Dunlop 535Q Cry Baby® Multi-Wah Review
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The Dunlop 535Q Cry Baby® Multi-Wah is a standard Cry Baby Wah on acid. If you think that the Wah Wah was perfected the first time, then think again!
Dunlop has taken the classic Cry Baby® and added a few new features which make the 535Q more versatile.
Traditionally the wah pedal simply had an input, output, power and a treadmill which is rocked back and forth to produce different vowel sounds.
The 535Q Cry Baby Multi-Wah takes this to the next level by adding a controllable boost and two voice selector controls.
Build Quality: 9/10
If you know anything about Dunlop or MXR (brands of the same company), then you’ll know that they build solid pedals, which will survive years of abuse.
It all feels and looks great, from the metal enclosure to the plastic battery door underneath. Plus, the recessed input and out jacks, and power sockets add to the top build quality.
Controls and Features: 8/10
The main control is the rocker on top which controls the effect.
You can tune the wah’s sweep with the 6 position switch, which allows you to voice the wah exactly how you like it. Plus you can further refine the voicing by using the VARIABLE Q knob, which controls the width of the GCB535Q’s bandpass.
The boost function has an impressive 16db of gain and is switched in/out by the red footswitch on the right side of the wah pedal.
The 535Q can be powered in two ways. The first is using the battery compartment, which can be easily accessed via the plastic door on the bottom. Or you can power the pedal using a standard 9 volt DC centre negative power supply.
Tones and Sounds: 8/10
My first wah pedal was a tradition Cry Baby®, which I still have and it’s sound good. However, the 535Q kicks this up a level and that’s why it’s replaced the traditional Cry Baby® on my pedalboard.
Firstly, being able to voice the wah to the guitar or song or situation is really useful. If your guitar is bright, then selecting the 4, 5 or 6 position on the voicing switch will mellow it.
Conversely, if you need cut through then select positions 1, 2 or 3 for a maximum sweep.
You can further tune the sound of the pedal by rotating the VARIABLE Q knob clockwise, which will provide a narrower bandpass and emphasize higher end harmonics. If you move the Q knob counter-clockwise, the wah will have a wider bandpass that emphasizes lower end harmonics.
The 16db gain boost enables you to drive the signal chain harder or to hit the front end of the amp hard, thus driving the amp into natural distortion. And while can’t be used independently, it still provides a useful function.
Overall: Dunlop 535Q Cry Baby® Multi-Wah
The Dunlop 535Q provides a versatile Wah pedal at an affordable price.
The current version on the market is slightly different to the 535Q wah I have. My version 1, has status LEDs for when the pedal is engaged (green) and the boost is on (red). For some reason, the current version doesn’t have these LEDs but instead has the Q knob. I don’t get why you can’t have both features.
If you have the standard Cry Baby® or don’t yet have a Wah, then you need to check out the Dunlop 535Q Cry Baby® Multi-Wah.