Chorus, phaser and flangers or modulation are the colouring on your pedalboard. Some use them carefully, adding subtle nuances to the tone, while others use them to create new and unique textures. In this feature we’ll look at a handful of models and how to incorporate these in your rig, with David Gilmour’s tones in mind.

Modulating a guitar tone is an old trick. Back in the early days of studio trickery, setting up two tape recorders and slowing one of them down, would create a haunting phasing or flanging (Gilmour did this on A Great Day for Freedom).

Likewise, when the tape and machinery on the old echo machines would wear down it created a subtle modulation. The more the unit was in need of maintenance, the more pronounced the chorus effect would get.

The phaser pedal appeared in the early 70s with Oberheim, Maestro and MXR among others. By the mid and late 70s, companies like Electro Harmonix and Roland/Boss had also created the first flanger and chorus pedals. The idea was to capture the sound of a rotating speaker and the Doppler effect.

David Gilmour and modulation

Gilmour has been using Leslies since late 1968 and continued with different rotating speakers in his live setup up to 1994. In early 1972 he featured the UniVibe in his rig and the pedal was notably used on Breathe. The UniVibe was replaced by the MXR Phase 90 in medio 1974, which was widely used on the WYWH album.

Between 1977-83 the Electro Harmonix Electric Mistress flanger would be David’s main modulation effect. His debut 1978 solo album and Final Cut in particular feature the pedal. By 1981 he also incorporated two Boss CE2 chorus pedals. The pedal became a staple in David’s rig between 1981-2002, used both as a stand alone effect and for stereo splitting.

Chorus, flanger or phaser?

Obviously, only you can decide which one you want or perhaps you want all three. In terms of creating accurate and authentic Gilmour tones, you should keep all three and only use the right effect for the right era, as described above (see also the David Gilmour Gear Guide for details on each album and tour).

If you have to choose one you might want to consider which tones you think is most important. Neither can fully replicate the other but you might be able to do without one or two and still get the tones you want from your overdrives, fuzz and delays.

A chorus is perhaps the most versatile, also for other genres and tones, but also the most subtle and perhaps a bit redundant for some tones. Flanger is very dominating and should be used with care. However, you might find it hard to nail authentic Animals, Wall and Final Cut tones without it.

A phaser certainly doesn’t cover a chorus nor a flanger but it’s a must for authentic WYWH tones and Have a Cigar in particular. A vintage style 4-stage phaser like the Phase 90 will also easily cover a UniVibe and stuff like Breathe, Any Colour You Like and Brain Damage.

A good tip is to use modulations with care. Unlike overdrive, distortion and delay, a chorus or flanger can sound very dated and out of place if you use them too much or for the wrong reasons. All modulation effects sounds best if you use them for specific stuff and even better, to create unique tones that defines your sound and playing.

Modulations on the pedalboard

There are different opinions on where modulations should go in the effect chain. Most guitarists want them after the gains – either by placing them after the gain pedals or in the amp’s effects loop for bypassing the preamp stage. Others wants the modulations to be distorted and place them either before the gain pedals or in front of a distorted amp. Neither approach is wrong. It’s just different ways of creating a tone.

David Gilmour has always kept his amps clean and placed the modulation effects undistorted between the gain effects and the amps. This allows the phasers, chorus and flangers to sound natural and clean.

Eddie Van Halen would place his Phase 90 and MXR Flanger in front of a cranked Marshall stack. This created a distorted modulation and some very unique and easily recognizable tones. Jimi Hendrix would do a little of both. He often altered between having the UniVibe before and after the fuzz but always in front of a distorted amp.

Personally, I like having the UniVibe and phaser in front of the gains and the chorus and flanger after – all on a clean amp. Try different combinations and listen to how that fits your setup.

All pedals listed below were tested on a Stratocaster featuring D Allen Voodoo 69 neck and middle pickups and a Seymour Duncan SSL5 bridge pickups and a Radix Deluxe PRS model with Seymour Duncan Phat Cat P90s into Reeves Custom 50 and Laney Lionheart L20h tube stacks.


I’ve focused on David Gilmour’s setup with the Boss CE2. The more modern units like the Boss CE5, MXR Black Label Chorus and MXR Analog Chorus can also be tweaked for similar tones.

Buyer's Gear Guide - Gilmourish PickBoss CE2 Waza
Buyer's Guide Boss CE-2wThe CE-2 is featured on more albums that you can imagine. This is classic chorus, with a subtle and warm tone, a hint of mid rage and lush watery shimmer. The Waza reissue offer authentic replication of both the CE1 and CE2 and obviously, the CE2 was David Gilmour’s maon modulation unit between 1981 and 2005.
Recommended placement: after gains
Gilmour tones: About Face – PULSE
Smaller amps/bedroom level: 10/10 score: 10/10

BYOC Analog Chorus
This is basically a clone of the Boss CE2 with true bypass switching. Compared to its counterpart, the Analog Chorus has a noticeably darker tone and more mid range. I think this suits cleans and mild overdrives especially but it’s a bit overwhelming with heavier gains. True bypass is perhaps a bonus and it also has a wider depth sweep that the CE2.
Recommended placement: after gains
Gilmour tones: About Face – PULSE
Smaller amps/bedroom level: 10/10 score: 7/10

CostaLab ChorusLab
The ChorusLab is based on the CE2 with a warm analog character and a super sweet, liquidy tone. Compared to the CE2, it has a much more transparent tone. It blends very well with other pedals and it never gets dominant. A huge pluss is the mix or effect level control that allows you to blend in just the right amount of the chorus. The pedal also feature true bypass. See my full review of the ChorusLab here.
Recommended placement: after gains
Gilmour tones: About Face – PULSE
Smaller amps/bedroom level: 10/10 score: 10/10

Jam Pedals Waterfall
The Waterfall is based on the CE2 with an equally transparent tone as the ChorusLab. The chorus tone is much more dominant than the two mentioned and few extra features allows you to tweak the circuit for anything from subtle analog chorus to wild psychedelic swirls. Perhaps not the typical Gilmour pedal but a very cool and unusual chorus that’s well worth checking out. See my full review of the Waterfall here.
Recommended placement: after gains
Gilmour tones: About Face – PULSE
Smaller amps/bedroom level: 10/10 score: 8/10

EXH Nano Clone
Although very similar to the CE2, the Nano Clone has a unique tone on its own. A bit more transparent but also slightly darker sounding with a warm, smooth character. Like all EHX modulations, the Nano Clone has a nasty volume drop when engaged. Sadly, this is not fixed on the Nano. Nevertheless, it’s worth checking out as it fits Gilmour’s tones nicely.
Recommended placement: after gains
Gilmour tones: About Face – PULSE
Smaller amps/bedroom level: 10/10 score: 6/10

Mooer Ensemble King
Based on the Boss CE2 the Ensemble King feature the MN3007 chip for warm analog tones. Compared to the CE2 this one’s got an overall warmer tone but also a bit more mid range giving it a slight volume boost when engaged. It’s also true bypass. The rate swirl is also a bit more defined but the featured volume control allows some fine tuning of the chorus by blending in the right amount of clean signal. An excellent budget alternative to the CE2.
Recommended placement: after gains
Gilmour tones: About Face – PULSE
Smaller amps/bedroom level: 10/10 score: 8/10

Buyer's Gear Guide - Gilmourish PickBoss RT-20 Rotary Ensemble
The RT20 is meant to be a Leslie/rotary sim but it sounds more like a very deep and articulated chorus. Personally, I find that to be the beauty of this pedal. The RT20 can do a very convincing Yamaha RA200 kind of tone, with that liquidy swirl and flanging from Animals and Wall. It’s not quite the same of course but the pedal has become one of my favourite modulations and a secret weapon for recording. The mix control allows you to blend in as much dry signal as you need for either smoothening out harsh distortions or adding that airy PULSE rotary.
Recommended placement: after gains
Gilmour tones: Animals – PULSE
Smaller amps/bedroom level: 10/10 score: 9/10


In terms of replicating David Gilmour’s tones, there’s really no flanger other than the Electric Mistress that will do. Its unique, liquidy tone can’t be replicated with other more conventional flangers.

EHX Electric Mistress
The original 9-18V flanger has a nasty volume drop when engaged and due to the lack of a noise filter, there’s a lot of hissing and weird oscillation going on. However, the warm analog, liquidy tone is spot on David’s Animals and Wall modulated live tones. Paired with a Big Muff this will take you right back to that era. You’re probably best off with a clone or the Deluxe but it’s well worth giving it a try if you want to spend a little extra.
Recommended placement: after gains
Gilmour tones: Animals – Final Cut/Rattle
Smaller amps/bedroom level: 10/10 score: 6/10

EHX Deluxe Electric Mistress
Personally, I prefer this one over the 9-18V model. Although it has a slight volume drop (not nearly as severe as its predecessor) it sounds much warmer, with a more focused and musical flanging. The Deluxe also blends better with heavier distortions and fuzz and nails the typical Gilmour-Mistress era perfectly. Be sure to get your hands on either the original 80s Deluxe or a 90s reissue. The current stock model sounds considerably darker with more midrange.
Recommended placement: after gains
Gilmour tones: Animals – Final Cut/Rattle
Smaller amps/bedroom level: 10/10 score: 10/10

EHX Neo Mistress/ Stereo Electric Mistress
Electro Harmonix has come up with a couple of Mistress spin-offs. These should not be mistaken for neither the 9-18V version nor the Deluxe. Although the Neo can produce some fairly convincing classic Mistress tones for your cleans, it sounds way too dominating with overdrives and distortions. It’s limited set of controls, makes it hard to tame the effect. The Stereo Mistress has a similar character to the 9-18V model but it’s basically just a very metallic, mid rangy chorus. The Stereo is also surprisingly noisy.

Buyer's Gear Guide - Gilmourish PickMooer ElecLady
The ElecLady sounds like a cross between the 9-18V and Deluxe Mistress. Not as liquidy as the original but a bit more open sounding a brighter than the Deluxe. The control knobs has a very limited range and it can be hard to dial in some usable tones but once you find the sweetspot, this thing will be hard to tell apart from the real deal. The pedalboard friendly footprint, true bypass switching and silent circuitry makes this an excellent budget choice.
Recommended placement: after gains
Gilmour tones: Animals – Final Cut/Rattle
Smaller amps/bedroom level: 10/10 score: 9/10

Hartman Analog Flanger
This is one of the very few, if not the only, true replicas of the original 9V Electric Mistress. Hartman has managed to solve the issues with volume drop and noise and the Analog Flanger sounds remarkably close to the original, classic flanger with a liquidy, swirly tone. Like the original though it works well with cleans and mild overdrives but makes the heavier sounding Muffs and fuzz sound a bit thin and fizzy. Sadly, Hartman closed doors in early 2015, so you better hurry up if you want one of these for an affordable price!
Recommended placement: after gains
Gilmour tones: Animals – Final Cut/Rattle
Smaller amps/bedroom level: 10/10 score: 8/10


The vintage style 4-stage phaser is essential for Gilmour’s mid 70s tones. Some available models has a boosted mid range, a bit of distortion and other unsuitable tone characters. I’ve based the listing on the Phase 90 and similar sounding units.

Buyer's Gear Guide - Gilmourish PickMXR 1974 CS script reissue Phase 90
This Custom Shop reissue is true to the original Phase 90 is every sense – including battery only powering, no led and a piece of foam to protect the circuit board. The tone is warm and super sweet, with that legendary phasing we all know from Shine On You Crazy Diamond and Have a Cigar. The Phase 90 also doubles nicely as a UniVibe for your Dark Side of the Moon tones. The lack of true bypass switching will steal some of your top end but pairing it up with a buffer will compensate for that.
Recommended placement: before/after gains
Gilmour tones: Dark Side of the Moon – WYWH
Smaller amps/bedroom level: 10/10 score: 10/10

MXR Phase 90 block logo
The current stock Phase 90 has a very similar tone to its predecessor, with a thick creamy phasing and throb. However, it doesn’t sound nearly as smooth as the script model. It has a slight volume boost, a bit more mid range and just a hint of break up, which doesn’t work that well with cleans and mild overdrives.
Recommended placement: before/after gains
Gilmour tones: Dark Side of the Moon – WYWH
Smaller amps/bedroom level: 10/10 score: 5/10

Maxon Phase Tone
The Phase Tone is not nearly as recognized as the Phase 90 or Small Stone but it’s just as good sounding. Unmistakably Phase 90-ish, this one has a warm and creamy phasing with perhaps an even smoother rotary sound at high speed settings. Like the Small Stone, there is a slight volume drop when engaged but personally I don’t see that as a problem.
Recommended placement: before/after gains
Gilmour tones: Dark Side of the Moon – WYWH
Smaller amps/bedroom level: 10/10 score: 9/10

EHX Small Stone Nano
Back in the 70s you would either choose a Phase 90 or a Small Stone. They ruled the market and guitarists was divided. Although the difference is minimal the Small Stone does have a slightly smoother tone and its perhaps not as thick sounding. The 70s EHX models and the green Sovtek has a noticeable volume drop when engaged but this is fixed on the current Nano.
Recommended placement: before/after gains
Gilmour tones: Dark Side of the Moon – WYWH
Smaller amps/bedroom level: 10/10 score: 8/10

Mooer Ninety Orange
Mooer has cloned just about every classic stompbox and with great success IMO. The Ninety Orange is a very close clone of the script MXR Phase 90, with the same classic 4-stage vintage phase tone. Not quite as smooth and creamy as the MXR 74 reissue but an excellent alternative for tight budgets and cramped pedal boards – and much better sounding than the MXR block model. The Ninety also feature a mini toggle switch for vintage MXR tones and more modern phasing with a bit more mid range.
Recommended placement: before/after gains
Gilmour tones: Dark Side of the Moon – WYWH
Smaller amps/bedroom level: 10/10 score: 8/10

Feel free to use the comments field below and share your experience, recommendations and tips!

