Whammy review by DigiTech

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  • Sound: 7
  • Overall Impression: 7
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Ease of Use: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.1 (163 votes)
DigiTech: Whammy

Price paid: € 200

Purchased from: online

Sound — 7
currently for this review I'm using a Line 6 spider 2 75 watt combo it makes almost no unwanted noise on bypass that i can notice (i even turned off the noise gate to check the difference) and once set up right it doesn't really have much effect on the tone with the pedal in the standby position the the effect is very strong and clear it does sound very digital tho and the tracking on the Harmony effect is off slightly which is ok for single notes or slow melody's but not great for anything shred wise or chords and the drop-tune effect sounds a noticeably digital but the 1 octave down setting is solid enough and sounds very much like a bass guitar as far as the 2 octave down setting and the divebomb they're pretty good at emulating a Floyd Rose type sound tho you wont be able to make the natural harmonic noises the same way as a floyd does on divebombs but the effect is otherwise ok, but in essence these are all extra features the reason you buy a Whammy is for it's 1 and 2 octave up pitch shifting ability and tho it does sound digital and you can't really shred with the pitch shifted up without a tremolo esque sound it's nevertheless fun as hell and you can get some cool sounds with it it's really just a fun pedal to have aside from occasional light use aka tom morello's killing in the name of solo, pantera's suicide note part 2, and bits of steve vai stuff, your unlikely to make a whole lot of use of it gig wise it's really just a effect to have on occasion, that said for jamming and practice you can defiantly have some fun with this thing it's not perfect but it sure is fun :)

Overall Impression — 7
good solid indestructible pedal with really fun effects, only downside is that in practice it's unlikely to get a whole lot of use gigging and it does have a very digital sound to it but otherwise it's a blast to use :) if it was stolen or lost i'd be pretty annoyed cos it's expensive for a pedal but I doubt I'd get another one due to the fact it's not really a practical buy it's more for fun unless you're regularly doing rage against the machine/steve vai covers and even then it's use is limited, that said i'd recommend everyone to try it out for themselves to see what it sounds like it's great fun to experiment with, tho if your short on cash (who isn't?) and are looking to improve your setup it's not a necessity it's really just an extra to add to your pedalboard once you've covered the basics and it's an expensive pedal think practically before you part with the cash cos in action tho it's fun this will rarely see much use.

Reliability & Durability — 10
it's made of pretty thick solid steel and aside from the control knob which is as solid as they get there's actually nothing you can break on it even the incredible hulk would have trouble smashing this thing it's one of the most solid pedals I've ever seen I've gigged this thing loads of times and it's indestructible! You'd never really need a backup for this type of effect anyway but if you were the type who relied on it a lot (unlikely) even if you owned a monster truck and went nuts you'd actually have trouble breaking it!

Ease of Use — 8
this pedal is simple 2 use plug it in and just have fun from the off when I got it it was slightly out of tune with the 2 octave up setting but setting it up is easy it takes 30 seconds and is explained clearly in the manual, it's pretty much a simple plug in and play pedal just turn the dial to what setting you want to use and rock the pedal simple :) it has led lights to show you what setting you're on tho it's downfall is it's hard to read the writing next to the led lights on stage and it would be better with a foot-switch rather than a control knob to change settings on the fly but generally speaking it's simple to use and always fun to experiment with.

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