• Effectrode Tube-Vibe review

    Blog Tube-Vibe review

    I’ve been reviewing quite a few Uni-Vibes lately and it seems that the classic effect is more popular than ever, with several new models emerging each year. While most clones are based on the original Shin-ei, Effectrode has tackled the design with a different approach by adding a tube preamp to the circuit. Here’s my review of the Tube-Vibe.

    The original late 60s Uni-Vibe was huge. It was a beast and by no means a perfect design being very noisy and not really sounding like the intended Leslie. But, there’s something about that large box that, at least to me, adds to the whole legend and experience of the Uni-Vibe. The Tube-Vibe is housed in a rugged and lovely powder coated chassis, with chrome hardware and thick bars protecting the tubes. The pedal feature high quality true bypass switching and jacks and it runs on 12V adapter (no batteries or crappy non-brand adapters allowed!).

    Like the original Uni-Vibe, the Tube-Vibe feature controls for speed, intensity and volume. The fact that you’re basically plugging into a real tube preamp, allows you to use the volume to boost your signal and drive your amp for a thick, creamy overdrive. You can also change the tubes for your preferred brand and/or tone, like a 12AU7 for increased headroom.

    There are two mini toggle switches on the back. One for switching between vibrato and the more familiar chorus mode and one for classic or smooth operation. The classic takes you right back to those legendary recordings with fat, creamy rotary sounds dripping out of your speakers. The smooth mode, produce a slightly milder ethereal chorus. See effectrode.com for more details.

    The first thing you notice is how quiet the pedal is. Most Uni-Vibes has a bit of hiss but the Tube-Vibe is dead silent. There’s no doubt that this is real tube powering. The headroom is ridiculous and even if you push the volume all the way up, all you get is just a fatter tone with a slight amp-like breakup. I’ve never experienced this from a Uni-Vibe before.

    It’s always hard to describe a tone but I often feel that most Uni-Vibes sound either a bit too bright or too flat/lo-fi. They don’t blend that well with the guitar tone – at least not to my ear. The Tube-Vibe sounds like a natural part of your tone. Never too dominating nor bright. It sounds like a melting Leslie cabinet dripping all over your floor. The effect pours out into the room and covers you in silky smooth velvet. I can’t really think of a better description (no matter how stupid).

    To balance this overly positive review, I should mention that you’ll have a hard time setting up those fast tremolo sounds for songs like Any Colour You Like. You will get high speeds but not the same depth. You may find this a drawback but the original UniVibe wasn’t capable of this either (David might have modified his unit for the recording of Dark Side).

    I recently did a review of Effectrode’s tube Compressor and it’s been a favourite ever since. It’s easy to get all emotional about tubes but the fact is that it does matter. You want to leave these pedals on all the time. They’re expensive and perhaps not for every budget but if you ever get the chance I strongly urge you to try one. Effectrode’s philosophy and eye for quality is unique and their pedals likewise. Like everyone before me, I’m deeply impressed. Check out effectrode.com for more details and other pedals.

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55 Responsesso far.

  1. Ara says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    Thanks as always for your insightful reviews!

    I’ve tried the MXR and currently Kelley’s Workstation to get basic Phaser effect, but neither one has made the minimum cur for very basic tone. Went through 3 MXR reissue, it go through batteries in a week, not even played. The Kelley is noisy as hell and pretty much useless!

    I’ve been listening to the Tube Vibe quite often and it seems to be the best choice, I have Effectrode’s Compressor and Fire Bottle… they’re on as my basic tone and I love them to death!

    Do you know if Tube Vibe is the main base effect or at least used along with other effects, Delay, Chorus, etc. in Yet Another Movie? I love the deep and slow “packaged/combined delay” so to speak.

    Thanks again,

    • Bjorn says:

      What sort of tones are you trying to replicate? A UniVibe, like the Tube Vibe, would be closest to David’s Dark Side tones. A MXR Phase 90, preferably a script logo model, is closer to David’s Wish You Where Here tones. For Yet Another Movie, David used a Boss CE-2 chorus. That’s pretty much it.

  2. Thomas says:

    Bjorn, would this pedal emulate a leslie enough to create the Leslie or Yamaha RA-200 tones in stereo like you suggest instead of getting a real cabinet? Tubes do make all the difference! I bought a Guru Exchosex2 because of the tube and it’s magic!

