DigiTech Whammy Pedal Comparison

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The Legacy Of The Whammy

Fans of whammy pedals may begin rejoicing with unrestrained enthusiasm. The DigiTech Whammy pedal had first been released way back in the late 80s and very quickly became a household name in the pedal community. The number of famous guitarists that have made the Whammy a staple to their pedal chain alone has solidified this pedal’s place in guitar history.

Since its origin the Whammy has had several incarnations over the years and with DigiTech’s next installment of the Whammy coming out in the month of June – there will be three separate Whammy pedals available. We’re going to slap them all side by side and see what to expect from each of them. For the sake of conversation this is limited to just the pedals still available.

DigiTech Whammy IVDigiTech Whammy DTDigiTech Whammy (New)
Digitech Whammy IV Pedal
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Digitech Whammy DT Pedal
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New Digitech Whammy Pedal
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$149.95$299.95$199.95
Whammy: 1 octave up, 2 octaves up, 1 octave down, 2 octaves down, dive bomb.Whammy: 2nd up, 4th up, 5th up, 1 octave up, 2 octaves up, 4th down, 5th down, 1 octave down, 2 octaves down, dive bomb.Whammy: 2nd up, 4th up, 5th up, 1 octave up, 2 octaves up, 4th down, 5th down, 1 octave down, 2 octaves down, dive bomb.
Harmony Bend: 2nd up/3rd up, minor 3rd up/3rd up, 3rd up/4th up, 4th up/5th up, 5th up/6th up, 4th up/7th up, 4th down/3rd down, 5th down/4th down, octave up/octave down.Harmony: 2nd up/3rd up, minor 3rd up/3rd up, 3rd up/4th up, 4th up/5th up, 5th up/6th up, 4th up/7th up, 4th down/3rd down, 5th down/4th down, octave up/octave down.Harmony: 2nd up/3rd up, minor 3rd up/3rd up, 3rd up/4th up, 4th up/5th up, 5th up/6th up, 4th up/7th up, 4th down/3rd down, 5th down/4th down, octave up/octave down.
Detune: Shallow, deep.Detune: Shallow, deep, shift up/down mode.Detune: Shallow, deep
Extras: MIDI port.Extras: Momentary foot switch for hammer-on and pull-off effect, designated drop tune foot switch, MIDI port, foot switch input.Extras: Classic/chords switch, true bypass, MIDI port.

DigiTech Whammy IV

This is the model that set the standards upon which the future models were built. The pedal has been used by countless guitarists and heard on even greater a number of songs. Gilmour, Satch, Vai, Hammett, Jack White, The Edge, Dethklok, you name it. It has 4 whammy options plus a dive bomb effect, detuning options, and 9 harmony options.  This pedal will most likely cease to be when the new model hits shelves so get yours today while supplies last.

DigiTech Whammy DT

The Whammy DT is a beefed up model and then some. It offers a total of 9 options plus the same dive bomb and detuning features, as well as the 9 harmony options. Some of the newer features include the Momentary switch that aids you in getting more of a hammer-on and pull-off sound. The tuner has been elaborated on in greater detail. With this pedal you can shift the pitch up and down up to an octave in either direction.

DigiTech Whammy (New)

The upcoming successor to the Whammy IV is on its way and is slated for release in early June. When it comes out guitarists everywhere will have access to the 9 whammy options found in the DT, the 9 harmony options, dive bomb, and detuning. The newest feature in this model is the Classic/Chord switch. In Classic mode you can use the Whammy pedal like any other Whammy pedal, but in Chord mode there is greater emphasis on using the pedal while playing chords while abolishing that wretched warbley sound that makes you wonder why you spent so long tuning your guitar to begin with.


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Kyle Smitchens

Kyle Smitchens is the Guitar-Muse Managing Editor, super hero extraordinaire, and all around great guy. He has been playing guitar since his late teens and writing personal biographies almost as long. An appreciator of all music, his biggest influences include Tchaikovsky, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Steve Vai, Therion, and Jon Levasseur of Cryptopsy.

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