DigiTech Whammy WH-4

DigiTech Whammy WH-4

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Whammy WH-4, Octaver/Harmonizer/Whammy from DigiTech in the Whammy series.

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DigiTech Whammy WH-4 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: DigiTech
  • Model: Whammy WH-4
  • Series: Whammy
  • Category: Octavers/Harmonizers/Whammies
  • Added in our database on: 04/26/2004

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DigiTech Whammy WH-4 user reviews

Average Score:4.0( 4/5 based on 32 reviews )
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MGR/Adam Abraham Clark02/02/2002

MGR/Adam Abraham Clark's review"Digitech Whammy pedal"

DigiTech Whammy WH-4
I bought this from a friend for a quality $100. I wanted it so I could have a little more fun with my guitar, and Tom Morello is my hero.

This sexy red mean machine digitally bends your guitar to the end of the horizon. You can dive bomb 3 octaves down, or shoot 2 up, it has two sweet choruses (shallow/deep) and harmonies. Its solid as rock. I don't know how many times I've tripped and landed with all my weight on it in my room, but it never has screwed up once (except one time it actually went up 4 octaves, I was totally confused). It's perfect for beefing up intense solos. It also has barely any delay between input and output, which is sweet. You can hook your stereo up to it too, which is good times.

What I didn't like about this unit was its function. Anything you did with it was so strange that it had to be saved for a separate bridge in the song. And whenever in harmonies, or bent mode, and you play two notes, it gets really nasty sounding. Its good for rock, a few things jazz, or definetly any kind of out-there music. But after that, it doesn't fit in. And, power adapter is a must.

It'a about the size of a cigar box, with a beautiful red coat. It has an expression pedal at the left used for your whamming. and a knob, and all the functions with LED lights on either side of the knob. It lets you know what your doing, in case you were wondering... There is no place for batteries, you need an adapter

It's loads of fun, but if you try it out, make sure its right for your band.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com

nickname009's review

DigiTech Whammy WH-4
This is the legendary whammy pedal that put digitech on the MAP! It also made a few guitarists super duper famous. I have the 4th revision of it. I don't know exactly what's different, maybe it tracks better and some of the parts for the build are a bit better? Also the casing is different in size, maybe smaller, not sure.

Definitely the dive bomb feature is new, don't know when they started putting that feature in but the whammy 4 definitely has it.

Whammy modes including famous 2 Octave Up as heard on 100's of songs!
10 Harmony Bend modes including 2nd Up to 3rd Up simulating pedal steel bends!
Expression pedal controls dive bombs and bends
Cutting-edge pitch detection engine designed specifically for guitar delivers fast accurate shifting!
MIDI In & Out/Thru to control pitch bends via cc's


Pretty simple to get any of those RATM sounds you've heard many many times before. Just stick to the 2 octave up setting, Tom uses that the most the last time I checked.

Overall, easy to setup, just simple plug it in and turn the knob to whatever setting you want to play around with and step on it and rock it back and forth to get crazy!


Sound quality here is hard to define exactly. For the tone purists this is a pedal to stay away from, it's not true bypass (though there are mods out there these days for that) nor does it really 'retain that original guitar sound' as it's kinda meant to warp it and shift it in pitch and do crazy things to your guitar sound. So those who have rigs or boards with nice boutiquey-truebypass-non tone-sucking setups, this'll probably negatively affect your signal chain.

But then again that's not the point of this pedal. It's designed to be the wild card in your rig! So coming into the game knowing that, you'll find yourself having a lot more fun with the sounds this pedal has to offer.

I actually really like the detune features both the deep and shallow they sound like convincingly good as a chorus-replacement! The dive bomb feature is also great. I used to play only floating bridge equipped guitars to do all the tricks but I've gotten sick of maintaining them and worrying about tuning stability etc so I've gone hard tail and with the whammy I can replicate the same ideas though of course they don't sound alike, the whammy makes it sounds more digital but I kinda like that!


