So ever with the innovations - Gamechanger Audio have this time teamed up with Fender / Bigsby to craft a pedal based on that legendary guitar vibrato unit. The shape and concept of the device is a combination of an enhanced take on the Bigsby - to enable proper treadle control - and funnily enough a computer mouse controller - featuring a trio of those scroll wheels - here clever illuminated in red when the device is on.
Obviously Ganechanger have added significantly to the range and scope of the pedal - which includes extremes you could never reach on your mechanical Bigsby, alongside Modulation and MIDI Control.
I could probably to with a technical manual to properly analyse and document the feature set - which Gamechanger details as follows :
Controls Top - Rate / Detune, Blend / Tone, Depth Down / Up, Alt Button
Controls Rear - EXP Range / Low, EXP Offset / Hi, EXP Invert / MIDI Sync, Invert Impact of Treadle
Gamechanger Audio certainly know how to make smart, appealing and iconic devices - following on in a similar vein to their killer Plus Pedal Sustainer debut. They do though not necessarily tend to observe the rules of practical pedalboard accommodation - and as a result a lot of their devices are somewhat over-sized - including that great looking debut.
I can certainly see the appeal of the Bigsby Pedal - but I don't see someone like Steve Vai necessarily coming on board - there are all kinds of clever effects you can to with various mechanical Guitar Trems, and especially a Floyd Rose Trem - and I actually really like having a whammy bar on most of my guitars.
In the demo you have a hard-tail Tele - for which the Bigsby makes perfect sense, while I feel there are snap and twang tricks and techniques that you can't effectively achieve with the Treadle alternative. The Bigsby Pedal still has a lot of aces up its sleeve, while I'm not clear yet on how practical and usable it is. There are no provided dimensions and no proper size comparisons - so I don't know how much appeal this pedal will have for me. I liked the idea of the recent Light Pedal Spring Tank - while it's elongated dimensions make it very difficult to accommodate on pedalboards - and actually simply impossible to fit into my own rig at all.
The only Gamechanger Product which has been near perfect for me - and which I have - is the limited edition Yellow TMR Plasma Coil. I would have acquired the Plus Pedal were it more practical in dimensions - and I await to see how practical the Bigsby Pedal is before I make a final conclusion. It certainly looks quite promising, but for people who already use and like deploying a trem/whammy bar on their guitar/s I'm not overly clear on the appeal - at least not for me. I will of course reserve my final opinion until I know more.
What do you readers think - for sure it looks really cool - but is this something for you?