The DigiTech Whammy Pedal is a certified legend, but DigiTech have never rested on their laurels. The Whammy DT is the most feature-packed evolution of the Whammy yet. But now they’ve done something equally cool and interesting: separated out a two of the DT’s non-whammy features into unique standalone pedals, the Luxe and the Drop. Of the Luxe, DigiTech says: “The DigiTech® Luxe is an anti-chorus, the world’s first stand-alone, compact, polyphonic detune pedal. The Luxe takes the detune effect from the popular Whammy™ product line and adds positive and negative detune capabilities.
The Luxe detune will add consistent “thickening” to your signal without the modulating side effects introduced by a chorus effect. Whether you’re playing single notes or chords, the Luxe provides a lush, solid, and true pitch-detuning effect. Clean guitar chords shimmer. Distorted guitar harmonics are richly enhanced. The Luxe simply just makes everything sound better.”
In other words, this is what you should use if you want to get those cool John Petrucci or Eddie Van Halen-style chorus effects where the sound doesn’t waver and wobble and swirl. I love that sound so I think there might be one of these in my future. As for the Drop: “The DigiTech® Drop is a dedicated polyphonic drop tune pedal that allows you to drop your tuning from one semitone all the way down to a full octave. Get down-tuned chunk without having to change guitars! The Drop also features a momentary/latching switch. With the switch set to momentary, you can turn the Drop into a true performance pedal. Fast trills and roller-coaster pitch dips are at the tip of your toes.” There’s also an Octave+Dry mode.