“Who doesn’t want their name on one of these beautiful things?”: Gary Clark Jr. discusses his new signature Cry Baby Wah

Dunlop introduced a slew of new effect pedals at summer NAMM 2019, and among them was the sharp-looking Gary Clark Jr. Cry Baby Wah.

Now, Dunlop has shared a video of Clark discussing the signature pedal, which features a lower frequency range and a tighter sweep, the latter ideal for, as Clark puts it, “percussive situations.”

Elsewhere in the video, Clark discusses being introduced to the wah pedal through hearing Jimi Hendrix’s Voodoo Child. “My mind was just blown,” he says.

He also talks about the first time he ever played a wah, as well as acquiring his first Cry Baby.

As for what he likes about the wah?

“To me it’s a lot more vocal than just the electric guitar, straight up,” he says. 

“For example, when I play it on my song When My Train Pulls In, there’s a sense of confusion, angst, sorrow, determination and hope and I think using the wah in certain ways helps to express that sentiment along with the note.”

For more information on the Gary Clark Jr. Cry Baby Wah, which is finished in a custom brushed copper designed to patina over time, head to Dunlop

As Gary himself asks, “Who doesn’t want their name on one of these beautiful things?”

(Image credit: courtesy of Dunlop)

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.