Alice in Chains’ visionary guitarist Jerry
Cantrell made an indelible mark on rock
with his wah-soaked tones, and the new
JC95 ($265 retail/$159 street) is designed
to deliver the darker type of response that
he favors. More than just a revoiced Cry
Baby, however, the JC95 features a housing
with an aged brass finish, an “Alice”-
embossed rubber tread on the rocker, and
a knob on the right side that adjusts the
high-frequency response in the toe down
position. Standard features include a 2.1mm
adapter jack and a hinged door on the bottom
plate for quick battery changes.
The JC95 is a fat-sounding wah with
smooth-sounding highs and a punchy low
end that’s useable even in the full back
position. Being able to control how bright or
dark you want the effect to be when in the
toe-down setting is a real advantage, and the
pot’s range provides just the right amount of
treble attenuation so that even in the full
bright setting the sound has that edge you
need for clean funky riffing but isn’t so slicing
when the rocker is pressed down that it
feels like an icepick in your ear. Dial the control
back a bit and the highs come down just
enough to give your lead tones a wailing vocalized
bite that’s wicked sounding but not
over-the-top sizzling. Though suitable for any
style, the JC95 has a great vibe for overdriven
tones and is definitely a pedal to try if you’re
a hard rock or metal player.
KUDOS A great choice for heavy grind. Treble
rolloff control is handy.
CONTACT Dunlop, (707) 745-2722;
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