Comes with 9v AC (not DC!) power supply for USA 120V power. Has a 2.5mm center barrel.
The Digitech Whammy
- 6 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
1991 a legend was born. A new era in guitar effects began with the
introduction of the Digitech Whammy. This pedal was (and still is) THE
guitar pitch shifter and harmonizer. Packaged in a large, red metal
case with a built in expression pedal, the Digitech Whammy
brought about new guitar effects and sounds never before dreamed of by
guitarists. At last guitarists could bend notes without going out of
tune. Pristine octave up and down effects were now just a footswitch
away and the amount of pitch shift could be controlled in real time.
Not only did the Digitech Whammy offer great sounding harmonies, but
using the expression pedal, you could bend between two harmonies with
your foot! Nothing like this had ever been seen for electric guitarists
and it immediately made its way into the rigs of influential guitarists
and onto the albums of top bands of the time. Artists like Tom Morello
and Dimebag Darrell made extensive use of the Whammy’s amazing tones
and introduced aspiring guitarists to the true potential of this
Due to the huge success of the Digitech
Whammy anther pedal was soon to follow, the Whammy II. This version
featured a black chassis with expression pedal and a select footswitch
for toggling settings. The Whammy II, while not as popular as the
original Digitech Whammy, it featured fewer harmonies and only one
Detune mode but had the ability to store a setting giving the guitarist
the ability to toggle between two different settings with the
footswitch. This was an invaluable tool for live performance. The
Digitech Whammy II was heard being used by such artists as Herman Li,
Trey Anastasio, and Buckethead.
The Whammy Moves Forward
next incarnation of the Digitech Whammy came in the form of the XP-100
Whammy/Wah. This creation incorporated wah pedal effects along with the
Whammy. Now guitarists could use the unit as a Whammy, Wah, Volume, or
Harmonizer. The different effects were available via a footswitch and
there were 29 presets available for added versatility. The XP-100 did
not enjoy as much success as the original Digitech Whammy due to its
larger size and lower sound quality. It still was used by popular
artists such as John Scofield and Munky.
Then we had the
Digitech Bass Whammy. This unit was blue and voiced specifically for
bass guitar. The harmony options were different, incorporating harmony
intervals that were more suited for the bass and caused less dissonance
in the deep timbres it was made to effect. This was the first time bass
players had a chance to enjoy the Digitech Whammy and a world of sounds
were opened up for the four string maestros. The 4th down/5th up
harmony being one of the most memorable harmony effects for the
Digitech Bass Whammy creating speaker shaking dissonance that could be
swept all the way up to a thunderous power chord blast of low end.
most recent version of the Digitech Whammy is the Whammy IV. This is a
return to form of the original Whammy pedal with some modern upgrades
to make it more versatile and usable. The Digitech Whammy IV features
the addition of a divebomb feature allowing non-tremolo guitarists to
achieve rocketing whammy bar effects without routing their guitars,
buying new ones, or going out of tune. The Whammy IV also incorporates
MIDI control of all expression pedal functions for external control or
synching of the Whammy effects.
Depending on signal chain
placement the Digitech Whammy can yield different effects and sounds.
Placed after a few overdrive and fuzz pedals, the tracking gets a
little slower and the output gets more lo-fi for vintage squeak and
squawk. When placed in the effects loop or first, the tracking is spot
on even at the highest speeds and the effected signal is sent to your
effects pedals letting them do the work. One of the cooler tones
yielded by the Digitech Whammy is running a dry output into one amp and
a wet output into another amp. This setup is super sweet for running
thunderous harmony down effects adding a wide open sound and (depending
on what kind of amp the effected signal is run through) major synthesis
addition to your guitar.