Digitech Whammy Pedal question

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Digitech Whammy Pedal question

#1 Post by BadMonkey » Sat Sep 23, 2006 1:23 pm

Hi Vai People,

Please excuse the ignorance you're about to read but I am thinking of buying the Whammy Pedal, I will go to my local guitar shop to test 1 first but here are my questions:

Which is a good Steve Vai track which shows this effect off best?

When did Steve start using this pedal (year and album ,if possible, please)

Cheerio

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#2 Post by guitarman13 » Sat Sep 23, 2006 1:47 pm

Regarding your first question, the only song I can think of where Steve uses the whammy pedal is Touching Tongues. The pedal was first released in 1992, so Steve probably starting playing around with it right after it first came out. But, Steve still uses the WH-1 Whammy Pedal (the original) because it's said to have better tracking and gain control than the new one (Digitech Whammy IV). The problem is if you find a WH-1 in good condition it would probably go for somewhere around $500. The new pedal is still pretty awesome. I have the Whammy pedal built into my Digitech GNX3000 guitar workstation and it works excellent.

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#3 Post by Petie » Sat Sep 23, 2006 5:28 pm

Other songs where you'll hear Steve use the Whammy pedal:

The Ultra Zone (as a harmonizer)
Fever Dream
Building The Church (in the rhythm guitars)
The Midway Creatures (as an octave and in the middle section before the solo)
Kill The Guy With The Ball
Triumph (Devin Townsend Band's Synchestra album)
The Mysterious Murder of Christian Tierra's Lover
I think there's one Whammy pedal sweep in the solo of "The Boy From Seattle" cos it sounds a little smoother than a whammy bar.

I'm sure there are more but I'm sure someone else can chime in with those.

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#4 Post by davester1234 » Sun Sep 24, 2006 5:17 am

TOUCHING TOUNGES is the best place to hear a whammy pedal used very musically.

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#5 Post by Rachmaninoff » Sun Sep 24, 2006 9:21 am

In fact, Steve uses his Whammy in lots of songs...
Anyway, the cited examples are good ones.

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#6 Post by BadMonkey » Sun Sep 24, 2006 12:14 pm

That's great, much appreciated!

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#7 Post by Petie » Sun Sep 24, 2006 7:41 pm

I forgot to add "The Blood & The Tears" from The Ultra Zone. Some very clever Whammy Pedal stuff in that.

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#8 Post by toreski » Thu Oct 05, 2006 5:10 am

Not from steve, but good ones:

searching / bamboo - Satriani

shove the sun aside (song) - Dave Weiner

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#9 Post by DR5150 » Thu Oct 12, 2006 8:13 pm

I take it you want a whammy pedal to play some Vai songs, but there's so much more to it than that. I always use it in my playing, even though I don't know any songs to use it with, other than searching by Joe Satriani. But seriously it's a great investment, you'll have a lot of fun with it, even if it's just experimenting with wierd sounds. I don't know if your considering getting it just to play new songs, but even if there aren't any songs you really want to learn using the Whammy, you should still get it, it's awesome. :P

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#10 Post by brentm » Fri Oct 13, 2006 2:55 pm

Set it to 5th and play the intro to The Animal :)

It's a fun toy to play with. I was lucky enough to pick one up used for 50 bucks :)

-Brent
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#11 Post by axeman31390 » Fri Oct 13, 2006 6:18 pm

what about MASSACRE?!???!?!??!?

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