The best bang for the buck on a flanger. Not many choices out there and this is a good, versitile one that is probably suitable for any style.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $80.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Music Go Round
All the right things a flanger should have, and they great construction of BOSS
I've tried a few flangers and this one is probably the best band for the buck
After all, it is a guitar pedal, the drummer could use it.
All metal construction, can get this thing torn to hell easily.
I chose this pedal because I had seen it in use and I knew that it was versatile. I haven't gigged with it yet, but I'm seriously thinking of buying another one to put in my effects chain so I can utilize more than one of its sounds during one song. And it's great for someone who plays rock music and wants to give his power chords a signature of his own.
Where Obtained: eBay
It's got 4 knobs: Manual, Depth, Rate, and Res (resonance). Plus it's got a light that tells you if it's on or off and if the battery is working. It can be powered by either a 9V battery or a Boss AC adaptor.
I use this with my Hamer Slammer (with Duncan pickups) and a Tech 21 Trademark 60 amp. A flanger is pretty much noisy by definition, so that's a useless subject, but its bypass is perfect. I play a wide range of styles from blues to rock to metal. It's not great for blues because, if ask me, blues doesn't sound good with anything more than overdrive and a wah. It's got some great classic flanger sounds for clean strumming, and I have a few presets for rock lead. Combine this with a wah and turn distortion up to 11, and you've got some serious scorching lead tones! I can even create a sound somewhere between heavy chorus and tremolo.
I got this pedal with no manual or anything, and within an hour I was able to figure out more or less what every knob does and I was conceiving and jotting down preset after preset. You may have to fiddle a bit if you're looking for one particular sound, but it's not hard to get something that sounds good. Oh yeah, and you operate it via the scientific process of stomping on it.
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i'd prefer more range of useful tones. i've got one good spot, and thats all i use it for. not drastic enough sweep and swoosh for me.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $75.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Sam Ash
four knobs. manual, depth, range, speed..something like that. light indicates pedal is active. battery or 9v adapter.
i find this to be a one-trick pony. i have most knobs set around 12:00, and that gives a decent flange. but i cant get enough woosh, more sweeping. i think i may be better off with a phaser.
a slight metallic coloring to the sound.
the pedal is quiet by itself, but it magnifies the noise of my DS-1 distortion.
Ease of Use:
think its got too many knobs for its own good. 2 or three knobs would be enough for me. dont find it easy to get wide ranges of useful tones.
solid, metal housing. Boss is durable.