He’s one of Japan’s most iconic shredders and plays in a band called Loudness – now Akira Takasaki has an outrageous fuzz-loaded Cry Baby worthy of his reputation

Dunlop Akira Takasaki Cry Baby Fuzz Wah
(Image credit: RICHARD A. BROOKS/AFP/GettyImages / Jim Dunlop)

Dunlop has teamed up with Japanese guitar icon Akira Takasaki for a new Cry Baby wah pedal that features a built-in fuzz circuit.

Takasaki is best known as the guitarist for Japanese heavy metal outfit Loudness, where he has dazzled audiences with his astonishing technical prowess and high-speed picking accuracy for over 40 years. Seriously, check out the time he swung by the Guitar World offices back in 2011. Scary stuff.

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Michael Astley-Brown
Editor-in-Chief, GuitarWorld.com

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of GuitarWorld.com, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism from Cardiff University, and over a decade's experience writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as 20 years of recording and live experience in original and function bands. During his career, he has interviewed the likes of John Frusciante, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Matt Bellamy, Kirk Hammett, Jerry Cantrell, Joe Satriani, Tom DeLonge, Ed O'Brien, Polyphia, Tosin Abasi, Yvette Young and many more. In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.