Well they finally made one...

Discussion in 'The Great Bigsby forum' started by Gasee, Jan 21, 2020.

  1. Gasee

    Gasee Gretschie

    Jun 4, 2009
    North Wales
    What do you think -

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  2. phil66

    phil66 Gretschie

    Dec 5, 2019
    This could get interesting.
    Merc likes this.

    CNPCNP Synchromatic

    Jan 3, 2015
    Open for cool & new ideas. I'd skip this tough.

    While the pedal itself looks cool , not sure whether what it provides is new (limited-range Whammy?)
    & the on-stage usage isn't cool either I'd say.

    Makes me think a bit of the not so happening filter-frequency-knob-turning stage-act of DJs.

    But hey, by this reasoning, a wah-pedal could be dismissed as well, and I'm not saying that... so... I'm not sure ;-)
  4. Merc

    Merc Country Gent

    May 6, 2017
    I’m open minded to check this out although it’s still in prototype phase. It might hit the mark for a Gretsch players that only use a Bigsby sparingly and have the V stop bridge. This may function like a wha but it’ll likely sound like a Bigsby. I suspect it’ll either be summer NAMM or next Winter NAMM.

    If anyone is not familiar with Game Changer Audio, their designs are very original and pushing the boundaries in design. Just this year they came out with a Reverb that uses optical light sensors Instead of a spring.

    Of course their Plasma pedal

    And the Plus Sustain pedal

    Last edited: Jan 21, 2020
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  5. Sid Nitzerglobin

    Sid Nitzerglobin Country Gent

    Jun 8, 2015
    Hehe, I agree looks cool, but seems like a solution in search of a problem for my purposes.

    For some reason I'm reminded of this one:
  6. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
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  7. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
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    From the title of the thread I was hoping for an Electromatic Billy Bo for us poor folk :(
  8. swivel

    swivel Country Gent

    May 13, 2018
    I've been waiting for an electronic trem that guitar mounts for years. Keyboards have had them for decades. You can change tuning with it also. Drop from Std E to D or C whatever.
    Using a mechanical device, which also weighs a lot is like using Model T push rod braking on a modern car.

    These guys came out with this a couple years back but it never went up for sale that I'm aware of. They got close, not perfected. I would want it to be metal, nice looking, sturdy with a good feel. Probably a good spring loaded feel like a weighted keyboard.
    -Negligible weight
    -No tuning issues with extreme trem use
    -No locking tuners (even more weight savings!)
    -No locking nuts
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  9. Merc

    Merc Country Gent

    May 6, 2017

    Well that shoe thing is just silly.

    I guess having recently purchased my 6228 which I love, I see more value in this than other players with Bigsby equipped guitars. I actually don’t mind the hard tail on it and like the V. To be honest I rarely used my Bigsby when I had the 6118 and my Hot Rod. But there is the occasional song which calls for one. I guess that’s where I see value in this pedal if it’s pulled off correctly. Assuming there are other players such as myself. Although I’ll likely have a Bigsby with Towner bar on it before this pedal is released.
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  10. Lockupyourfatdog

    Lockupyourfatdog Gretschie

    Aug 8, 2016
    Everett wa
    That’s exactly what I was expecting to see
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  11. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Why not build-in a pedal like the Digitech Ricochet? You’ll only have to fab a spring loaded faux trem arm to operate the Momentary/latch switch. That’s what these jokers did.
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  12. Merc

    Merc Country Gent

    May 6, 2017
    It’s likely got a little more than a momentary latch switch. It’s got an auto flutter knob (not that I want that). But it also has a rate and depth control. Considering the other pedals these guys offer, I think when it’s said and done it’s going to surprise a lot of people. Although it likely won’t win over actual Bigsby owners.
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  13. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
    I've never used a Whammy pedal, but isn't that similar?
  14. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

    Oct 18, 2015
    Hildesheim, Germany
    I have to hear it before I decide to like it.
  15. LivingMyDream

    LivingMyDream Friend of Fred

    I kind of like the sustain pedal. I am familiar with the design and function from some time with keyboards. To me, the design make perfect sense, and you have specific control of the sustain.
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  16. ruger9

    ruger9 Country Gent

    Nov 1, 2008
    So it's a way overpriced, but sexy, vibrato pedal. I don't see the innovation here... their 1st pedal, the PLUS Sustain pedal, really did something nothing else did. This...not so much.
  17. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Love the designs. They are works of art! But once I look past the gimmicks, slick design and inflated pricepoint, and start using my ears, I’m not hearing anything out of the ordinary.
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  18. ruger9

    ruger9 Country Gent

    Nov 1, 2008
    I do think the PLUS pedal is unique: nothing sustains a note or chord like that one does.

    The EHX Freeze only captures a millisecond, and sounds more like a drone note from a synth.
    The Digitech Freqout (which I have arriving today) does sustain, but it's a feedback thing, like the onboard sustainers in guitars.

    Loopers are cool, but that PLUS pedal... when playing alone.... would be really cool to hold chords out to play over, changing as you go. It's simply too expensive. Unless I was a solo performer who's bread and butter was playing alone.
  19. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    What about the EHX Superego?
  20. ruger9

    ruger9 Country Gent

    Nov 1, 2008
    I keep hearing about that one.... IDK? I think I put it out of my head, because I'll never by EHX again... I have had a lot of reliability/QC issues with that company, as well as less-than-satisfying customer service.
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