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Gamechanger Audio launches the Bigsby Pedal

Gamechanger Audio Bigsby Pedal
(Image credit: Gamechanger Audio)

Gamechanger Audio first made its name back in 2017 with the Plus Pedal, an infinite-sustain stompbox that took its visual cues from a piano sustain pedal. Now, a few high-profile users and Jack White collaborations later, the Latvian effects innovators have focused their efforts on bringing another mechanical innovation into the digital realm: the Bigsby vibrato.

First sighted at NAMM 2020, the Bigsby Pedal uses a proprietary pitch-shifting algorithm focused on lower-interval pitch bends – this, combined with a spring-loaded foot controller, which uses custom-molded metal parts, promises to capture the famed vibrato’s feel and sound.

Gamechanger Audio Bigsby Pedal

(Image credit: Gamechanger Audio)

While Gamechanger reckons these sounds are indistinguishable from the original hardware, it has also crammed in Whammy-esque octave shifts and divebombs, promising an interval range from a quarter-tone to a full octave, in both upward and downward trajectories.

Onboard controls include Rate, Bend and Depth, while an Invert switch located on the pedal’s back panel changes the direction of the shift.

Gamechanger Audio Bigsby Pedal

(Image credit: Gamechanger Audio)

In the interests of maximum authenticity, the pedal has been developed in conjunction with Fender, which acquired Bigsby at the start of 2019.

The Bigsby Pedal will be available to order from June 21 for $379, with official demo videos expected around the same time. We’re eagerly awaiting those clips, but in the meantime, you can get more info over at Gamechanger Audio.

Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of GuitarWorld.com, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism, and has spent the past decade writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as a decade-and-a-half performing in bands of variable genre (and quality). In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.