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How to Get or Build a Zendrive Clone pedal

How to Get or Build a Zendrive Clone pedal

As long as I can remember I have wanted a Zendrive pedal. I don’t know why I never purchased one, it seems like guitars, amps, and other things have always taken precedence. For those of you that don’t know, the Zendrive is a highly sought after as the key to the “Robben Ford sound”. It’s also sometimes called the Dumble in a box. Dumble is a boutique amp used by Robben Ford, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Santana, Mark Tremonti, and John Mayer (among others). They usually cost $20-$30K new, and can run $40-$60K used (because of the waiting list). You can see why guitar players seek out the lower cost alternative of having the Dumble sound in a pedal.

As an example, listen to the solo passage of nearly any Robben Ford song and you’ll hear the biting yet stunningly clear subtle overdrive boost of the Zendrive:

The Zendrive was built by Hermida Audio. Alfonso Hermida had been building the pedals in Germany by hand for years, and had built up quite the backlog of orders. So much so that you would see people selling them on eBay for $400-$500. You can still find auctions of his original builds going for high dollar amounts, even though the original purchased directly from Hermida was only $199:

Hermida Audio Red Zendrive Guitar FX Pedal *Ships Free*

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Original Hermida signed Hand-wired Zendrive

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Original Hermida Audio Zendrive 2 Hand wired and signed, The real one.

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"Original Hermida Audio Zendrive 2 Hand wired and signed, The real one.

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Then back in 2013 Lovepedal announced it would take over production of Zendrive from Hermida audio. Lovepedal raised the cost of Zendrive up to $239.00. I really want a Zendrive – I really do. But having paid so little for so many of my great pedals (either in auctions or things like Joyo), I just don’t know if I want to pay that much for a single pedal. Especially because I’m interested in so many pedals (like Klon, Timmy, etc) I can’t afford to have them all.

This began my quest to see if there was a decent Zendrive clone out there or not. It turns out there are some pedals that are “similar” on the market. You really have 2 ways to get a Zendrive clone – you can either buy one or build one. First we’ll review the ones you can buy and play right out of the box.

Dumble Pedal Clones You Can Buy

Hotone Grass Overdrive

The most surprising thing about this little bugger is the fact that it’s only about $79 on Amazon. I like to buy pedals on Amazon – shipping is free with Prime! =)

Here’s a video comparing the Zendrive Red with the Hotone Grass:

Mooer Rumble Drive

The Mooer Rumble Drive is another little green overdrive that claims to be the “Dumble in a box”. It’s also available for the insanely cheap price of $66 on Amazon right now.

If you think that’s a crazy price, you should watch this video comparing a Zendrive to the Mooer Rumble Drive. I was shocked at how near identical they were on tone and sound. The only thing they aren’t alike on is the pricetag.

Dumbleoid Pedal

So, you might be wondering – what is the other end of the spectrum? Shin Suziki makes a pedal called the Dumbleoid. Shin is actually a respected Dumble amp tech, so he might just know a thing or two. He created the Dumbloid pedal to recreate the authentic Dumble sound, but it comes with a pricetag of $599.

Is it worth it? You be the judge:

Wampler Euphoria

In the mid-range price tag area comes the Wampler Euphoria pedal. This clocks in with a pricetag of about $199.

I personally don’t like the sound of this pedal, but they say that you can get John Mayer like tones with it (a known Dumble and Two-Rock player):

Special Mention: Dumkudo

You might want to check out the harder to find Dumkodo pedal. Here’s a review if you’re interested.

Zendrive Clone Kits You Can Build

You may not know this (if you’re not into electronics), but there is a whole network of people online that buy pedals, tear down the circuits, and then attempt to rebuild (clone) the pedals themselves. Then, many of them share their circuit findings online – and many sell kits where you can build your own replica.

First I’ll show you somme places you can buy a Zendrive clone kit.

Zenith Pro Kit

This the a href=”http://www.pedalpartsandkits.com/zenith/”>Zenith Pro Kit from Pedal Parts and Kits.com. It looks like you can get the kit with drilled or undrilled pedal box for $60-$70 US.

Zendrive clone kit

Here’s a video of the Zenith Zendrive clone in action:

MEK UK Zendrive Clone

MEK UK apparently had a Zendrive clone for sale a few years back. I don’t see it on their website currently, but Guitar Kid Builder has an old review of it. Maybe if you contact MEK UK directly, they can still get you one.

Zen Tone Overdrive

3PDT.com out of China has a full clone kit of sale for under $50 US. It includes all instructions for the build, case, parts, literally everything except for knobs. I have not been able to find a YouTube review of this pedal yet, but I was able to find a few favorable reviews of their kits on reddit. They seem to have a decent Klon Centaur clone kit for sale there as well.

The Zen Overdrive

Musikding.de has The Zen Overdrive kit for sale for 23 euros (which currently amounts to about $25 USD). Looks like costs vary depending how you want your kit configured. I was not able to find a video review of this pedal either, but there are plenty of them to the other pedal kits they sell. At this low pricepoint, it might be worth a try.

