The Dunlop Cry Baby Wah pedal is one of those unique pedals that have reached an icon status. Although it is not the first Wah pedal to be built it is certainly the most popular. The Wah pedal was first created in 1966 as the result of amplifier manufacturers the Thomas Organ Company attempting to create a transistorized version of the Vox Super Beatle amplifier. The first Vox Wah pedal featured Trumpet player Clyde McCoy on the bottom plate, as it was felt that the Wah effect allowed guitarists to emulate McCoy’s distinctive Harmon Mute style of playing. Early adopters of the Wah pedal include Jimi Hendrix who used it to great effect on tracks such as "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)”. In addition to adding expressive tones to lead guitar, the Dunlop Cry Baby has also been effectively used by funk guitar players to produce the distinctive "wacka-wacka" guitar sound.
As you can see below, there are many different models of the Cry baby. Signature models include Joe Bonamassa, Slash, Zakk Wylde, Kirk Hammett, Dimebag & Jerry Cantrell editions. Other models include the Dunlop Cry Baby Classic Fasel Inductor Wah Pedal , which, as the name implies, contains the Fasel inductor used in the original Wah pedals. The Dunlop Cry Baby 535Q Multi-Wah Pedal offers a customizable sound and a boost from 0 to +16 db. Bass players can also enjoy Wah sounds with the Dunlop Cry Baby 105Q Bass Wah Pedal which is voiced to apply specifically to bass players.