20 posts / 0 new
Last post
Decayed's picture
Jan 2004
9 years ago

Whats the difference between a wah pedal and whammy pedal?

doingtheunstuck's picture
Vancouver, B.C.
Sep 2003
1 year ago

wah = bandpass filter
whammy = pitchshifter

a wah is essentially a bandpass filter (think of it as a filter that kills everything higher than a certian point, but also kills everything lower than another point)... rocking it back and forth changes the position of the band it allows to pass through.

the whammy is a digital pitchshifter.

what is the difference? they're different effects.

British Celebrity (updated: 08/11/06)
The Nicola Closet (updated: 10/02/06)
My gear (updated: 08/11/06)

Good read

LJ_Thilver's picture
Apr 2004
11 years ago

A wah goes "wah wah wah" and a Whammy does not go "whammy whammy whammy".

Welladjusted's picture
Hamilton, Ontario
Sep 2002
1 year ago

wah effects the tone, whammy effects the pitch


JDogg's picture
Greater London, UK
Oct 2003
10 years ago

Wah - listen to Jimi Hendrix

Whammy - listen to Tom Morello

So I'll try not to breathe as I hold my head still,
the light bends on my face, there'd be tears if I cried
And I'll try not to think what the happy things were
I just think of the stuff that just made me **** scared

Gear Pics!
Rig Thread
Elita's Rev Online


Vox Valvetone - £45 posted or trade for Voodoo Labs Sparkle Drive

Digitech Digidelay (+cash) - trade for Boss DD-20

Cobb's picture
Nov 2003
9 years ago

haha its fun describing it

Wah goes Wah waaah Waaaaahhhhhh


monkeyspunky's picture
London, UK
Dec 2002
5 years ago


interesting indeed

Wampler Clean Buffer
EHX HOG (True Bypass Loop)
Line 6 FM4 Filter Modeller
Lovetone Meatball
MXR Distortion + (1977 - True Bypass Mod)
PROCO RAT 2 (Keeley)
Radial Tonebone Hot British
Lovetone Big Cheese
Zvex Mastotron
Zvex Super Duper 2 in 1
Hilton Volume Pedal (to Boss TU2)
True Bypass Strip
Boss CE2 (1978 MIJ)
MXR Carbon Copy
Boss DD3
EHX 2880
Line 6 DL4
Boss DD-20
Eventide Timefactor
Boss RV3


Welladjusted's picture
Hamilton, Ontario
Sep 2002
1 year ago

you can also make a whammy go "wEEEEEEEEEooooowwwwwwEEEEEEEEEEEEooooowwwwwww"
i'm sure that's on a rage against the machine album somewhere


hot_rats!'s picture
richmond, virginia
Oct 2002
3 years ago

ok guys, theres no way to give the sound of a whammy phonetically(spelling...).

Jesus_2's picture
Look behind you...
Aug 2003
6 years ago

just listen to alvin chipmonk

shredfast's picture
Dec 2003
10 years ago

k, for kewlest use IMO of wah, see Voodoo child by Jimi Hendrix, for kewlest use of whammy, see Searching by Joe Satriani

The world disgusts me.