Conclusion

If you’re looking for a Zendrive clone or Dumble type guitar pedal there sure are a lot of options out there. While there are some great clone kits for sale that you can assemble yourself, just keep in mind that you’ll need to have basic electronics and soldering experience to put them together and troubleshoot any issues you have during the build.

While you might save a few bucks by getting a kit, it is interesting to note that you can get a comparable pedal completely ready to go out of the box for just $20 more. It looks like the Mooer and Hotone options are a great value for the money!

Joyo Vintage Overdrive Pedal with JRC4588 Chip (like TS808)

I’ve been buying expensive guitar effects pedals for years. Fulltone, Visual Sound, TC Electronics, Voodo, Boss, DOD – and I’ve always steered away from cheap pedals (like Axion, Yamaha, Danelectro, etc.).

So I’m surfing ebay earlier this year for new pedals, and I come across this pedal company called “Joyo” out of China I’ve never heard of and it caught my eye because it had a JRC4588 chip like the old TS808 Ibanez Tube Screamers (AND I was looking to replace my old Yngvie Overdrive by DOD).

I did some googling, and a half dozen videos and reviews later I had ordered the “Joyo Vintage Overdrive” for a paltry $38 + shipping (new). I figured if it sucks, for that money – I can’t go wrong. In the reviews I liked the tone, it was solid construction, with true bypass – and every review was stellar.

Even though it pisses me off (as an American) – I have to give it to those bastards in China, this GD pedal is every bit as good as any vintage Tubescreamer I’ve ever tried. The construction is every bit as good (if not BETTER) than the old MXR pedals from the 80’s – the thing is just quality.

So I plug this thing in on my pedalboard, and I use mainly my Visual Sound Route 66 for distortion, and then the Joyo Vintage Overdrive over it for leads. It just sings, and (in my opinion) it’s so much better than the Yngwie preamp overdrive was I’d had for years.

I also use it a LOT on it’s own. Say you want the stones dirty clean sound, run this pedal by itself with the volume rolled back a bit and your Brown Sugar and Honky Tonk Woman all day long!

You can View the Joyo Company website here

Here’s a Video review of the Joyo Vintage Overdrive with a Strat and an Orange amp:
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLbBL365eic

Here’s a video of a Gibson SG Standard and the Joyo Vintage overdrive (excellent video!)
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u03sihuos_Q

Best place to find the Joyo Vintage Overdrive is on eBay (just like I did). Just know that because there are a lot of people wanting these now some people are overcharging. Beware buying directly from Hong Kong and China – you might get burned. There’s a guy I buy from San Diego called “Slide Meister” who’s the cheapest and in the US. If you’re international, there’s a buy in Australia who sells them for great prices, and always bundles free stuff with them.

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Mini Joyo JF-01 Vintage Overdrive Guitar Effect Pedal True Bypass+Free Fast Ship

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Joyo JF-01 Vintage Overdrive Guitar Effect Pedal True Bypass+Free Ship O0P1

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Army Green JOYO JF-01 Vintage Overdrive Effects Pedal Drive Tone Volume Controls

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Visual Sound Route 66 Pedal Review – It’s American Overdrive!

I used a DOD digital effects pedal for years on a solid state amp, and one day a friend came over to jam – and he had his pedal board with him. He plugged it into one of my amps and we were playing some classic rock, and he was using this overdrive pedal that looked like home plate on a ball field. Actually, it had some scratchy pots – and he asked me if I would clean it for him.

Cleaning electronics isn’t my favorite thing, but I agreed to do it mainly just to have the pedal to play around with for a week or so. The version he had was from the 80’s or 90’s I believe, and the pedal was built like a tank. It looked like this one:

route-66-pedal-review

All I really did was take the pedal apart, and then spray the volume pots with De-Oxit (to take the scratchiness out), and then I tightened the input jacks a bit, and bent them in a tiny bit (to make the connections tighter). Then it was time to fire it up and check it out!

You can see in the image above that the Route 66 is actually two pedals in the same unit. You have an overdrive distortion pedal on the left, and a compressor on the right. Even though both pedals are in the same box, you just have one input and one output jack, and 3 separate pot controls for each, in addition to a switch.

First off, I want to point out that this pedal is still being made new (by Visual Sound) today, and it looks nearly the same, with the exception of the the raised backplate, and the broader foot control switches (that look like smushed mushrooms):

visual-sound-overdrive

You can see in the image above that all knobs and controls are the same in both versions. I plugged the pedal into my tube amp, which at the time was a Carvin Legacy. I started with the overdrive side, and the drive and tone at about 2 o’clock, and the volume at 10 o’clock.