821 Responsesso far.

  1. Nick L says:

    Hey Bjorn! Love your site. I saw this earlier this week – Mojo Hand has a new chorus/flanger whose flanger side is based on an old Electric Mistress, sounds pretty good in this demo.

    • Bjorn says:

      Thanks for the tip!

      • Nick says:

        You’re very welcome, I went ahead a bit the bullet on one. Sounds great. Compared to my Retro-Sonic Flanger V2, it has more bass and less treble, but otherwise very accurate. Sounds less authentic on cleans without the high end sparkle but sounds amazing with gain. I didn’t buy it for the chorus mode, but it sounds pretty cool too. Overall it’s not going to replace the Retro-Sonic, but I will certainly find a use for it.

    • Jack G says:

      Hey Bjorn, I was wondering what the difference was between the Phase 90 Script and Phase 90 1974 reissue? My local store has the script but not the 1974 reissue so I was wondering id it was worth buying the script or searching for the 1974?

      • Bjorn says:

        They’re “identical”. The script reissue has true bypass and a led, while the custom shop has hardwire bypass and no led. The hardwire drains some of the top end so you will notice that the true bypass script is a tad brighter and more open sounding but the difference is minimal soundwise.

  2. Brian Krause says:

    I just discovered an amazingly cheap and effective way to emulate the Doppolas and Maestro Rovers used during The Division Bell tour. The Line 6 M5 (which retails for $199 here in Canada) has two rotary speaker options: Rotary Drum and Rotary Drum & Horn. Surprisingly the Rotary Drum can be tweaked to output more mid-range, adjust the intensity and mixed to taste with the original guitar signal. I’ve been using the NUX Roctary to emulate the Yamaha RA-200 (oddly the M5 doesn’t do as good a job as the NUX). Now I have both!

  3. Jeff N says:

    Wonderful article! Are you farmilar with the pastFX elastic mattress? I’m floored by it. It will be noisy if placed after something with an internal boost and runs at 18V but – to me – it sounds as good as any electric mistress I’ve ever heard, has a cmall footprint, and I love how it looks.

    Hope you are doing well! Take care!

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi Jeff! Review coming up in a couple of days!

      • Jeff Naumick says:

        Awesome! Can’t wait!

        Take care!

          • Jeff N says:

            Great review, Bjorn! Glad you’re enjoying the pedal! I love hearing your assessment. I’m in complete agreement with your takeaway!

            I feel like I’ve found my permanent flanger – thought I’m inclined to try a PastFX reticon since i was so pleasantly surprised by the elastic mattress.

            Love the backing track at the end of the video! I thought it was rooster by alice in chains for a few seconds.

            You rock! Awesome playing, awesome reviews! Stay well!

          • Walter H. says:

            Bjorn, hope all is well with you and yours! I have the ELady from a previous recommendation of yours. How would you compare it with the Elastic Mattress? I hope good or better as mine is just leaving Australia today! In listening to your review and others it seems fuller and more of a chorus and flanger blend. What is your take? Thank You in advance…
            Walter H. ???

            • Bjorn says:

              Hi Walter, long time! Hope all is well :) The ELady is based on the Deluxe Mistress, which has a much more of that jet-type flanging. Closer to the MXR but still that Mistress flavour. The Elastic and Retro Sonic are both based on the mid 70s 18V mistress, which has a more liquidy chorusy kind of flanging. Two different pedals I would say.

              • Walter H. says:

                Thanks Bjorn & Happy Easter to you and yours! As always, I appreciate your input and all your reviews are spot on! I can hear and understand the difference between the two flangers now. I luckily have an 18 volt input in my Truetone CS7 power supply and I’ll run it with my Catlinbread Echorec @18 as I love the extra depth I get from it that way. I use their two plug splitter and have 11 pedals running out of 7 inputs with Zero noise! I’ve been very happy with the Truetone set up. I’ll let you know my thoughts on the Elastic Mattress when it arrives from Down Under…Keep those reviews coming!
                Walter H. ???

  4. Ron Sageman says:

    Hi Bjorn,do you have any experience with the DigiTech Ventura? I am wondering how it compares to the Boss RT-20 for Gilmour rotary tones.

    • Bjorn says:

      No, sorry.

    • Alex says:

      I recently bought the Ventura, having a RT-20 on my board. In some of the demo videos the Ventura sounds awesome. But I have to admit that the RT-20 sounds far better in MY constellation (for rotary or univibe effects), having quite some pedals on the board. I think as a single pedal the Ventura might do a good job, but in combination with other effects (or a mulieffect device) the result was not convincing. I use it now on my second board as a chorus pedal. Hope this helps.

      • Ron Sageman says:

        Thanks for your help. I did get the Ventura and after a lot of tweaking am liking it for both rotary and vibe, though I must admit to not having much experience with either effect type. I am running a stereo set up where I am splitting the signal after dirt pedals with a Boss CE-3 then adding a Phase 95 and Mooer ELady to the B output on the way to a Flashback II then Twin Reverb. The A output goes to the Flashback II then Ventura then a Super Champ x2. I miss out on the Ventura’s stereo but I like how this keeps the 3 pedals from being too dominant to my ear and pretty good for getting Gilmour tones. I got a deal on the Ventura but at some point I would like to get a RT-20 as that does sound great in Bjorn’s demos.

  5. Eric says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    I’m thinking of getting a phase 90 but I can’t really choose between the 74’ Reissue and the Custom Shop/LED.
    Which one are you using and which one do you think nails the Gilmour’s tone better?


  6. Fernando says:

    Hey Bjorn! Have you tried the JHS 3 Series Chorus? I have the chance to get one really cheap. Thanks!

  7. piazzi says:


    any experience or opinion on Boss CH1 Super Chorus Pedal?

  8. Caden Westie-Hammond says:

    Hey bjorn, have you tried the MXR flanger, not the big rack one, but the pedalboard one? Tryna nail that run like hell tone but mailing into canada from reverb to get an eleclady is very expensive, any ideas on pedals that are sold in stores?

    • Bjorn says:

      The MXR has much more of that jet tone that Eddie Van Halen used on theor first albums. A very different flanger compared to the Electric Mistress. The Boss CE5 is perhaps the closest non-flanger pedal.

      • Kyce says:

        what do you think of the EHX electric mistress xo model (the smaller one)? what similarities does it have to the original and the old deluxe? and how does it compare to the electric lady?

        • Bjorn says:

          It’s a different pedal. The Mooer ELady is the closest to the old 80s and 90s big box Deluxe, while the Retro Sonic Flanger is dead on the mid 70s Mistress.

  9. Klemen says:

    Hi Bjorn,
    I have recently acquired Mooer ElecLady and I must say I’m a bit disappointed. I have 2 beefs with it.
    First issue is the volume drop, however, it’s not a real deal-breaker for me.
    The second issue, however, is that when engaged I basically lose pick attack? It’s very noticable for me and due to a gazillion of 5-star reviews for the elec-lady, I’m now asking myself whether I was just unlucky and got a “bad” one or is this just how it is?

    • Bjorn says:

      The E-Lady is based on the Deluxe Electric Mistress of the 80s and 90s. It’s not the mid 70s Mistress. I’ve been using a 1999 Deluxe since I bought it new in 99 and the ELady is as close as you’ll get. What you’re describing is the nature of that effect. The Electric Mistress has never been perfect. Effect pedals rarely was in the 60s and 70s. The volume drop and loss of attack is due to less high end, more mids and a bit of compression.

  10. Don says:

    Hi Bjorn. What is the difference between a JDS4 and JH-4S Rotovibe?

    • Bjorn says:

      The JH is the older version. They did some upgrades on the JD, mainly how the controls operated but there is a slight difference in the tone as well. You will see that people who have the original JH will claim that the JD sound like shit but although there is s a difference, both pedals sound very nice to my ears. I’ve been using the JD for years and it’s become a staple in my board. Love it.

  11. Mark says:

    Hi Bjorn,
    Have you ever tried the Danelectro – Big Spender rotary sim? It’s definitely on the less expensive side as far as rotary sims go, which is why it caught my attention. One of these days I’ll probably get the Dawner Prince Pulse but this looked like a possible budget option.

    • Bjorn says:

      The Big Spender is a great sounding cheaper alternative to a Leslie simulator. Well worth checking out. The Pulse does not sound like a Leslie as it is modelled after David’s custom made Doppola speakers, which has a much more subtle rotary sound similar to a chorus.

  12. Nick L says:

    Hey Bjorn! Picked up a CE-2W based on your score and recommendation here. I am a long time Electric Mistress fan and never cared much for chorus, but this is an amazing pedal. Both the CE-2 and CE-1 settings are so natural and fluid. It seems to also add some midrange and clarity to the tone, which is great for lead playing. I’m still in the honeymoon period but I could see this possibly replacing the Electric Mistress as my main modulation. Thanks for all of your hard work on this site. It’s full of great information.

  13. Iznogoud says:

    Did you gave a try to things like :
    – Moog MF-103 Phaser
    – Schulte Kompakt Phazor-A or its reissue ModMachines KRP-1 Kraut Rock Phaser (used by R.Blackmore, Tangerine Dream and many German bands of the 70’s)
    – TC SCF Super Chorus-Flanger (Cho/Flg/Vib)
    – Moog MF-108M ClusterFlux (Flg/Cho)
    – EHX Tube Wiggler (vib/trem)
    – Rockman Stereo Chorus

    Well, all these tend to get much further than DG’s use, but even not reproducing the same effect grain, they can do the job and sounds are absolutely gorgeous. OK, the Schulte/KRP-1 is unobtainium, I still bite my fingers not having bought the last KRP-1 on Thomann’s when the late maker stopped the works due to “crab”… I didn’t bought the Rockman as I got the TC and Moog, but this one is also gorgeous

  14. Keith says:

    Hey Bjorn! Have you tried the MXR Phase 95? I have a script 90 reissue I love but its acting weird, I need to replace it soon. It seems like the 95 is a combination of the modern and script 45 and 90, it’d be awesome to have the same mxr script 90 sound as well as all the other options in the same box

    • Bjorn says:

      Tried it briefly. It does what its supposed to do, with classic tones.

    • Walter H. says:

      Hello Keith. I really like the Phase 95 pedal with one exception. It or mine can be noisy in a weird ticking kind of sound…MXR replaced the first one I bought and the second one wasn’t as bad. I run it through the effects loop of my Laney Cub12R and all is good! No noises just Great Tones with a lot of tone options unlike other phasers. Look at Svisound too. Their Phaser also offers the 45-90 type tones! It’s really a Kool looking pedal like all Svisound pedals!

  15. Hakan says:

    Hi bjorn, Can you help to choose between boss ch-1 blu and pink label, which one is better then others and also choosing between Ce-2waza and Ch-1 blu or pink..what you think, can you give some advise? thank you….

    • Bjorn says:

      I have no idea which is better comparing the blue and pink although I would imagine that they sound more or less identical. In terms of David Gilmour’s chorus tones I’d go for the CE2.

      • Troy says:

        I used an analogue Boss CH-1 Super Chorus in the early 90’s. Replaced with a first batch (serial number is inked with all zeroes) 1979 CE-2 Chorus in the mid 90’s. I prefer not not having tone controls on modulation pedals.

        What I found after getting the CE-2 was that the CH-1 had less headroom. A wah-wah would clip the CH-1 but not the CE-2, which is how I noticed this. The clipping was not to my tastes.

        I’ve seen in a comparison video that the Taiwanese CE-2’s also seem to have less headroom than the Japanese ones. So some part of their chorus circuits must have changed at that time.

        My CH-1 could go faster in LFO speed than my CE-2. I’ve noticed that the Waza Craft CE-2W can go faster than a CE-2 but not as fast as a CH-1. That’s only an issue of toy wabt to use it from time to time as a faux-Leslie. The Waza version doesn’t go as slow as a vintage CE-2 either. So they seem to be set up to dial in faster LFO speeds but not ones that can go as slow as the originals.

        Also: Contrary to what some online Boss fan sites claim the CE-2 was on the market until at least 1990.

        Like the CE-2W CH-1 can go stereo, The vintage CE-1 doesn’t have this option. CH-1 also has a blend control, unlike the CE-2 & CE-2W. I always set this at full on the CH-1 so that was another redundant control for me. The Ibanez Mini Chorus has a blend control as well, so some might find that to be worth considering, albeit a slightly different – bit still very appealing -tone.

  16. Malcolm Cox says:

    Hi Bjorn, love the site. I was wondering if you, or anyone here, had any experience with the A/DA PBF Flanger? I had a scroll through and couldn’t see any mention.
    Demos seem very promising and it appears very versatile, I’m tempted to get one.

    • Bjorn says:

      It’s a great sounding classic flanger. Perhaps not the best choice for David’s tones, which would be the Electric Mistress, but definitely worth checking out.

  17. Max says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    I have the opportunity to buy a Electro-Harmonix Electric Mistress Deluxe Version 5 (1995). What do you think of this version of the pedal ? The old ones sound better ?

    Thanks for your help !


  18. Caspar says:

    Hi Bjorn, how good are flangers (such as the Mooer eleclady and the Foxgear Maitresse) at replicating a rotary/leslie sound?



