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My pimped CryBaby!

Andy J.

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I'm so happy with how my CryBaby turned out, I have to make a thread about it, sorry...:eek:

I'm not much of a wah user, but I've had my old gcb-95 around for ages for those moments when the urge hits. Last summer I came across Andreas' excellent site for wah mods, and started tinkering on my wah. I wasn't completely satisfied, though, and didn't really like the looks, either.

A month or so back I saw someone on TGP's new Orbiter-modded wah, and was blown away by the racing-stripe cool looks, and knew right then and there that I needed to mod my wah some more, doing something about the looks as well in the process...

Now I'm done modding, and while the paint job could've been cleaner, it looks cool enough, and is a huge step from the old, battered look my wah used to have. The mods include:

True bypass with a PINK:)AOK) led
Red Fasel inductor
Fulltone pot
Input buffer removal
Gain mod (different value input resistor)
Adjustable Q
Adjustable mids
Adjustable gain/bass

I just put the wah back together, noodled away for an hour or so, and I REALLY like the sound now!

Some pics:



 

Andy J.

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Looks cool, was the wah you liked this one?
Sure was, John! AND you've got a pedalboard ( Puma?) in red Tolex with white piping, just like the one I'm building right now... You've sure got the looks department down! :BEER
 

John Hurtt

Gold Supporting Member
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Sure was, John! AND you've got a pedalboard ( Puma?) in red Tolex with white piping, just like the one I'm building right now... You've sure got the looks department down! :BEER
Nah, my Pumaboard is the one below. Big Mike has the cool red Pumaboard. It is cool! I should take a new one with the current stuff on it, I suppose. :messedup

 

Frenster

Put your Rock Face on!
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I also did many of those mods...gain mod, vocal mod, TB mod, removed buffer. I'm lovin' it lots more now!

Still looks like an old CryBaby though...I don't have time to PAINT!
 

Todd Lynch

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Nice job, Andy J - good for you - looks great. I never thought about painting my wah - but I really dig the stripes, etc.
 
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I didn't think that paint and stripes would amount to much on a pedal...

... and boy was I wrong. Those two Wahs look great :)
 

es125luv

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I also did many of those mods...gain mod, vocal mod, TB mod, removed buffer. I'm lovin' it lots more now!

Still looks like an old CryBaby though...I don't have time to PAINT!
I have done these mods to my basic Crybaby, and I must tell you that she can hang with any of the boutique ones now...

Many people are quickly impressed by just these three mods alone.
 

jaywalker

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Now the wirey, soldery, snippy drilly stuff be ok in my toolshed, what about the sandy,painty etc bit???
Did you sand the pedal down and apply 300 coats of paint????
I'm definately gonna do the same thing but have no idea about painting.
Any tips appreciated
 

Andy J.

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Did you sand the pedal down and apply 300 coats of paint????
Yep and no. Sanded it down (which, btw, was a b**ch to do...), applied two layers of white, sanded a bit, two more layers of white, masked the stripes, two layers of red, off with the masking, three layers of clear coat, done!
 
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Here are some painting tips. Don't remember who posted this.I have not tried it yet.


[FONT=verdana, courier new,courier,tahoma,sans-serif]1. Go to a autoparts store and pick up a can of automotive primer,
automotive white for a base coat ( if you are going for a light final
color), a can of what ever color you want in automotive paint, and then a
can of clear enamel paint from any hobby shop.

Automotive paint dries with a dull finish ( it is not flat but like a
semi-gloss finish that is easy to paint )

2. You are going to be putting to many coats of paint on the pedal to save
the graphic so you can take pictures of the graphics before you paint the
pedal and then make you own decals ( this kit can be bought at any local
hobby shop )

3. You do not have to sand the housing unless there are some serious gashes
in it. Wash the pedal and then whip it down with a tacky cloth to remove
any dust particles.

4. Apply the primer and let it sit for a few hours ( it will dry to the
touch in 30 minutes but it is better to be safe then to have a big ass
finger print on your pedal )

5. Apply the white if you are going with a light color final coat ( i.e
yellow, orange, etc ) The white will make the light color pop and not dark
and ugly like the grey will. Let this dry for a few hours as well.

6. Apply your final coat of paint ( by now you will have seen that
automotive paint goes on really nice so you do not have to be george barris
here ) Let this dry for a few hours as well.

7. Now if you made the water slide decals apply them to your pedal and let
dry.

8. At this point you can apply your enamel gloss here ( I would buy the
testors brand at your hobby shop ) Spray this on with nice even coats ( no
more then 2 at a time so you do not get any runs on the finish )

I have been painting for years now so I gar-ron-tee that this will work for
you pal
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Grant Ferstat

Some guy in obscure bands in a far away place...
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I've got a chipped up old Hendrix wah with a dead pot lying around somewhere Andy.

You may have inspired me to resurrect it!
 

paulscape

Member
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Agreed, this is a great idea, i have an old wah thats going to become a frankenwah now thanks to this thread. Cheers
 

aziltz

Member
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has anyone tried textured spray paint? i'm thinking of the kind that adds sandbits and makes things look like stone. would that work going on a clean, already-painted pedal?
 




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