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« DigiTech Whammy »

Publié le 10/08/10 à 15:00
It's BRIGHT RED and somewhat heavy, with the standard expression pedal, on/off switch, and selector knob to choose between settings on the pedal. I've used it for about two and a half years now in various jazz, fusion, and rock groups. I've been playing bass for around 6 years now, and playing piano for close to 20. I only use this for bass, even though it's meant for guitar. I just left a band after our tour ended, and am working on a new electronica project called Shutterdown, based out of Pittsburgh.

I paid $200, which is a little too much for the unit, back in April of 2008. I really wish I had thought twice about getting one used or waiting for a sale. I bought it because I wanted the extra tricks that came with it in my pedalboard. I don't remember where I bought it, but it was somewhere between Wheeling and Morgantown, WV.

I like the massive array of selections, from a 2 octave sweep in either direction to harmonies, a dive bomb, a drop tune, or just plain detuning. Very cool stuff. I also especially appreciate the fact that it features a wet and a dry output so that I can keep a bassline rolling while adding the whammy effect for fun. It really is a pretty awesome sound. There's also a MIDI input for controlling the patch setting, which is incredibly helpful, because the knob is not good for controlling during a live show.

No way to control patch changes live without bending down to turn the knob or trusting your foot (not easy). No battery compartment; this thing only runs on wall wart power and nothing else, and the cord is rather short, so make sure you have either a powered pedalboard or a surge protector/extension cord if you go to use it live. Tones can be a bit clanky on bass, like getting pick noise. I definitely recommend blending wet and dry sounds at all times.

Shy of throwing it in a 2 1/2 ton wood splitter, I dare you to break it. Everything's perfectly sturdy.

Some very good things, and it has some fantastic bass uses, but the lack of battery compartment or an easy way to switch patches (seriously, just a little tap control would be fine) brings it down to a 4 instead of a 5. That is, along with the fact that you need to blend it to hold the low end when you turn this thing on with a bass.

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