    • Bjorn says:

      You can set them up for pretty convicing rotary sounds. It’s obviously not the same but in the ballpark. A 4-stage phaser will do much the same.

  19. Ben says:

    Hello Bjorn,

    great content as always.
    I was wondering if it was worth investing in a strymon mobius? given that it has all of the different types of modulation effects. Downside with the strymon seems to be that it can only do 1 modulation at a time.

    Does gilmour often use more than one of these modulations effects at a time on certain songs? (i.e flanger + chorus + tremolo).

    If thats the case, im wondering if it is better to get these pedals seperately as opposed to the mobius.

    thanks again for your insight!

    • Bjorn says:

      The Mobius sounds fantastic. David rarely combine modulation effects, although back in the day, he would often run a phaser/flanger/chorus pedal with the rotating speaker cabinet.

      • Troy says:

        There’s also the Boss MD-500 which has a Phase 90 emulation – or the Line 6 HX Effects. The latter will give you the widest set of tones & the better emulation of the Electric Mistress flanger.
        If you want to keep it analogue without breaking the bank or taking up too much pedalboard real estate then look at the excellent sounding Ibanez Mini series. For modulation they have Chorus, Flanger, Tremolo & Phaser. The fuzz in the series is based on a Big Muff.

        I bought the Chorus & Flanger for my brother & was so impressed that I decided to get all of the Ibanez Minis for a “grab & go” board (apart from the tuner, might stick with Turbo Tuner) as my other boards all weigh a ton. Also have some Mooers that I can mix & match with the Ibanez Mini. They do the same effects types that all based on the actual pedals that DG used.

  20. Shawnathan says:

    If there is a difference, I would suppose it has to do with the power supply switch. I’ve heard they managed to get the MM to run on 24V with the 9.6V adapter, but if the DEM XO doesn’t that would probably be why people may prefer V4/V5.

  21. Francisco Tarantino says:

    I bought the MXR – M152 flanger today. It is a great pedal, in my opinion, covers very well the Gilmour tones, as David never used a too dominating flanging. Any way, I bought it for the jet sound, that is awesome.

  22. Alex says:

    Hi Björn, ever tried the Ibanez FL301 Flanger? I had the opportunity to get one and immediately fell in love with it. Compared to the Mooer E-lady I used to have, the sound is much smoother, less “metallic”, if you know what I mean. No volume drop (rather the opposite), very subtle effect settings, and, as I said, incredibly smooth, especially when played with distortion. I play a Fender amp with a lot of “Gilmourish picks” on my pedalboard, but it also worked well with my Marshall. Greetz Alex

    • Bjorn says:

      Yes, it’s a great sounding flanger. I do prefer the Mooer and the early Deluxe Mistress, even over the mid 70s one, but that’s just my opinion. There are all kinds of different flangers and I love the true flanging too (as in tape flanging) like the MXR and those Van Halen jet-sounds.

  23. Salem chemlal says:

    Hi bjorn first I want to thank you for all the intressting stuff you’re sharing here.

    then, I want to ask you a question, I’m in a pink floyd tribute band for the modulation I first used the strymon mobius (Very good to replicate the CE2, and the rotary) but not that acurate to replicate the EHX mistress not enought top end, and the uni Vibe,
    I wanted to know which would be your choice between those to replace the EHX mistress

    1- Hartman flanger
    2- Longamp roxane
    3- Buffalo Riticon flang
    4- mooer elec lady
    5- else ?

    I’m using a wet dry wet mesa boogie mark V clean channel in stereo and a fender princetone reverb for the dry.

    Thanks a lot.

  24. Adrien says:

    Hello Bjorn, i m looking for a mxr phase 90.
    You said the reissue 1974 sounds very good, but what about the mxr csp101sl ?
    Is the csp101sl good enough for go with it instead of buy the 1974 reissue ?

    • Bjorn says:

      Sorry for my late reply, Adrien. The 74 is an exact replica of the original. The downside is that it has hardwire bypass, which suck some of the high frequencies off your signal. It sound amazing though. The csp101sl is basically the same model, with modern components, led and true bypass switching, which doesn’t suck the tone. Two different flavours of the same pedal. The 80s block logo model does not sound the same.

  25. Robert W Horton says:

    Hello bjorn,love your work and assistance.
    I’m running my guitar into the Sovtek deluxe muff into an eleclady into a colordriver (clean boost) into Nova delay into twin reverb into v30 speaker. As you know with the eleclady engaged their is a volume drop. What’s the best pedal placement for my eleclady. Is putting the ekeclady first in the chain best or where I have it now? Thanks.
    Rob h.

    • Bjorn says:

      For David’s tones, the ELady should be placed after your gain pedals. Cheers!

    • Iznogoud says:

      Since DG uses the Alembic preamp and all the space effects are chained between it and the HiWatt or Fender amps power sections, just put your space effects into your amp’s loop

  26. Djodje says:

    Hi there Bjorn!
    I’m planning to add a reasonable number of EHX pedals on my new pedalboard – such as the Small Clone, Worm, Electric Mistress and Memory Boy – but saw on your article that EHX modulation pedals tend to loose volume.
    You’ve mentioned that “ all EHX modulations, the Nano Clone has a nasty volume drop when engaged”.
    Is this something really serious to consider when purchasing these new pedals, or its something that is possible to overcome (by tweaking my amp, playing around pedals or adding a Boost pedal)?
    Any words of wisdom are (again!)) more than welcome.

  27. Hervé FOLTZ says:

    Still nice to stop by at your place before wasting money and/or time (sounds like PF songs !!) on any “Gilmourish” gear ;-) many thanks and take care, Hervé

  28. Don says:

    Hi Bjorn,
    I`m curious how you power your 1999 Deluxe Mistress…..I didn`t see a cord on it in a couple photos I found…..does it use some kind of adapter for the 220 voltage of your country?

  29. Patrick says:

    What’s the differenve between the 1974 Script Phase 90 and the Script LED one? Because the one with LED is much cheaper

    • Bjorn says:

      Tonewise, there no significant difference. The non-led version is an exact replica of the original unit from 74, while the led version has led and, if I’m not mistaken, true bypass switching.

  30. Jason says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    Do you have any experience with Boss flangers? If so, would they get anywhere close to David’s tones?


    • Bjorn says:

      Not really although the Bf2 can do something similar. There are lots of great options though, like the Mooer E-Lady and the TC Electronic Vortex, which has some decent Mistress tone prints.

  31. Chris says:

    Hey Bjorn,
    First, off topic, but I’ve picked up some Airbag albums over the last month. Awesome stuff, some of the best music I’ve heard that’s come out in the last decade. My question is album related- did David use the Electric Mistress on “Pulse”? I know it was on his rig, but I don’t see it in the listing for settings. I also have trouble hearing it on the album, but I know it’s a live album that’s been mixed. Every once in a while I chase that “Pulse” tone, and my board is kind of based on that rig, though not nearly as many pedals, and I use cheaper alternatives to the more expensive stuff (ex: Boss pedals to cover the Tube Drivers, and the E-Lady in place of a vintage Mistress. I do have a vintage early black Sovtek, though). Thanks, keep up the great work!

    • Bjorn says:

      Thanks for the kind words Chris! To my knowledge, he didn’t use the Mistress on that tour. Perhaps a night or two but I’ve yet to hear it on any bootleg or live recording.

  32. Walter H. says:

    Hello again Bjorn, here is hoping you are well.
    I am sure you are busy. I had sent a long comment in some time ago but yet to hear back so I’ll shorten to:
    Where do you suggest is the best placement for the Svisound optical Tremelo Mark made me? It is a stunning Steampunk design he customized for me!
    I know it’s a trial and error but I always like and appreciate your input…
    Walter H.

  33. Robert W Horton says:

    Hello bjorn,
    I just recieved my new moor eleclady and curious if the settings you use on her for all gilmour tones.
    Whats your eleclady settings specifically for animals (dogs), dsotm wywh etc.
    Thank you.
    Rob h

      • Robert W Horton says:

        I researched your eleclady settings on your site here and set up mine the same. sounds awesome but do you use the same setting for all songs such as dogs ,breathe, hey you etc. Or do you change the rate or color for different songs?
        Soon I well also purchase a tremelo pedal and also phase 90 script. Until then the eleclady is my goto pedal for everything.
        Also what affordable tremelo pedal would you recommend( if any)? I’m looking into the boss trem?
        your thoughts please and thanks.
        Rob h

        • Bjorn says:

          I pretty much use the same settings for everything. The Deluxe, which the ELady is based on, is slightly more dominating than the old Mistress, so it doesn’t apply 100% to everything but it’s a matter of taste.
          One of the best sounding affordable tremolos I’ve played is the Mooer Trelicopter. Sounds really great. Of course, if you want to go all the way then it’s hard to beat the Strymon Flint.

  34. Jason says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    Not sure if this was asked yet, bit have you tried the MXR EVH Phase 90? Might be able to grab one for a great price and wondered if it was close enough the to Script reissue.


  35. Bjorn, if you haven’t checked out the Fender Pinwheel you should. It has some subtle overdrive, multiple speeds, and the ability to simulate a brake. I would love to see a review here!

  36. Walter says:

    Hello Bjorn and a Happy New Year to you and yours. This will be my first comment of the new year so I’ll keep it short, Yea sure…
    Where do you like to place a Tremelo pedal in the chain? I’ve just gotten a Svisound Optical Germanium Tremelo pedal from Mark, OMG It is a Steampunk Masterpiece, he is so talented! That my third Svisound to go with his Overzoid + and an Echozoid. I owe these all to You…If fact in 2019 beside those I added a Vick Audio Tree of Life and a Buffalo FX Power Booster. Turns out it’s one of only 50 Steve made in Orange. A Jam Pedals Ripple, Moore Elady and a Laney Cub 12R combo & upgraded it with JJ tubes…
    I was busy and now broke…Oh and an Epiphone Les Paul Custom Koa but I did that al by myself LOL.
    I am and will be forever be thankful I found you and your web sites.
    Thank You for All You Do For All of Us
    Walter H.

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi Walter! Sorry for the late reply. Tremolo is often placed after all the effects but before delays and reverb.

    • Walter H. says:

      Bjorn, thanks as always you are the best! And worth waiting for too.
      What about placing the Tremelo pedal in the effects loop? I only use the EXF Loop in my Cub12R for my MXR Phase 95 due too it being noisy. In fact It is very noisy but Putting it there was an experiment that worked.
      Walter H.

      • Bjorn says:

        I plug all my pedals into the front end of the amp as I run the amp clean but try it. A tremolo is a volume effect so it should be placed after dirt pedals or sounds.

        • Walter H. says:

          Hello Bjorn, hope you and yours are All doing well and safe in these Crazy times! It is great to have you back and helping us all be the best. Since I seem to have some spare time…
          I played around and found the ideal placement for My Tremelo pedal. It’s the very last pedal in the my pedal line up. It sounds the clearest and as I’ve read “It’s where Leo put it.” Fender amps place the tremelo after the reverb and it worked for me. Isn’t that the beauty and fun of having a pedal board?
          I went with a Source Audio Vertigo Tremelo. Have you demoed or used any Source Audio pedals? Nice build quality and an App that allows a bunch of additional tones or presets like Tc Electronic does with their tone print. Also Stereo out so I added one cable out into my second amp and Viola I have a Stereo Rig…It features three types of Tremolos an Optical, a Harmonic and a Bias. All different and with a Shape knob that goes from Square to Sine to Sawtooth waves! Also a volume knob so No Volume drop either. A beautiful aluminum enclosure and it sounds Fantastic too.
          By The Way, I enjoyed your FAQ video I watched earlier today. Please stay safe and stay well…

  37. Michael Nagher says:

    Looking for a rotary pedal. Have you tried the Ventura Vibe ? If so what is your opinion on the pedal and what other pedals would you recommend ?

    • Bjorn says:

      I’ve only seen the videos and it sounds pretty nice but I haven’t played it myself. It can do both Leslie and UniVibe, which makes it very versatile I guess. My favourite rotary pedal is the Strymon Lex. It’s a bit pricy but it does a Leslie incredibly well. As for UniVibes there are tons of great pedals out there but check out the DryBell Vibe Machine and for a more affordable alternative, the Voodoo Lab Micro Vibe.

  38. Jan Stålvall says:

    Hi Bjorn!
    I have an MXR Phase100 from the late70,s. Do you now if there is any of the four settings of the switch knob that are sounding like a Phase90? I don’t have a Phase90 to compare with.

    Regards Jan

  39. Austin says:

    I would like to put one vote for the Ibanez sc10 super stereo chorus. Made between 86 and 93
    100% anolog BBD chips. These guys can be found for 50 dollars on reverb( increasingly more because the secrets out). They can sound very much like a CE2 except they have stereo output and a delay/time knob that can dial in some interesting almost slight rotating speaker sounds. It’s not spot on, but unless we are using David’s exact gear it’s all an approximation. On certain rigs this pedal can almost exactly nail it. Bless.

  40. Arthur Tabbal says:

    Hi Bjorn ! Big fan of your website here. Been using it for years as a base for gear choices. It has helped me so much! Thanks.

    I’ve had the Boss RT20 and it’s great because of the mix knob for Animals, Wall and Pulse muff and clean tones but has a strange mid hump… I read about the cheaper Nux Roctary, ordered on with fingers crossed and guess what? Never looked back to the RT20… The Roctary has a cleaner leslie sim, has the mix knob too and if you set the balance a lot more to the bass side the mid hump dissapears like magic ! No more of that horny quacky hammond-like mids in the Numb solo, but the flanging is still there… try one and tell me what you think ! I loved it

    Cheers !

