The Melvins and the Blues Explosion
58 years ago today, on April 10, 1956, Leo Fender was awarded a patent for a “tremolo device for stringed instruments.” That tremolo device would be used on his Fender Stratocaster and came to be known as the whammy bar.
It always annoys me that the ‘tremolo’ bar on fender guitars actually produces a vibrato effect, vibrato being modulation in pitch (wavelength) and tremolo being a modulation of volume (amplitude).
At least Leo Fender went the whole hog, though, and labelled the tremolo circuit on his amps ‘vibrato’, as in the Vibrochamp, Vibrolux, etc,
This Machine Kills Artists
Release Date: June 3, 2014