A legendary effect that's spanned 23 years and graced over 700 million albums.
There is no doubt that the DigiTech Whammy Pitch-Shifting guitar effects pedal is a pedal board must have. Pitch shifting effects help a guitar performance stand out...
"I got a Whammy Pedal and I thought, Okay, you don’t have to do solos, but it would be nice if once in a while the guitar broke out and had a moment for itself and then went back to the band. The Whammy enabled me to get an octave higher than everybody else, so I could break through for a few seconds and do a lick and then come back to the song. And now I just want solos to be an octave higher and piercing... Also, I like to manipulate my DigiTech Whammy pedal starting with the low octave. I love low octaves. I’ve always loved playing octaves on the piano, even as a little kid. So when they came out with that pedal, and I heard Tom Morello use it in Rage Against the Machine, I knew I’d finally found an interesting pedal." [Premier Guitar:](https://www.premierguitar.com/articles/28930-the-raconteurs-jack-white-and-brendan-benson?page=3) > There’s a thing somebody sent me, because I use a Whammy pedal. I’ve always used it since the White Stripes, but this is a new contraption [called a Step Audio Riff-Step] that you can hook up to the Whammy pedal to bounce between four different settings whenever you tap it. That’s going from an octave up to a fourth down to an octave below to a fourth up or something. It just kind of worked out for that song in a cool way. Now I have to do it every time [laughs].more
I’ve never used or owned a distortion pedal. It was just the guitar and cable straight to the amp” – EVH That being said, Eddie did use a couple of other effects in his chain. He used a MXR Phase 90 and MXR 6-Band EQ at the beginning of the chain, and some other effects like Echoplex EP-3 Delay, MXR Flanger, and Univox EC-80 Tape Echo closer to the end of the chain. These days Eddie uses somewhat different rig. He has a couple of his own signature pedals from MXR/Dunlop in the chain – like the EVH117 Flanger, Phase 90, and the EVH95 Signature Wah – and some other pedals like the Boss OC-3 Super Octave, Digitech Whammy, and MXR M234 Analog Chorus.more
According to this 1994 interview with Guitar World Magazine, Dimebag Darrell uses a Digitech Whammy pedal to affect the feedback on the song ["Good Friends And A Bottle Of Pills,"](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnS3M6GUoD4) as well as a few other tracks. " I discovered the pure feedback wasn't quite enough, so I added a Digitech Whammy Pedal to the equation, which helped produce a sound that was completely fucked up!" he said.more
Dunlop Rotovibe Digitech Whammy Pedal Dunlop Heil Talkbox (used on the “Man in the Box”) Digital Music Corp Ground Control Pro Electro Harmonix Big Muff Pi (used on his solo album “Boggy Depot”) Ibanez TS808HW Tube Screamer ISP Decimator MXR EVH Flanger MXR Bass Octave Plus MXR Smart Gate (x2) BOSS CH-1 Super Chorus BOSS CE-5 Chorus Ensemble BOSS TR-2 Tremolo BOSS TU-2 Chromatic Tuner Eventide TimeFactor Xotic AC plusmore
This image comes from [this article from *Pro Guitar Shop*](http://proguitarshop.com/andyscorner/prince-the-unsung-guitar-hero) where they write "Along with his love of Boss effects, Prince is a regular user of the Digitech Whammy, [Dunlop Crybaby Wah](https://equipboard.com/items/dunlop-gcb95-cry-baby-wah-wah) (though he has been known to use a Colorsound Wah as well), and [Line 6 MM4](https://equipboard.com/items/line-6-mm4-modulation-guitar-effects-pedal) modulation modeler."more
"The old school DigiTech Whammy pedal, they don't make them small anymore and I'm looking for more of those because there's something about that pedal that he just loves," says Joe Perry's guitar tech. [An interview with Perry done in 2004:](https://guitar.com/features/interview-with-joe-perry/) > I use a Whammy pedal, the red one. The first ones that came out, I kind of like the best. The newer ones track a little better, but it doesn’t have — they’re not quite as raunchy as the older ones. So I guess they did another version of the red one, and it’s pretty close to the old ones. But I still use the first or the second one that I got.more
In this live clip he's using some kind of octaving effect, with excellent tracking, and the first visible glimpse of a large red pedal is at 20:05 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7aBs66HXrU (It's gotta be a Whammy). Also here, a Whammy is clearly visible on the desk. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhVgbZdMdb0more
In [this interview with *Guitar World* magazine](http://www.guitarplayer.com/artists/1013/daniel-lanois-takes-his-studio-to-the-stage/51278), Lanois is asked, "How do you get that amp-being-driven-to-destruction tone on 'The End'?" Lanois: "That is as simple as my Vox AC30 cranked up to ten. It is an early ’60s copper top—not a top boost, with the blue speakers. I use the Normal channel. I was using my ’56 gold-top Les Paul with P-90s. It was the same one I used on Bob Dylan’s Time Out of Mind record. I think it is my best sounding Les Paul, the darkest sounding one anyway. For the initial performance, I was using a **DigiTech Whammy pedal** for some of the octave dive bombs. I was also using a cheap DBX DJ box that gives you an octave below."more