  41. Dylan says:

    The EHX Stereo Electric Mistress is a bit bigger and a bit more expensive than the E Lady, but you can use it as a flanger or chorus alone, or use them together. Also has filter settings for the flange depth and rate settings. I like using it to get The Cure type sounds, but its pretty versatile and will cover just about any other flanger and chorus needs.

  42. Chris Radzion says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    I am working on the final pieces to the puzzle that has been achieving a fairly accurate DSOTM tone (I have backing tracks for the album and it’s just a great exercise to play through). I have a multi mod pedal that does a fairly convincing UniVibe tone, but to my ear it just doesn’t sound like DOSTM, no matter how I set it. That said, I’m considering a dedicated phaser (I’m torn between a MXR Phase 95 or the Mooer Orange Ninety (which appears to be a clone of the 95). I’m also considering a lower end rotary simulator pedal. I’m really looking at the Danelectro Big Spender, as it’s board and budget friendly, and has a ramp feature. I was wondering which, if any of these (or others) you would recommend?

    FYI: My set up (for DSOTM) is a Strat (stock pickups from the mid 90s), into a multi mod (set alternately between a phaser and UniVibe) to a Mooer Blue Faze fuzz, to a Boss BD2 (for heavier OD) to an EHX Crayon (mild boost)- an analog delay into a Marshall MG 100FX (I don’t really use the amps onboard effects). Thanks!


  43. Ernie says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    I have a Boss Super Chorus from the 90s which just stopped working for me. I thought about replacing it, but I’ve read in a few places that a flanger can cover some of the territory of a chorus and wondered if perhaps getting a flanger instead would be a better option so that it could pull double duty. I would only be using chorus or flanger tones very sparingly so I would rather not have to purchase one of each. Is it true that I could get a convincing chorus sound out of a flanger? If so, is there a particular pedal you’d recommend that would be better suited for this application? I like the footprint and price of the Moore E Lady, but am concerned it’s controls may not allow me enough tweakability to pull it off, as you’ve said they are hard to dial in. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!


    • Bjorn says:

      A flanger won’t do chorus that well. A chorus is much more subtle so if you’re looking for those 80s and 90s tones, with just a hint of modulation, then a flanger would be too much. The ELady and the new Flanger from Retro Sonic is IMO the best clones of the Electric Mistress David used during the late 70s and early 80s.

      • Ernie says:

        Thanks Bjorn! I really do like the E Lady and especially it’s bang for the buck considering how infrequently I’d use it. I just may go that route. I have no more space for a dedicated chorus though so I’ll have to forgo that one. Perhaps the Ensemble King would be the solution in the odd instance I’d need a chorus and I could swap it on and off the board as needed. I’ve seen dual mode chorus / flanger pedals but they are not cost effective have haven’t really seen a demo of one I liked. And I’d rather not go digital if I don’t have to. Thanks again for your help!


        • Bjorn says:

          The Ensemble King is a great clone of the old CE2. Well worth checking out.

          • Ernie says:

            Actually Bjorn, I was wondering if you were familiar with TC’s Thunderstorm flanger or their Afterglow chorus. My father actually came across these and shared a few demos with me. They are all analog and are in the same price range as the Mooer pedals. They also have a clone of the Dimension C called the 3rd Dimension. Any knowledge about these? Thanks!

            • Bjorn says:

              I haven’t tried that line of pedals. Based on the clips I’ve heard they sound pretty good but I can’t really tell. From what I understand, they’re based on the old Behringer pedals.

      • Iznogoud says:

        There are also joint Chorus+Flanger doing the job well.
        The TC SCF or the MF-108M ClusterFlux are beautiful.
        For sure, they won’t sound the same as an Electric Mistress, they’re not low-end…
        Thus, my goal was no to sound just like him, but rather being told that I sounded better than on the record…

  44. ERIC NYBERG says:

    Hey Bjorn, Have you tried the Strymon orbit? Would it be good for an electric mistress sound? The sound I’m thinking about is the subtle jet sound heard in another brick on the wall pt 1 and the thin ice.

  45. Zion says:

    Hey Bjorn! Please, what do you think about the New Clone by EHX? Can’t see it on the list.

  46. Lane says:

    I have a chorus/vibrato pedal (Walrus Julia) and I was wondering if it would be at all necessary for me to get a flanger (I would go for the eleclady). Thanks, and I love the page and all of the work you’ve done, by the way!

  47. Bruce says:

    Thanks for answering my question on rotovibe. Enjoying your last album and web page. I have the phase 90 script with led it’s great on overdriven sounds but is it just me but it seems a bit gainy (if that’s a word) on clean sounds tend to use a rotovibe for that am I using it wrong?

    • Bjorn says:

      Thanks for the kind words!
      I wouldn’t say that it’s gainy, at least not nearly as bad as the block logo, but it might have a slightly higher output compared to the RotoVibe. I tend to use the Roto for all of my phaser and UniVibe tones but I often use the script 90 as well and I’ve no issues with it.

  48. DAVID says:

    I use the 74 RI phase 90 before the amp and in the loop use an EQD Pyramids. It’s very powerful for getting flange and chorus tones. Has 5 presets so can have a couple of each saved on there. Takes some time to dial in. Should check it out! Thanks for your work on here also.

  49. Phil B says:

    Hey Bjorn & dear readers,

    I’ve recently gotten the Longamp Roxanne and did a comparison with my E-Lady. I put all together in a video + my opinion so feel free to watch it and comment your thoughts ;)


    • Gabor Goldschmidt says:

      Roxanne all the way.

      • Phil B says:

        As I’ve said I do like it more too. I fixed the crackling of the Roxanne btw: I noticed when combining it with gain pedals the volume got pushed a bit so I messaged Tomasz from Longamp (very nice and helpful guy!) and he told me which trimpot to turn to change the output volume of the Roxanne :) Now it’s perfect!

  50. Noé says:

    Hi Bjorn, thanks for your work about David !
    I’ got a phaser, but i want to get another tone which is out of the ordinary.
    What do you think about rotary speaker pedals ? I’m looking after one, but it’s very difficult to ear what’s a good rotary sound on pedal. I hesitate between the EHX Lester G, the hammond Leslie G and the neo Vent.

    Thanks from Grenoble !


    • Bjorn says:

      The EHX Leslie pedals sounds too artificial for my taste. Too much of that honky mid range and overdrive. I’d go for either the Neo or the Lex.

  51. liung yit says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    Do you like this ?


  52. Branko says:

    Hi bjorn! I would like to hear your opinion on MXR M290 Mini Phase 95. It has a switch between 2 stage and 4 stage phaser and has a “script” switch. Your work here helped me so much.

  53. Uwe says:

    Hi Bjorn
    I d like To know your opinion about the Whirlwind Orange Phaser. You haven’t made any review…
    It seems to be as good as the Mxr 1974 Ri, with the useful True Bypass circuit.

    As you’ve praised the Whirlwind Red Compressor please would you choose the Whirlwind Phaser over the MXR 74 RI?


    • Bjorn says:

      It’s very good. Don’t know if they’re still around but it should be easy to track down. Well worth checking out.

  54. Radek Suchý says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    I’m looking to buy a phaser pedal of a lower price range. Right now I’m choosing between Mooer Ninety Orange and EHX Small Stone. I’d like to know your opinion on which one you prefer soundwise or if there perhaps is a different option at a similiar price range.


    • Bjorn says:

      Both sound great and both cover David’s tones nicely. I’ve always been partial to the Small Stone but again, both will do the job.

  55. Ara says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    Do you happen to know or guesstimate the effects David uses on Any Colour You Like on Pulse (Live) CD 2, for rhythm and solo parts. The solo effects are just haunting and my favorite by far.

    I definitely like the overall tone and effects of Pulse far better than any other P.F. recordings. The Live In Gdansk’ recording is close second for my taste and ears.



  56. Frank says:

    What kind of pedals can be used to simulate the EMS Synthi Hi fly? Small stone? Phase 90? Or what else. Thanks

    • Bjorn says:

      Small Stone, Pog, Micro Synth… read more about the EMS Hi-Fli here.

    • moogbadger says:

      Well, EHX have just released a multi-effects pedal called MOD11 which features a lot of the effects you’d find on the Hi-Fli such as phaser, vibrato, pitch shift and resonant filter. It’s a digital effects box, so it’s not the highest audio quality, but it does offer a lot of flexibility when it comes to choosing LFO waveforms and speeds, and it’s also quite reasonably priced if you’re on a budget.

  57. Stefan says:

    No tremolos? Didn’t David use them, or was it just amp tremolos if he did?

  58. Omar El Faro says:

    Have you ever tried Joyo Analog Chorus, Valeton Loft Series Chorus and Mosky CE-Nano?

  59. Hey Bjorn, I have a question. My Boss RT-20 that I bought used a few years back (it was a great steal) sadly died last week and I was wondering how you felt about the NUX Roctary pedal, if you’ve ever seen or heard it. I’m just looking into buying a replacement and was wondering how you feel about the NUX vs. the RT-20, as they both have a similar sound with a useful blend control. Thanks!

    • Bjorn says:

      Never tried it. Based on the reviews and videos it sounds more like a Leslie sim like the Lex and Vent, while the RT20 sounds more like a chorus. For David’s tones I’d go for the more chorusy. One alternative could be the Boss CE5, which is a very fat sounding chorus.

  60. Josh Szczepanowski says:

    Currently using a CE-2, a Deluxe Electric Mistress, and original Electric Mistress, a Maxon Phase-Tone, a Fulltone Univibe, a Dynachord CLS-222, and a Yamaha RA-200 so I think I have modulations covered.

    I agree the Maxon is really great. I would fully recommend it.

  61. Marcus V Leonardz says:

    Hello again,

    I forgot to ask about your thoughts on the Voodoo Lab Analog Chorus, as is applies to Gilmour tones. It is touted as a CE-1 clone.


  62. Marcus V Leonardz says:

    Hello Bjorn,

    Really enjoy your videos and posts. Two questions: My block Phase 90 was modded a few years age by a friend who works for Caroline Pedals here in SC. It really improved the tone of it, warming it up and getting rid of the nastier elements of the mids. As I’ve never played a script model, is the mod done to mine close to it? Second, what are your thoughts on the MXR Flanger?

    • Bjorn says:

      Obviously I wouldn’t know how your block model sound but I know most of the mods out there bring them closer to the script model – warmer, smoother, less mids etc. The MXR Flanger is a classic but more Van Halen than Gilmour :)

  63. hydrivion says:

    Hey Bjorn,

    I was wondering, have you ever tried the Techno Phaser from Svisound? If you have what was your experience like? I am a little hesitant to buy it, don’t know why, maybe because its a mini pedal.


  64. Don says:

    Hi Bjorn. Could you do a review of the MXR 1974 CS script reissue Phase 90? I love that sound David got when he debuted Shine On You Crazy Diamond Live at Wembley in 1974.

    • Bjorn says:

      I usually don’t reveiew stuff unless the companies send me whatever they want me to review. It’s free promo for them. I’ve used the pedal on several clips before so check out my youtube channel :)

  65. Walter H. says:

    Hello Bjorn hope all is well and the new year has been good to you so far.
    I like all us tone chasers need and admire your work. Your sites are plesent, informative and Fun, Thank You Bjorn.

    On modulation, I went All In. I have an MXR Analog Chorus, Elady Flanger, MXR Phase 95 (45-90) and as a bonus a Jam Pedals Ripple. I added the Phase 95 to replace a vibe pedal spot as you suggested on the Vibe pedal section of your Blog. I tried two different vibe pedals from two different companies and it didn’t gel for me. In the US some of the Best Picks are hard to obtain.
    I know pedal order is all subjective but what is your Opinion on where to place my compressor regarding the Phase 95? I now have the compressor, phase 95, Tree of Life, VFE Dragon dynamic Overdrive. Then the fun stuff with modulation delays and reverbs. I have the Ripple in the middle of the chain for an after OD Phaser sound.
    Which do you like first, The Compressor or the Phaser?
    Please let me know when time allows.
    Thanks for All You Do For All of Us!

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi Walter! Thanks for the kind words! I would place the compressor first. You want to compress and level the signal from your pikcups into the other pedals and amp. Cheers!

  66. Nathan says:

    So I got a Free The Tone Arc-3 Routing controller to loop all my effects, and one interesting unintended effect I’ve noticed is that all my post-gain modulations (Small Clone, Electric Mistress, Phase 90), pedals normally associated with a slight volume drop, are actually giving me a noticeable volume increase. The Arc-3 uses buffered loops, similar to the Cornish pedalboard principle, does this seem normal? Anybody else have an Arc-3?

  67. Chris says:

    Hey Bjorn,

    Much of your feedback around the Strymon Deco has been centered around its abilities as a boost. I have also seen you cite it as a great take on a “true” flange (not a Mistress) and also as a pedal that cops a decent CE-2.

    Regarding the latter – chorus tones – can you elaborate? I am a very happy owner of a CE-2w (rate set low, depth set high is magical). But I’m curious what the Deco is capable of (both front-of-amp and in effects loop) as a chorus.

  68. Luca says:

    Hi Bjorn, great job! In you’re opinion, what’s the best clone pedal of electric mistress in the market?(i have hiwatt t20 and d allen echoes) i would like to use the flanger with the distortion sound..
    Thanks a lot



  69. Ben Prusinski says:

    What would be a good flanger and phaser pedal that can be used for both Gilmour and EVH tones? I play both types of songs but cannot afford expensive pedals. Also what would be a good combo modulation FX unit?