I have to say I immediately fell in love with the overdrive side of this pedal. Since testing this pedal, I have bought one for my own pedal board, and the settings are the exact same to this day. There is a “bass boost” switch (which I never use). You can swing the gain up or down and get from Tom Petty and ZZ top sounds, all the up to Metallica, Judas Priest, AC/DC – you truly have nearly every single American “classic rock” sound covered. With the volume you can choose to use it only as a straight overdrive, or to boost the signal for a lead / overdrive. Generally I use it as an distortion overdrive only – and I’ll tell you why next.

The other side of this pedal is a “compressor”. A compressor is an effect that “compresses” the signal and makes it louder. You can think of it as a boost, but it also gives it a bigger, fatter, rounder character as well. The compressor also has it’s own sustain, tone, and gain knobs. The switch is whether the tone is on or off. The sustain knob controls how compressed the signal is, the higher it is the longer the notes “sing”. The gain isn’t exactly an overdrive, but it does make the signal more dirty. So you can choose if the compressor is more of a dirty or clean boost for your signal.

The reason that this pedal is so unique, is because you can just use the clean channel on your amp, and then use the compressor to get a rolling stones type dirty sound. It’s also great for country, and even blues. On the other hand, you can use the overdrive side for an entire song “on”, and then hit the compressor for leads. This is great for that “little change in your pocket, going jang-a-lang-a-lang” type songs, or even heavier stuff. I also own a Tubeworks Realtube pedal that I use a lot that is more Bluesbreaker-ish – and I like to play with that on blues songs, but then use the Route 66 overdrive (with the Tubeworks pedal still on) for just searing, stinging leads.

I think it’s unbelievable that you can get the Route 66 for only $149 brand new, and compared to all the boutique pedals on the market, this thing is priced quite affordably for what you get. I’m a pedal addict, but I can’t get rid of this one no matter what I find. It just blends with any amp I use (solid state or tube), it sounds great with every guitar I own, and combines well with all other pedals I try it with. In the future I’ll review the other Visual Sound pedal that’s on my board.

You can get the Route 66 Pedal at Musician’s Friend:

Route 66 Pedal

USED VISUAL SOUND V2 SERIES ROUTE 66 PEDAL

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TrueTone Route 66 V3 Overdrive / Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal P-04520

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Visual Sound Route 66 V2 Overdrive / Compressor Guitar Effects Pedal P-04523

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VISUAL SOUND RT. 66 AMERICAN OVERDRIVE/COMPRESSOR EFFECTS PEDAL OD ROUTE 66

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Wenko "Vintage Route 66" Pedal Bin, Multi-Colour, 3 Litre

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TRUETONE V3 Route 66 Overdrive Compression Guitar Effect Pedal Visual Sound NEW

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Guitar Modeling Effects vs. Traditional Pedals

This is the information I wish I would have had about new fangled guitar modeling pedals versus traditional stomp boxes (before I burned up 2 amps!).

I’m 39 years old, and I grew up in the 80’s when effects mainly consisted of a Boss Distortion and maybe a chorus or a flanger. I knew guitar players that had more money that maybe had a delay or something, but many of us just plugged straight into the amp. Most of us had Peavey or Crate amps, there was only one guy who had a Marshall – and he was the local “guitar god” if you know what I mean. When I was 25 I quit playing and sold my equipment to pursue family, career, and the American dream.

Fast forward to 2003 when, at the age of 35 – I decided it was a good time to get back into music. At first I had a cheap guitar and a practice amp. Not much different than when I was a kid I guess. Then I bought a Marshall (Valvestate) 65W combo amp and just played straight through that. It had some built in chorus and reverb effects – so it wasn’t so bad. It even had an overdrive channel.

I started a cover band and that setup was ok at first, but in a cover band there are so many songs in different genres that you need a lot of different tones and sounds to make it sound right. I was in the store looking for some new stompboxes when the owner showed me a Digitech “modeling pedal”. He explained that the little computer chip inside contained nearly all the effects one could ever need – it was like 50 stomp boxes in one. He also talked about 50 “amp models” – something I really didn’t understand. It seemed like quite the deal for $89 (basically the price of a single stomp box) – so I bought it and took it home.

At first this was a real piece of work, I plugged my guitar into the box and ran it out into the effects loop in the back of my Marshall. Most of the preset effects were awful, and just made my amp feedback and squeal no matter what I did. The way these units work, there are preset “patches” with loaded sounds you can try. My digitech unit had 64 patches, 32 – each loaded twice. You were supposed to program over a set of them with your own preferences. When I started creating my own patches, I just set some up with individual effects, like chorus, delay, reverb, trememlo, etc.

After about 6 months of playing that way I discovered some of the “amp models”. I found that if I took the one that emulated a Fender Hot Rod Deville amp and cut the volume (in the pedal) down to about half, and through the effects loop of the Marshall ran the effects blend volume at 60% I could get an absolutely awesome classic rock sound! About a month later I added an overdrive pedal and connected the digitech to that, so I had both running together through the effects loop of the Marshall.

