Best Vibe Pedal?

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  1. drjenkins

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    Alright folks,

    Need some info on vibe pedals. Looked at the Rotovibe, and liked it. I just dont have a whole lot of pedal knowledge, and dont know what all is out there, so I defer to you guys. What would be a good vibe pedal to have? Lets see the suggestions!!!
     
  2. fuzzyguitars

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    I too have been looking for a vibe pedal.

    Choices are:

    Dunlop uni vibe
    Voodoo Labs vibe
    Fulltone mini dejavibe
    Prescription electronics Vibe
    KR megavibe
    Foxroxx CC Provibe
    Lovetone vibe
    Sweetsound mojovibe and ultravibe and mofoaux vibe
    Roger Mayer voodoo vibe and voodoo jr.
    BJF Vibe


    I don't know all the real namesof the vibes listed above.. but you get the picture.


    There are a couple of others that are I may have forgot to mention.

    The lovetone vibe sells for 125 bucks new and sounds great. Doesnt have led, ac or much adjustability but for a one trick pony those clips on their site sound awesome.

    I think that a used voodoo labe vibe is also a bargain winner.

    I hear that the KR Megavibe is pretty awesome too but it runs on 12v so I passed on that. A plus for it allows for expression pedal.

    I passed on the dejavibe because people have told me that it is not as "thick" as some of the other vibes. I also think that it does not allow for expression pedals.

    the mayer stuff looks cool but is really expensive at over 400 bucks!

    I didnt see a lot of recent stuff on the prescription electronics one. The write ups I saw were mostly old reviews. now these list for 399. Cheapest I saw on the net was for 279.00. I know that the early ones had sweetsound pc boards identical to sweetsound uni vibes!

    Playes the dunlop stuff and thought it was allright,,, didnt knock my socks off.

    Sweetsound is coming out with a cheaper vibe. I think it will be called the mofaux or something like that. I think it is pretty similiar to the lovetone vibe except that it will have ac power.

    Oh yeah, before I forget. Which vibe did I end up getting?
    I am going to go ahead and get the sweetsound mojo vibe.
    My reasons?

    Clips sound awesome and , "Right there."
    runs off 9v so I can use my voodoo labs PP2 or Juicebox
    is able to use expression pedal if I so choose.'
    small footprint.
    seems to be liked a little more by the "Jimi/Trower vibe purists" than the other vibes.

    I ended just buying one today from Soul Cactus Sound for 250 plus shipping. I found this out on Gbase mall. Otherwise most places sell em for 269 plus shipping.

    cheers

    fuzzy
     
  3. drjenkins

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    Wow...thanks for all that!!!:dude Good info for sure. Im off to check out the suggestions!

    Thanks again
    Dave
     
  4. slowburn

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    I just bought a lovepedal MAGICboy vibe. "inspiration in a little black box" if I can quote a fellow GP'er... I have no other experience with any sort of vibes AT ALL, and I have no plans to experience any other either, take that for what it's worth. a used microvibe would be the best value for sure, but if you're strictly looking at new, the MAGICboy is hard to beat for the money, if the lack of LED or AC tap doesn't bother you. if it does, then a new voodoolab or a new sweetsound mofaux vibe both go around $150 so I hear...
     
  5. DavesWoodstock

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    MOJO VIBE!
     
  6. dinrodef

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    Vibe is one of my favorite effects. I've tried a lot in the past few years and own a sweet sound ultra-vibe and moogerfooger phaser with great results.

    But recently I got turned on to the Eddie Van Halen Phase 90. That little box really kicks butt for emulating a vibe and I actually like it better than the sweet sound now.... Of course the EVH phase cannot be used with a foot controller... but the dial on the pedal is pretty easy to move with your foot if that's your thing

    Give it a try before you pluck down hundreds of dollars on a "boutique" vibe pedal. You might be pleasantly surprised. Every once in awhile a great sounding mass produced pedal comes along and the price is definately reasonable
     
  7. drjenkins

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    Exactly what I want to avoid. I dont want to buy "pedal X" and find out a mass-produced pedal does the same job or better. May not be the case, but I want to exhaust all the options.
     
  8. fuzzyguitars

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    i have an evh phaser as well..

    i didnt think that it sounded much like a vibe at all. although i will admit that vibes do have some phase to them!

    what are you is the rig and signal path and settings please and i will give it another shot!

    I am always willing to save some dollars, especially since i already own the EVH!
     
  9. ABKB

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    To add to this, Boss is coming out with one of the dual pedal vibe pedals
    http://namm.harmony-central.com/SNAMM05/Content/Boss/PR/RT-20-rotary.html
    Will probably be about 200, but you can get the expression pedal with it and it will have multiple settings. Since it's Boss it probably will not be true bypass, but the clips sound pretty cool. I will be looking at this thing when it does come out, which should be soon if not already.
     