    • Bjorn says:

      I would go for the Mooer Ninety Orange phaser. It’s a great sounding clone of the Phase 90 that both David and Eddie used in the 70s. The flanger is tough because David used the Mistress and Eddie the MXR which sound very different. The Mooer ElecLady is very close to the old Mistress David used and with some tweaking you can get close to Eddies tones as well, although you probably would go for a MXR type of pedal.

      • Ben says:

        Thanks Bjorn! Ok so I am on a budget and limited pedalboard space- for a combination mod pedal what would you recommend and why? I am looking at the Keeley Super Mod workstation since it allows 2 mod effects at same time and I already have a fuzz/OD pedal and delay/reverb pedal. I am also looking at perhaps the Boss MD-500 since it has the feature rich editor plus can run two mod FX. Perhaps the Strymon Moebius and a Keeley Dark Side pedal combo? That would give me fuzz/OD plus options to run all three key FX for mod and fuzz/OD in a compact space under 1k.

        • Bjorn says:

          Hi Ben, sorry for my very late reply…
          I really don’t have that much experience with modulation workstations or multi effects. Obviously, for David’s tones you’d want something vintage sounding. The Keeley and Strymon stuff are really great and Line 6 also has some really great sounding modulations and delays.

          • Ben says:

            Thanks Bjorn,

            No worries. I was actually able to dial in some decent tones with the MD-500 for flanger and rotary along with tape echo delay from my EHX Canyon pedal. I still may end up getting a dedicated Binson type echo pedal and analog flanger pedal like an EHX Mistress in the future as backup and also to let me run chorus and rotary on the Boss MD-500 while manually dialing in flanger modulation settings which are super tricky to do on the MD-500. The chorus on the MD-500 is incredible since it has all 4 types made from Boss in one small pedal and you can tweak patches and save dozens of presets for future recall.

  70. Frank Bizzoco says:

    Bjorn, hope your Christmas was well over there in the cold North. Just wanted to comment on the electric mistress. I have the deluxe mistress XO, but I managed to find a 90s reissue big silver box at my local Guitar Center used in mint condition for 129.00 USD. Idk why it was so cheap but it was an offer I couldnt refuse. Scooped it up, and you were SO right about how transparent it is! It blends perfectly with my BYOC triangle. I do wish it wasn’t so large on the pedal board, and the input and output wasn’t on the top, but that’s the nature of the beast. But man, what a difference. I feel like I found a piece of guitar history for a steal. If anyone has the opportunity to scoop one of these up, dont let it pass by. It blends perfectly into my signal chain into my mid range heavy Orange CR60. Anyway happy new year to you brother!

    • Bjorn says:

      Awesome! Yes, those 90s Deluxe models are just amazing and actually, the Mooer ElecLady is very close. I’ve retired my old Deluxe to studio use only but the Mooer is so damn close.

  71. Frank says:

    Do you think the Mooer Soul Shiver can be a good option as a Leslie simulator to create a Gilmour sound? Thanks

  72. Walter H. says:

    Bjorn, hoping that you had a good Thanksgiving and are getting ready for the Holidays.
    I started shopping early with a few additions to my board. The Dawner Prince Viberator is a lush and stereo Vibe pedal I put second after my compressor. I know you haven’t reviewed that one yet, I think you would like it. I have a Jam Pedals Ripple phaser coming and was wondering if you have ever tried that one yet? I looked in the post but it’s a Big post I might have missed it. Also could you please explain the tone or variances between a 2-stage and a 4-stage phaser. What about my Elady that I added thanks to you. And I mean Thanks. Keep the phaser and the flanger on at the same time? Where would you place them? I currently sandwich the Elady between two Overdrives all are after my compressor.
    When you can I’d enjoy your input.
    Thanks for All You Do for All of Us!
    Walter H.

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi Walter! 2 stage is much more subtle, with a similar character as a UniVibe (although UV is a 4-stage). 4 stage has more depth basically.
      I like to have phasers and UVs before dirt and flanger and chorus after. Sounds more natural to my ears.

  73. Hi Bjorn. Pedal setting depends on several factors. But to give me a parameter, which settings do you use in Mooer E-Lady?

  74. Ryan Peerson says:

    Would the boss rt20 be used instead of a chorus pedal, or in addition to? I already have a boss ce2, so for something like the 2nd comfortable numb solo, would the rt20 suffice?

    • Bjorn says:

      The RT20 is a Leslie simulator so it doesn’t sound like a CE-2. Having said that, I like to use it much like a chorus placing it before the delays.

      • Ryan says:

        Sorry Bjorn, I have no idea why I mentioned chorus haha, I meant to ask if he used the electric mistress in addition to the rotating cabinet?

        • Bjorn says:

          Yes he did :) He used all the pedals, including delays and the signal was split after the pedal board into the Hiwatts and the rotary cab. You could either place it before the delays, like I do, or, after the delays, like David does. The reason I place it before the delays is that I’m using one amp so there’s so stereo spread. The delays gets very messy if you place it after them with just one amp. Try both approaches :)

  75. OracleP says:

    HI B – About the Electric Mistress you were saying “has a nasty volume drop when engaged and due to the lack of a noise filter, there’s a lot of hissing and weird oscillation going on” Now my question is: This seems to be one of the only constant pedals DG has used throughout his career, so how did he get rid of what you mentioned above as I’m sure he wouldnt settle for weird/crazy sounds popping up. Thanks P

    • Bjorn says:

      Sorry for my late reply. He did use the Mistress during the 1977-83 era and again on the latest tour. It’s also present on the 1994 tour although I don’t think he used it. David’s pedal was modified with a noise filter and on the last Rattle That Lock tour you can also spot a Lehle mixer next to it compensating for the volume loss.

      • Brian Krause says:

        A BOSS LS-2 also works wonders for the volume drop AND adds the benefit of an LED to indicate whether or not the effect is engaged.

  76. Rotem Shoshani says:

    I understand you like mooer modulation for Gilmour tones. What about the mooer mod factory? Should be the same as the dedicated mooer mod pedals and pretty much nail Gilmours tone, right? Im just looking to buy a multi fx pedal. Debating between the TC Dreamscape that I found a deal on or the mod factory pro.
    Thank you.

  77. Roby says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    great post! in You’re opinion, the Strymon Deco can replicate the flanger in the wall era?(for example comfortably numb solo). I love Deco!!

    thanks a lot



    • Bjorn says:

      No. You can get some very nice CE-2 type of chorus but the flange is typical tape flanging and not that suited for David’s tones. Much more jet-like. Awesome pedal though and the overdrive is one of my favourites.

  78. Strat says:

    The On an Island solos seem to have EHX DEM filter matrix color after the G-2 and TD.

  79. Liung Yit says:

    Hi Bjorn,
    after many tests I deduced that the BOSS mod. CE-2 is better than BOSS mod. CE-2W.
    The CE-2W it has a cold sound.

  80. Liung Yit says:

    Hi Bjorn,
    what do tuo think about ELECTRO HARMONIX mod. DELUXE ELECTRIC MISTRESS (xo) ?


  81. Nick Stratton says:

    What do you think about the Tc Electronic Stereo Chorus and Flanger I just got one and I’m loving it do you have any experience with one if so what are some good David Gilmout Settings on it

  82. David Dyte says:

    Have you tried the Longamp Roxanne? Handmade in Poland, very close recreation of the Electric Mistress. In the short time I’ve had one of my own, it’s become my favorite.

  83. Jeffrey Soble says:

    Hey Bjorn,

    I’m trying to recreate David’s Any Colour You Like tone from Pulse and as you know, he employs a rarely used CLS 222 Leslie Emulator in addition to the rotating speakers. I know that the original Dark Side tone was created with a Uni-Vibe but I much prefer the fatter Leslie sound. I use a digital setup so I do have a Leslie cabinet that I use quite often and do have it in this signal chain, but am having difficulty re-creating the Leslie emulator. 1 thing to note, my main axe is a Black Strat with a Fat 50, Custom 69 and Seymour Duncan SSL-5. I do not have a Strat with EMG’s, which I know is part of the equation. Would you have any suggestions? Perhaps a 2nd Leslie cabinet and EQ-ing it or do you think EQ-ing the Uni-Vibe to fatten it up would do the trick?

    As always, thanks for your help!


    • Bjorn says:

      Hi Jeff, not sure I understood your setup… It’s all digital as in you’re using a software or multi processor? What sort? How’s the rest of the chain including the amp?

      • Jeffrey Soble says:

        Hey Bjorn,

        Yes, I am using an all digital setup in a bedroom which is purely my studio now. I do have a Fender Champion solid state amp but for this tone, I am purely digital. I use the Line 6 Pod HD500x that runs directly to 2 monitors for a stereo output. The names are different within the system but they represent the real pedals named below with the signal chain for the song, Any Colour You Like, as follows.

        Black Strat (with a Fat 50 in the neck, Custom 69 in the middle, Seymour Duncan SSL-5 in the bridge) : Noise Gate : Boss CS1 Comp : Chandler Tube Driver : Uni-Vibe : Boss DM2 Analog Delay : TC Electronics 2290 Digital Delay : Hall Reverb : Leslie Rotating Speaker – Hiwatt 100 amp w 4×12 Cab & speakers

        I use the settings that you publish as a starting point and make adjustments from there based on the variables that differ from David’s studio/stage and equipment vs my bedroom studio. Also since I’m using a Black Strat, I make other adjustments when I’m trying to emulate a tone David produced with his Red Strat (EMG pups).

        My question was based on the fact that for this tone he was using the Red Strat and the Leslie CLS 222 Emulator, a pedal I don’t have. In lieu of the Leslie Emulator I’m using the Uni-Vibe, as he did on the original recording. So essentially, my signal chain is a hybrid of vintage and a Pulse type setup.

        However, since I sent my initial message, I played with the tone a bit by tweaking the amp, Tube Driver, Uni-Vibe and delay settings, as well as changing the reverb from Spring to Hall to fatten it up and it sounds pretty darn good now. I’m not sure I can do any better with what I have to work with but your thoughts would be very appreciated.


        PS. Have you ever done a piece on recording wet vs dry? If so, could you please link me to it. If not, I think that would be a great subject to discuss, I prefer to record wet, with the tone I want already worked out but the engineer I work with is always trying to talk me in to recording dry. I’d love to know what you think and why. Thanks.

        • Bjorn says:

          Ok, you seem to have figured it out. David’s tone for Any Colour on Pulse is tricky because there’s so much going on, with the different pedals, physical rotary cabs etc. I think the most important thing when you’re using digitial stuff and simulations is to avoid getting too caught up in how David actually does it. His setup is analog, a combination of pedals and tube amps and it’s all set up for a huge stadium. That can’t be replicated in a bedroom. Regardless of what gear you have. My experience with digital stuff – I’ve been using Line 6 and AmpliTube for years – is that they’re always good at something but not everything and besides, they’re not designed with David’s tones in mind… even if they have pedals or amps similar to him. There are so many variables when you use digital gear and it often pays off trying different amps and pedals. I often get closer that way…

  84. Felipe Mac-Auliffe says:

    Hey Bjorn, hope you’re having a great day…
    Is my MXR Analog Chorus suitable for DG tones? How do you’d compare to the Boss CE-2?

    Thanks you for this great page, as always.

    -Felipe Mac-Auliffe-

    • Bjorn says:

      Yes, I often use the MXR. It can do the CE2 pretty well and the added controls makes it a bit more versatile. I usually set the rate to around 1:00, depth 11:00 and the hi and lo pretty much at noon. You probably want the level at unity or slightly below.

  85. Hello Bjorn. With David Gilmour’s tones in mind, what you think about Boss CH-1?

  86. Dan says:

    Hi Bjorn
    I was wondering if you had tried the Whirlwind Orange Box which seems to be the real deal as a mxr script logo clone. Would it stand in your tops list like the Red box comoressor ?



    • Bjorn says:

      All of the Whirlwind pedals are well worth checking out. Awesome stuff. Not sure if they still make them, I might be mistaken, but they should be easy to track down.

  87. Brian Hester says:

    Hey Bjorn it’s me again. I was looking online and found the mxr custom shop CSP-101CL script logo phase 90 with led light. According to the reviews people seem to like it. I was wondering if you’ve ever tried it. Thanks, Brian

  88. Brian Hester says:

    Hey Bjorn I love my mxr phase, I think it was the second pedal I bought when learning how to play back in the 80’s. I’m thinking of buying the reissue one you recommend but two things concern me. The fact that it only runs on a battery and there’s no light to tell if it’s on or so you can tell if it’s dying. Correct me if I’m wrong but if your running the pedal on the board say during a gig and the pedal dies doesn’t that mean no more sound at all. Keep up the great work love this site. Brian

  89. Liung Yit says:

    Hi Bjorn,
    What do you think about BOSS mod. DC-2 (DIMENSIONAL C) and BOSS mod. SG-1 (SLOW GEAR) ?


  90. Liung Yit says:

    Hi Bjorn,
    What do you think about IBANEZ mod. CS-9 effect pedal ?


  91. F Javi says:

    Hi Bjorn. First thank you for the great work of dissemination and information that you make on this website during all these years and encourage you to continue because you are of great help.

    What do you think of these modulation pedals, (always thinking of tones Gilmour Pulse, Gdansk, Pompeii 2016): Keeley Dyno my Roto, Keeley Bubble Tron, TC Electronic Dreamscape, Digitech Nautila … If you have not tried them, would you recommend someone else (other than Dark zone) and that contains these modulations and without OD ?

    Thank you very much, very kind and greetings.

