To Whammy or Not To Whammy

Hey Guitar folks , got this question from a Guitar Minute subscriber
the other day and I gave my thoughts on the subject of the pro’s
con’s of having a whammy bar on your guitar.

Comment below and give Hytham a few points of view

Dear Heath- Hytham here I am a first buy guitarist and I would like to play mainly
Rock genre and a little metal.
There has been a guitar that has interested me
(Gibson Rogue HH Ash Electric guitar )but the thing is, it has no whammy bar.
I hear that the whammy bar is important for my type of music and
I also just really enjoy the sound of a whammy bar.
I am a smaller fingered person and I love the look of all gibson,
fender and Kramer styles. I dislike the look of dean and other weird shaped
electric guitars. my budget is $200-250.

-Do I really need a whammy bar?
-Are there better guitars in the market, preferably with a whammy bar?
-Is there anything else you would like to tell me?

Thank you for your time and advice.
Regards Hytham


Hey Hytham
Well for starters the guitar you are looking at is a great beginning
instrument and would suit the music you want to play.

Do you need a Whammy bar?

Simple answer is no

I would also say that if you want to have a guitar with a whammy
make sure you have a guitar with out one as well.

Having a whammy bar can be a pain in the butt if you are just
staring out playing because they go out of tune a lot if you use them
and they require a bit of experience to use and keep the guitar in tune.

There are looking whammy systems but they do come with the added
pain that they can be a real pain to re-string especially if you are a beginner.

I have a guitar with one and a guitar with out.
My suggestion is that you start with a guitar with out a whammy
and then when you can buy one with a whammy.

At your level of guitar playing avoid putting anything in the way of
you learning to play well.

Great question

Keep Rocking
p.s. got some great videos coming up in the next few days
from a guitar coach buddy of mine. Keep an eye out for them

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One Response to To Whammy or Not To Whammy

  1. Eric says:

    You know what, I’m very much incnlied to agree.

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