Aaron North on the Digitech Whammy pedal admist a post made December 07, 2009.... "Apart from using it on songs like "Reptile", "Heresy", "Down In It", "With Teeth", etc... This very pedal was also responsible for all the ruckus at the beginning of the Icarus Line "Penance Soiree" album. The sound of about 47 different pedals feeding into this one, and then "dive-bombing" in time with the drum hits came courtesy of this lil sucker."more
> I’m always searching for new sounds out of boredom. Every guitar player should fuck around with their tone, you don’t want the same sound all the time. And what I love about the Whammy is that it can do so much more than what it’s famous for. It’s actually my new favourite chorus pedal… I almost don’t want to give that secret away! Basically, if you stick it in deep detune and leave the heel all the way up, you get this really sweet chorus.more
4:14 Talking about pedal order: "You've got a tuner pedal that goes into a wah pedal, that then goes into a **whammy pedal**. On the whammy the primary features I use are the octave up and down. I use the fifth harmony alot aswell. When i'm recording demos at home I use the octave down to emulate a bass and theres a deep and soft chorus on it that sounds lovely."more
“The Line 6 Helix is amazing - super flexible in terms of routing (compared to a normal pedal setup) and programming. It can integrate with other stompboxes easily, and can send MIDI to control Ableton Live. I also use Line 6’s M9 a lot for gigs and all sorts - it’s brilliant. If I had to pick a few pedals, though, it’d be the Digitech Whammy, EHX Memory Man and EHX Frequency Analyzer.”more
A legendary effect that's spanned 23 years and graced over 700 million albums.
There is no doubt that the DigiTech Whammy Pitch-Shifting guitar effects pedal is a pedal board must have. Pitch shifting effects help a guitar performance stand out, and the Whammy pedal has been a core pitch shifting effect for influential artists for over 20 years. Whammy artists have won over 60 Grammys using the Whammy pitch shifting sound to enhance their music. Its songs echo the hallways of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and can be found on over 700 million albums around the world. The legendary Whammy pedal is the premier pitch shifting pedal for any guitarist's board, and it only gets better with classic single note Whammy bends, chordal pitch shifting and true bypass.
Although I'm mainly a Blues Guitarist, I'm a very big fan of David Gilmour. When I started learning one of His song " The Blue " the Whammy-1 is a necessity. Being a writer and Music arranger, the Whammy-1 has open all kind of doors for Me. Even if You're not into David Gilmour and Pink Floyd I still would suggest the investment. ~Pepper~
I was always interested in getting this pedal and in my 18th birthday I got it as a gift so I can't really discuss how much it cost/what it does It's a very unique pedal, used by a ton of professional musicians it's the sound of tom morello and even jack white. But overall I love this pedal, very intuitive and the sound is amazing, grab a good distortion and just have fun playing around with it. I don't play that much with the harmonics but they sound amazing too. A really good piece of equipment.
This pedal is amazing. It unlocks entirely new tonal possibilities and allows for many innovative sounds. The problem is, it constantly breaks. I have had to buy three separate ones, as well as have them repaired constantly. I may be unlucky, but in my experience it is broken more often than not.
I haven't quite gotten the hang of how to use it in my own music yet, but it's sturdy and it sounds wonderful. I absolutely adore being able to switch between a polyphonic sound and the glitchy monophony that this pedal's precursors had.
This is a must-have tool to create sounds with your guitar, from crazy riffs to insane solos! It's amazing because it gives you such great possibilities to empower your sound, like using not only octaves, but intervals like 3rd, 4th, 5th... and you can select from 2 different sets at the same time, just moving your foot up and down to select whatever you want. It does "digitalize" your sound a little bit, but there are way more pros than cons with this one...
I have had this pedal for a while now and I never have a shred session without it. Being able to customize your own sounds just makes it all the better. I definitely recommend this pedal
Morello is and will always be the Great Master of this thing. The Whammy 5 is a real inspiring tool box... When you're awkward-minded. I mainly use it as an octaver, for mixing dry signal with lows and highs. I don't really use the pitch shifting thing so much. The surprise for me has been the DEEP and the SHALLOW sounds, it's more than a simple chorus, it gives something "psycho" to your sound, play emotionnally with that and you'll mark your listener.
It's too easy to get distracted with one of these, but it's well worth it to get one. I use mine primarily set at either an octave or a 5th up. I'll use the sifting feature for some parts with Thames. The detune setting on this is a great chorus-y tone that I prefer over many I've tried and tested.
This is a great pedal to de-tune your guitar without loosening the strings. I also use this pedal because its what Dimebag used when they played Becoming live, or Suicide note pt. 2