I had a lot of intermittent problems with my Marshall for the next 6-12 months. Sometimes it would quit working and it would “come back” minutes later – and sometimes I would have to turn it off and back on before it would. After about a year it just died, and when you turned it on it either squealed or just had nearly no volume at all. I bought a Marshall (Valvestate) head and a 4×12 bottom and began to use that instead. After a few months it started giving me trouble too. I took it in and had all the pots cleaned (which helped), but then it started cutting out and clipping a lot. I took it back in and they said they fixed something, but when I took it home and plugged everything in to practice it started to smoke big time! I turned it off just before it appeared to nearly catch on fire. When I took it back the next day – they replaced all the main transistors.

I didn’t play it as much for awhile, and took my Valvestate combo back to have it revived from the dead. The amp tech told me the preamp was burned out and needed to be rebuilt – so I had that done. When I went to pick the amp up I started asking questions about whey the preamp would go out and described my setup to the tech. It was during that conversation that I realized I had blown up 2 amps – and didn’t even know it.

A traditional effects pedal or stompbox can be used in an “effects loop” or direct through the front of an amp. Straight through the front the effect is just added to the total sound. But by using the “effects loop” you add the effect to only the pre-amp, and you can choose the level of the effect before it gets to the main portion of the amp. This is great if you want to choose how mild or harsh the effect will be added into the total sound. What I didn’t know and what the “modeling pedal” (and Marshall) instructions failed to say was that – modeling pedals aren’t meant to be run through effects loops – EVER! Modeling pedals are supposed to go straight into the front of the amp – ONLY!

The problem is this, in a modeling pedal the “patch” contains both an amp model and effects. These together, going through an effects loop “drive” (or overdrives) the pre-amp before the signal even gets to the main part of the amp. The end result sound is great, but too much for the amp (slowly burning out the preamp!). In a tube amp, it would just get hot and start clipping. Once you turn it off and it cools down, you could turn it back on and do it again over and over without damaging the amp. But my (Valvestate) amps are solid-state, and while there’s a governer in the main part of the amp that protects it from burning up during clipping, the pre-amp doesn’t have one. Hence the reason I burned up my pre-amp!

So, once I learned this when I went home I plugged my digitech modeling pedal straight into the clean channel of my Marshall and started to play around. All the pre-set effects now sound great with no squealing! I even downloaded some patches from the Digitech forum and using the amp models was able to get some great Van Halen, Weezer, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Ozzy, and U2 sounds!

After doing some research online about modeling pedals, and now having gone through the good bad and the ugly with them – I can honestly say that as a guitar player they take a lot more getting used to than a traditional stomp box. With stomp boxes (other than the settings for each box) they are either “on” or “off” and that’s it. In a modeling pedal you have a “patch” that is basically a pre-set that can contain your amp model, an amp cabinet (speakers), the intensity of the amp model, the volume of the patch, any effects (chorus, delay, reverb, etc), and even some EQ – like bass, mid, or highs. You may have to setup a dozen patches for sounds you like, one for lead, one for rhythm, one for clean, etc. I found that I had 2-3 for different classic rock songs, some for harder rock, and quite a few for clean.

Guitar modeling pedals take TONS more time to setup at first, but are much more versatile in the end result. The CON is that if you love the natural distortion or tone of your amp – you won’t get to hear it using the modeling pedal. Having said that – having a good amp with quality speakers is kind of key to getting a good sound with a modeling pedal. If you have a cheap amp with cheap speakers, a modeling pedal will not make it sound good. You’ll just have a good sounding model through tinny speakers. So you still need a quality amp, it’s just not as important that you have a $3,000 Mesa Boogie or Bogner, a lower end Marshall or Fender will do just fine.

There are dozens of options for modeling pedals, and in the coming posts I will review them all – starting with the end all be all of live modeling rigs – the POD XT Live and POD X3 Live – which I now use, all coming up in the next post.

Electro-Harmonix Small Clone Analog Chorus Pedal

Electro Harmonix has been around a loooong time. The first guitar pedal I ever owned was an Electro Harmonix fuzz. That thing was indestructible! You’re lucky to find some of the original vintage effects on eBay from time to time, but many companies are now reissuing versions just as good as the old school gear. The Electro Harmonix Chorus is one of these reissue pedals.

This thing is awesome – check it out in this video review:

The Electro-Harmonix Small Clone Analog Chorus Pedal delivers luxurious analog chorus effects, a distinctive tone, and flexibility that sets it apart from similar guitar effects pedals. A depth switch and single rate knob make this an easy-to-operate stomp box. Simple tweaks generate exciting doubling effects, chiming 12-string-style sounds or Leslie-like warbles. Its solid nickel steel case replicates the highly collectible original. Operates on a 9V battery or AC adapter.

