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Old 12.14.04, 4:42 PM
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Digitech Whammy vs. Boss PS-5 w/ expression pedal

Can anybody compare the Whammy reissue with the Boss PS-5 in terms of sound quality and features?

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i like the look of the ps-5 better because it has real harmonizing as well a few other modes the whammy doesn't have...

I'm gonna bid on ebay this week to buy one unless another geek wants to sell me one for under US$120 (inc shipping) or $150 if expression pedal is included
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Can you leave the whammy like an octave down and have a super heavy sound?
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For versatility, I'd say the PS-5...


However, something that has come in VERY handy for me is that the whammy only has 1 knob, so it's easy to change setting mid-song. But if you only need a few different setting in your set, but need the versatility, get the PS-5. I've also heard the PS-5 tracks way better (playing more than just 2 notes at a time is feasible).

I hope that helps you narrow it down a bit
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I love my PS-5 but I've never used a wammy. I got it for $90 on ebay so I can't complain.
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Thanks guys.

From what I can tell, the PS-5 does everything the Whammy does plus the trem/flutter thing. I would mainly use it for playing lead harmonies, pitch shifting in real time for squeels and the detune for a heavy muddy kind of sound at times.

Am I on the right track with the PS-5 or should I look into the Whammy a little more?

Also, where does the PS-5 work best in the signal chain? And what kind of expression pedal do you need and can you just use a standard 1/4" instrument cable to plug it in?

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i like the look of the ps-5 better because it has real harmonizing
as opposed to...?
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as opposed to...?
Fake harmonizing, duh.

He's talking about intelligent pitch shifting.
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I own one with an expression pedal. It rules, but you cant hold it in whammy mode so you have to stand on both the pedal and the expression to control it. The harmonizer is really really good, the pitch shift mode is awesome for making weird effects.

I like it a lot more than the Whammy. Lots more options.
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I went through the same debate myself.
The thing about the intelligent pitch shifting is just that it can follow any note, unlike the old ps3 where you have to set the key youre playing in and then the interval you want to harmonize.

I ended up getting the whammy, since it already has the expression pedal, and it does everything i want, the ps5 had the whammy flutter, but that didnt make much of a difference when i played them. I can get a million different sounds out of my whammy, 4 reissue in case youre wondering, and i still havent used it to the fullest extent, theres a billion more osunds i could get out of it. What i like a lot is that i can take all the tone out oof my guitar, and then use just the neck pickup and shift it an octave or two down, and get a close to real sounding bass guitar sound. No joke.
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I'm considering buying a PS-5; can anyone tell about how much these go for right now on ebay?
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