Pedal Gurus.... Which Flanger?

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  1. VictorB

    VictorB Formerly LZF Super Mod

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    I have zero experience with flangers, and am looking to nail the Barracuda flanger tone?

    Any suggestions? Bedsides the $400+ Howard Leese signature Flanger pedal?

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    efstop Senior Member

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    Guitarhack Senior Member

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    MXR - EVH Flanger
     
  4. northernguitarguy

    northernguitarguy SWeAT hOg

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    I really did not like the EHX Stereo Electric Mistress at all. I found it very hard to dial in the FX I had in mind. I was trying to recapture the effect of the Deluxe Electric Mistress which I sold to free up board space, but have missed ever since. I believe it to be the creme de la creme of popular flangers. It will easily play Barracuda when driven by the right distortion or MUFF-like fuzz. But the clean swirls a la Andy Summers of the Police are supreme.

    Right now, I've settled for a Joyo Ironman Raptor Flanger that aint no mistress, but seems to be a happy medium. I dunno whose circuit they ripped off, but it handles the grit very well and plays well with clean tones.

    For simplicity, I can’t think of a better pedal than the MXR Micro Flanger. That was another one I shoulda kept, but I felt it had too much of a volume boost. I might get another if I see one used.
     
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  5. Guitaraxe

    Guitaraxe Senior Member

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    Seems I remember reading an article with the Heart guitarist saying he built the Flanger used on that tune from a kit.
     
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  6. VictorB

    VictorB Formerly LZF Super Mod

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    Yes he ordered some kit from “Phoenix Systems”.
     
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    I second ngg's post - the stereo electric mistress is really to be avoided imo. You can make weird noises with it, but you can't really replicate specific sounds that you might have heard on recordings very easily (despite what some online reviews might lead you to believe).

    I use a good old boss bf2 on my board - admittedly I don't use it a huge amount but it does stuff like the opening of killing in the name of just fine. You could do worse than starting with a second hand one - as with all boss stuff, you can resell it without losing any money and you know it won't break down (ever!).
     
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  8. mdubya

    mdubya Senior Member

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    If it were my money? Ibanez AF2 Airplane flanger.

    Barracuda, just past the 2:00 mark.

     
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    afranke Senior Member

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    boss,joyo and evh flanger are the ones i like the best.
     
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    Mooer Elec Lady, Mistress clone and sounds pretty damn fine. And it's small
     
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    Alligatorbling ★AstroCat★ Premium Member V.I.P. Member MLP Vendor

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    I have a Boss BF-3 that I like a lot. It has a bass guitar input as well.
     
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  12. Rich

    Rich Non sequitur Premium Member

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    Another vote for the MXR EVH. I don't know if it'll do Barracuda or not as I spent only around five minutes fiddling with the knobs until finally just leaving the "EVH" button turned on which provides instant badass. :laugh2: Seriously, it sounds that good in that mode - "Women and Children" in a box, says I.
     
  13. northernguitarguy

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    The owner's manual for the MXR Micro Flanger even offers a 'Barley-Cuda' setting. I remember it being perfect.

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  14. Rich

    Rich Non sequitur Premium Member

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    Flangers are crazy and what you buy depends on how critical you are and what you are willing to spend. As posted earlier my favorite is the MXR EVH, but that's because not only does it sound cool, but it is dead simple to get a great sound from it - push the button! :D

    That's what works for me on my live pedal board as it always sounds great without ever having to f' with it. If you're insane about flanging (I am), then the Cadillac of flangers is the new Foxrox Paradox TZF2. It is pricey but, if you want a really insane flanger that does through-zero, then this is the one. HOWEVER... I have this one along with the original version (the new version is much cooler) and the controls are a bit much to deal with in a live setting, IMO. If money and patience are no object, then this is THE flanger.



    All that said, for what you're looking for, I'd go with the EVH over the Foxrox.
     
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  15. Les Paul Newb

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    Yes! A great pedal for under $80 shipped. The decal now reads "E Lady" instead of "Elec Lady" but the decal is the ONLY difference.


    Check out Dan & Micks pedal board challenge. The thing sounds fantastic.

     
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    Maybe try a used early Boss BF-2. Back in those days, they were on everybody's board. Many still have them. There's a reason if you want to cover late 70's into the 80's rock. Usually $40 to $50 as well, if you are selective and patient.

    Then you can add this if it's a keeper: https://www.fromelelectronics.com/products/bf2-mods

    I hope this helps.

    BTW, I still have mine. First pedal I bought.
     
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  18. VictorB

    VictorB Formerly LZF Super Mod

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    See my first post?

    Leese did not play the part in question. Roger Fisher did.
     
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    I second the Mooer E Lady, I have one and it's fantastic for the money. There is quite a good comparison here:


    Hope this helps.
     
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    When I went looking for one earlier this year I found the MXR M117R as the one I like the most.
     

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