Like most guitar gear you can find this both new and used, here are some auctions ending soon live from eBay right now:

Electro Harmonix Small Clone Classic Analog Chorus Guitar Pedal w/ Battery EHX

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Electro-Harmonix Small Clone Chorus Guitar Pedal

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Electro-Harmonix Small Clone  Chorus Guitar Effect Pedal

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Electro-Harmonix Small Clone Chorus Pedal

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Electro-Harmonix Classics Small Clone Chorus Guitar Effect Pedal

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New Electro-Harmonix EHX Small Clone Analog Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal!

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Electro-Harmonix Small Clone Chorus Pedal

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Electro-Harmonix Small Clone Chorus Pedal

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Electro-Harmonix Small Clone Full Chorus - free shipping

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Electro Harmonix Small Clone Chorus Analogue Guitar Pedal FX Effects Guitar

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Carl Martin DeLayla XL Delay Pedal

If you’re using digital effects – you haven’t seen squat until you’ve checked out this delay pedal!  The Carl Martin DeLayla XL Delay Pedal was designed and developed to have the same sonic quality as the original DeLayla and adds a second delay head for the ultimate in vintage slapback echo. The response of the second head can be fine-tuned, is controllable by footswitch, and can be blended with the first head. The Carl Martin DeLayla delivers warm, smooth delay and echo reminiscent of vintage tape units, but with modern features. The Delayla XL has a tap tempo and a built-in power supply.

Carl Martin Delayla Vintage Style Tape Echo Analog Delay Guitar Effect Pedal

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MINT IN BOX CARL MARTIN DELAYLA VINTAGE STYLE ECHO ANALOG GUITAR EFFECT PEDAL

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Carl Martin Delayla XL Reverb Guitar Effect Pedal New!

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Uni-Vibe Pedal Review

The Uni-Vibe guitar effect pedal was used on some of the most classic guitar recordings of all time by guitar players. It was made by the “Univox” company (hence the name Uni-vibe). They created the Uni-vibe pedal to emulate the sound of rotating speaker Leslie effect, like on a Hammond B3 organ. Did you know that the Uni-vibe guitar pedal was used on the following classic guitar songs?

Jimi Hendrix – Machine Gun, Star Spangled Banner, Hear my Train A Comin’
Grand Funk – Locomotion
Robin Trower – Bridge of Sighs, Day of the Eagle, Too Rolling Stoned
Breathe – Pink Floyd
some say it’s on “Who’s That Lady” by the Isley Brothers
Stevie Ray Vaughan has used it on some recordings for Hendrixy tones

Some songs like the Locomotion used the Uni-vibe on only the solo, the Robin Trower used it on nearly his entire album! Univox no longer makes the Uni-Vibe pedal. But sometimes you can find an original one on eBay – they’re a pricey, because they’re vintage effects. If you want the original equipment that Hendrix and Trower used, this is the only way to go (find used Univox Univibes).

Here’s what’s on eBay right now for original Univox Uni-vibe pedals:

VINTAGE SHIN EI UNI-VIBE CHORUS/VIBRATO EFFECT w/CUSTOM SPEED CONTROL ORIGINAL

USD 2200.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
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Vintage Shin-Ei Companion Vibra Chorus Univibe type Effects Pedal Original!

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Having said that – there are may other reissue uni-vibe pedals, made by both mainstream and boutique guitar effects and pedal manufacturers. I’m going to show you some of the most popular ones.

The Dunlop Uni-vibe pedal gives you the classic chorus and tremelo sounds, the ones that will take you back decades. Here’s an image of the original Dunlop Uni-Vibe guitar pedal, the one that most people buy the controller foot pedal for (looks like a wah or volume pedal). Dunlop makes a stereo version that looks like this, model UV1SC.

dunlp uni-vibe pedal

This is what the non-stereo version of the Dunlop uni-vibe pedal (UV1) looks like. The chorus sound is a lot like the leslie rotating speaker effect. It’s more of a thick phased kind of sound. The tremelo (vibrator) moves the tone up and down in a cool combined way that is like no other effect.

dunlop uni-vibe pedal modern

Here are Dunlop uni-vibe pedals currently on eBay:

