• Jam Pedals Pink Flow review

    Jam Pedals Pink Flow

    Is it possible to create one pedal for all your David Gilmour tones? Some have tried but Jam Pedals’ impressive Pink Flow is perhaps the most elaborate attempt. Here’s my review.

    I’ve done a couple of Jam Pedals reviews over the years. Including the Rattler (possibly the best sounding Rat clone on the market) and, the Red Much Big Muff. Check out this video from The Pedal Show and their recent visit the factory.

    The Pink Flow is basically a multi effect unit, containing the circuits of several of Jam Pedals’ offerings. All of these can be bought separately as stand alone units.

    None of the circuits, or pedals, are specifically based on David’s gear, apart from maybe the Red Muck, so the question is, is the Pink Flow capable of cover the classic tones?

    The circuits are housed in a sturdy enclosure, with true bypass switching and it runs on 9V Boss style negative tip adapter. The unit is packed with features, including a send/return loop (placed after the gain effects) for adding more pedals, tap tempo for the delay and internal trim pots. See JamPedals.com for more.

    The first effect is actually a reversed wah circuit for those unique seagull screams heard on Echoes. A cool detail!

    The Dyna-ssoR is a powerful compressor based on the qualities and sound of the classic MXR Dynacomp and Ross compressor. It’s transparent, with a very smooth attack and considerable output. Like the stand alone version, the Dyna-ssoR is very quiet. David used the Dynacomp on and off between 1977-1994.

    Next is the Tubedreamer based on the TS808. Now, David is not a guitarist associated with the Tube Screamer, he preferred more mids scooped overdrives like the Power Boost and Tube Driver, but the Tubedreamer has a much more open character compared to the 808/TS9.

    What I especially like about it is the added low end and the slightly more gain. Definitely one of the better sounding and more unique TS circuits out there.

    The Red Muck should be well known among Gilmour fans. It’s based on the early 70s triangle and 90s Civil War Big Muffs, with a very smooth almost overdrive-like character and a hint of mids. The circuit also feature a switch for a second clipping stage.

    Although perhaps best suited for David’s 90s Pulse tones tones, the Red Much can easily cover most of the fuzz and Muff tones from all eras.

    The Waterfall is a chorus/vibrato fully capable of producing a wide range of chorus tones, including the lush sounds of the Boss CE-2 David used between 1981 and early 2000s.

    The Waterfall can also do a pretty convincing rotary effect although the Ripple phaser is perhaps a better choice.

    The Ripple is based on the often overlooked MXR Phase 45. This is a 2-stage phaser, with a beautiful and subtle character. Kind of like a mix between a UniVibe and Phase 90, fully capable of covering David’s classic Dark Side of the Moon and WYWH tones.

    If you’ve never played a Phase 45, then do yourself a favour and get a Ripple. You’ll never look back!

    The last one on the board is the Delay Llama. This is a true analog delay, with a warm repeats and that slightly dirty decay. It’s got a maximum time setting of 600ms, which isn’t enough for some of David’s longer delays but definitely enough to cover the classic Binson sounds of the 70s, Animals and Wall.

    The Delay Llama feature tap tempo, hold function and input for an expression pedal. A toggle switch allows you to choose bypass off or trails.

    In the video I’ve tried to cover as much tones as possible and the Pink Flow definitely touches all eras, with a nice mix between the 70s and 80s in particular.

    The Pink Flow offer a wide selection of great sounding effects and I can definitely see myself using it as a convenient alternative for a bigger board. Perhaps for a fly-in gig.

    I really don’t miss anything, at least not for its purpose. I’ve had great fun exploring this unit and recording the track for the video.

    Still a more transparent overdrive or booster would make it even more complete and versatile. You can of course add this through the send/return loop. I’d also add a digital delay for stuff like Run Like Hell, Another Brick in the Wall etc where a dark analog delay wouldn’t quite do.

    So, is this really something you need? Well, if you’re looking for something convenient, with great sounds and have the money, then the Pink Flow is definitely something to consider.

    It’s expensive but most us spend a lot more on pedals and guaranteed pedals that doesn’t stay on our boards for long. You get a lot here and not least Jam Pedal’s flawless quality.

    If the Pink Flow is just a bit too much then be sure to check out the Red Muck and Ripple.

    See JamPedals.com for more.

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23 Responsesso far.

  1. Hans says:

    Very nice review, thanks a lot! I have a question that can sound silly. I don’t have any physical amps relying on Amplitube 5. Would you think that using the Pink Flow pedal in front of a clean sounding amp in Amplitube can produce nice results ? Thanks

    • Bjorn says:

      Some of the effects will work but you might find that the Red Muck fuzz in particular will sound fizzy as pedals aren’t designed to be used straight into a DAW. Try an overdrive or distortion pedal if you have one to get an idea how it will work.

