NAMM 2016: Dunlop Volume (X) Mini and New Cry Babies
Dunlop will be presenting a brand-new assortment of pedals at the NAMM convention in California this year. For smaller pedal boards and guitarists/bass players who like to keep their gear small and lightweight, Dunlop presents the DVP4 Volume (X) Mini and the CBM105Q Cry Baby Mini Bass Wah. Petrucci fans in particular will be happy to see the JP95 Signature Cry Baby Wah.
Big volume, small package
Some of you will probably recognise immediately that the Volume (X) Mini was based on the Volume (X), a.k.a the DVP3, but is half the size and a lot lighter. If you're wondering where the fourth jack connection went, Dunlop didn't remove it, but rather merged two connectors to create a combined aux input instead of separate expression and tuner inputs. You can select the desired function inside the pedal. Just like the familiar and user-friendly DVP3, the DVP4 can be used as a volume pedal via the standard in and output, or as an expression controller with an external effect that's equipped with an expression input.
Compact bass pedal boards for Petrucci fans
For bassists that want to make the most of the wah effects the 105Q Cry Baby Bass Wah has to offer, but want to maintain a compact pedal board, Dunlop has developed the Cry Baby Mini Bass Wah. It's half the size of the 105Q, and has lost some weight too. What hasn't changed are the volume and Q settings, nor the auto-return function that activates the effect as soon as you push down the pedal. An entirely different version of the original Cry Baby is the JP95, which was made in collaboration with Dream Theater's bassist John Petrucci and sound-engineer Richard Chycki. It probably doesn't come as a surprise that John Petrucci is an incredible perfectionist, which really shows when we look at the history of this wah pedal. The JP95 was based on John's own precise Cry Baby Rack Wah settings; after which, the master did some necessary tweaking to end up with a sound that he himself calls “huge and badass like an angry, screaming monster.” With that as a starting point, you can then adjust the settings on the inside of the pedal to suit your own personal playing style.
Keep an eye on the product page for up-to-date information on delivery times and pricing.
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