  10. slowburn

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    I've never heard the EVH MXR Phaser, but if this is it:

    http://www.suncreekmusic.com/product_info.php?products_id=596

    at $130 it's the same price as the Lovepedal vibe. (for the guy that doesn't already have it). if I had to choose, I'd go with the lovepedal since it's actually going for the vibey sound whereas the mxr phase 90 is not geared towards vibey sounds or they would have named it the EVH MXR Vibe 90... but that's just my opinion...
     
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    I have owned the

    Mojo 2x
    Deja vibe - white and gold
    Mini Deja
    Deja2
    Dunlop (all 3 versions)
    Lovepedal
    and now own a Prescription

    It is as big as a house and needs 12v AC (but then so does my retro-sonic chorus so they can share) but it has THE tone. Doesn't seem to screw up my signal like the mini deja and the mojo.

    I am moving stuff off and around to make a permant (that means three weeks or longer:rolleyes: ) place on my board
     
  12. dinrodef

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    Sure - everybody has a different rig and will come up with different results. But I like to run my EVH phase in the effects loop of my amp with just a little bit of dirt dialed in and the phaser knob set at about 1:30 or 2:30 for a fast throb and about 10:30 for a slower phase. Since there is the script switch you can make the effect really subtle or thick and overpowering with the push of a button.

    I also use a multi-channel amp. IF I were using a single channel class A then I might prefer the transparency of the more expensive boutique pedals.
     
  13. BmoreTele

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    I have played the following vibes / almost vibes -

    Sweetsound Ultra
    Sweetsound Mojo
    Foxrox Captain Coconut 2
    Dubtronics Vibe
    Roger Mayer Voodoo Vibe *
    Lovepedal Vibe
    Red Witch Deluxe Moon Phaser *
    Rastop Phaser/Vibrato
    H&K Rotosphere
    Option 5 Destination Rotation
    Adrenalinn *
    and a buncha phasers *

    * stuff I still have.

    My main vibe is the Voodoo Vibe. It gives me a little more cut than the other vibes. Plus excellent tremolo and a cool vibrato too.

    I probably would have kept the Lovepedal if it had a power jack.

    The Mojo I played had some grounding issues, but I got it at the end of a tour box. It did sound great. That's why I'm keeping my ears open for the release of the MoFaux from Bob Sweet.

    The Red Witch can get some very cool throbbing sounds, but it is on the subtle side. My VV can do subtle and wild.

    Keep your eyes open. I got mine off the HC Classifieds for about $200.
     
  14. Anje

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    I really dig my Sweetsound Ultravibe
    has that great Hendrix Vibe for sure, ads a little "fat" and warmth to your sound in the most pleasant way, I've stopped my search for a good vibe with it.

    the only downside I see is it's a little big on the pedalboard, but otherwise sounds just great!

    I would just be curious to A/B it with a Mojo, some say the Mojo is not as fat/warm, but Bob says they sound about the same to him and that he may even prefer the Mojo ("a little
    clearer but thicker at the same time")... go figure, "taste and colors" :)


    about the Phase90 thing, I have a couple old block logos that I wouldn't sell for anything (well never say never, but that would definitively be the pedals selling last)
    that's true they can sound close to the vibe, but I consider them as a different effect on their own, have both on the board :)
     
  15. fuzzyguitars

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    well i tried your set up as described into a multi channel amp set up and i have to say that to me it sounds more like a phaser than vibe.

    i think to get truly authentic "vibe " tones the pedal should be in before any overdrive or distortion.
     
  17. Anje

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    btw, the setup Phase90 -> Vibe can give great sound ;)
     
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    +1

    I think it's taking the ultravibes spot on my pedalboard
     
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    I would want to differentiate vibes into two camps, Univibe clones and all others, both camps being equally valid.

    For a Univibe clone the best I've ever heard, and way out in front of whoever is number 2 in my arrogant opinion, is Bob Sweet's UltraVibe, I own a UltraVibe so I can comment on it, I would imagine the MojoVibe is every bit as good but don't have experience with it.

    Regarding other vibes, I'm really wanting to try the BJFE Mint Green Vibe, Bjorn's work is masterfull judging by my Little Green Wonder and Pale Green Compressor, I'd like to try this out as a pedal with a mild setting to give a slight and sneaky transparent movement to the amp tone.
     
  20. fuzzyguitars

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    yeah i heard the clips on the musictoyz site and was pretty impressed too.

    The bjf honeybee looks real interesting too!
     

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