DUNLOP UV-1 UNI-VIBE CHORUS AND VIBRATO EFFECTS PEDAL VINTAGE TONE w/ADAPTER

USD 219.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-13 19:35:16

MXR Uni Vibe M68 Chorus Vibrato Pedal UniVibe Dunlop M 68 NEW w 2 Patch Cables

USD 129.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-13 21:43:30

NEW DUNLOP MXR M68 UNI-VIBE CHORUS PEDAL w/ FREE CABLE FREE SHIPPING

USD 129.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-11 20:16:27

MXR Uni-Vibe Chorus / Vibrato Effect Pedal - Dunlop - M68 Univibe

USD 129.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-12 23:04:09

MXR by Dunlop M68 Univibe Reissue Chorus/Vibrato Effects Pedal

USD 129.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-13 15:47:44

Dunlop M68 Uni-Vibe Chorus/Vibrato

USD 134.27 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-17 17:24:50

Dunlop JHM7 Jimi Hendrix Univibe Chorus/Vibrato Guitar Effects Pedal w/Bonus &

USD 172.34 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-16 22:11:26

Dunlop JHM7 Jimi Hendrix Univibe Chorus/Vibrato Pe

USD 129.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-15 20:36:22

MXR M68 Uni-Vibe Chorus/Vibrato Pedal - Free Shipping

USD 129.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-11 21:18:38

MXR M68 Uni-Vibe Chorus / Vibrato Pedal

USD 130.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-16 12:07:41

One of the highest rated uni-vibe pedals on the boutique guitar pedal market right now is the Voodoo Lab “Micro Vibe” pedal. I haven’t heard a bad review of it yet. It gives unbelievable Gilmour Pink Floyd sounds. Some people like the fact that (unlike other vibe pedals) there are just 2 controls to fool with, making it less complex to use.

You can find it at the following places:
Voodoo Lab Micro Vibe at Musicians Friend
Voodoo Lab Micro Vibe at Amazon

Here are some current Voodoo Lab Micro Vibe pedals on ebay right now:

Voodoo Lab Micro Vibe Rotary Speaker Vibe Effect Pedal

USD / 46.07 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-17 01:00:29

Voodoo Lab Micro Vibe Vibrato Guitar Effects Pedal P-04468

USD / 82.88 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-14 01:33:56

Voodoo Lab Micro Vibe Guitar Effect Pedal Used

USD / 46.31 (1 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-15 14:31:07

Voodoo Labs Micro Vibe Pedal

USD 130.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-16 17:49:53

Voodoo Lab Micro Vibe 2017

USD 149.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-13 18:32:52

Voodoo Lab Micro Vibe (USED)

USD 119.20 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-16 17:33:01

New Voodoo Lab Micro Vibe UniVibe Guitar Effects Pedal! Voodoo Labs! Uni-Vibe!

USD 151.98 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-13 17:51:16

Voodoo Lab Micro Vibe Vintage Rotary Speaker Pedal

USD 149.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-11 11:06:56

Voodoo Lab Micro Vibe Pedal 190839153708 Open Box

USD 119.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-17 20:59:46

Voodoo Lab Micro Vibe Guitar Vibrato Pedal

USD 149.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-12 20:12:45

BBE makes a vibe pedal called the “BBE Soul Vibe” pedal. The Voodoo Lab micro vibe pedal is awesome, and probably my favorite – but it runs $149 nearly everywhere. I understand sometimes people want something “as good”, if they can get it for a cheaper price. You can get it for about $80 bucks at Musicians Friend, and about the same on Amazon. It has an internal trim pot that you can use to tweak your sound, some reviews I’ve read say that you can get great sounds without needing to use it, and others say you have to use the trim pot to get the best sound. I guess results may vary.

Here are some BBE Soul Vibe pedals currently on eBay:

Replacement Power Supply for BBE SOUL VIBE 9V HS

USD 7.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-14 20:17:08

DLS Effects makes a pedal called the “Versa Vibe”. It’s the reverse of the BBE Soul Vibe, and if you’re looking for a vibe that has tons of customization controls, like the original Univox Uni-Vibe, this may be just what you’re looking for. Lots of people say this is a great one to get lots of analog sound, without clipping – like the vintage gear. It’s also got some new controls, like Wet-Dry, Bass Throb, etc. It even boasts the ability to get vintage Magnatone amp vibrato!

Here’s a link to the Versa Vibe on Amazon.

Here are Versa Vibe auctions currently live (if there are any):

The Roger Mayer Voodoo Vibe unit’s are about as pro as it gets. The Roger Mayer Voodoo Vibe is the choice of both Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page. These units have a chorus, tremolo, AND vibrato! This is an incredible vibe effects unit, but keep in mind it’s pro grade – and be prepared to drop $400-500 for one.

Here are Roger Mayer Voodoo Vibe’s currently on eBay (if there are any):

Roger Mayer Voodoo Vibe+ Plus Guitar Effects Pedal Analog Vibe Tremolo Vibrato

USD 699.95 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-13 18:55:04

Roger Mayer Voodoo-Vibe+ Uni-Vibe Hendrix Pedal

USD 699.95 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-14 23:17:22

Fulltone is a BIG player in the boutique guitar market right now, and tons of guitarists revel in the dirt of their OCD distortion box. They make a pedal called the “Fulltone Mini Deja Vibe” that is purportedly a completely faithful reproduction of the Univox Univibe circuit! Another thing that unique is the fact that this is a 9 volt pedal, but the original univibe by Univox was an 18 volt circuit. Full tone uses a voltage doubling technique in it’s circuit so you can use a standard 9 volt adapter (or battery) – and it turns it into 18v!

I’ve seen 3 versions of the Fulltone Deja Vibe, one stereo, one not – in normal pedal fashion. But the MDV-2 version is different because it’s in the style of a volume/wah pedal – with the vibe controls on the side. Can you say awesome?!

