Definition of whammy bar
: a lever attached by the bridge or tailpiece of an electric guitar that can be depressed to increase the tension of the strings and produce such effects as vibrato, portamento, and dive bomb … he was also a distinctive guitarist with a biting, nasty tone, and was one of the first to make the whammy bar an integral part of his sound. — Vladimir Bogdanov, All Music Guide to Soul, 2003 —called also trem bar, tremolo, tremolo arm, tremolo bar, vibrato arm, vibrato bar, wang bar
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