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Digitech whammy issue (did I kill it?)

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by superheavyfunk, Oct 4, 2017.


  1. superheavyfunk

    superheavyfunk 音楽は人生だ

    Mar 11, 2013
    Toronto
    ive just been using my whammy on a saxophone - and it sounded awesome! But all of a sudden, it stopped effecting the sound. I had it plugged into a visual sound 1-spot, which I've used before... When the effect is bypassed, it passes signal but when I turn it on nothing comes through. I decided to try it with a source audio power supply to see if the issue was with the 1-spot but nothing changed. :(

    The 1-spot is rated 9V, 1700mA. The Whammy wants 9V, 1300mA. Did I over amp it or something? Has anyone else experienced something like this? What can I do? Also, has anyone had experience with Digitech Customer Service? I'm about to shoot them an email about this too.

    Thanks in advance for any advice/experience you can share with me, folks.
     
  2. You can't damage it by using a power source of the correct voltage with more power on tap. I'd send them an email, it could just be a bypass switch issue.
     
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  3. rratajski

    rratajski Commercial User

    Jul 1, 2008
    Mount Laurel, NJ
    Builder for FUZZROCIOUS PEDALS
    Doesn't a whammy want AC power? Isn't the One Spot DC?
     
  4. bassmusic17

    bassmusic17

    Jan 15, 2011
    I would assume it’s the same power requirements at the Bass Whammy. It says 1300mA 9VDC but it only consumes 265mA of power.
     

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  5. LSMFT6

    LSMFT6 We brake for nobody Supporting Member

    Aug 16, 2006
    California
    None
    Yeah, which version of the Whammy are we talking about here?
     
  6. superheavyfunk

    superheavyfunk 音楽は人生だ

    Mar 11, 2013
    Toronto
    It's the Digitech Bass Whammy. This guy here: DigiTech Bass Whammy

    I'v emailed Digitech and am awaiting a response.

    It was very strange... there was no pop or some other kind of signal to tell me that something just happened. It was powered on, I swapped 1/4" cables to plug my bass in and it just stopped working. *shrug*
     
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  7. superheavyfunk

    superheavyfunk 音楽は人生だ

    Mar 11, 2013
    Toronto
    They're both DC. The OEM Bass Whammy power supply (HPRO PS0913DC-01) is 9V DC.
     
  8. gregmon79

    gregmon79 I did it for the muff... Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2012
    Chicago IL
    It’s hard to diagnose the issue. It could be the bypass, it could be something shorted, it could be anything. But from what you’re telling us, it doesn’t sound like you’ve fried anything. Does the LED come on at least when you hit the foot switch? Do the other LEDs come on when it’s powered on?
     
  9. gregmon79

    gregmon79 I did it for the muff... Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2012
    Chicago IL
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  10. rratajski

    rratajski Commercial User

    Jul 1, 2008
    Mount Laurel, NJ
    Builder for FUZZROCIOUS PEDALS
    I am unsure with current Whammy versions, but the old ones are AC. I have seen a couple replies from Digitech stating this. It would make sense that if the new Bass Whammy is DC, they would convert the newer Whammys too.

    With that said, digital effects are not simple to diagnose without the proper tools, so hopefully Digitech can help you out!
     
  11. superheavyfunk

    superheavyfunk 音楽は人生だ

    Mar 11, 2013
    Toronto
    Yeah, all the lights come on as normal (they do a weird blinking thing if the pedal is underpowered), the rotary dial seems to work... everything seems completely normal, except it won't pass sound when engaged.

    The recalibration thing is just for the expression pedal if it's not tracking properly but I might as well give it a try and see if anything changes, I guess.

    Thanks everyone for the replies. Digitech referred me to a technician here in Canada that I have to email... all they said was that I should try it with the OEM supply which kinda doesn't help. I'll report back when I learn more, in case this info is useful for anyone in the future.
     
  12. gregmon79

    gregmon79 I did it for the muff... Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2012
    Chicago IL
    I was thinking maybe the recalibration would “reset” the pedal so to speak. I know it’s just for the treadle but just a thought anyway.
     
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