Here are Fulltone Deja Vibe pedals currently on eBay now:

Fulltone Deja Vibe Pedal Guitar Effects Hand Signed Dated and Serial Number

USD 99.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-15 02:03:40

FULLTONE DEJA VIBE STEREO Guitar Effects Pedal Dejavibe

USD 219.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-16 20:01:03

Fulltone Deja Vibe Mini - Dejavibe Guitar Effects Pedal

USD 125.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-14 22:03:44

2014 Fulltone Mini Deja Vibe Pedal CLASSIC UNIVIBE - WHITE - EXCELLENT CONDITION

USD 85.40 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-14 20:32:16

Fulltone MDV-3 MiniDeja Vibe Univibe Guitar Effects Pedal P-04613

USD / 175.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-11 23:54:04

NEW! Fulltone Custom Shop MDV-3 Mini Dejá Vibe 3 Univibe Vibrato Pedal

USD 237.17 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-16 03:13:45

Sanyo Pedal Juice Review

I wanted to write a review for this “Sanyo Pedal Juice” unit I got at the end of December. Sanyo was nice enough to send me one to review, and it’s pretty cool. It’s a rechargeable lithion ion battery to power your guitar pedals. The unit I tested can power up to 2 pedals, but they make another version that can power up to 3 pedals.

Here’s the official web site: Sanyo Pedal Juice

Sanyo Pedal Juice Review

The Pedal Juice unit is just about the size of a guitar pedal, and takes about 3 1/2 hours to charge. Once fully charged, it can power your pedals for up to 50 hours. After I charged mine I made a 5 minute video while hooking it up:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXRDM4bxpXM

As I showed in the video, you get a carrying case, the power adapter to charge it, 2 cords to power 2 pedals, and one reverse ground adapter. The Pedal Juice model I have is the KBC-9V3U which powers up to 2 guitar pedals. The black pedal juice model that debuted at NAMM last week is supposed to power up to 3 pedals.

I think the Sanyo Pedal Juice is going to be pretty popular because I’ve never seen anything like it on the market. There are all kinds of power supplies for effect pedals, but none of them are a rechargeable battery like this one. If you’re a guitar player you can appreciate this product because your pedal board is in front of you on the stage. If you are using AC adapters or a powered pedal board, you have to run a cord all the way back to the wall behind your amp for power. The only other thing you can do is keep your pedals stocked up with batteries.

But there are 2 reasons that people use 9 volt batteries. The first is because guitar effects pedals don’t come with an adapter cord – you have to pay an extra $20 to get one – or have an expensive board that has it’s own connection cords. The second is because many people believe that the power from the wall can infect the guitar signal by introducing noise. Believe it or not there are many pro players that have batteries in their gear on stage for this very reason.

The Pedal Juice will solve this problem for a lot of people, because it provides clean filtered juice to your gear. You can use it on multi-effect pedals and recorders too. Great to just throw in your gear bag to take to the jam space, and it’s great for gigs too. 9-volt batteries were about $5 each last time I checked. By the time you buy 25-30 batteries, you could own this! And that doesn’t include gas, your time spent to buy them, and the odd-gig where you forgot to buy them and ran out of batteries!

You should check one out.

You can find the Sanyo Pedal Juice at Musicians Friend:

Sanyo Pedal Juice 9V Rechargeable Mobile Booster White

Real Tube Overdrive

real tube overdrive

About the BK Butler Real Tube Overdrive guitar pedal

The “Real Tube Overdrive” is a BK Butler guitar pedal manufactured by “Tube Works” back in the 70’s and 80’s. The image above shows my recently purchased Real Tube pedal case (disassembled), because in the video below I’m about to show you how to clean it.

The Tube Works Real Tube distortion overdrive pedal is near “legendary”, probably because Eric Johnson, Billy Gibbons, and Joe Satriani are known for using it. Since the design is no longer licensed to Tube Works (or they’re no longer making it), the devices have become sought after guitar pedals. Mr. BK Butler is still making these pedals today and his calls his real tube overdrive the “Tube Driver” pedal. You can find it here. You’ll also find that the Tube driver is $299 direct from BK Butler Audio, and the bias version is $434.

Now Butler says that the Real Tube overdrive pedals made by Tube Works from back in the day are unreliable. Supposedly he gets inquiries to fix them all the time – and won’t. I wouldn’t either if I was selling them new for $300-400 a pop. There were several models made, you might find the “Blue Tube” by Tube works, or the “limited Gold Tube Works overdrive” (I don’t know how limited that really was). I admit, there can be problems with pedals 20-30 years old, but the original ones that they made (like my picture) are built practically out of solid cast iron and wired to last a century. Unless it was dropped from a 10 story building, or put in a lake – I can’t see you having any problems with it (used), or being something minor you couldn’t fix on your own.

