Price paid: € 200
Purchased from: Thomann
Sound — 9
I plug it into my Marshall combo and it's not very complicated to get great sound from it. I've combined it with delay and chorus effects and also a Boss multieffect wahwah pedal. Weve played songs like Killing in the name of with RATM and it's no problem to replicate the sound of Morellos octave pitching solo.
Overall Impression — 10
Playing a wide range of musical styles were all somewhat connects with rock it's always possible to make the Whammy fit in. Especially when playing creazy lead fills over funky hardrock rhythms or just wanting an intro or break with originality. To find these crazy facemelting eargasms a lot of experimental time is needed. To get tips on getting more sounds search for Tom Morello lessons or Whammy on youtube. Good luck.
Reliability & Durability — 9
Yes! it's no problem.Its steel casing and high quality knobs is perfect for gigs. Off course it's not like a tank but it's taking sweat and stomps and beerbottleattacks. I wouldn't bother getting a backup because it's allready quite expensive and I feel I can depend on it anyways.
Ease of Use — 7
This is the ultimate psychopedal for those with a little more theory knowledge. Ok, it's not like you can't use it just by fiddling away for hours and hours finding that cool delayphrased extranotes ala Morello and Bumblefoot. it's also possible to settle with the octave high/low settings wich sounds cool alone. But if you want to use this Machine to the max, at least I feel that you need to know what you are doing when you're adding an extra 3rd or 5th note higher or lower to the note your playing. If you know how, it's very easy to use. For example: I play in a certain key or over a chord where some scalepatterns fit to it. Using the Whammy with adding 3rd or 4th notes changes the amount of notes usable for that key. Because I actually play two notes at the same time and the added one is a disharmonic note to that key and it sounds false. I would want to know the exact notes and the intervalls between them so I could set teh Whammy to the right setting right away. But don't misunderstand me. Never stop experimenting with sound! The mistakes sometimes are the brightest ideas for cool stuff.