  3. chris says:

    Hi Bjorn, hey I shouldn’t have any problems putting this with the evo, right? Also will the evo cover all my rat tones, I’m just debating whether or not to go the all effectrode route, and keep my board less pedals, any thoughts?

  4. Ron says:

    I buudy of mine just “gave” me one. I say “gave”, because I paid about $200 bucks for it. I love this thing. Bought an American Special Strat, loaded with Texas special from him as well, and a tube screamer. I am finding that I like the tone better when I stage the Tube Vibe in front of the Tube Screamer. and after that my Holy Grail Reverb pedal. What an amazing pedal.

  5. e.tienne says:

    Hi, great reviews! I have a question on if it is possible to approach uni vibe sounds via combining a moog 108 clusterflux with a lex ? Anyway what do you think of the moog pedals ?
    Would be interested by your views as I have the moog 108, will test how it works with a lex and tell you
    Best,
    Etienne

    [Sorry for my late reply, Etienne. I don’t have any experience with the Moog pedals but in general I don’t think it would work. At least nothing authentic sounding. The Lex is a Leslie sim, which is very different from a UniVibe. – Bjorn]

    • Robert M. says:

      The Moog MF-108M Clusterflux is a great sounding analog chorus pedal. It creates some magic when you’re looking for a chorus sound. I feed mine with a Moog MF-103 Phaser and they sound wonderful together. Moog’s chorus pedal will not get you where you want to go in Uni-Vibe territory. The Moog technology carves out its own piece of the audible landscape.

      I currently have a Roger Mayer VooDoo Vibe Plus on my studio pedal board for the times when I’m looking for a Uni-Vibe tone. It’s an expensive, rather large black box that takes up a lot of real estate. He has a smaller, gigging friendly version in a white box that sounds really good, IMO.

      Having said that, I have Effectrode’s Blackbird preamp and CP-2A compressor being delivered Monday. If they’re as good as the reviews and video samples make them appear to be, I’ll probably sell the Mayer VooDoo Vibe and pick up the Effectrode Tube Vibe to use instead. The magic lies in the smooth, creamy response of the tubes.

  6. Mathias says:

    Hi again Björn
    Thanks for all your new articles on the upcoming PF album and your Delay reviews.

    I just got a Tube-Vibe and I think it is the first version (Speed, volume, Blend). How many versions are their and what are the differences between them?

    And how do I know if one or more tubes are broken? (This question also regards tube-amps)

    Thanks a lot

    [Not quite sure what the differences are. Ask Phil at Effectrode. He’s very helpful. A tube may have a blueish glow or be frosted inside. An amp may suddenly lack low end and volume or the fuse may blow. – Bjorn]

  7. Anthony Lee says:

    The best vibe i’ve ever heard! getting rid of my DejáVibe.

  8. Hugh Person says:

    Hi! ‘Ve just ordered tubevibe, have you tried the lastest version tv5a? I’ve read that it’s weakier then the old tubevibes? (I’ve ordered the lastest one, as i’ve just make this on the effectrode’s offsite

    [Not sure which mine is… – Bjorn]

  9. Steve D says:

    I have the tube drive and tube vibe, both pedals are amazing. I started looking into the tube vibe right after the tube drive. They are both amazing I Love them for my guitar setup and also run various outputs from my daw into them from synths to drums. Awesome revi3w!

  10. TC says:

    I just received my Tube Vibe. Great pedal. Very nice built quality.

    Effectrode can thank you for the sale. It was your demo and review that pushed me over the edge!

    [Ha ha, glad to hear! Congrats on your new pedal! – Bjorn]

  11. Gene N says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    Amazing work as always. How does this vibe compare to the Jam Pedals RetroVibe? You have reviewed a number of Jam Pedals but make no mention of this pedal on your site.

