Jam Pedals - Retro Vibe Review with Video

Pros: + Sound
+ Flexibility
+ Quality
+ Low background noise
+ Compatibility with other pedals
Cons: None

Practice
As described above, I had a sound in my head that for me is the essence of the UniVibe Tone. That was Machine Gun and Izabella by Jimi Hendrix, and Bridges of Sigh by Robin Trower.

I put the RetroVvibe behind my Fuzz Phrase, also from Jam Pedals. It just sounds perfect to me here.

So... chorus mode set and stepped on - hold your breath for a moment. A big "WOW, there it is, the tone you've always been looking for!" Buzzes in my head. With a deep throb, the retro vibe pumps itself into my sounds, complementing them perfectly. No phase sound, no sound loss, just a pure addition.

The sounds start to float and I play the first Hendrix riffs. Machine Gun ... yes, that's exactly how it should sound! Message To Love… well, I think I'm in Woodstock. The speed control is at 11 o'clock, I venture and set it to 2 o'clock, Depth is fully turned up. Now it wobbles strongly and no matter how you set the speed, the retro vibe never seems too dominant.

The synergy between harness signal and vibe is perfectly balanced. I admit, I'm not a big user of the Vibe Mode, but after a short test phase, it sounds as expected - first class.

Conclusion

Of all the vibes I've played so far, the retro vibe is the most musical and above all the one that perfectly captures the original sound and the playing feel. A pedal that inspires and that is difficult to turn off. It's certainly not a cheap pedal, but if you finally want to arrive in UniVibe heaven, you will certainly be fully served.


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