  2. Emmanuel Sviontek says:

    Hello Bjorn,
    Although I have been playing guitar for over 40 years as an amateur, I have recently discovered the electric universe. Big fan of Pink Floyd I am looking for effects that could easily lead me to the sound of David Gilmour despite my not very fair ears (I am 55 years old).
    I saw your demonstration of the Pink Flow and that of Jam’s Pédals but I would like to know, if you have the time of course, to redo a video on this product with the main songs of Floyd and a clear visual on the settings of the pedals. This type of video would be a real treasure for me who spends my time dabbling in settings without ever getting what it takes.
    Thanking you in advance and renewing my congratulations for your work and your passion.

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi Emmanuel, I’ll probably revisit the Pink Flow at one point but I think the video I did covered the unit pretty well. I can’t be using Floyd material for the review as these will be taken down by Youtube.

      • Emmanuel Sviontek says:

        Hello Born, Thank you very much for your reply. I understand that copyright limits your opinions and it is a shame in view of the excellent work you do on the world of David Gilmour. Warmest

  3. Robert W Horton says:

    This is basically an entire pink floyd pedal board in one metal casing.
    Hello Bjorn,
    Would this pink flow work for old floyd songs such as
    Echoes, Atom heart mother suite, animals etc.?

    • Bjorn says:

      Depends on how picky you are. You probably want to add a more vintage sounding overdrive and perhaps a fuzz but the board pretty much cover everything as it is.

  4. Seth Nayle says:

    Hello, Bjorn. Not sure if you’ve seen or heard about this yet but ThoropyFX is releasing a new pedal called the Camoflange. To my ears, it’s been the only pedal to ever even come close to the original electric mistress. Just wondering if you were hoping to check this pedal out some time. It’s only available for preorder at the moment until late February. It’s seriously crazy as to how close and good it sounds to the original 1970s Electric Mistress. From what I heard on That Pedal Show, they had said it was all analog.

  5. Nelson Mooney says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    Which unit do you prefer: Jam Pedals Pink Flow or Keeley Dark Side?

    • Bjorn says:

      They’re both great I think but the Dark Side is more of a practise keep at home kind of pedal, while the Pink Flow is definitely something you can gig with.

  6. KEITH says:

    Wow folks, just released, EHX Violet Ram’s Head reissue, sounded great on their promotional clip. I can’t wait to hear what you can do with it Bjorn. It must be brand new, as the clip was just put on YouTube 6 days ago!!!
    Peace y’all, KEITH

  7. Branko says:

    Oh and another question. How good are Noiseless pickups for DG tone.

  8. Branko says:

    Oh, and another question. Has David Gilmour ever played telecaster deluxe?

    • Bjorn says:

      Not to my knowledge. He did use a Custom with a neck pickup during the 1974-75 leg of the Dark Side tour for performing early versions of Dogs.

  9. Branko says:

    Hey Bjorn
    I have a question. Have you tried fender player series stratocaster? How do you like neck and middle pickup against cs69 pickups. I was thinking to buy a player series strat and seymour duncan ssl-5 for Gilmour tones. Any opinion

    • Bjorn says:

      Well the boring answer is that almost any guitar will do if you like playing it. You can change pickups, use different amps and pedals but you need to like playing the guitar.

  10. KEITH says:

    A couple of days after I read the review, and listened to your awesome clip, I listened to Jam pedals promotional clip for their Pink Flow. In your clip, the pedal sounded warm, and full, while the clip from Jam had very good playing, the pedal sounded super thin, and the modulation sounded too far out front, and based on their clip there’s no way I’d spend over a grand for a pedal I couldn’t play first. Your clip gave me major gas, and to their credit, they posted your clip on their website. I’m fairly sure that the problem is with the recording, and the compression on YouTube, but even your clip sounds great on YouTube so you must have a way to compensate. You should share the secrets of good sounding YouTube clips.
    Peace my friend, KEITH

    • Bjorn says:

      Well, I shouldn’t comment on other clips but there really isn’t any secret to what I do :) Amp settings and mic placement is the key I guess :)

  11. KEITH says:

    Awesome playing Bjorn!!! I have wondered why there have only been a few efforts to put a bunch of pedals in one box, and none that sound quite as good to my ears as your clip! I love it, and we’re I not on disability, receiving a small stipend I’d order one today. I love the loop, and would add a boost, and my DD-20, and I think I’d have a great board capable of doing pretty much anything I want. I’ve been waking up every morning waiting for the next review, and was happily surprised by this, it was worth the wait! Thank you so much, KEITH

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