    • Bjorn says:

      Thanks for the kind words! My recommendations are listed here in this guide. I haven’t tried the Dreamscape and Nautila so I can’t really comment on them. The Keeley Roto is OK but I think there are better rotary simulations out there, like the Lex and Vent. The Bubble Tron is really cool. It’s based on the old MuTron with all kinds of filters are strange sounds but there’s also a very nice vintage sounding phaser and flanger on it.

      • F Javi says:

        Hi Bjorn, I asked for advice on the web keeley and I have recommended Super Mod Workstation to have all the modulations. I suppose it will be a great multi effects pedal, but it’s too expensive. So once again, I’ll take your recommendations into account and buy the Mooer for flanger, phaser and chorus. For the price they have, I can take the chance to try, in addition I have read many other guitarists very good opinions of Mooer clones. Thanks !

        • Bjorn says:

          Don’t think you can go wrong with those. E-Lady/Electric Mistress, Ensemble King/CE2 and the Ninety Orange/Phase 90 are all excellent clones of the originals and you can’t beat the price.

  92. Liung Yit says:

    HI Bjorn,
    Do you know the FOXROX mod. OCTRON 2 and OCTRON 3 pedals ?


    • Bjorn says:

      Don’t have much experience with Foxrox.

      • Troy says:

        Dave Fox is one of the best in the business in terms of the quality his pedals (sounds, features, versatility). Foxrox pedals are ell worth the money, which is priced competitively for what you get. His service is excellent too.

        I bought his AquaVibe & Octron 2 in 2009. More in that in a moment. Furs though I will mention that this was soon followed by the ZIM dual overdrive. Two of them actually. Dave does about 10 circuit cards that can be swapped out. I actually prefer the Muff card to my old V3 circuit EH Big Muff [black & red; transistor-based, not op amp] – which some say is quite like the V2 [Rams Head] tone. One other user said that his Muff circuit could be dialled in to match the sound of a V1 [Triangle] that the same user had.

        Whatever, it is great. It is also more versatile than any other Muff that I know of – & I would include the Muffeletta. How so? 1: It can sound great with the gain rolled all the way off – just adjust the tone trimmer to optimise it – no other Muff that I know of can do this; 2: It also has more gain if you need or want it; 3: It sounds great without a booster before or after it but also takes well to a BK Butler Tube Driver after it; 4: if you place in the slot that sends its signal through the cleverly designed EQ then you can open up a vast array of tones [Tip: Go easy on the amount of boost/cut – it is powerful, boosting to about 1:30 should be enough, then choose from one of nine different EQ curves].

        I have two Muff cards in the one that is in one of my boards, each set for different tones. The EQ is icing in the cake really. It’s stunning even without it. The only “downside” is that you have to dial in the internal tone trimmer so that it’s set & forger. Having two Muff cards in one ZIM with one dialled in a bit brighter & the other slightly darker for optimising different levels of gain helps.

        The other I set up last for a blues jam “grab & go” pedal. That has the Hot 9 (basically a Tube Screamer modded for more gain & a more open sound) that feeds into a Boost & Buff card for lead boosts. I have most of the cards. I swapped the Fat Fuzz & the T9 (straight up vintage TS-9 circuit) cards for duplicates of some of the others. H9 into H9 was nice.

        Worth mentioning that Dave has an inexpensive ZIM card-swapping service The VT card (Vintage Tube) is possibly the best of them for lower gain crunch, very reminiscent of a Fender Tweed Deluxe kind of overdrive texture. The T+ (Rat-inspired) card actually improves in some ways to my big-box late 70’s ProCo Rat pedal – it maintains clarity in the lower frets of the lower E string. I like to max out the gain on a Rat & that is where they can go mushy & lose definition. VT into H9 is the default setup. That sounds great too. You can choose whichever cards you want from the get-go though.

        Okay back to your question: The Octron 2 is one of my all time faves & I highly recommend it. There are internal switches to optimise the sound. I have set these as IIRC I preferred settings that weren’t the default ones. Worth experimenting with though. I think that Octron 3 has these moved to the top of the pedal though. I wouldn’t mind getting one of those for another board.

        The Octron 2 though has the individual switches for clean octave down, buffered dry signal & octave up fuzz as well as the master bypass switch. It also has a send & return loop. You need a clean power supply with isolated outputs feeding it if you use the send/return loop which allows you to kick in other pedals at the same time. If you have the pedal on all of the time, using the dry buffered signal feeding drive pedals in the loop then you can switch on & off the octave up fuzz & the clean octave down to also feed the other drive pedals. Feeding the ZIM Muff card with either buffered dry plus octave up fuzz, dry with clean octave down, or all three together is amazing. The octave fuzz id different sounding ti the Roger Mayer Octavia. It’s thicker in the mids. It doesn’t replace the latter. I have the RM Octavia & have fed that into a wah then into the Octron 2 then into a ZIM Muff card followed by an overdrive & delay. Mind bending!

        Also most recently got one of a handful of a limited run of the Captain Coconut 2 that combines old-school Octavia, Fuzz (with germanium, silicon & hybrid germanium/silicon cards – the latter two are otherwise available as the Hot Silicon & Hybrid CC pedals) & UniVibe (Dave calls that the ProVibe on this pedal – & on the original Captain Coconut & as an even earlier standalone pedal) which has not only a knob to set the LFO speed/rate & an expression pedal input to add foot control but can be switched to envelope control of the LFO with the knob that is otherwise used for speed used to set sensitivity of the envelope. The octave fuzz on it has an added switch to turn off the octaving, which provides yet another texture of fuzz.

        A couple of years back I got Dave’s Festival dual overdrive (brilliant pedal – just don’t use it to post-boost Muffs as its not as scooped as a BK Butler Tube Driver, with a ZIM Muff you won’t need to post-boost anyway; I actually prefer it’s ability to foot-switch to a different level of gain & volume – & even a different texture if you set an internal switch – to stacking drives, which is the approach that the ZIM has). & a Paradox TZF 2 analogue through-zero flanger. I already had the old bigger Paradox TZF but this one is more compact & thus “pedalboard friendly” & is optimised for live use. It is worth noting that the Paradox TZFs have to be used after any dirt.

        I have lots of musical & guitar tonal influences besides Gilmour (Jimi Hendrix, Ernie Isley, Jeff Beck & many others). Combine aspects of your influences approaches to playing & to tone creation & then just experimenting is the key. It’s useful to have these tonal references though.

  93. Norman says:

    Hi Bjorn,
    Is the newer CE-2 Waza much different to the older model. I see you have it as your ‘Gilmourish Pick’. I think I remember in the past you used to favour the Costalab choruslab over the ce-2. Is it the newer version that has changed the ce-2’s rating. I’m currently looking to get either the Costlab or the ce-2 and am wondering which would be best.

    • Bjorn says:

      The CE2 is the one that David used and now that Boss has reissued it there’s no doubt that it will be the closest match.

  94. Yit Liung says:

    Hi everyone,
    someone tried the IBANEZ mod. RC-99 (rotary-chorus) pedal ?


    • JR says:

      Big fan of the RC-99 it is a great pedal for in loops of delays and it really shines using the stereo outputs, in fact a super stereo field IMHO

  95. Yit Liung says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    I tried the BEHRINGER pedal mod. VP1 phase shifter. Good value for money.
    What do you think about it ?

    Bye bye….

    • Bjorn says:

      Haven’t tried it.

      • Troy says:

        Clicked on the link. They’ve been selling that for years. I bought a Hartman Flanger instead at the time. Already had a Boss BF-2 & picked up an MXR Flanger & a Foxrox Paradox TZF & Foxrox Paradox TZF 2 later. Also have the Eventide H9 which has a flanger. The Hartman & the Foxrox pedals are my faves although very different from each other. Both made it to a pedalboard & the MXR is on another.

        I know that it’s the sound that matters most but that BYOC pedal’s crazy skewed knob & switch layout has me wondering why they never sorted that out. Hopefully it sounds amazing as its visual aesthetics are face-palm material! :D

      • Yit Liung says:

        about the your review on the ELECTRIC MISTRESS :
        I tried The DONNER mod. JET CONVOLUTION pedal ……. is very, very ” Interesting “……..

        • Bjorn says:

          As far as I know it’s identical to the Mooer E-Lady, which is a favourite of mine :)

        • Clive H. says:

          I have both firstly I A/B’d them and I couldn’t tell the difference, so I took them apart! And sure enough the Donner is definitely an elecLady, the circuit boards are identical ( i can post pictures) so grab the Donner they’re insanely cheap!

    • Brian Krause says:

      Got one years ago. Although it’s got something special about it, it doesn’t cut it as a close sub for the Mistress but it is a very good flanger and more suitable than most. Funny thing is it has two modes and one of them has a noticable volume INCREASE.

  96. Yit Liung says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    What’s you’re opinion on the ELECTRO HARMONIX mod. WIGGLER recently manufactured ?


  97. Brian Hester says:

    My friend, this site is the best. On your recommendation I found a tc electronic nova delay. Still trying to get the hang of it. As far as modulation pedals I have the phase 90, 2nd pedal I ever bought when I was a kid the first being a boss overdrive. I also have an old boss bf-2 flanger and still trying to figure that sucker out. Besides getting an electric mistress do you have any advice on to adjust the settings on this thing to get a close approximation of mr Gilmour’s sound. I know it will never be exact considering I’m playing through a boss Waza mini in my condo(which by the way is a fantastic sounding amp for fairly low volume say in an apartment). Keep up all the great work pretty much all my pedals and settings are thanks to you. Respectfully Brian Hester Ma.

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi Brian! Thanks for the kind words! It’s been too long since I owned a BF-2 but although you can get fairly close to the Mistress it’s really a different sounding flanger, closer to the ADA and MXR. I recommend that you check out the excellent Mooer ElecLady. Cheers!

  98. Gabriel says:

    Hey Bjørn! For a rotary sim what do you think about the strymon lex? I’m stuck between that one and the rt20. By the way I received my Laney lt20 the other day and it did not disappoint! Get back as soon as you can thanks!

    • Bjorn says:

      Do a quick search on the site for some tips. Basically, the Lex is an awesome Leslie sim but not that suitable for David’s blended tones. The RT20 is a shitty Leslie sim but great for David’s subtle rotary/modulation tones. Depends on what you need and how you set them up.

      • Troy says:

        For an (analogue) alternative to the RT-20 that can cover a lot of ground in terms of DG modulation tones it is worth checking out the Diamond Halo Chorus.

        Basically a very high spec, high headroom CE-2-based sinusoidal-wave sweep (also triangle wave switchable) chorus with wet/dry split stereo out (also can be used mono out with the a wet/dry mix & can choose between mono or stereo in) with volume controls for both the vibrato-ed wet signal and a 2-stage phase-shifted signal (note: all three signals are in parallel). Also has depth & rate controls for the LFO, an expression pedal input for speed, a switch for phase inversion of stereo channels & chorus signal delay time is tweak-able via internal trimmer (so can cop many classic chorus tones). Kill-dry switchable for those who use parallel loops.

        True bypass too, which is an improvement to the (reportedly not so good) buffer of the RT-20. Being able to blend lower separate levels of chorused & 2-stage phased with the unscathed dry signal still in the analogue realm (as is the wet signal) allows for an optimal wet/dry balance for some tones that can evoke some lush PULSE-ations. Loves drive/dirt pedals in front too.

        If DG goes for using some CE-2 style chorusing again on his next tour (fingers crossed he does another album in the not-too-distant!) & wants a hint of that doppler vibe lightly blended without having to drag those rotary speakers around the world then I’d recommend the Halo Chorus for the short list.

        It’d be nice to know if other Gilmourish readers & commenters use this pedal. I have that & the now discontinued Memory Lane 2 from the Diamond range. The Halo Chorus is a relatively undiscovered (or at least unsung) gem of a modulation pedal & is well worth tracking down (I got mine shipped from the US) for those looking to add some complex yet subtle whirling wave washes to their tone palette.

        • Gabriel says:

          Wow that’s a lot of info haha thanks I appreciate the suggestion! I’ll look into it

          • Troy says:

            All good. If you do get to check one out in person than feel free to post your findings back here. I have tons of modulation pedals (including a first batch silver screw 1979 Boss CE-2 – serial numbers for those is a stamped series of zeroes in the battery compartment – that’s a great pedal albeit limited) but I must say that the Halo Chorus is quite unique & covers a lot of ground. Also: The 2-stage phase shifting part of the circuit is an optical circuit, so not a Phase 45 knock-off but very high-headroom & lush. There’s two stereo audio clips of the pedal at the Diamond site. It’s worthwhile putting these through your headphones.

            First one starts off dry then pedal is switched on:


            This one has an expression pedal changing the sweep rate:


            • Rennzo says:

              I’m sorry to let you down, but Boss pedals’ serial numbers don’t work like that.

              The first batch of CE-2’s (October 1979) has serial number 8700.

              Serial numbers 9700 (Aug/1980), 9800 (Sep/1980) and 9900 (Oct/1980) are older than 0000. Your pedal was actually made in November 1980, not 1979.

              This has been the subject of countless topics in forums, but you can always use this site:


      • Gabriel says:

        Ohh okay I get you thanks for the tip! Does the lex blend well with muffs and drives?

        • Bjorn says:

          Not for David’s tones but that’s the nature of the pedal. Keep in mind that David always mixed his rotary cabs lower and in combination with a dry signal from his Hiwatts so if you listened to the rotary cabs alone, you would probably hear something similar to plugging a Muff into a Lex but that’s not what you want. You could though add a signal mixed to the Lex acting as a master volume.

