. The LED lights indicating when the wah/distortion are engaged is also a great feature. I can't recommend this pedal enough.

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      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Dual Mode Wah in Red from Dunlop

      Comments about Dunlop SW-95 Cry Baby Slash Wah Pedal:

      Buy if you really want a beautiful bright Red Wah Wah Pedal with a distortion circuit if you need to reduce the effects you carry around. More for beginners who are discovering their tone and sound, not the holy grail of making you sound like SLASH - which it won't. Dunlop quality will give you confidence that the Pedal will always be there for you.
      Dual Mode Wah Wah with Distortion switch great for beginners who want both effects in one pedal and hope that plugging this pedal in will give you that SLASH sound. Buy the AC Power and save on the Dual 9V Power requirement that will eat up your battery budget.
      Like all Dunlop Wah's the construction is heavy duty quality, nice weight to foot action and smooth sweep. The Distortion activation switch is a small button top located on the lower right side that turn on with your foot. I hope it holds up under constant use.
      The Distortion sound is OK but not much variation in tone and complexity. There are many other Dual Mode Wah Pedals to consider with better OD/Distortion Circuits for a few extra dollars.

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      (2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Guitar Pedal/Slash

      By Julie Collazo

      from Bronx New York

      Comments about Dunlop SW-95 Cry Baby Slash Wah Pedal:

      I bought the guitar pedal for my son for christmas. I paid extra for two day shipping and I received the pedal late it took three days. The pedal stop working in about four days. I wrote to customer service and havent received a response yet.
      so-so features
      quality slightly fair
      so-so value

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      3.0

      Little disappointed

      By Colin Tume

      from Australia

      Comments about Dunlop SW-95 Cry Baby Slash Wah Pedal:

      I can only give it a six as whole unit it only lives up to 50% of what its supposed to do. Yes on a 4x12 cab it may not sound so high gain but on anything smaller it sounds like crap as a distortion pedal.
      I have had the pedal for about three weeks now and practiced about 4 hours a day with it maybe a little less.

      I love the wah but the distortion to me sounds like a cheap knock off pedal. Its great for the 5 watt long ditance mic sound like green day start some songs with. But as a distortion pedal meh. Plus you have to have the Wah engaged to operate it. Why cant it be a standard distortion pedal. Its ok a boost but my Keeley Katana kills it as far as a clean or slightly over driven boost.

      The 18v is a bit of a kicker as well. maybe if they ran two 9v inputs into it would make more sense for those of us who dont want to buy a whole new power pack.

      Yeah for the price Im regretting it. I should have gone with a standard wah.
      Ive tried it on my three amps A MESA TA-15 a TA-30 and a HRD 2 all of them it will feedback if the gain is turned on at the amp. Any one who says otherwise is loving the feedback this distortion is giving.

      I have a TC Dark Matter that adds depth and warmth to the sound not such a tinny high high gain as the Slash. Ill just use it as a Wah

      I liek that the battery compartment in on top. I dont like that the feet dont come off with out the screws and then the screws are too long to go in flat. sucks trying to put it on my pedal board. I play proffesionally around the world in different settings I'd prefer it to suit all those settings and not just huge triple and dual rectifiers.
      It is pretty good as far as quality
      Cos the distortion is basically useless. I have to say the quality is meh not good

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      5.0

      Amazing Wah Pedal

      Comments about Dunlop SW-95 Cry Baby Slash Wah Pedal:

      First off every video and almost every review I have seen/read has knocked this pedal. I seriously dont see what the fuss is about the wah sounds increadible and it even sounds better with the distortion. This pedal doesnt hiss although that may be because I have a noise suppressor in my rig, but the knobs on the side and very durable and quick to get to in a live situation. I run this bad boy with the distortion on all the time as a boost, and in my band when we play Sweet Child O Mine I use the distortion during the wah part of the solo. Its not muddy and it doesnt color the tone of the wah and you must try the pedal on your lead channel during sound check to find the sweet spot for the knobs (gain and Volume). Due to different acoustics and where you are playing at depends on how much gain you should dial up. Great pedal overall no complaints and its built like a tank love this pedal would recomend it to anyone!!!!!!!!!!!

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