Dunlop Cry Baby Wah

Effects Pedal

A wah pedal used by Prince throughout his career. Prince first used a Cry Baby for the 1999 tour. It was used live and in the studio for the Purple Rain album, and probably Around The World In A Day. In 1986, the Colorsound wah became Prince's main wah, although he occasionally used a Cry Baby live. It is likely that he had a Cry Baby on a backup pedalboard. In the late 1990s, Prince switched back to the Dunlop Cry Baby and would use it until 2016. A custom Cry Baby was built for Prince by Dunlop. It had a chrome finish, was wired for stereo and had a boost built into the heel of the pedal.

[On Man O War] I also had my Cry Baby cracked halfway open for that one.
For my guitar, it was a Boss compressor, probably a CS-1, directly into a TC Electronic distortion pedal, into an MXR boost, into a Cry Baby Wah, then my chorus, the brand of which escapes me right now, and then into a volume pedal, all of which fed into a Mesa/Boogie Mark II head on a cab with, I think, a pair of JBL speakers. I was using one of my modified purple Rickenbackers when we recorded it.
I use a Crybaby bass wah, an envelope filter, two octavers that each play an octave up and an octave down, TC’s Polytune and a bass booster. Right now I’m playing stereo through TC Electronic gear, which I’ve been using since 2009. I’m playing their biggest amp, the Blacksmith: I have two of those on stage with a bunch of cabinets.

Used By

  • Prince, Wendy Melvoin
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