1994: Cry Baby 535Q Multi-Wah
The Cry Baby® 535Q Multi-Wah is the Swiss Army Knife of wah pedals. Released in 1994, a time when guitar players were becoming more involved in shaping and personalizing their sound than ever, the 535Q gave players unprecedented control over the most important wah parameters do they could make the Cry Baby sound their own.
The 535Q’s first innovation—the Range Selector control—allows you to select the pedal’s frequency range. Early versions of this pedal provided four frequencies, but two more were added later on. All six ranges are based on the unique tonal characteristics of the best sounding wah pedals we could get our hands on, with input from some of the best guitar players on the planet.
Next, our engineers added the the Variable Q control, which allows you to adjust the 535Q’s response from an extremely sharp quack to a subtle broad bandpass sound.
Finally, the 535Q has a switchable boost that can add up to +18dB with its Volume control. The boost was necessary because, at lower Q settings, there is a reduction in output volume. To compensate, we added a very low-noise Class A op-amp.
Since its release, the 535Q Multi-Wah has become our flagship Cry Baby pedal, and its roster of users has grown since its inception to include a diverse selection of the world’s top musicians, from Soundgarden and Tool to the Allman Brothers and Marcus Miller. If you like always having the option to tweak and adjust your sound, this is the Cry Baby Wah for you.