This week’s featured piece of gear is the DigiTech Whammy pedal! First engineered and manufactured in 1989, the Whammy was the first widely known effects pedal that could do foot-controlled pitch-shifting effects. The pedal emulates sounds that a guitarist normally makes using the vibrato (“whammy”) bar on the guitar, but with a greatly enhanced pitch range and without tuning hassles associated with traditional vibrato bars. The Whammy DT; the fifth edition (released in 2011), uses polyphonic pitch shifting as well as true-bypass.

Notable users include Tom Morell, Bucket head, Dimebag Darrell, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Jack White, David Gilmour, Noel Gallagher, and Jimmy Page.

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