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Thread started 10/03/21 9:23pm

thebanishedone

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Prince's whammy bar work underrated?

I get that some of you didn't like Prince using whammy bar on his guitar but don't you think Prince had become a master of whammy bar after a while? I for sure had miss his Princley dive bombs and angry passages that he used to create with his whammy bar when he started playing vox.And no don't even try to tellme that he used whammy bar as a replacement for his finger vibrato.Cause thats not true at all.Prince used whammy bar to create sound effects and do dive bombs.his finger vibrato was still there.In the very early 2000 he was not that great,but around 2003 and after he develouped his own style of using it.i can't even imagine Shhh without his dive bombs.my top whammy bar moments are Whole Lotta Love from Indigo Nights ,Villanova Junction from the last London AFTershow,Shhh from Hong Kong Rocks,Joy In Repetition live Ona aftershow and many other
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Reply #1 posted 10/04/21 3:02am

rafael

prince really didn't need it. Most guitarists use it to camouflage the fact they can't play.

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Reply #2 posted 10/04/21 10:54am

steakfinger

No, his whammy bar work was not overrated. In fact, it is sim-ly the worst I've ever seen. He barely used it for anything other than a stupid wiggle at the end of a phrase. When he did use it for something else, it was a really flaccid-sound divebomb.

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Reply #3 posted 10/04/21 10:55am

steakfinger

rafael said:

prince really didn't need it. Most guitarists use it to camouflage the fact they can't play.

Prince didn't use it well at all for any purpose. It sounded exceedingly lame.

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Reply #4 posted 10/04/21 2:50pm

SPYZFAN1

Hated his playing with the Floyd Rose. He was 12 years too late by the time he started using it.

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Reply #5 posted 10/04/21 11:41pm

thebanishedone

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Well i think whammy bar added some freshness to his guitar playing.it inspired his playing.i love his dive bombs and those angry passages that he created as a call and response dialogs when playing with whammy bar.
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Reply #6 posted 10/05/21 7:45am

Cinny

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I love how he could bend notes and make his guitar sing.

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Reply #7 posted 10/05/21 11:08pm

26ten

thebanishedone said:

I get that some of you didn't like Prince using whammy bar on his guitar but don't you think Prince had become a master of whammy bar after a while? I for sure had miss his Princley dive bombs and angry passages that he used to create with his whammy bar when he started playing vox.And no don't even try to tellme that he used whammy bar as a replacement for his finger vibrato.Cause thats not true at all.Prince used whammy bar to create sound effects and do dive bombs.his finger vibrato was still there.In the very early 2000 he was not that great,but around 2003 and after he develouped his own style of using it.i can't even imagine Shhh without his dive bombs.my top whammy bar moments are Whole Lotta Love from Indigo Nights ,Villanova Junction from the last London AFTershow,Shhh from Hong Kong Rocks,Joy In Repetition live Ona aftershow and many other
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I don't know if I've registered the amount he used it, although his playing was never less than incredible.

Surprised at some of the responses here and am sort of wondering if we have guitar players here or not.

Will have to get back to your question here in the OP though.
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Reply #8 posted 10/06/21 5:53pm

GustavoRibas

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Something I think Prince is very underrated is on his use of effects. Ok, most of the time he played in a traditional way, but the way he used Octave and Flanger in the 2000s was very unique. I loved the way he combined Flanger with the whammy bar to make some noise.

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If he was having hits, I believe it would have been more talked about.

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Reply #9 posted 10/06/21 9:37pm

thebanishedone

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GustavoRibas said:

Something I think Prince is very underrated is on his use of effects. Ok, most of the time he played in a traditional way, but the way he used Octave and Flanger in the 2000s was very unique. I loved the way he combined Flanger with the whammy bar to make some noise.


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If he was having hits, I believe it would have been more talked about.

he used tremolo pedal in the 90s but i love his whammy bar work latter on
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Reply #10 posted 10/08/21 11:44am

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I'm surprised @FunkyStrange (aka The Captain from Peach & Black Podcast) hasn't weighed in on this tread yet. He really hates the whammy bar and was a strong critic of it in their podcasts.

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Reply #11 posted 10/08/21 12:34pm

coldcoffeeandc
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I just Googled what a whammy bar is

Turns out I really enjoy that aspect of his music
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Reply #12 posted 10/08/21 6:33pm

26ten

coldcoffeeandcocacola said:

I just Googled what a whammy bar is

Turns out I really enjoy that aspect of his music


For real!
As a guitarist myself I think his use was really clever. He didn't overuse it or anything. Seems strange.

It's not like we are talking about Kirk Hammet and his wah pedal or something. He doesn't even use it a huge amount from what I've heard.
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Reply #13 posted 10/08/21 9:32pm

thebanishedone

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I guess we have some pro anti whammy bar guys here lol
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Reply #14 posted 10/08/21 11:06pm

26ten

Nah man haha not "pro whammy bar" just good music + cool sounds.

I think that's why the anti whammy seems so weird and arbitrary

Like... did a whammy bar beat you up in school?? haha
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