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Old 04-14-2013, 02:27 PM   #1
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Fake Whammy

Strum an open E chord (or something on the lower notes, as it's easier) then pull back on the neck. You get a sort of whammy sound. It sounds great when used right.... but wondering if this can damage my guitar in the long run?

It's more like a vibrato technique i guess, but instead of bending the strings, bend the neck.

Also if anyone knows the proper name for it (so i can find a few videos etc), that would be great!
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Old 04-14-2013, 02:49 PM   #2
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I've literally seen a guy snap the neck in half doing that, so I'm paranoid about ever trying to do so... I wonder if there is a safe way to do it though.
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Old 04-14-2013, 03:29 PM   #3
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I've seen guitar players (Slash is the first one that comes to mind) where they push outward on the neck and push inward on the top of the body for the same effect.

As far as I know this works best with set necks and doesn't seem to cause any damage. That being said it seems incredibly risky. Pretty sure in Slashes biography he said he snapped a guitar like that.
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Old 04-14-2013, 03:41 PM   #4
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It's a cool technique, used quite a bit in this song


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Old 04-14-2013, 03:42 PM   #5
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Could it be... WHAMMY WITHOUT A WHAMMY BAR

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Old 04-14-2013, 03:59 PM   #6
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I've been doing it for years, bend it very softly without too much of a force, it will be sufficient to create a non-extreme whammy effect.

I am not familiar with the terminology, but if a set neck is a non-detachable one, I wouldn't risk doing it with that one.
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Old 04-14-2013, 04:15 PM   #7
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another way is to pick a note and press the string behind the nut.
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Old 04-14-2013, 04:34 PM   #8
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Randy Rhoads did it on his epi if I remember correctly.
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Old 04-14-2013, 06:45 PM   #9
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I've been doing it for years, bend it very softly without too much of a force, it will be sufficient to create a non-extreme whammy effect.

I am not familiar with the terminology, but if a set neck is a non-detachable one, I wouldn't risk doing it with that one.


Yeh, that is basically what i've been doing. I have an Epi les paul though, which is indeed a setneck.

I'm not too worried about snapping the neck, as i'm pretty confident with the limit at which it will potentially snap. More or less concerned about whether the fretboard can be warped by doing this (i think you call it a bowed-neck?)
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Old 04-15-2013, 02:41 AM   #10
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Yeh, that is basically what i've been doing. I have an Epi les paul though, which is indeed a setneck.

I'm not too worried about snapping the neck, as i'm pretty confident with the limit at which it will potentially snap. More or less concerned about whether the fretboard can be warped by doing this (i think you call it a bowed-neck?)


Set necks, I would say, could definitely be warped, but I never had a set-neck guitar, I just imagine it to be possible.
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