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Decayed's picture
Jan 2004
8 years ago

Whats the difference between a wah pedal and whammy pedal?

doingtheunstuck's picture
Vancouver, B.C.
Sep 2003
4 months 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.

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LJ_Thilver's picture
Apr 2004
9 years ago

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

Welladjusted's picture
Hamilton, Ontario
Sep 2002
4 months ago

wah effects the tone, whammy effects the pitch


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

Wah - listen to Jimi Hendrix

Whammy - listen to Tom Morello

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And I'll try not to think what the happy things were
I just think of the stuff that just made me **** scared

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Cobb's picture
Nov 2003
7 years ago

haha its fun describing it

Wah goes Wah waaah Waaaaahhhhhh


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


interesting indeed

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

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

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

just listen to alvin chipmonk

shredfast's picture
Dec 2003
9 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

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