Crybaby Classic true bypass

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  1. yoni74

    yoni74 Member

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    Hi, people!
    I'm plannig to get a Crybaby Classic (with Fasel inductor). I've read that it's supposed to be true bypass.
    Does anybody know if this is so? And, is this so ever since they started making this model or is there any serial number from which they started being true bypass?
    Thanks in advance!!
     
  2. salvatruco

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    as far as i know, i do not think is a true bypass, but here is a link that shows you how to make it a true bypass http://homepage.ntlworld.com/s.castledine/greenfuz/tb4.html
    :AOK
     
  3. GuiltySpark

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    I haven't taken mine apart, but when I was on the phone with Nathanael from Keeley's shop, he said it was. The only mods they do on that one is to put an LED in or add a 2nd inductor. Already having true bypass and the red Fasel, it is already as good as you are going to get in a production line wah under $100.

    It is really easy to check. Pull the back plate off and count the pins on the footswitch. If there are 6 pins, it is true bypass already. Just to be sure we are talking about the same wah - GCB95F is the model of which I speak.
     
  4. yoni74

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    thanks, mates!
     
  5. 58lespaulman

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    Yes it is True Bypass. I've tested and also asked Keeley about this.

    Shane
     
  6. salvatruco

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    thanks for educating me on this one!!!:AOK
     
  7. sandman

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    It is TB. Andreas/Stinkfoot tested it, so did my tech.
     
  8. RockStarNick

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    I have one. 6 pins on the switch. No LED = True Bypass.

    GREAT wah for under $100. I love mine. Bought a backup just to have it too.

    People knock the Dunlop Crybaby wahs all the time, but seriously, that throaty-uber-deep-extended-vox-pukey sound isn't for everyone. To me, the bottom and top range of all those boutique, extended range wahs are kinda unusable. Too much bass on one end, too much treble on the other.

    I find the sweep on crybabys is easier to use as a stuck wah for a filter sound, and just has a cool, filtery sweep to it that is very musical and useable.

    I like my wah-wah pedals to go "waaaaaah!!!"

    Not "wwwwwwwwwwuuuuuuuuuuuaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaggggggghhhhhhh!!!"
     
  9. FrankieSixxxgun

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    I true bypassed and old, regular Crybaby wah in like 10 minutes using $10 of parts. It's the easiest mod to do ever. The most fun part of the whole operation was using my solder scraper tools to remove that trace on the circuit board.
     
  10. Tone Shop Guitars

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    It is a great way for the money. I know it is not $300 bucks but it sounds better than some I have played. It is not fancy but simple. One of the best bangs for the buck in my opinion.
    Tr
     
  11. sandman

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    +1 :aok
     
  12. Soothsayer

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    Have one on my board, great bargin!
     
  13. jamison162

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    Just because it has a 6-pin switch (called a 3PDT), doesn't necesarrily mean it's True Bypass. The best way to test for True Bypass is to take the battery out and see if it passes a signal. This goes for any pedal really. Disconnect all power sources and the signal should be hard bypassed through the switch. If not, then there is a buffer circuit, active components (op-amp circuit), etc. blocking the signal due to not getting power.
     
  14. sandman

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    No, actually that method doesn't work.

    Crybaby Classic is TB. Andreas/Stinkfoot tested it(google his site, really nice wealth of information) so did my tech when he was replacing the switch.
     
  15. Structo

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    Actually a 3PDT switch has 9 lugs on it.

    The DPDT has 6.

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    This is a DPDT Switch.

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    How so? If it's wired TB via the switch, it needs no power to pass the signal.
     
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    True, I was talking 9 pin, i.e. True Bypass with LED.
     
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    With no battery and the pedal off, the signal still passes through. Try this with a boss pedal, it won't work without power.

    I vote true bypass. I think Clapton uses one of these live...

    dk
     
  19. Structo

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    I just got the Classic.

    It is true bypass. It passes the signal with no power applied.

    I find the sweep range kind of weird on it. There is a point in the middle of the foot pedal sweep that a smidgen one way is the bass wah and smidgen forward it's into the treble wah.

    I wish there was a way to make the change more gradual....

    Unfortunately I looked all this stuff up after I bought the pedal....

    The GCB-95 pedal is the one that is modifiable. The GCB-95F (Classic) is not because it has a surface mount circuit board....

    You can change the sweep by adjusting where the pot pinion gear engages the rack gear but there doesn't seem to be anything electronic you can do with it.

    But I mainly got the Classic because everybody said the Fasel inductor sounds better like a wah should. It do the Voo Doo pretty good. Who knew?
     
  20. sockeye

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    I thought it always was from day one???

    What happens if you try to run it without power or battery? Does it go from "bypass" to "dead"?
     

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