Digitech pedals are some of the more popular, mass-produced digital guitar effects. With a diverse line of modeling systems in their current lineup, new guitarists can have fun for months on end exploring all of the different tones available for guitar. The more classic Digitech pedals include the Whammy (1, 2 & 4), Space Station and Jamman looper. The Whammy I offers the most organic (although still digital) tone, while the Whammy II offers more foot control with the same IVL technology as the original. The Whammy IV (current production) is very affordable but not known for the same level of tone as the I and II models. The Space Station has become a cult classic and can take your playing straight to outerspace with the click of a switch. The Jamman is considered one of the better loopers today, along with the BOSS RC-20 and Boomerang Looper.
Popular Digitech Pedals
Digitech Whammy I
The Whammy I is Digitech’s most legendary pedal, hands down. It’s known for sounding much more organic than the current reissue Model (Whammy IV). A company by the name of IVL Technologies designed the original circuitry for the Whammy pedal in 1989 and it was only around until 1993. The pedal was succeeded by the Digitech Whammy II, which was suppose to be better in that it offers the ability to bank between the presets with stomp switches. The jury is still out on this debate. Is it fact or is it fiction?
Digitech Whammy II
The Digitech Whammy II is often what people settle on when they see the prices that the original Whammy I commands. For around $200, a guitar player can get nearly (or perhaps exactly?) the same tone as the original Whammy I, but with foot control. This pedal sounds good, looks stealthy, and is really useful. The only drawbacks to the Whammy II is that it cannot be true-bypassed (the buffer really sucks) and the Input control really isn’t necessary (it’s difficult to keep your tone sounding strong but not clipping). But, for most gigging electric guitarists, this is the Whammy to get. An advised additional purchase would be a true bypass loop pedal in order to get the Whammy II’s crappy buffer circuit out of your signal chain when you’re not using it.
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