Bass Whammy Not Playing Well with Distortion

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Azure Skies, Jan 1, 2015.

  1. Azure Skies

    Azure Skies Commercial User

    Mar 21, 2012
    Sneaker salesman Importer/Exporter Broughton Audio
    I have the reissue bass whammy, and it is making a waterfall noise when I have a high gain pedal activated. When the whammy is bypassed, the noise goes away. Not the end of the world I suppose, but does anybody have a similar experience and/or solution?

    As an aside, in case anybody ever searches this: I am successfully powering the whammy via a voodoo labs pedal power 2, using outlet 5 (the high current one). I tried looking for this information and got nothing.
  2. bassmusic17


    Jan 15, 2011
    Where is the Whammy in your signal chain?
  3. Azure Skies

    Azure Skies Commercial User

    Mar 21, 2012
    Sneaker salesman Importer/Exporter Broughton Audio
    The whammy is first. The effect happens with all of my distortion and fuzz pedals.
  4. I use my Bass whammy reissue a lot as well, with high gain fuzz (Earthbound Audio Beast) after it too, and I haven't noticed that the Whammy adds extra noise, though the Beast is already quite noisy by iself when engaged as I tend to keep the gain maxed for my desired sound. I'll see what happens next Tuesday during band rehearsal if I try to reproduce your problems with the whammy + high gain dirt after it.
  5. Do you get any noise with an alternate power source for the Whammy?
  6. Tom Von Kramm

    Tom Von Kramm Commercial User

    Jul 19, 2012
    Try putting it after your fuzz, it breaks the "rules" but that's how I run mine.
  7. AgressivePassiv


    Feb 3, 2011
    I ran mine with a darkglass duality. I put the duality both before and after the whammy and had no issues. I liked it better with the fuzz first. I powered it with both a one spot and my furman powered board.
  8. LSMFT6

    LSMFT6 We brake for nobody Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 16, 2006
    Yeah, the B-wham does like isolated power and will add some noise if not isolated. Trying powering it with its own power supply (the factory-supplied one, preferably) and see if the noise goes away.
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  9. gregmon79

    gregmon79 Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2012
    Chicago IL
    It very well could be and is most likely the power supply. I would recommend trying it with the power supply that came with it and see if that stops that noise. I use the ps that came with it on my board when I use it. I just rigged a couple power strips under my bpard and that works very well. Especially when I have an extra ps or two I have to use. The BWhammy, I would think, is going to perform better with its own ps.
  10. pink pbass

    pink pbass

    May 9, 2014
    esp basses, mesa/boogie amps, seymour duncan, ernie ball strings, digitech, pigtronix
    i noticed the waterfall noise on mine when using a shared one spot power supply, as well. i had used it for months at home for practice and in my live rig, where i was using the included power supply and never noticed this noise. i put together a small fly-board a couple months ago and that's when i heard it. the new board is a line 6 g50 receiver - polytune mini - bass whammy - mxr bass di, all powered by a one spot. i only hear the noise when both the whammy and the bass di distortion are on, and it seems to only happen about a second into a sustained note. it wasn't enough to keep me from using the board though, and i never noticed it while i was actually playing live with the band.