    Thank you,

    Gene

    [Don’t have that much experience with the RetroVibe but I think the MoonVibe both has a truer vintage sound and lots of other features that makes it more authentic and versatile. The RetroVibe has a brighter and more liquidy tone. Which one to choose depends on personal taste and preference, I guess. – Bjorn]

  12. Josh says:

    Bjorn,
    I have a very important question, its really been eating at me. How would you compare the vibe machine to this pedal??!!! HAHAHAHAHA Just kidding lol. Great review and guitaring(my new ,made up word), as always. IM in the market for a univibe at the moment, but i think im going to go with the moonvibe mkII becuase “Any Colour You like” is one of my favorite Pink Floyd songs. Its simply amazing. So yeah, i cant see buying a vibe pedal without the capability to play that song. If i was independently wealthy, i would buy both and use the moonvibe for ACYL and similar, and this pedal for its upsides.BTW, ive started tracking airbag and i have to say that i really love it. Its good to see a new,up and coming band actually make music thats very good, and soulfull. Your carrying on the pf tradition, but in a way thats completley your own. You guys should play at the usana ampetheatre in Utah,USA.

    thanks for this wonderfull site,

    Josh J

    [Thanks a lot for your kind words Josh! Glad you enjoy our music :) – Bjorn]

  13. TC says:

    Excellent site and excellent reviews! Especially helpful is the mentions regarding noise levels for the pedals. Generally this is completely ignored in reviews. This may not be important for some but for those who are looking to use the equipment for recording low noise is certainly important.

    [Thanks! I definitely think noise is a relevant issue for reviews. – Bjorn]

  14. Denis says:

    Hi Bjorn, great site not just for Floyd freaks like myself but for all guitarist who want to better their sound…… So I play G&L Legacy emg single coils (can’t tell which ones but I believe they are SA) – CS2 – Musket – BD2 – Deluxe Electric Mistress – Ibanez DE7 – Laney Cub Stack & FENDER Hot Rod Deluxe (evidence Audio cables) all this sound familiar? haha… I would like to get the Effectrode tube vibe for I love the clear sound from it. Where in the chain do place it? Will this pedal give me a clearer sound? I also want to replace the DE-7 with the T Rex replica or El capistan. Since these 2 delays are true bypass, should I place a buffer pedal right after it?

    By the way, have you ever met Gilmour? I think he would find this site very amazing.
    Love the way you cover his solos. Thanks for keeping up the site….D

    [Hi Denis! Thanks for your kind words! Glad you enjoy my site. Great setup you got there! Personally I prefer UniVibes in front of the gain effects – if you intend to use them together – so I’d place it after the CS2. Try placing it after the BD2 as well and hear the differnce, when using it with one of your gains. Not sure what you mean by a clearer sound. You don’t want the UniVibe on for all your tones. It’s a distinct modulation effect that should be used for specific stuff. That being said, the fact that the Tube Vibe feature tubes makes all the difference and the effect sound very open and dynamic, compared to many other UniVibes. I’d place the buffer first in the chain. Cheers! – Bjorn]

  15. Ian Hamilton says:

    Hi Bjorn – hello from Quebec, Canada!
    I wanted to thank you so much for such a great website – I am finding myself here more and more often.

    Just received my Effectrode Tube-Vibe last Friday in the mail, which I ordered on your recommendation, and am loving it!!! I’m also loving my Iron Bell, which was my first Gilmourish-inspired pedal purchase a couple of months ago.

    I’d sure love to get my hands on a Pig Hoof Mk II, but for some strange reason, Electronic Orange has advised me that they have not been able to ship insured packages to Canada. It would sure be nice if one of the internet-based supply companies in the U.S. or Britain would start stocking these!!!

    Anyway, thanks again for this amazing site and your inspirational playing!

    [Thanks a lot for your kind words and support, Ian! – Bjorn]

  16. Matthias says:

    Hi Bjorn, do you have a short “noise” when you put on / off the Tube Vibe ? Noise like when you connect / disconnect an instrument cable when the amp is on ? I love those Effectrode pedals, but my PC2A compressor had to be fixed by Effectrode, and now that ? Best regards, Matthias

    [No but you might notice a slight drop for half a second or so. You’re basically switching on a preamp so the pedal will react and operate differently than a non-tube pedal. Shouldn’t be any noise though. I’d ask Phil at Effectrode for help. – Bjorn]

  17. David R says:

    I have number 35. I had Phil do a few mods for me and let me tell you from the three vibes I owned? I kept this one(the other two were well known pedals that are mentioned here). Not only does he make great pedals, but his service is fantastic. Really nice guy and a really great vibe. For me? I kept the Tube Vibe because it was the warmest and most lyrical vibe of the three. Sweet tones. It as many uses besides Gilmour, and also does Hendrix very well. I own the Compressor as well as his Delta Trem. Great products, expensive, but worth every penny. Nice review and playing as always Bjorn

