Dunlop Jimi Hendrix Wah Wah

Price Paid: 
$119.00 U.S.

The Dunlop Jimi Hendrix Crybaby is based on the original Thomas Organ Wah Wah design released in 1966. This was the very first Wah Wah pedal and was released under three different names. The Vox V846, The Clyde McCoy and the Crybaby. It's housed identically to the standard Dunlop Crybaby with only the Jimi Hendrix name on the front of the pedal as an identifier.

Ease of Use: 
5 (easy)

The Jimi Hendrix Wah Wah is built to the same level of quality as other Dunlop Wah pedals. That's to say relatively solid for home use but requiring a little attention when taken on the road. Since most of the Dunlop Wah pedals are sold to bedroom guitarists this is generally not an issue. For a pedal in this price range it's a little above the quality you would expect. The primary difference between this pedal and the original Thomas Organ pedal is in it's tonal sweep and Q, (sweet spot). Jimi Hendrix had his tech make a couple of adjustments to the stock pedal to better fit his guitar type and style of play. The tonal sweep is in a lower range than the standard version and tends to create a fuller / less edgy voice when used with a Stratocaster loaded with singles like Jimis. The Q is just the opposite. The normal Thomas Organ Q is set low and gives the Wah a very smooth volume like voicing when you rock it up and down. On the JH version the Q has been slightly moved up to add a stronger sweet spot that features a bit more high end harmonics. These adjustment are tweaks rather than big adjustments. They're noticeable on a Stratocaster or Telecaster, but, really don't register as being different on a humbucker equipped guitar.


The front label, under the Jimi Hendrix name, says "Original Thomas Design" and this is patently false. The tone range is different as is the Q. Also, Dunlop doesn't build their pedals to the same standards of quality as the original models, but, they do manage to keep the price down. Don't expect this pedal to stand up to punishment like the old Vox V846 or Clyde McCoy. If you're looking for a high end accurate reproduction of the original Thomas Organ model I'd suggest the Fulltone Clyde Standard. If you're just shooting for the Jimi Hendrix tone in a relatively inexpensive pedal that will do just fine in a bedroom setting or over at a friends house then the Dunlop JH will easily fulfill your needs.

Sound Quality: 
Customer Support: 

I've never bothered.


As earlier stated, Dunlop does not build Wah Wahs you could drop off a cliff. I've had to do a little work now and then to keep this lady going. Then again, I've owned her for over ten years.

Overall Rating: 
Average: 3 (1 vote)