REVIEW: DigiTech Whammy DT

The DigiTech Whammy is one of the most important new effects of the last few decades. It practically redefined lead guitar just over 20 years ago, playing a crucial role in songs like Steve Vai’s “Touching Tongues,” Joe Satriani’s “Cool #9,” Rage Against The Machine’s “Killing In The Name Of,” Pink Floyd’s “Marooned,” Coverdale-Page’s “Over Now” and dozens more. There have been various iterations of the effect, with some being more successful than others, but the original red version is considered the most desirable (although the Whammy II is pretty cool too, featuring the same chip as the original but with the ability to toggle between presets with your foot. I miss mine – never should have traded it!). The fourth edition, the Whammy IV, adds a few handy features to the mix, but the fifth, the Whammy DT, aims to be the ultimate Whammy.

The DT includes a full suite of Harmony and Whammy options. The Harmony settings involve both ‘heel’ and ‘toe’ pitches which allow you to manually play the harmony with your foot for cool counterpoint effects. Although these are parallel harmonies rather than diatonic ones, the two pitches on the pedal are sometimes necessary for playing in-tune harmonies. The modes (with heel and toe settings respectively) are: octave down/octave up, 5th down/4th down, 4th down/3rd down, 5th up/7th up, 5th up/6th up, 4th up/5th up (very Steve Vai, think “Ultra Zone”), 3rd up/4th up, flat 3rd up/3rd up, 2nd up/3rd up. Then there are the Detune modes (Shallow and Deep) which are variable via the foot pedal and which are capable of cool fixed-pitch chorus sounds.

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COOL GEAR ALERT: DigiTech Whammy DT

All hail the DigiTech Whammy! I used to have a Whammy II, a very cool pedal that I no longer felt I needed when I got a multi-effects unit from another brand, so I got rid of it. Well of course I quickly got the sellers’ remorse over that one. I haven’t bought a DigiTech Whammy to replace it yet but I’m gonna find it hard to resist the new Whammy DT. Check out these new additions:

‘Shift Down’ and ‘Shift Up’ modes for changing the tuning down by as much as seven steps or an entire octave up or down.

Momentary switch for ‘hammer-on’ and ‘pull-off’ effects – step on it to alter the pitch, and lift your foot off to retun immediately to the regular unaltered note. Trillorrific!

True bypass

FS3X input for hands-free selection of Whammy and Drop Tune settings

MIDI input

Sounds awesome, no? More info at DigiTech.com.