  99. Scott Medsker says:

    Hey bjorn — no one has asked lately, so have you had the chance to try the Phase 95 yet? Hoping so. Thanks

  100. rubes00 says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    Are you familiar with Baroni Labs based in Italy? The company has a pedal called Miss Flanger and appears to be an EHX Deluxe Mistress clone. If you’re familiar with the pedal I’d love to hear your thoughts with respect to how it compares to a vintage Mistress…

    • Bjorn says:

      Yes, I tried that one years ago but it didn’t quite sound like a Mistress. Very messy. They might have upgraded it by this point though. They have a compressor and delay that sounds awesome. One of the better compressors I’ve tried.

  101. Baris says:

    Hello Bjorn,
    Have ever tried Nux Roctary? Ä°f not I recommend you to try. I got one and it’s really great for rotary sound.

    • Bjorn says:

      Thanks for the tip!

    • Brian Krause says:

      Indeed. I’m using two of them (one for the left amp and one for the right). They’re out of sync and do a wonderful job of the dual RA200 setup used for the Wall tour. It creates a lush but not overpowering stereo effect that is different than a single rotary going back and forth.

  102. Had to sell the Maxon Phase Tone, the volume drop is real and it was super annoying. Plus it seemed to overtake the sound when distorted.

  103. Hershel says:

    Hey bjorn! I recently acquired the new mxr phase 95 mini, which allows you to not only switch between modern and script modes, but also switches the 45 to 90 types, and works great for the wish you were here phase tones, and even for that univibe sound as well. I think you should try it out if you haven’t yet, and I would love to hear your thoughts on it.
    Thanks- Hershel

  104. Gaël says:

    Hi Bjorn!

    First, congratulations for this website! Amazing Job!

    I’ve a question. I hesitate between a EH electric mistress deluxe of 1974, a EH deluxe of 1980 and a EH deluxe V3 of 1981.

    What is the best of the three for you?

    thank you very much

    All the best


    • Bjorn says:

      The Deluxe didn’t come out until 1978. Do you mean the non Deluxe?

      • Gaël says:

        oh sorry! yes 1978! it’s a mistake

        • Bjorn says:

          Well, I haven’t done a proper A/B test between the older Deluxe models. From what I understand they sound more or less identical up to 1999. The current big box Deluxe sound considerably darker, with more low end and mid range compared to these. The new XO Deluxe sound very different from all of them.

  105. Daniel Brown says:

    Hi Bjørn

    Sorry to bother you again, but do you know if the Mooer micro pedals (eleclady, ninety orange etc) can be daisy chained?
    Thanks for all your help :)


  106. Francesco Cagnacci says:

    Hi bjorn, have you ever tried the EVH Phase 90?

  107. Barth says:

    Hello Bjorn! Thank you for the website!! Fantastic stuff!!!

    Is there any possibility to have a review of the new AfterGlow Chorus from TC?

    Thanks again!


    Hi Bjorn, congratulations. I´ve just bought an Elec Lady since I saw your review. What´s the best configuration for this pedal in your opinion? You said that it´s a good pedal since you reach the “right spot”. I know that there´s a great number of configurations but can you show us the one that you like the most? Thank you and keep on rocking!

    • Bjorn says:

      I’d place it after all the dirt pedals and try these settings: colour 9:30, range off, rate 2:30.

      • DANIEL CONTARINI says:

        Thanks Bjorn! I liked it because it´s very smooth. I´d like to know what you think about the Xotic SP compressor, since I´ve just bought one. And also if you have any comments about the Fulltone Fat Boost, cause I have one and I want a clean boost. Is it better to get a Xotic EP booster or any other? Where should I place it in the signal chain? Thanks again and congratulations!

  109. Saul HUDSON says:

    Hi Björn,

    Do you think that the Deluxe Electric Mistress V5 (2000) is as good as a v4 (199X) ? Or maybe a V1 /V2 or V3 is a better choice ?

    Thanks !

    • Bjorn says:

      The only Deluxe I don’t like is the V5.

      • Saul HUDSON says:

        Thanks for your answer. It’s strange because the V4 and V5 are very very similar (same IC and transistors) :

        I can found easily some V5 reissue but not some V4 in good condition. It’s a shame !

        Thanks !

      • Shadi says:

        can you tell me what’s wrong with this version and why don’t you like it?

        • Bjorn says:

          It’s considerably darker with a lot more low end. You can tweak the tone to some extent with the internal trim pots but I’ve never managed to make it sound like my ’99 Deluxe.

          • Ben says:

            Just a heads up relating to EHX’s well-known variances within “older” models. I recently picked up a V5 Electric Mistress thinking that the ONLY difference was with the power supply (wall wart vs internal PS). The reason I purchased the V5 was that I had heard that the V5 was quieter due to having the external wall wart PS. The EM I received has to be the best-sounding EM (and flanger for that matter) that I’ve ever played through (and I’ve been playing for 35 years)! For an EM, it’s dead quiet and the sound is so lush and creamy you can taste it. So I was surprised at Bjorn’s comment that he wasn’t crazy about the V5’s, when the one I have sounds so great (and I trust Bjorn’s opinions implicitly). Out of curiosity, I took the back cover off of my EM to take a look around. When comparing what I have to the photos on


            it’s clear that I have an identical green V4 circuit board in a V5 housing / setup (with external PS)! Also, ALL of the wiring is attached to the back side (side facing you when you remove the back cover) of the circuit board instead of the front side of the circuit board as shown in the pictures in the link above. It would seem that I have a unicorn hybrid V4/V5 Electric Mistress. Although I don’t know the history of my EM, it appears that everything in it is how it originally came out of EHX’s factory.

            It’s possible / probable that the tonal issues between models comes down to the particular components that were used on certain PCB’s. Certainly not all op amps, transistors and capacitors are created equally. Who knows? The moral of the story is to do your research, but in the end, trust your ears.

  110. Seth Heaster says:

    Hey Bjorn, could you do a review on the Fulltone Whammy pedal? I want it for the really high notes in Marooned, but I’m not sure where to put it on my board.

  111. Diego Velanga says:

    Hey Bjorn,
    In a pedalboard, do you think a chorus pedal is needed when you have a Boss RT-20? Seeking that “dreamy” tone from early 90’s and PULSE, both pedals work together or once you have the RT-20, you cover this creamy chorus sound already?

    • Bjorn says:

      David did use both chorus and rotary on the all of the songs on the tour so the appropriate setup would feature both. However, I’ve never been much of a chorus fan and I think the RT20 alone sound better and cleaner than having both. A matter of taste.

  112. slacker2012 says:

    For anyone wanting the ’74 Phase 90 to have modern features (TB, DC power outlet, LED), Analongman in the USA will do the mods. I believe its $80-$90 shipped for all three mods here in the states. Not cheap, but if you love the pedal as much as I, its worth it. Especially if you pick one up on the used market.

    Thanks Bjorn!

  113. Seth Heaster says:

    Hey Bjorn, since David mixed his rotary speakers lower than the Hiwatts, I have it hooked up to my smaller amp. I have a stereo out from my Digitech Polara reverb which goes to a Peavy BY Classic Series on the first output, and my Fender Frontman 10G. I have the Boss RT-20 between the polar and the Femder. It works pretty well, except I want to somehow get both amps going with the RT-20 for Syds’ theme in Shine On You Crazy Diamond, along with my MXR Phase 90 that is earlier on in my rig. How would you say I could do so?

  114. Guilherme Kubaski says:

    Hi Bjorn

    Have you tried the Nux Mod Core? I found that the chorus sound is really close to the CS-2. I’m just curious about the flanger and phaser!

    Thank you

  115. Daryl says:

    Regarding the Deluxe Electric Mistress, when you say, “the current stock model sounds considerably darker”, are you referring to the Deluxe Electric Mistress XO (that comes in the smaller white/green/black/ case) as opposed to the V4 or V5?

  116. Phil says:

    I guess the MXR Phase 90 Script LED reissue sounds the same as the classic reproduction without the modern features? Kinda wondering why it would be like 35 € cheaper than the classic one…

    • Bjorn says:

      Don’t know. I haven’t looked at the schematics but it’s either different parts involved or simply marketing. In any case, the led version sound the same. It has true bypass, while the non led has hardwire bypass. The latter can sound a tad darker.

  117. Ben says:

    Hi Bjorn.

    Can I get your advice on something? I’ve got, and am very happy with, a Boss RT20 but I’m putting together a new go-to pedalboard and it’s just a little too big! Is there an alternative that has a smaller footprint that you can recommend?



    • Bjorn says:

      Not really. You could go for a chorus, like the Boss CE5, which has some of that rotary sound but no, I haven’t really found anything similar. Other rotary pedals that perhaps sound better, doesn’t really do that chorusy thing that the RT20 does.

  118. Armin says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    Lately I have been starting to doubt my current modulation pedals and my compressor

    – mxr phase 90 (block)
    – boss ce 5

    – mxr dyna comp (block)

    Now I know I hate the mxr phase 90 bock version, I got it before I started following your site and now I want to sell it and get a more “script” like phaser. I’ve been thinking about the mooer orange phaser.

    Unfortunately, you haven’t written anything about the boss ce 5 chorus pedal, I like it very much, have you tried it? Do you think it’s a good pedal for Pink Floyd tones?

    About the compressor… I don’t understand why you gave this pedal 5/10 score… I like it, but then again, this is my first compressor so I am probably wrong.

    So which of these pedals would you get rid of and which ones would you buy at a reasonable price?

    I am not interested in those expensive ones like mxr script ones I think it’s better to save money and get a quality delay pedal instead…

    Thank you :)

    P.S. I’ll be getting a mooer elec lady pedal soon, it sounds great!

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi Armin, it does’t really matter what I like or what score I give each pedal. It’s only my opinion. My best tip when it comes to new gear is that you should try different pedals to get an idea of how different designs sound and use reviews as a guide. Not a ghospel. Ultimately, trust your ears. The block Phase 90 has a tone of its own and a bit more mid range and gain than the script model. The Mooer Orange is well worth checking out. The Boss CE5 is a nice alternative for David’s tones and it even does a fairly good rotary sound. For compressors, check out the Vick Audio R-Comp and the Mooer Yellow comp.

  119. Peter says:

    Bjorn, I would like to bring into attention LongAmp Roxanne, clone of Electric Mistress/Hartma. Built in Poland. Very good pedal, both the sound and built.
    Regard, Peter

  120. Martin Jørgensen says:

    Hey Bjørn.
    I was wondering if you have tried any of the Tone City pedals?
    Have a great day!

    • Bjorn says:

      Yep. Very similar to the Mooer – I suspect that they copy each others circuits – but, yeah well worth checking out.

  121. Francesco Cagnacci says:

    Hi Bjorn, have you ever tried the Mooer Soul Shiver modulation pedal? It’s a chorus,Vibrato and rotary pedal…

  122. Francesco Cagnacci says:

    Hi Bjorn! What do you think of the MXR’s flanger?

    • Bjorn says:

      Can’t go wrong. Classic tones that’s been used by some of the biggest names. It’s not a flanger I’d use for David’s tones though. It’s got much more of that metallic jet type of flanging. The Mooer E-Lady is IMO the best replication of the Eectric Mistress that David used.

  123. Daniel Farias says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    Which Mooer ElecLady settings did you use for The Wall tones like C. Numb, Hey You and Waiting for the Worms?


  124. Bryan says:

    Can you comment on the TC Corona vs the Mooer Ensemble King? I’ve been really looking hard at the MXR Analog Chorus, the Corona and the Mooer. You have the Mooer highly rated which is drawing my eye, just curious if you have any experience with it in comparison to those other two.

    • Bjorn says:

      Both sounds really great and I guess the Corona is more versatile, as it can do different types of chorus sounds. I like the Ensemble King because it’s very close to the old CE-2. Perhaps a tad darker but well worth checking out.

  125. Hi Bjorn,

    What modulation pedal do you think would get closest to the studio tone of A Great Day For Freedom? I know the guitar track was double tracked and delayed to give a phasing effect, but do you think that an MXR Phase 90 would be too dominating for nailing the tone? I was thinking that a rotary pedal of some kind might sound more accurate.

    Kind regards,


    • Bjorn says:

      The closest I’ve come is with a script Phase 90 placed in front of the dirt pedal. It blends nicely with the gain and adds that slight creamy modulation. A UniVibe, place first, will also do the job but a phaser is closer I think. Rotary wouldn’t be quite right as it will either sound too chorusy on slow or too much like a tremolo on fast.

  126. James Bettes says:

    Another great article that has served me well over the years. Most recently it led me to the Mooer Ensemble King, which I absolutely love for David’s tones (and and almost everything else for that matter). In fact, I like it better for his Wall and Final Cut stuff better than my EHX DEM (especially when combined with a rotary speaker or sim) to thicken it up. Great recommendation!

    One question for reference: How does the rate position compare to an original CE-2? For example, if David had his rate set at let’s say 11 o’clock (seems to be his preferred setting), would the Ensemble King also be at 11 o’clock? Or is it offset (as in slower or faster at 12 o’clock compared to the CE-2)?

  127. Zach Milgrom says:

    Hey Bjorn,
    great thread… have been following this for years now. So I am building my first board (I am just using guitar rig now) and all I have is one pedal which is the Arc Effects Gamut. The Gurus Optivalve looks like it would be my compressor of choice. Phaser I was thinking the Skreddy Little Miss Sunshine. Chorus not really sure yet maybe you have some suggestions. For fuzz Im pretty set on the Skreddy Pink Flesh. Finally as a delay Iv’e been looking at the Gurus Amps Echosex 2 or two from Catilinbread. What do you think of these pedals? Do you have anything else that you have tried that you may recommend? What do you think about adding a propper OD in the mix to the Treble booster and fuzz?