    [Thank you David! Indeed a great pedal and Phil is the best! – Bjorn]

  18. Mostafa says:

    Bjorn ,

    How would the tube-vibe compare from the rt-20 ?

    thanks

    [I don’t think you can compare them. The TubeVibe is, like all UniVibes, a phaser with dark, creamy rotary sounds. The RT20 is more like a shimmeru chorus. It’s brighter sounding perhaps closer to a flanger. – Bjorn]

  19. David says:

    Bjorn help me decide!! i started looking for the Mooer Eleclady, and i didn´t found it anywhere :D, so i have two alternatives: the neo mistress or the deluxe electric mistress (not the old one :(. so which would you finally recommend? to help you decide im telling you that i want to get the animals and wall flanger. so i´ll wait for your answer… Thanks :) one more thing, does it matter that the neo has 2 knobs and the deluxe has 3? help me decide :) (no one is putting a gun at your head, just a little help would be very welcome!!)

    [The Mooer should be easy to find on EBay or stores like Prymaxe.Com. The Neo Mistress works OK for cleans but sounds way too overwhelming with overdrives and distortions. I’d get the Deluxe. – Bjorn]

  20. Keith says:

    I barter my services as an A/C and heating tech alot, and so far I’ve gotten my handcrafted Gilmour Strat, and 12 hrs in the best studio in town, and those are just my musical barters, so if there were no money, all you’d need is sweat!
    Like I used to say every time,
    PEACE, LOVE, AND GILMOURISH! KEITH

    [ :) – Bjorn]

  21. David says:

    Hi Bjorn!! one question, in my country is very difficult to find/get a 1970´s era electric mistress. what do you say about the new EHX Deluxe electric mistress? is it worth?? i would be very gratefull if you reply me… thanks!

    [The current model is OK but it is considerably darker than the 80s and 90s Deluxe. I’m personally not a fan of the 76 model due to its crazy amount of noise. Check out the new Mooer Eleclady as well. Great alternative. – Bjorn]

  22. rick says:

    If they destroyed all money, how would I buy this pedal !! :)

    [Well, if there was no money, then you wouldn’t have to pay for anything either :) You could get the pedal for free or perhaps a trade or for a favour. Perhaps you could even make your own pedal by 3D printing… – Bjorn]

  23. Keith says:

    Yep, I was right. All Pink Floyd studio mayerial is no longer available in the US on YouTube. I found a few full albums posted withon the last two weeks, but they will close the uploaders account as soon as they see it’s up. They did this about 3 years ago, nut it popped back up shortly. I understand they lose money, but I have bought and paid for these albums several times, and really enjoyed the creative videos people made to go alimg with the music. If I were kimg of the world, first thing I’d do is destroy all money, it’s not a gas, but a pain in the ass!
    K~

    [That’s the music business for you. And yes, all money should be destroyed. Imagine how much else would have been gone with that… simply a better world. – Bjorn]

  24. Keith says:

    Way off target, but I’m super pissed off. Seems EMI, CBS, or whoever has taken down almost all the Pink Floyd early studio cuts from YouTube, AGAIN! I used to listen to the studio version of Grantchester Meadows, that was spliced with video of the actual place. It was a moving video, and a great way to start my day, but now the only versions on YouTube are crappy bootlegs, and covers, or the entire album played on a crappy scratched up vinyl picture disc. I hate not being able to see these wonderful videos. It’s just not the same as listening to the CD, and I can’t post it to my friends on FaceBook to start their day in a beautiful way. Sorry, but I had to vent to those who care!
    Thanks for the forum Bjorn, Disgusted Keith

  25. thereallyfat says:

    Great tones and multitrackin Bjorn. Excellent.

    [Thanks! – Bjorn]

  26. Ai says:

    Hi bjorn,

    Another great article anther great GAS

    I was going to ask about the comparison with machine vibe but i guess you’ve answered the question above.

