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Woody777's picture
Apr 2004
8 years ago

Can anybody compare the Whammy reissue with the Boss PS-5 in terms of sound quality and features?


SnooP's picture
Jun 2004
9 years ago

i like the look of the ps-5 better because it has real harmonizing as well a few other modes the whammy doesn't have...

I'm gonna bid on ebay this week to buy one unless another geek wants to sell me one for under US$120 (inc shipping) or $150 if expression pedal is included

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JukePenguin's picture
Oct 2004
9 years ago

Can you leave the whammy like an octave down and have a super heavy sound?

Everyone else does it so why not me....
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proggy04's picture
North Carolina
Dec 2003
6 years ago

For versatility, I'd say the PS-5...

However, something that has come in VERY handy for me is that the whammy only has 1 knob, so it's easy to change setting mid-song. But if you only need a few different setting in your set, but need the versatility, get the PS-5. I've also heard the PS-5 tracks way better (playing more than just 2 notes at a time is feasible).

I hope that helps you narrow it down a bit :)

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Lietz's picture
Mar 2004
9 years ago

I love my PS-5 but I've never used a wammy. I got it for $90 on ebay so I can't complain.

Woody777's picture
Apr 2004
8 years ago

Thanks guys.

From what I can tell, the PS-5 does everything the Whammy does plus the trem/flutter thing. I would mainly use it for playing lead harmonies, pitch shifting in real time for squeels and the detune for a heavy muddy kind of sound at times.

Am I on the right track with the PS-5 or should I look into the Whammy a little more?

Also, where does the PS-5 work best in the signal chain? And what kind of expression pedal do you need and can you just use a standard 1/4" instrument cable to plug it in?


Cooper_2's picture
Victoria, BC
Jan 2004
8 years ago

Originally posted by SnooP
i like the look of the ps-5 better because it has real harmonizing

as opposed to...? :confused:

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nyrkickazz1's picture
New York City
Oct 2003
1 year ago

Originally posted by Cooper
as opposed to...? :confused:

Fake harmonizing, duh.

He's talking about intelligent pitch shifting.


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Woody777's picture
Apr 2004
8 years ago


Woody777's picture
Apr 2004
8 years ago

another bump

zoso451's picture
san gabriel
Apr 2004
8 years ago

I own one with an expression pedal. It rules, but you cant hold it in whammy mode so you have to stand on both the pedal and the expression to control it. The harmonizer is really really good, the pitch shift mode is awesome for making weird effects.

I like it a lot more than the Whammy. Lots more options.

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