Here’s the thing – the Tube Works BK Butler Real Tube Overdrive guitar pedal was built with a 12AX7 tube inside for a British tone. A very heavy, very distorted, and in my opinion very muddy tone. It’s nice, if you want that 70’s “Black Sabbath” sound – but IMHO, that’s all you’re gonna get. In the video you’ll see I purchased a NOS 12AU7 tube online, and installed it in the pedal. While I had it apart – I used DeOxit to clean all the volume pots, and the thing is stellar! It sings for blues, with a few adjustments on either the pedal or guitar volume, I can be SRV, Tom Petty, AC/DC – the thing is simply amazing! The most beautiful thing of all is that you can get this sound on any amp solid state, or tube – and at any volume! I have a lot of pedals, but I can tell that the Real Tube Overdrive will be in my collection for many years to come!

Real Tube Overdrive Video Review

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f88DWNVLo8Q

Find yourself a “Real Tube Overdrive” on eBay today!

Tube Works TUBE DRIVER REAL TUBE OVERDRIVE B.K. Butler Effect Pedal Made in USA

USD 45.00 (6 Bids) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-18 04:40:21

Maxon RTD800 Real Tube Overdrive and Distortion Guitar Pedal 888365710044

USD 309.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-12 12:24:55

Dean Markley Overlord Real Tube Overdrive Vintage Guitar Pedal - One Owner!

USD / 140.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-15 02:42:48

"STONE GROOVE" Real 12AX7 Gain 18V Tube Overdrive Distortion Guitar Effect Pedal

USD / 199.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-12 22:39:04

Tube Works Real Tube RT-902 Rack Mount Tube Overdrive Distortion w Foot Switches

USD 129.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-12 17:24:54

Maxon TBO-9 True Tube Booster/Overdrive REAL Valve Solo AMP Distortion | JAPAN

USD 158.86 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-15 07:59:53

Maxon ROD-880 Real Tube Overdrive Distortion Booster ROD880 ROD881 Guitar Effect

USD 109.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-15 01:28:56

NEW | Maxon TBO-9 True Tube Booster/Overdrive REAL Valve AMP Distortion | JAPAN

USD 167.28 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-11 19:51:06

Tube Works Real Tube II RT-922 Tube Guitar Preamp B.K Butler With Foot Switch

USD / 69.00 (2 Bids) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-14 22:57:39

TUBE WORKS RT 2100 WITH FOOTSWITCH MOSVALVE REAL TUBE OVERDRIVE 100 WATT COMBO

USD 289.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-15 15:48:12

You may also enjoy my Polytune guitar pedal review

PolyTune Guitar Pedal Review

The Polytune guitar pedal is getting rave reviews by all the musicians that I know (that have used it). It’s made by TC Electronics, and I first saw it when my friend picked one up at the local Guitar Center.

My lead singer was just saying the other day “I remember back in the day NONE of us had guitar tuners – we did it all by EAR, and all we had was a tuning fork!”. That’s probably why so much of the classic rock sounds like it does on record – huh?

What most people don’t understand is that most pedal tuners, like the Fender tuner pedal, and the cheap handheld Boss tuners – they’re just not very accurate at all. It’s like a scale that says you weigh 200lbs, when the doctor says you weight 204. It gets you into the ballpark, but it’s not very accurate.

In the past, professionals used what we call a “strobe tuner”, a very expensive thing that looked like an oscilloscope, or something you’d be doing medical tests with (lol). The PolyTune pedal is much more accurate than other tuning devices, more like a strobe tuner. It has this cool feature that I just love, you can strum all 6 strings at once, and it magically tells you which one(s) are out of tune. No more having to hit them one by one! It’s got a cool display, and this pedal has “true bypass”.

You can get for about a hundred bucks by clicking here….or maybe a little less, by using the auctions below the image.

TC Electronic PolyTune Poly-Chromatic Pedal Tuner

TC Electronic Polytune Noir Mini 2 Pedal Tuner

USD 55.48 (2 Bids) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-14 05:01:59

TC Electronic Polytune 2 Pedal Tuner Very good condition NO SCRATCHES OR DENTS

USD 45.00 (5 Bids) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-12 02:54:32

TC Electronic Polytune 2 Mini Guitar Pedal Chromatic Tuner Poly Tune True Bypass

USD / 45.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-13 17:56:24

TC Electronic Polytune 2 Pedal Tuner!

USD / 31.84 (2 Bids) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-12 22:49:13

TC Electronic Polytune Mini Guitar Pedal Tuner!

USD / 29.16 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-18 05:51:07

TC Electronic PolyTune 3 Polyphonic LED Guitar Tuner Pedal w/Buffer + Cables

USD 99.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-13 16:45:46

TC Electronic PolyTune Polyphonic Tuner Pedal

USD / 50.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-14 20:18:27

TC Electronic Polytune 2 Mini Guitar Pedal Tuner!!

USD 68.90 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-11 17:05:22

TC Electronic Polytune Noir Mini 2 Pedal Tuner

USD 89.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-13 15:29:45

TC Electronic Polytune 2 Pedal Tuner

USD 99.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-12 06:56:12