    I want to ask which one do you think will be best for older PF songs?
    My next pedal hunt is univibe type of pedal for playing PF songs and to be honest these two great pedals are giving me some headeche hehe

    Thanks mate

    [Thanks! If you need the vibe to cover Any Colour You Like, then I’d go for the Vibe Machine. Other than that, I think the Tube-Vibe is hard to beat. – Bjorn]

  27. Keith says:

    Damn, the lotto was $550,000,000 last night, and as usual, I didn’t play. I wish I had played, and won. I’d fund Gilnourish for a year, and buy two of every great pedal made so you could review them all, and I’d start with this, and a Vibe Machine, and of course a Binson II, and a tech to keep it working! Just day dreaming. I had a feeling you’d have to answer the Vibe Machine vs. Effectrode question 1000 times. Ha-ha
    Peace Bjorn, Keith

    [Ha ha! Yeah, that would be something :) – Bjorn]

  28. Thierry says:

    Oups i wanted to let a comment on the effectrode compressor post, sorry for the mistake.

    Thierry

    [OK, I can’t move the comments so I’ve replied in this thread. No worries :) – Bjorn]

  29. Thierry says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    great review as usual! I think i will get one to replace my Diamond compressor :)
    I’m also looking for a drive pedal so i checked the Effectrode’s site to see their other products. What do you think about their tube drive or SR71 in comparaison of a Chandler/BK Butler tube driver?
    I already have a mojo hand fx rook royale as od/boost and i’m on the waiting list for a ….. pig hoof mkII!

    Best Regards,

    Thierry

    [Hi Thierry! I haven’t tried any of Effectrode’s gain pedals so I can’t really tell. I would imagine that they sound pretty damn good though :) That being said, I use the Tube Driver all the time and haven’t quite found anything like it. The Rook is an excellent alternative, especially if your amp needs a bit more mid range. Thanks for ordering the MkII! Cheers! – Bjorn]

  30. Royce says:

    Have had my Tube Vibe for years now (older version). No other Vibes get that lush warmth.

    [Agree! – Bjorn]

  31. Stratocasphere says:

    Hey Bjorn,

    Great review and great sound and playing!!
    Have you compared it with the Sweetsound vibes (Ultra or Mojo)
    Thanks!!

    [Thanks! Sounds very different from most UniVibes on the market. The TubeVibe has a much smoother and liquidy tone. The tubes really makes a huge difference. Depends on what you want I guess. The SweetSound, Fulltone, DryBell etc all have a slightly brighter tone with a more defined midrangy character. – Bjorn]

  32. Craig says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    how does this compare to the Drybell vibe machine?

    cheers

    Craig, New Zealand

    [Sounds very different from most UniVibes on the market. The TubeVibe has a much smoother and liquidy tone. The tubes really makes a huge difference. Depends on what you want I guess. The SweetSound, Fulltone, DryBell etc all have a slightly brighter tone with a more defined midrangy character. I’ll have a Buyer’s Gear Guide up soon describing all the different UniVibes. – Bjorn]

  33. Luis says:

    Now this one sounds amazing…and a wonderful playing as usual also…

    It should look less expensive though…I cannot buy it without my wife noticing…

    I am on the waiting list for the Blackbird. Still working on what will I say her when it arrives:-)

    Luis.

    [Thanks! Know what you mean… The DryBell Vibe Machine is smaller and easier to hide :) – Bjorn]

  34. Daniele says:

    Are years that i have put my eyes on this, maybe this time i’ll buy it! Great review, great video, sound and playing, thank you!

    [Thanks! Highly recommended! – Bjorn]

  35. Keith says:

    Taking into consideration of price, board space, and overall sound, how does the Vibe Machine stack up? I love the thought of tubes in any piece of gear, as they add a warmth that cannot be emulated. However, you did give the Dry Bell quite a good review, and said it worked well with overdrives, and distortion. Also, I would think dialing in the Any Colour sound is possible on the Vibe Machine, right? I’m torn, but not sure I’m $200.00 torn ha-ha!
    Thanks Gasman, Keith

    [They’re quite different sounding… as different as two UniVibes can be. The DryBell has a much brighter tone with a more defined midrangy character. It does the high speeds very well but the Tube-Vibe has the warmth due to the tubes. The price is high but I would say that it’s well worth checking out. Small scale production and solid craftsmanship justifies the price IMO. That being said, the Vibe Machine is IMO the best sounding non-tube version. – Bjorn]

  36. Rob says:

    Hello Bjorn –

    Great review (as always!). How does this unit compare to the Dry Bell Vibe Machine? If you were on a deserted island and could only bring one vibe unit, which would you choose?

