Dunlop Cry Baby Bass Wah: the most recognizable effects pedal ever made?

Tim Commerford and a pedalboard
(Image credit: Ernie Ball Music Man)

Ask a non-musician to name an effects box and they will probably say ‘wah-wah’; ask a musician to name a wah-wah and they’ll all say ‘Cry Baby’. Made famous initially by the great Jimi Hendrix in the 60s, today the Cry Baby Wah is perhaps the most sold pedal in history. It has become an icon in its own right, as famous in guitar circles as Elvis Presley, Coca-Cola or McDonald’s. 

The bass-voiced 105Q Cry Baby Bass Wah has featured on the pedalboards of Flea, Justin Meldal-Johnsen, Justin Chancellor, Doug Wimbish and Robert Trujillo. Tim Commerford from RATM does a great job of getting his own signature sound with it. Check out Calm Like A Bomb from Rage Against the Machine’s The Battle Of Los Angeles to hear him and the 105Q in action.

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Nick Wells

Nick Wells was the Editor of Bass Guitar magazine from 2009 to 2011, before making strides into the world of Artist Relations with Sheldon Dingwall and Dingwall Guitars. He's also the producer of bass-centric documentaries, Walking the Changes and Beneath the Bassline, as well as Production Manager and Artist Liaison for ScottsBassLessons. In his free time, you'll find him jumping around his bedroom to Kool & The Gang while hammering the life out of his P-Bass.