To conclude this is actually the first whammy i've owned. I know so many players who have owned it before and sold it and bought it back again etc. Like I said it's the wild card in your pedalboard. Either you can find use for it or you can just use it for some fun tricks! I think it's quite worth having for what I do. I do a lot of cover songs especially Rage tunes, I also don't have a chorus pedal but with the whammy I now have 2 chorus settings to use. I also now only own fixed bridge guitars so I can't do the trem tricks, and yet again here's the whammy to cover those tricks for me! Pretty useful in my book.

Again it's not a great sound in terms of 'tone' it's digital-ish so you'd have to get over that, or mod it if you got the extra time and $$.

Hatsubai's review"Continuation of the Whammy"

DigiTech Whammy WH-4
DigiTech is now on their fourth revision of the original Whammy pedal. This model features full MIDI implementation, which is a HUGE plus. Aside from MIDI, the other new features that the Whammy WH-4 brings to the table are the "divebomb" and "droptune" presets. This allows you to simulate a floyd rose or a downtuning effect, respectively.


DigiTech did a great job with this pedal. Its footprint is small enough to where it's not bulky but big enough to where it feels just right. The manual does a wonderful job at explaining the new features and showing you how to wire everything up. Setting this pedal up for MIDI in a rack is a piece of cake. The rotary knob is sturdy and feels great when spinning it, and these things are pretty reliable. I just wish it had an on/off LED indicator.


The sound of the Whammy WH-4 is pretty good. It's not the same as the WH-1, but it's closer than the XP-100 was. There's actually a cool comparison between the two on Youtube if you search. The sweep feels nice, but the divebombs aren't that realistic. If you're expecting it to be the same as a floyd rose, it won't be. It also doesn't track good enough to be a real pitch shifter. What I mean is, you're not going to be able to sound like you're in D when you're in E. That said, the chorusing effects on this are actually pretty good. Keep in mind that this pedal sucks a little bit of tone, so it might be worth looking into putting it into a true bypass loop or modding it for true bypass.


If you're looking for a Whammy pedal, your choices are fairly limited. The Whammy WH-4 has been out for awhile, but given its price, it's still a strong contender. The new Eventide Timefactor is awesome, but it's quite a bit of money. There are some budget knock offs, but this pedal still remains a whammy pedal worth considering if you're looking for that kind of effect.

moosers's review

DigiTech Whammy WH-4
The Digitech Whammy WH-4 Reissue is a digital effects pedal designed for use with electric guitar.  It has 1/4 inch connections and is powered by the power supply that comes with it.  It isn't a rackable piece of gear as it is a foot pedal and controller.


The configuration of the Digitech Whammy WH-4 Reissue is fairly easy to follow as it didn't take me long at all to understand everything that was going on with this pedal.  It has a slightly different make up when compared to the original WH-1 whammy and the WH-2.  The pedal has a knob for choosing between either harmony mode or whammy mode and also has a detune mode which is like a chorus effect.  That is pretty much all there is to this pedal and after playing around with it for a few minutes I'm sure you'd be able to get the hang of it pretty quickly.  The manual for the Digitech Whammy WH-4 Reissue is thorough and complete but isn't needed if you don't already have it.


While the sound quality of the Digitech Whammy WH-4 Reissue isn't as great as the original WH-1, it still has a great sound and is probably a little bit cleaner - it just lacks the vibe that the original has.  This being said I would bet that most people wouldn't be able to tell the difference unless they had both pedal next to each other and were comparing them.  I like using the octave up and octave down modes the best, but it is definitely cool to mess around with the harmony effects and the detune modes are surprisingly pretty great as well.  If you don't know about the great effects you can get with this whammy pedal, its time to treat yourself!


I've been using the Digitech Whammy WH-4 Reissue for about five or six years and it is definitely one of the most unique pedals out there.  This has become pretty popular over the last few years as it has been used by a lot of famous players.  While this is an effect I used sparingly as I find that if you use it too much it can become overplayed, when used in the right situation and with taste can produce some incredible effects.  If you are looking for a great pedal at a reasonable price that will give you endless hours of fun, I would definitely recommend the Digitech Whammy WH-4 Reissue.

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