    Cheers!

    [Thanks! They’re quite different sounding… as different as two UniVibes can be. The DryBell has a much brighter tone with a more defined midrangy character. It does the high speeds very well but the Tube-Vibe has the warmth due to the tubes. Considering that the fine tube preamp on the TubeVibe probably doesn’t go well with sand, I’ll take the Machine Vibe… but that’s the only reason :) – Bjorn]

  37. clark says:

    Dang nice pedal, how do you think it compares to fulltones deja vibe (pedal version) or dunlop roto vibe. I used to own the fulltone until i gave it to someone and to me it pretty much sounds just as good as this pedal. But the roto vibe clearly falls short to me but i would like to hear your opinion.

    [The Deja, like most other UniVibe clones, sound brighter with a more defined midrangy character. They don’t have the headroom nor the warmth of the Tube-Vibe but then again, if you prefer something that’s not as liquidy all over the place, you might want a Fulltone or similar. The RotoVibe is one of my favourites but you can’t really compare it. It’s very different from most UniVibes… more like a cross between a UniVibe and Phase 90. – Bjorn]

  38. Mostafa says:

    Hey Bjorn,

    So how is this pedal is compared to the dry bell vibe machine ?

    Thanks

    [They’re quite different sounding… as different as two UniVibes can be. The DryBell has a much brighter tone with a more defined midrangy character. It does the high speeds very well but the Tube-Vibe has the warmth due to the tubes. – Bjorn]

  39. Roko says:

    Great review Bjørn, one of my favorite. Your playing is fantastic, I could just feel the groove when you were playing Have a Cigar.

    [Thanks! – Bjorn]

  40. alex.loudass says:

    Huh, that is one impressive tone (and playing of course)!! Really really great!! I’m not planning to buy one though, as long as I’m happy with the MoonVibe… Plus, I don’t fancy the hassle of additional power supplies on my board. Last, I’m forcing me to not gassing after your reviews anymore… simply can’t afford it anymore :D BUUUUT if something bad would happen to my MoonVibe, I would consider this little baby here :)

    [Thanks! The MoonVibe is certainly a great alternative. Watch out for my upcoming review of the Moon Vibe MkII! – Bjorn]

  41. Nataniel says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    Nice review as usual.

    I read you recorded all tracks using a Laney Lionheart L20H. Have you finally got one? If so and in deep review would be welcomed, as it has always seemed to me one of the nicest amps available, but never managed to find a complete review about its capabilities, clean headroom and volume comparision of both imputs, if it works good with pedals …

    Thanks for your help.

    Congratulations for your web, and reviews and kindest regards,

    Nataniel

    [Got one about a year ago and used it quite a lot for the new Airbag album. I haven’t planned on doing a full review but I’ll put it on the list. – Bjorn]

  42. JAIME says:

    Sweet sound as always…
    This people are saving great money with your review, i’m sure they going to sell many of this, i hope at least they give you the THANKS

    Best regards

    [Thank you, Jamie! – Bjorn]

  43. Mark Gilmour says:

    Wow, I bet David Gilmour wishes these were around when they were recording DSOTM! Less hassle no? Us crazy kids don’t know how lucky we are. The amount of equipment needed back then to get that liquid drip trip sound eh? Not that I’d know lol…

    Hey Bjorn thanks for that video review, really enjoyed it. Your still sounding effortlessly Gilmourish and way better than me as usual he he (damn!). I’m still not buying one of those though cos even though your a free website I’m skint cos of your recommendations lol!

    Please help me though if you can? What settings on my small stone, dd3, rat and keeley bd2 would get me close to those breathe, any colour you like, have a cigar etc type tones please? Also please could you advise me on what order to place my pedals in? I also have a tank tubescreamer but rarely use it (should I?). Could I please have a little master class in how to use these pedals as I’m quite new to the effects side of things. I work long long hours and don’t have the time to blend/discover how they all relate and five years of following your web site tells me you may be the man to ask he he. I’d love it if you could help me out Bjorn and if it helps I play a black mexican classic 50s strat with maple neck (followed your advice and got a decent one though) with the fat 50s neck, 69 middle and ssl5 bridge pick ups installed going through a fender champ 5w re-issue valve amp.

