100 % sure, that's one of the unmistakable sounds a whammy pedal can produce.
Are you shre that's a whammy, though? If it is, then it only further proves that Edge is a master at what he does.
On Slug there's guitar, it's the pitch shifted sound you hear at 0:04 and keeps repeating for the whole song.
Or on the bright side, synth-heavy songs like Slug!
As an tha said, no guitar at all would be a little extreme. Maybe utilizing it in different ways would be enough to spark creativity in U2... like with Zooropa, Miami, Miss Sarajevo, etc.
U2 have pulled it off before, though. And I'm sure Edge would be fine with it, since he is capable of playing a variety of instruments. Could lead to a very cool and interesting album by letting Adam and Larry shine.
An album where edge plays little to no guitar could be interesting and shake things up.
That would be my worst nightmare The reason I fell in love with U2 was Edge's guitar style and the unorthodox sounds he could pull out from the instrument in the 90's.
I may come off as close minded (I believe it's partly due to the fact I'm a guitar player myself) but I could stand only a few experimental tunes without guitar, certainly not a whole album.
Not a U2 album.
Plus, the best way for a musician to experiment is to pick up new instrument.
I see your point and it's a good one.
The funny thing about Edge is that when you think in a U2 song there's no guitar at all, in fact there is, cause he will make it sound like a string section, a synth or he will use a fx to "mask" it and give to the instrument new context (Passengers, Zooropa and Pop are full of these tricks).
Given this, I don't think there's a necessity for him to back off from the guitar if he wants to experiment with other instruments or let the rhythm section enjoy the spotlight.
On top off head, the only U2 songs without guitar at all are October and SOI piano versions.
You take the guitar out, you get synth heavy songs like california
Therefore, the main theme of Slug is in fact a guitar
It's called Whammy, and it's a fx that Edge uses in EBTTRT, DYFL, Mofo, Gone and plenty of other songs.
See? Perfect example of what I was saying before
Any other guitar player familiar with it would confirm, I can nail that tone fairly easily with mine (I'm not bragging, it's just to give further proof)
It's the sound of the pedal, anyone can spend $100 and get a close sound to it. Over the years the bit chip has changed. The version 1 Edge prefers tends be dirtier. But he was seen with a wh4 recently
I think you've misunderstood my statement, I said that I can nail the sound in question purely to confirm it is indeed the Whammy. Nothing else, I wasn't trying to come off as the genius of guitar
And yes, Edge prefers the WH-1 and still does, he doesn't like the newer ones cause they don't sound as "gritty" as the original.