Dunlop Cry Baby GCB65 Custom Badass Wah review

Limited-edition wah offers the best of both with Fasel and Halo inductors

Dunlop Cry Baby GCB65 Custom Badass
(Image: © Future / Olly Curtis)

Guitar World Verdict

Putting the two most popular types of inductors in one pedal is a brilliant idea, making the GCB65 Custom Badass a versatile wah pedal with instant access to two distinct flavours.


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    Smooth and solid treadle action.

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    Two distinct sounds in one pedal.

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    Adjustable frequency ranges.

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    Clear LED on/off indication.


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    Side-mounted kickswitch could compromise the positioning options on your pedalboard.

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Get cornered by a vintage wah pedal aficionado in full anorak mode and you’ll be regaled with the merits of the various types of inductor found in the circuitry, most notably the Halo and Fasel types. 

Working in conjunction with a capacitor to move the cut-off frequency, the inductor exerts its influence on the smoothness of the pedal’s sweep and the character of the filter. 

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Trevor Curwen

Trevor Curwen has played guitar for several decades – he's also mimed it on the UK's Top of the Pops. Much of his working life, though, has been spent behind the mixing desk, during which time he has built up a solid collection of the guitars, amps and pedals needed to cover just about any studio session. He writes pedal reviews for Guitarist and has contributed to Total Guitar, MusicRadar and Future Music among others.