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DigiTech Bass Whammy Pitch Shift Bass Pedal Reviews

5.0 stars based on 4 customer reviews
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  • from March 3, 2016Music Background:
    Bassist

    Great Pedal!

    I have to say as a bassist it is nice to see the love we are getting lately with some of these new pedals that are coming out! Everyone thinks we are just low end and so we only need our bass and an amp right? Wrong! I make music with my bass! I use this pedal for filler as well as some nice additions to the music but this thing gets kicked on mostly when my guitarist is playing solos live. I put it on 1 octave up and let notes ring out and it fills the empty space perfectly. The way it lets my bass come through and an octave up sounds like two people playing. I love it! The tracking on this pedal is amazing as well! 1 octave up + 1 octave down is probably where it sits the most. I would recommend this pedal!

  • from Stateline NV May 6, 2014Music Background:
    Working bass player

    Fun Creative Tool

    Yup, 5 stars! Digi Tech knocked it out of the park this time. Not only is this a fun way to change up your sound and create some wild expressions. It can be very USEFUL at providing simple intervals, octaves, and even 3 note chords. If you play with a guitar trio, when the guitarist takes a solo, you will totally be able to keep the bottom grooving, while the pedal splits off and harmonizes, giving you chords, etc. The tracking is amazing. I find that the octave down tracks better than my $190 Aguilar "Octimizer". (And that is a really great unit too, BTW.) Tracking in general is very very good. The traditional whammy effects work quite well, and really do emulate having a bass whammy installed on your axe. The new, harmonizer effects, are cool because it leaves your original note present, and then adds other intervals, until you rock the pedal, and then it whammys all of the notes either up or down. Crazy! I find that in a bass solo, the effects make me think of scales and modal ideas in a whole new way. Now that's quite an effect, one that inspires you!! A nice way to use this effect is during a groove section of a song, where solos keep going around, and over and over. It gives you somewhere to go, so to speak, as to changing up the colors, and textures underneath the jahm. That can make an extended solo section seem more interesting for both the band members, and audience as well. If you can swing the 200 bucks, I'd recommend giving this a try. I about can't imagine returning it once it's in your hot little hands!! :-)

  • from United States April 16, 2014Music Background:
    Pro Musician

    Amazing Pedal for Bass Players!

    I own the original Bass Whammy Pedal from 1993 or 1994 that I bought used off of eBay. I loved using it but the tracking wasn't the greatest, and the polyphony wasn't all that good either, therefore making it difficult to use in my playing. Then this came along, and I instantly preordered it. It got here yesterday and after playing with it I was instantly blown away! I honestly can't say anything bad about this pedal. The tracking is superb from the Low B to the G strings, all over the neck and even on the Harmonics. The Chords Mode is what sets this apart from its original counterpart. Now I can use this on chords and it won't sound like a mess! It also has a lot more Settings than the original Bass Whammy, as well as the original settings, so you can find a sound that works for you. But one thing I should point out: if you're using this and you realize the sound doesn't change until the Expression Pedal is about halfway down, Calibrate it! Digitech's website has the Manual you can download and gives you easy to follow instructions on Calibrating your Bass Whammy. This helped me out and might help you out. And finally, Sweetwater made my purchasing experience perfect, thanks.

  • from Fayetteville, NC September 19, 2015Music Background:
    Independant artist with music on iTunes, Amazon, and all the big music sellers

    Nothing does clean shifting better

    The bass whammy works great. cool sounds and very nice intervals choices. It doesn't do the nasty OC-2 sound or pog octave up sound, it's cleaner and more natural, less synth sounding. The 4th down can be used to breifly fake a 5 string by instantly down tuning the bass from eadg to bead which I love when im playing my 4 string. The octave up and down sound pretty cool, the detune is a usable chorus. One octave down whammy is a fun setting for Hollywood endings.

    The only reason I didn't give I a perfect score is at times the switch is noisy. You know an audible "click" when you engage the pedal. It's not always there and not terrible, but can be annoying at times.

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