#1
Hey guys this is probably a dumb question but whats the difference between tremolo and whammy bridges?

Im a bassist so i didn't really know they existed but my guitarist asked me and i wanted to find out.

Thanks guys!!
#2
same thing technically. Although "tremolo" in this case is a misuse of the term. People say tremolo all the time when they actually mean vibrato. Tremolo means a fluctuation in volume where as vibrato is a fluctuation in pitch.
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#4
no, they're the **exact** same thing. Whammy is the "cooler" term i guess. Vibrato is the proper Italian word for that warbley pitch change type effect.
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Schecter C1 Blackjack
Ibanez GSR200
Classical acoustic

G&K Backline 600 + Goldline 210GLX cab
Vox AD30VT
Crate G40C XL
Crate BT15
EH Metal Muff
Digitech Grunge
Danelectro Fab Overdrive
M-Audio Ozonic
Tascam M-308
#5
people tend to call the trem arm the "whammy bar", and the rest just "the trem", short for tremolo, misnomer tho it may be.
#6
and just for a little extra info (this is from my guitar teacher, so dont blame me if this is wrong) people call it a whammy bar because some non-guitarists thought that the bar made the wah-wah sound. can anyone veryfiy this or not?
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#7
^^

maybe...

I can go about bt***in around with my whammy bar and get some wah effects,
but reversed or should I say a low pitched wah...