very cool CryBaby mod

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  1. john b

    john b Supporting Member

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    I picked up a stock CryBaby from a fellow TGP'r recently. As most of us know, they pretty much suck - shrill high end, muddy low end, very little sweep. Because they're not true bypass, they kill tone when off.

    I began thinking about getting it modded and checked out many of the options, some by our fine brethren here. I ended up going with a guy I found on the 'bay whose store is called Pedal Hackers Tone Center.

    Mike did a great job modding the wah. His site is a little vague about what exactly he's up to, just noting more gain, greater sweep, a more vocal wah, mid and bass boost. He also adds a true bypass switch and a blue LED. I sent along a yellow Fasel for him to put in.

    The CryBaby came back a completely different beast. Gone was all that was wrong with it and, in it's place, is a really smooth, vocal, wide ranging wah sound. The tone is very natural. It has some bite on the top end but isn't shrill. The mids are full and the heel end is huge and solid without sounding muffled. I'm finding that there are many cool and useable sounds within the sweep itself without even rocking the pedal. I checked out the inside and noticed that most of the components had been changed and the work was very clean. The turn-around time was a little over a week and Mike was very good to deal with. I had a Fulltone Clyde in the past and this modded CryBaby hangs with it no problem.

    Best part: $50/shipped! Very reasonable for the quality of work done here. He seems to specialize in modding Boss pedals by looking at his store on eBay. Definitely worth checking out and his prices are great.
     
  2. Janglin_Jack

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    Yeah. I found a bunch of stuff on the web and modded my own GCB-95. Changed the Bass, Q, Volume, Sweep, etc. Made it True Bypass, added an LED and added a stack of dimes inductor. It sounded killer. I got the wah for free and maybe spent $20 on parts.

    That said, I finally pulled the trigger on a Teese Picture Wah. I get it on Monday.

    Jack
     
  3. Axekisser

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    I did the same mods on my Crybaby and added a switch under the tredle to choose either a stak-o-dimes or red fasel inductor. I can't imagine another wah sounding as good!
     
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    Mdd59 - what kind of switch did you use and how did you do it? That sounds cool being able to switch inductors.

    The Pedalhacker site sells kits for DYI. I just didn't have the time or skill to pull the mod off myself.
     
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    got a sound clip?
     
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    Sorry, can't do clips, technically challenged! Tried to describe it best I could.
     
  7. Axekisser

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    john b,

    I bought a SPDT mini switch at Radio Shack and drilled out the hole just under the toe end ( next to the switch). Kind of tight, and you have to make sure the treadle doesn't hit it. You could also put it on the side.

    I then put both inductors on a piece of perfboard. I floated a lead from one of the existing holes on the PC board to the common (middle) spot on the switch. The remaining two of the switch spots went to (one) each of the free pins on the inductors (to select which one to use). Lastly, the remaining free ends of the inductors were tied together on the perfboard with an added wire going to the remaining hole on the PC board. Works great.

    I prefer the SOD inductor most of the time but the Fasel works great/better with some pedals.
     

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