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post your WHAMMY BAR basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by lull&smooth, Feb 28, 2006.


  1. lull&smooth

    lull&smooth

    Jun 21, 2004
    I was watching a video today and saw that LES CLAYPOOL had a whammy bar on his bass, that thing sounds vicious and looks cool

    POST PICTURES PLEASE if anyone of you have a tremolo bass bridge

    thanx
     
  2. syciprider

    syciprider Banned

    May 27, 2005
    Inland Empire
    Don't be a geetard. It's a vibrato.
     
  3. Benjamin Strange

    Benjamin Strange Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    New Orleans, LA
    Owner / Tech: Strange Guitarworks
    Don't be an ignoramus. It's called a wiggle stick.

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  4. Never seen anything like the ones that syciprider posted...

    What kind of basses and what kind of "wiggle sticks" are those?
     
  5. syciprider

    syciprider Banned

    May 27, 2005
    Inland Empire
    You must be a drummer.
     
  6. GSRLessard14

    GSRLessard14 All-Things-Claypool Enthusiast

    Jun 23, 2005
    Newington, CT
  7. fr0me0

    fr0me0

    Dec 7, 2004
    Winnipeg Canada
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    kinda a crappy pic but i'm too lazy to take a better one cause its quarter to one in the morning.

    the one on the left is alder warmoth body, jazz neck SPB-2 Pickups and a hipshot trem. Just finsished assembling it today actually.
     
  8. BassmanDk

    BassmanDk

    Nov 23, 2005
    Odense, Denmark
    Employee - 4Sound, Odense
    he he actually a lot of people call them tremolo bars but no no no...
    Tremolo is the effect of turning volume up and down. Try fiddling with your volume while you sustain a note. That's the sound of a old guitartremolo known from the likes of Fender a.o. By the way a cool thing to do with the last note in a song.
    When you make the pitch of the note go up and down either by moving your finger on the string or with a stick mounted on a moveble bridge you are making Vibrato. You vibrate!!
    So the correct name would be a vibratostick. And no no don't even think of that;-)
    If you wanna use it for more extreme pitchshifting i guess it would be ok to call it a whammybar. Whammy probably originates from Digitechs Whammypedal. But then again i could be wrong since english isn't my first language!
     
  9. GSRLessard14

    GSRLessard14 All-Things-Claypool Enthusiast

    Jun 23, 2005
    Newington, CT
    Okay, but Kahler sells tremolos.

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  10. BassmanDk

    BassmanDk

    Nov 23, 2005
    Odense, Denmark
    Employee - 4Sound, Odense
    Yes they do. I said a lot of people call 'em tremolosystems. But its not right. Now you know, you can go out and spread the word and be a wise guy!!! he he;-)
     
  11. Baryonyx

    Baryonyx Banned

    Jul 11, 2005
    Marathon Man
    I was reading a rather interesting article in Soundcontrol magazine about magazine about Vibrato arms, from Bigby to Floyd Rose To EdgePro to Knife Edge systems, there was a lot covered there! It talked about the way people get the name of the device wrong in a technical sense, and even how manufacturers (Kahler, for instance) get the name wrong!

    Interestingly, the guy who wrote the article was the head guitar technician for Sound Control in London, and over the years he had even heard people call them things like "Wah wah bars" and even the "Distrotion stick". I loved the distortion stick moniker so much I started calling them that in a joking way for a while!

    Also, I'm pretty sure the name "whammy bar" was invented by surf guitarists, and stuck. Digitech's pedal is named after the whole thing, it mimics the effect of a Vibrato unit in a sense.
     
  12. Sound Chaser

    Sound Chaser

    Mar 19, 2005
    Lockport, NY
    Those are freaking amazing.
     
  13. iamthebassman

    iamthebassman

    Feb 24, 2004
    Austin,Texas
    Endorsing Artist: Phantom Guitars, Eastwood Guitars
    My Gretsch SynchroBassVI.
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  14. but isnt that a guitar? not a bass???:confused: :confused:
     
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    Ibanez Musican '79 w0o0o
    sorry my photography sucks
     
  16. seventhson

    seventhson Supporting Member

    Aug 12, 2005
    Seattle, WA
    Tremolo is amplitude modulation, meaning the volume is varied. This effect is called Vibrato on Fender amps.

    Vibrato is pitch modulation, meaning the pitch is varied. This device is called a Tremolo on Fender guitars.

    Thanks, Leo!
     
  17. iamthebassman

    iamthebassman

    Feb 24, 2004
    Austin,Texas
    Endorsing Artist: Phantom Guitars, Eastwood Guitars
    No, it's a Gretsch SynchroBassVI. B-A-S-S VI.
     
  18. tplyons

    tplyons

    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Had an 84 BC Rich Warlock with a Kahler. Sounded great, ugly as sin.
     
  19. tkozal

    tkozal Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2006
    New York City
    The old and new Fender Bass VI's have a bar, but not the Jaguar baritone.