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Guitar World Staff Picks: Paul Riario’s Top Five Effect Pedals of 2012

Guitar World Staff Picks: Paul Riario’s Top Five Effect Pedals of 2012

03. Dunlop Joe Bonamassa CryBaby Wah

Every guitarist I know has a wah on his/her pedal board, and you can’t have a top effects list without including this essential effect in it.

The Joe Bonamassa CryBaby Wah ($298.68) is the latest signature wah pedal from Dunlop — which happens to make 10 signature wahs — and this new wah has such a wide and lively sweep that it sounds almost vintage in character.

The Bonamassa wah looks elegant with its shiny copper top (Is it just me to think that all wahs should have this look?) and glossy black body. The wah has a Halo inductor (a “haloed” component that adds the vocal-like quality found in the very desirable vintage VOX Clyde McCoy wahs) and a switch for true-bypass or non-true-bypass operation (Joe likes to set it for non-true bypass to smooth the top end).

The Bonamassa wah is an articulate wah that captures many of the desirable “White Room” and “Tales Of Brave Ulysses” tones most guitar players love from Eric Clapton’s Cream era.

More info: jimdunlop.com

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