#1
Hey everyone.

I have done a couple of guitarprojects, most of them putting LED lights into the guitars. I have an old guitar, that I want to turn into this nasty machine :-)

What I'm looking for is a way to make my own Whammy-effect, that I can build into the guitar. It has to be very simple - just on button beside the volume and tone buttons, that I can bend the tone.

Has anyone stumbled upon this effect in all the DIY forums out there?

- Rune
#2
hmm i'd like to see where this goes so i'm just gonna post to subscribe to the thread
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there is something wrong with you that has nothing to do with that instrument you want to build.
#3
I've searched the web for a few hours, and it looks like my whammy is midi-controllable. Found out that Matt Bellamy from Muse does exactly what I want. He has a kind of midi-strip that controls the Whammy.

I've attached a picture of it (it is placed above the strings... the thin strip)... so if ANYONE knows where to buy this I would be the happiest man in the world!

- Rune

PS: still would be cool to build it myself :-)
#6
Ok, check this out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZ022eXOK2Q


It is his new guitar. It is kind of the same idea. Have a pad with a midi-wire, that you can connect to numerous of midi-controllers.

If anyone can find a link to where I can buy that XY-pad I would be glad. Can't imagine the time it would take to buy the korg Kaosspad and rip it apart :-)
#7
The thing on Matt's guitar is a midi ribbon, you get them quite a lot on midi keyboards and other midi controllers. You can't really buy the ribbon on their own, and the controllers cost a frickin' fortune. Some kind of pot might work, but you'd have to be veyr handy with midi electronics to pull it of.

An easier hting to do would be to make a very high gain fuzz box that self oscillates. The ZVex Fuzz Factory (Matt has these installed in a few of his guitars) can oscillate (sounds like feedback) at high gains, and the pitch can be controlled by a knob. Before MB got hte whammy ribbon on his guitar, he used the fuzz factory to get pitch-shifting effects through his guitar. Again, its a bit of a complicated build, but if you think you're up to it, go for it!
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#8
Is that like the thing the Beach Boys use in Good Vibrations? Random question I know... :/
#9
Quote by robmarsden01
The thing on Matt's guitar is a midi ribbon, you get them quite a lot on midi keyboards and other midi controllers. You can't really buy the ribbon on their own, and the controllers cost a frickin' fortune. Some kind of pot might work, but you'd have to be veyr handy with midi electronics to pull it of.

An easier hting to do would be to make a very high gain fuzz box that self oscillates. The ZVex Fuzz Factory (Matt has these installed in a few of his guitars) can oscillate (sounds like feedback) at high gains, and the pitch can be controlled by a knob. Before MB got hte whammy ribbon on his guitar, he used the fuzz factory to get pitch-shifting effects through his guitar. Again, its a bit of a complicated build, but if you think you're up to it, go for it!


actually you can control the amount of feedback via 3 knobs Matt generally uses one the stab which is the most useful for feedback
#10
^Yeah, doesn't he have the rest of the controls as trimpots on a separate internal board? I know it wouldn't be toooo difficult to install it into a guitar, but to build a fuzz face with all 5 controls etc. would be a bit much for someone who hasn't done much electronics. You'd also have to route quite a bit of wood. Certainly an interesting idea, though, can't wait to see what becomes of it!
My gear;

Custom HSS Strat (eBay'ed parts)
Fender Acoustic
DOD EQ
EH Big Muff
Home-made Wah
Home-made Booster
Laney LC15

Looking for a Jazz Bass body to refinish

My DeviantArt Page, MySpace Profile
#11
Quote by robmarsden01
^Yeah, doesn't he have the rest of the controls as trimpots on a separate internal board? I know it wouldn't be toooo difficult to install it into a guitar, but to build a fuzz face with all 5 controls etc. would be a bit much for someone who hasn't done much electronics. You'd also have to route quite a bit of wood. Certainly an interesting idea, though, can't wait to see what becomes of it!


dont know. but i know its a beast thats for sure.