One of the surprise hits at NAMM 2015 was the new Cry Baby Mini by Dunlop. This compact and affordable pedal is more versatile than any other wah in the same price range, and comes in a smaller size that can fit comfortably in most pedalboards. Here's a look at this new pedal, plus some suggestions on how you could use one...
The Dunlop Cry Baby Mini is roughly half the size of a standard wah pedal. Contrary of what some might think, it actually feels great under your feet and guitarists won't find anything strange about playing it!
This new pedal was smartly designed to fit on anyone's pedalboard, and is also incredibly versatile, with three different wah voices to choose from. As if it wasn't enough, the Cry Baby Mini also features a Fasel inductor for authentic, vintage tone! For those reasons, it was voted Best In Show at NAMM 2015.
Here's a good demo video of the pedal in use:
Now, if you've never owned a wah pedal before, this is your perfect opportunity! And even though wah pedals are often associated with what we could call "funky" guitar playing - think Shaft, or 'Voodoo Child' by Jimi Hendrix - that requires a certain rhythm and skill, many guitarists also use wah pedals in a simple manner, that can yield great results... so here's three cool examples of how you could use your wah pedal:
1) Treble booster for guitar solos
Hear how the wah makes Jimmy Page's solo standout at around 1min 41secs. The wah serves as a treble booster, but because of the frequency sweep as you move your foot, you'll get a richer more varied sound than if you boosted your solo with an overdrive or booster pedal:
2) Make something simple stand out
Notice how Noel Gallagher uses a wah at the end of this song. The wah is very cool when used with a delay, like in this example - you can just play one or two chords, but because you're moving the wah up and down you're changing the sound of your guitar and making everything sounds fuller... certainly richer and more interesting than if you didn't use the wah. Check the very ending of this song at 5min 40secs:
3) Leave the wah "half-cocked"
If, instead of rhythmically controlling the wah with your foot, you just leave the wah stationed in one position, you get what is called the "half-cocked" wah sound. It can be pretty cool, and one of the best examples is Michael Schenker's lead riff on UFO's 'Electric Phase', starting 20 seconds into the song:
Convinced? Curious? Check the Dunlop Cry Baby Mini Wah product page for more details!
By Ivan Silva