    Love the site by the wayBjorn. Hope you can help, and all the best with your band (when you touring Scotland by the way?)

    [Thanks for your kind words! Always hard to suggest any specific settings because each setup will require a different approach based on preference, playing technique, in what environment you’re playing in etc. On a general bases I’d arrange the pedals like this: guitar > rat > bd2 > small stone > dd3. The Rat I’d set something like this: gain 12-2:00, tone 2:00 and volume 2:00. The BD2: volume slightly above unity for a slight boost, tone off-9:00, gain as desired. Phasers I normally set around noon. The delay is tricker because the level and feedback depends entirely on how that pedals works with your setup. Try setting the other pedals first and set the delay up for the desired tones. As I’m sure you are aware, the Champ has its limitations so you might want to consider something that’s a bit more versatile and easier to setup in the future. See the Buyer’s Gear Guide Amps for some tips :) – Bjorn]

  44. Jake says:

    Wow, this is awesome! Beautiful playing on Us and Them, it sounds so perfect.
    This is something on my must buy list!!!
    Beautiful review and playing Bjorn!

    [Thanks, Jake! – Bjorn]

  45. scott says:

    Awesome review! The only thing I do not have on my board at this time is a vibe of any kind. Recently purchased the Iron Bell and the Eleclady. Will be getting a vibe soon now.

    Thanks for all of your work!

    [Thanks! Stay tuned for the new Uni-Vibe Buyer’s Gear Guide. Coming soon! – Bjorn]

  46. Exilado says:

    Hi Bjorn! The pedal sound great in your clip! One can almost “feel” how warm it is, even through a video. I liked the Us and Them settings the best!

    (not so) Quick questions:

    1-How would you compare the Tube-Vibe to other Univibe clones (specially the Moon Vibe, Vibe Machine and MJM 60s)?

    2-How different is this pedal from the Dunlop Rotovibe? Can you please expand on the topic a llittle? I find it hard to spot the difference between Univibe clones and the Rotovibe.

    3-You said the Tube-Vibe doesn’t sound that great when played at higher speeds. You think this pedal is incapable of producing Any Colour You Like tones, or just that it doesn’t sound good enough?

    Thank you very much mate. Your reviews are always a blast!

    [Thanks for your kind words! See my replies to the other comments for general comparisons :)
    I don’t know if you’ve ever tried a RotoVibe but it doesn’t really sound like a UniVibe. More like a mix between a Phase 90 and a UniVibe. It doesn’t have that deep wobble of the UniVibe but yet it’s much more creamy and liquidy than a phaser. I know many dismisses it as a crappy sounding UniVibe but again, it just sound different. I love it and if you use a lot gain pedals, it blends much better than any UniVibe. If you listen to this TubeVibe clip I would say that the Have a Cigar part could easily have been a RotoVibe.
    The Tube-Vibe does the high speeds and you get a noticeable tremolo but it doesn’t get as deep as other clones like the Vibe Machine. It almost loose much of it’s depth and gets less pronounced. Great effect for that SRV stuff but not for Any Colour. – Bjorn]

  47. Stephen Ford says:

    Hey Bjorn did you test it in front of a Fuzz? Just wondering how a classic Germanium Fuzz reacts to having the tubes in front of it.

    Cheers
    Stephen

    [Works great! The tubes seems to smooth out the fuzz. A bit tricky with silicon but that’s never a good combo. – Bjorn]

  48. Dylan B says:

    Great review as always! I had been checking out this one and castledine’s vibes before you brought the vibe machine to my attention, this ones seemed perfect but the exposed tubes at my feet had me sceptical.

    [No problem unless you’re wearing heavy boots. The tubes are well protected. – Bjorn]

  49. Stephen Ford says:

    Yup, I would love to get the whole Effectrode line of guitar pedals! Outstanding craftsmanship! Thanks for the review Bjorn, I am extremely envious of your collection and the great sounds that you create using them.

    [Thank you, Stephen! – Bjorn]

  50. Toni says:

    New meaning for G.A.S. = Gilmourish Acquisition Syndrome ; )
    I’ll repeat 1.000 times: “I don’t need it, I don’t need it, I don’t need it…” (goes on until 1.000…)
    By the way, great tone but even greater playing!

    [Thank you! – Bjorn]

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