Dunlop Reproduces the First Wah Pedal
Dunlop introduces the Clyde McCoy Cry Baby CM95, a modern reproduction of the first wah wah ever made.
Dunlop Cry Baby Wah
This pedal is described as a modernized classic, featuring the same throaty voicing and sweep of the original while utilizing modern production methods for improved reliability and consistency.
It's quite surprising to know that the first production wah wah pedal ever built had the signature of a jazz trumpeter! The pedal was named after the famous American trumpeter because the effect somewhat resembled McCoy's "wah wah" trumpet mute technique. To this day the wah pedal continues to be an important tool used by many players, and is a staple in every guitar rig - be it virtual or analog.
Dunlop shared the a quick story behind this remake: " Years ago, we inherited the original tooling and machinery used to design and manufacture the first Clyde McCoy pedals from the Thomas Organ Company and Jen Electronica. Combining these resources with our own 30+ years of experience developing and manufacturing wah wahs allowed us to create the most fitting tribute to the original Clyde McCoy Wah Wah."
To get the same vocal quality of the original pedal, Dunlop mimicked the special component called "Halo" inductor, as used by the Thomas Organ Company and Jen Electronica. However, the original halo had some problems because it introduces unwanted microphonic noise to the signal. Dunlop's team were able to solve this problem by updating the Halo design with a stabilized cup core. The new Dunlop H101 Halo Inductor is said to carry the unique "throaty" sound of the original Clyde McCoy while minimizing noise.
Everything else about the CM95 Clyde McCoy Cry Baby is said to faithful to the original, featuring thru-hole components built into a sturdy housing. To address the typical parts wearing down associated with wah pedals, Dunlop utilized "premium" pot, switch, and jacks.
The Clyde McCoy Cry Baby is expected to retail for around $199. You can head over to Jim Dunlop for further details.
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