#1
I just bought a digitech whammy pedal off ebay (awesome effects pedal!) but a thought just occured to me: I know that playing a bass thru a guitar amp can damage the speaker due to the low frequencies. while stupid this question is, would using the whammy's 2 octave down (or even 1 octave down on a low string) w/ my guitar cause any harmful frequencies?
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#2
i am unsure, i have a whammy 4 and i tend to play octave down and also harmonise an octave down too. I haven't had any problems over the past year.

I think playing an octave down would be fine, because u find a lot of 'hardcore' bands or whatever playing with everything tuned down to weird **** like everything down a major 3rd. some fo those bands also tend to have 7 string guitars too, so a low B tuned down a major 3rd is... G, so its not THAT far from having an E.

thats what i think anyway.
#3
good point, and i was thinking that too. i just wanted to get a second opinion, cause my amp made a weird sound (not that ANY sound from a whammy isnt weird...). should be fine when i turn it up tho, its at practice levels right now.
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#4
pedals are no problem. its only with amps. also why didn't you get a bass whammy? the tracking for mass isn't that good on any of the normal whammys.

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#5
Quote by helsinki_vampir
pedals are no problem. its only with amps. also why didn't you get a bass whammy? the tracking for mass isn't that good on any of the normal whammys.

He's not talking about using the whammy for bass, he means using the 2 octave down to make the guitar sound like bass.
Good question, I dont know whether it would damage anything
#6
Well my amp (vox valvetronix with 12inch speaker) takes 1 octave down and all the other one octave down settings fine. I never use 2 octaves since i dont think the speaker can play it and it sounds like it's struggling. I can see the speaker cone wobbling really slowly and making not enough noise. I did play around a lot and it hasn't broken my speaker (yet) though but still it dosnt seem happy with 2 octaves although it can manage all the other strings on 2 down, just not low down on the E string.

I can imagine it blowing a speaker or something if you had an amp up really loud then slammed it down to 2 octaves down though but it dosnt really sound good that low down anyway and one octave down is enough to sound like a bass
#7
Quote by littlephil
He's not talking about using the whammy for bass, he means using the 2 octave down to make the guitar sound like bass.
Good question, I dont know whether it would damage anything


K lol. just skimped over the question instead of actually reading it. but the 2 octaves down is no problem.
1. a divebomb with a floyd is a 3 octave dive so a 2 octave should be no problem.
2. what would make a bass damage a guitar amp is the force and the deep deep low ends that it has. the whammy only drops to a guitarfriendly bass frequents not a full blowing bass.

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#8
i'm jsut wanting to clarify that down 1 octave with the whammy pedal makes the guitar low E (82Hz), the same as a bass guitar Low E (41Hz). the reason why you can barely hear anything with octave 2 down is because humans begin hearing at 20Hz
#9
Quote by helsinki_vampir
K lol. just skimped over the question instead of actually reading it. but the 2 octaves down is no problem.
1. a divebomb with a floyd is a 3 octave dive so a 2 octave should be no problem.
2. what would make a bass damage a guitar amp is the force and the deep deep low ends that it has. the whammy only drops to a guitarfriendly bass frequents not a full blowing bass.


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#10
Quote by helsinki_vampir
1. a divebomb with a floyd is a 3 octave dive so a 2 octave should be no problem.

When a divebomb is done on a floyd, the strings go so loose that they don't make much sound. Doing a divebomb on a whammy pedal gives you a sound that is 2 octaves down but still the same volume.

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2. what would make a bass damage a guitar amp is the force and the deep deep low ends that it has. the whammy only drops to a guitarfriendly bass frequents not a full blowing bass.

No, the whammy will produce a fairly similar frequency spectrum to a real bass, and like a bass guitar it will only damage your amp if you play through it at high volumes for a long time.
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