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Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by Gregor, Nov 16, 2020.
Synchro, thanks for the info. I will check out the bio.
10,000 comedians out of work and we get this.
On other stringed instruments, like violin or cello, a rapid movement of the finger on a string is called vibrato. It's a pitch change, as is a Bigsby or Floyd. Tremolo is a variable volume, like you'd find in most amps. A Leslie is considered a tremulant, but it changes the pitch as well as the volume.
Pitch, volume, and also phase. But what it really does is to change the location of the sound source in space.
Yes, and nothing else sounds like it. Trouble is that it's a nightmare to mike properly.
Whammy Bar... Mama!
Whew, my head's aching reading this but thanks for sharing.
I'm still laughing!!!
Thank you, Christian Doppler.
Without you, we'd probably call it the "pitchy-bendy-swirly-loud-not-so-loud effect."
To answer the question - a vibrato.
For those of us who are technically challenged perhaps a picture will help. The one on the left has a tremolo the one on the right has a vibrato.
Why don't we put the whole thing to rest and just call it a tremolato? Or maybe vibrolo.
Try doing it with your hands and your Bigsby at the same time (but don't chew gum).
Now a Leslie is something completely different. You'd have to factor in air temperature, barometric pressure, room size, etc. etc.
Personally I can not imagine a guy like Leo Fender getting the terminology wrong. He may not have been a professional musician but I think he received formal training as an accountant.
He and Doc Kauffman were business associates for a few years under the K&F brand before Kauffman left and Leo renamed the company after himself.
So Leo must have been well aware of the Kauffman Vibrola.
My theory is he didn’t want to create any confusion or possible association with another product and quite deliberately took some liberty in renaming his invention, in the absence of ruthlessly scrutinising guitar forums.
Just proves my theory. It's all political. Based on fake Whang Bars. Our civilization is collapsing.
Call them what you want.
Beautiful looking, and nothing sounds like it.
A few different flavors too.