Greatest Whammy Bar Users
A lot of guitarists use whammy bar techniques but these are most famous for their whammy bar uses.
The Top Ten
1 Ritchie Blackmore
Richard Hugh "Ritchie" Blackmore is an English guitarist and songwriter, best known for his work in the hard rock/metal bands Deep Purple and Rainbow. He was ranked number 16 on Guitar World's "100 Greatest Metal Guitarists of All Time" in 2004, and number 50 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the ...read more.
Before I saw Blackmore on MTV, when he was with Rainbow, I didn't know a whammy bar even existed.
A massive Jeff Beck fan. - Metal_Treasure
Speed King is a good example of it. He used whammy bar in the early 70s. He used a lot of whammy bar. - zxm
2 Jeff Beck
Geoffrey Arnold "Jeff" Beck is an English rock guitarist. He is one of the three noted guitarists to have played with The Yardbirds.
He popularized whammy bar uses more than any guitarist. Whenever you talk about whammy bar uses, he always comes first. - zxm
A very good and underrated guitarist - Metal_Treasure
3 Steve Vai
Steven Siro "Steve" Vai is an American guitarist, composer, singer, songwriter, and producer, born and raised on Long Island, New York.
He has some weird whammy bar techniques. Plus he uses it quite often. That's why he's in top 3. - zxm
4 Dimebag Darrell
Darrell Lance Abbott, also known as Diamond Darrell and Dimebag Darrell, was an American guitarist and songwriter best known as a founding member of two bands, Pantera and Damageplan, alongside his brother, Vinnie Paul. Abbott died in 2004 after he was shot by a mentally unstable fan.
Dimebag Darrell is one of the greatest and most influential metal whammy bar users. Different techniques such as his dive bombs are quite famous. He used whammy bar in his solos. - zxm
Pretty good, but who did it at the end of Godd*** Electric, that sounded sick! - EliHbk
5 David Gilmour
David Jon Gilmour is an English singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. He joined the progressive rock band Pink Floyd as guitarist and co-lead vocalist in 1968.
Unlike most other guitarists here Gilmour used good control of whammy bar. Could be called the most controlled whammy bar user. And he uses it quite often. - zxm
6 Uli Jon Roth
Uli Jon Roth is a German guitarist, who became famous as the Scorpions lead guitarist, and is one of the earliest contributors to the neoclassical metal genre.
His whammy bar uses in the song of Fly to the Rainbow is considered as one of the most powerful dive bombs ever recorded. Or simply the most powerful dive bombs. That's why I couldn't ignore him. - zxm
7 Adrian Belew
Adrian Belew is an American musician, songwriter and record producer. A multi-instrumentalist primarily known as a guitarist and singer, Belew is noted for his unusual, impressionistic approach to guitar playing.
One of the greatest whammy bar users. His high pitched whammy bar techniques are one of the most unique whammy bar techniques. - zxm
8 Joe Satriani
He used quite a lot of whammy bar songs such as Surfing with the Alien, Flying in a Blue Dream etc. - zxm
9 Kirk Hammett
Kirk Lee Hammett is the lead guitarist and songwriter for the heavy metal band Metallica and has been a member of the band since 1983. Before joining Metallica he formed and named the band Exodus.
Like his mentor he also uses whammy bar in his songs. He used whammy bar in songs like Master of Puppets, Enter Sandman etc songs. - zxm
Yes, his mentor was Joe Satriani. - Metal_Treasure
10 Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix (born November 27, 1942 - September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter . Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated ...read more.
"Probably was ahead of his time? " Probably? He INVENTED the "dive bomb" and rolled it out at Woodstock.
He used whammy bars in the 60s. Probably was ahead of his time. - zxm
11 K. K. Downing
Kenneth "K. K." Downing, Jr. is an English semi-retired Grammy Award winning guitarist, songwriter and founding member of the British heavy metal band Judas Priest.
Sorry I forgot about him. I always remembered his great alternate picking skills. But at that time he didn't come on my mind. Anyway thanks for adding him. - zxm
How can you forget this badass guitar player? he did the stuff that Dimebag did way before him. Listen to Dissident Aggressor for examle.
Back in the late 70's Judas Priest redifined Metal and KK was a huge part of it. - IronMaidenFan666
12 Alex Lifeson
Aleksandar Živojinović, better known by his stage name Alex Lifeson, is a Canadian musician, best known as the guitarist of the Canadian rock band Rush.
I heard some of his whammy bar uses in songs like Limelight, Spirit of the Radio etc songs. - zxm
13 Eddie Van Halen
Edward Lodewijk "Eddie" Van Halen is a Dutch-American musician, songwriter and producer. He is best known as the lead guitarist, occasional keyboardist and co-founder of the hard rock band Van Halen.
Yes. Even Eruption has some. - zxm
14 Cilla Black
Priscilla Maria Veronica White, known by her stage name Cilla Black, was an English singer, television presenter, actress, and author.
I don't think she ever used whammy bar. - zxm
Maybe Bob Odenkirk also should be here. He also used whammy bar in Better Call Saul. Didn't he? While playing Smoke On the Water riff. - zxm
15 Neil Young
Neil Percival Young is a Canadian singer-songwriter and musician, producer, director and screenwriter.
16 Herman Li
Herman Li is a Hong Kong-born, British Chinese musician, record producer, and lead guitarist for the British Power-Metal band Dragonforce.
17 John Frusciante
John Anthony Frusciante is an American guitarist, singer, producer and composer.He is best known for his time with the Funk Rock California based band the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
18 Jeff Waters
Jeff Waters (born February 13, 1966) is a Canadian metal musician and founder of the metal band Annihilator . He's best known as the guitarist for Annihilator, appreciated for his fast riffs and solos . Waters is also the primary songwriter in the band . Very often he has taken on the role of lead singer, ...read more.
He uses it very often - in almost every song and sometimes several times in a song with different whammy bar techniques.
Annihilator - Schizos (Are Never Alone) Parts I & II; Imperiled Eyes, Human Insecticide, Invite It - Metal_Treasure
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