    Thanks for all the good work and dedication you give to us, we all greatly appreciate you (:

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi Zach! I always start by saying that it depends on your amp and pickups. Every pedal you’ve chosen sound great but fuzz in particular, needs the right amp. Keep in mind though that the Pink Flesh is based on a Big Muff, which is a slightly different pedal than the conventional fuzz. An overdrive is always a wise choice and again, depending on your amp, you could go for a vintage style transparent overdrive or a more modern model.

  128. Toby Harris says:

    Hey Bjorn,
    What are your thoughts on the strymon möbius?
    It truly sounds incredible,but I feel the fact you can only use one effect at a time slightly disappointing.However,a/b’d with the keeley super mod(where you can use two effects simultaneously),the möbius wins hands down.

  129. McQ7 says:

    I notice on the WYWH album web page that you indicate the Phase 90 used for the Shine On studio track, and I’m curious to know your take on whether a rotating speaker mix might sound closer to that track (using the RT20, for example). I’d recently been on a phaser chase to nail the Syd’s theme and nothing did it. However, I now have a Ventilator II with a mix knob and it sounds extremely close.
    The Knebworth 1975 “Shine On” clips I’ve found actually sound close to the album, more so than the Wembley 1974 clips which to me sound completely different than the album tone. But Gilmour must have been using a Phase 90 in 1975, as the Mistress wasn’t available until 1976.
    Anyway, I’d love to hear your take on Syd’s Theme using a Phase 90 vs using a rotating-speaker-with-mix. Thank you!

    • Bjorn says:

      A rotating speaker simulator would sound different but you would get some of that slight modulation going. The RT20 has a mix control allowing you to dial in just a small amount of modulation needed. Still, I think a script Phase 90 would be the closest.

  130. Antony Aemisegger says:

    Hello Bjorn,

    This is a great site and thank you for your efforts in compiling this information! Excellent! I did have a question. Have you tried any other Flanger effects that you feel would emulate Dave’s tone outside of those listed above? I have utilized an MXR m-117 and a Boss BF-2 but they seem sterile to my ears.


  131. Nick Love says:

    Hey Bjorn! Have you seen this yet, the Keeley Dyno My Roto? Normally I’m skeptical of all in one modulation but all of the settings on this sound amazing and very Gilmourish. Might be a good swiss army knife modulation effect pedal for Gilmour tone hounds. Plus this is a great demo. I could watch these guys jam for another 10 minutes.

  132. Kris says:

    Hi Bjorn, :

    I’m building a large all era Floyd/Gilmour board, and just got a whammy v pedal. Where should I put it in my pedal chain so that I can play songs like marooned, blue, etc. See chain below:

    Guitar>analogman bc108>tuner>buffer>mini wah> dyna comp script> boss cs-2> drybell vibe> phase 90 script> buffalo fx tdx> buffalo fx patriot> pig hoof> rat> colorsound pb> eleclady> boss ce-2w>earnie ball volume pedal>boonar>nova delay>boss rt-20> strymon flint reverb> lehle little dual > buffer> amps

    Also what is the signal chain to play marooned? Thanks as always sir!

  133. Martin Jørgensen says:

    Hey Bjorn.

    Have you tried the tone city pedals? If not, what do you think of the reviews?

    Kind regards.

    Ps. I love the site and the tons of information on it. It’s my daily read :)

    • Bjorn says:

      I haven’t tried them but from what I understand, they’re similar to the Mooer pedals and pretty much clones of other pedlas. I know some of them get great reviews, which makes me want to try a few :)

  134. You should try out the phase 95, I own one and love it, it’s great because it gives you block and script 90 and 45 phases. There also coming out with a Dyna Comp mini that’s supposedly a script dyna comp (same size as the 95) with this new attack button that slows down and speeds up the effect.

  135. Greg from Cali says:

    Hi Bjorn,
    Regarding RT-20 and modulation pedal placement… I’m about to pick up a RT-20 to get those Animals-Pulse tones I’m after. I have read in some of your articles and comments that chorus needs to go *after* the delays, etc. Kind of like how he had it during the Wall tour, with the rotary speakers at the end of the signal chain. So in the effects loop for maximum Gilmourizing (hehe) what would the proper order be of delay, chorus, flanger and RT-20? My instincts tell me flanger – delay – chorus – RT-20.
    Happy New Year and best wishes from the USA. Keep up the great work with your band and this site!

    • Bjorn says:

      You should experiment and hear how the different placements effects your tone. To replicate David’s setup, although only in mono, your instincts are right. You might also want to have the chorus before the delays.

  136. Cameron says:

    Fantastic stuff as always, Bjorn! Any chance of a review of the new CE-2w??? I’m dead set on getting one for my own devices but curious how you feel about it for achieving Gilmour’s tones :)

    • Bjorn says:

      Thanks! Haven’t had the chance to try the CE-2W yet so I can’t really tell. Based on the reviews I’ve seen and heard, they’ve done a great job at replicating both the CE1 and CE2, with authentic tones.

  137. Troy says:

    The Phase 99 (now discontinued) is well worth investigating as a creative phasing tool. Truly inspiring compact unit for phase aficianados.

    Also: The above-mentioned forthcoming Mu-FX Phasor 2X is still undergoing pre-release design revisions & holds much promise as a creative 4 (& 6 – my preferred voice) stage phase shifting creative tool.

  138. Carlos says:

    Hello Bjorn,

    I hope this post finds you well and I am super excited to hear a new album next year. Question. I just saw the new MXR Phase 95 and I wanted to know how this compares to the MXR 1974 CS script reissue Phase 90. I know the small size is a plus for me, but it isn’t everything. Have a great day.

    Carlos Z.

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi Carlos! Thanks for the support! I haven’t tried the new 95 yet so I can’t tell. If they’ve done an equally good job as the custom shop script 90 and 45 then I know I’m getting one :)

  139. Hi Bjorn!
    Any thoughts on the new MXR Phase 95 pedal?

    • Bjorn says:

      Haven’t tried it but the rveiews and clips sound promising. The 45 is a very underrated pedal I think and it’s cool that they’ve included that :)

  140. Didier Nolin says:

    Hello Bjorn, Have you tried the Phase 95? Is it a good option as it covers both phase 90 and 45 with or without script?

  141. tabasko says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    Thanks for your article, very interesting and helpful :)
    May I suggest that you test the EHX Neo Clone ? its definitely closer to the original Small Clone than the Nano one, some great tones come in(the “Come as you are” sound), despite, basic settings.

  142. Petiteours says:

    Hello Bjorn !
    I have a Deluxe Electric Mistress with internal power inside (+/- 18V) : I think It’s a V2 or V3)
    The Serial Number is : 1378038 and the Serial Number of the PCB is EH-5150-D
    But the Pedal is not a V3 Deluxe Electric Mistress Green : the pedal is normal grey with icehocky puck and main power input with internal transformer.
    My question is :
    I want to put a statut led on the pedal but I don’t find any electric scheme for this pedal with internal transformer
    Can someone help me please ?
    Thanking you in advance

  143. Troy says:

    For bass & its extended headroom demands an optical circuit phaser is the way to go, rather than J-FET based phasers which distort more easily (Maestro PS-1A Phase Shifter, MXR Phase 90).

    If you like the 4-stage Phase 90 sound then perhaps the 4/6/10 stage Maxon PH-350 Rotary Phaser (discontinued, so get used) might be appealing (very versatile too).

    The 10-stage (6 swept, 4 fixed) MXR Phase 100 (Maxon PH-350’s 10-stage mode is very much like this when regeneration is dialled in for positive feedback) would be suitable as well.

    Alternatively Mike Beigel’s forthcoming Mu-FX Phasor 2X (4 & 6 stage) looks very tasty.

    Another optical phaser worth investigating is Mike Both’s MuTron BiPhase clone, the (6-stage) Prophecysound PiPhase.

    Also: OTA circuit phasers like the Electro-Harmonix Small Stone distort less easily than J-FET’s.

  144. hi,

    what’s your opinion of the Danelectro Pepperoni phaser (assuming that you have tried it)? I just bought one, used a couple of days ago (I was borrowing my friend’s block logo Phase 90, and wanted a phaser for myself). So far, it seems to be ok. But, I haven’t put it through a real test quite yet.

    go easy on me, I’m just a bass player. anything with more than four strings scares me ha-ha!!

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi Paul, I haven’t tried it but based on the reviews I’ve heard, it sounds pretty close to the Phase 90 :) In any case, trust your ears :)

      • I’ve been watching videos, comparing the block and script logo Phase 90 (as well as doing some comparisons, in person, too). I’m going to say that my Dano Pepperoni sounds closer to a script logo pedal.

        Now, all I have to do is get a Phase 95, and a Uni-Vibe, a Strat (I’ve been using my Les Paul, the past billion years)…oh yeah, and some talent.

  145. Brad says:

    Hey Bjorn, what are your thoughts on the Whirlwind Phaser? It’s supposed to be the closest pedal to the old Phase 90 as Whirlwind was founded by the original founder of MXR. I don’t have an old phase 90 to compare mine with but I had a newer phase 90 that it blew away.

  146. Adrian says:

    Hi Bjorn! Thanks a lot ! great site . what do you think about Moog Minifooger ? thx

  147. Pedro Vieira says:

    Hello Bjorn. As a small guitar player, but a big Gilmour’s fan, I’ve been following your precious information and it has been very usefull to me. So, thank you very much for it! Obrigado, Pedro

  148. Hi.
    I do not understand the setting description.
    Can anyone please help me?
    – Sondre

  149. Mirko says:

    hello , congratulations for this wonderful resource that is your site . have you ever tried the classic chorus of carl martin , what with the additional vibrato function ? It could be an interesting alternative . a greeting from Italy thanks .

  150. Nicholas Love says:

    Hello Bjorn, I wanted to let you and your readers know about the Moog Minifooger MF Flange. It’s hand built and uses analog bucket bridge circuitry. It has controls for positive and negative feedback so it is very versatile. I actually was able to match it almost exactly to your Mooer Eleclady settings by setting the feedback all the way off and the depth at about 70%. The only noticeable difference is that the Moog colors the EQ less, so you retain more bass and low mids than you will with the Mooer or a vintage Mistress but otherwise near indistinguishable. I’m not affiliated with them at all but I’ve been on the search for a quality Mistress style flanger and have had some reliability issues with the Mooer (had three warranty replacements in a year) and for added versatility the Moog’s Feedback controls allow you to easily dial in more MXR style flanging if that’s your thing.

  151. Matt K says:

    Hey Bjorn, what’s your thoughts on the TC Electronics Vortex Flanger for Gilmour tones?



    • Bjorn says:

      I don’t have much experience with it really. Couldn’t find any Mistress tones just by tweaking the pedal but I’m sure you can dial in something close with the Tone Print editor or find a patch that’s already available.

  152. Sam Reeves says:


    I just picked up a EH Deluxe Electric Mistress and it appears to be the Reissue V4 (1999) according to Ralf Metzger site. You mention this one as being a better and not as dark as the current reissue? Is the one I have one of the ones that are desirable for DG’s work? Thanks, Sam

    • Bjorn says:

      I’ve had a couple of the ’99s and they all sound brighter and more “liquidy” compared to the current Deluxe (big box and latest reissue).

  153. alex says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    Question about David’ use of modulation, do you mean he put them in the effect loop when you wrote this?

    “David Gilmour has always kept his amps clean and placed the modulation effects undistorted between the gain effects and the amps.”

    Or do you mean in the chain just after the gain pedals?

    Sorry maybe it’s a stupid question

    • Bjorn says:

      The amps has always been clean and he gets all his overdrive and distortion from pedals. This means that you can plug modulation and delay straight into the front end of the amp, which is what David does. All his effects are in chain into the front of the amp :)

  154. Hershel says:

    Thanks for the advice, Bjorn! I got a great price on a used boss RT-20 and it sounds great for his live 74 and WYWH rotary tones, especially for Any Colour you like and Shine on, but also is suited for his yamaha and PULSE doppola tones.
    As for the chorus, flanger and phaser, I am going to try the mooer series pedals, the e-lady, ensemble king and 90 orange to stick to a budget and be more travel-sized pedalboard-friendly, if the need arises, and I was wondering on your opinion on the mooer pedals?

    • Bjorn says:

      The Mooer stuff is great! I have an Ensemble King, ElecLady and Phase 90 myself and they sound really nice. Not all of the works though. The fuzz, delays and the more complex stuff doesn’t really do it but some of the overdrives and modulations are worth checking out.

  155. deniel pierrick says:

    hi bjorn- im just chiming in to say i love your site and look at it every day. i will be curious to see what you think of the boss ce2-waza, i hope it gets a review/blurb. cheers!

  156. Omar El Faro says:

    What would you do, buy Nux Mod Core, or Donner Alchemy, or buy dedicated cheap pedals for modulation like Joyo Analog Chrous, Phaser and Flanger? Which option would oyu recommend for a bedroom player? Thank’s a lot.

    • Bjorn says:

      I don’t have any experience with the Nux or Donner multi pedals, so I can’t really tell. I stringly recommend that you look into the Mooer and Joyo pedals though. I especially like the Mooer modulations, like the Phase 90, Ensemble King and ElecLady.

  157. Neil says:


    If I wanted to have a ‘default’ setting for David’s tone on a Deluxe Electric Mistress XO – what would the settings be?


  158. Matthias says:

    Hi Bjorn,
    Could you help me with something?
    In which order would you put these 3 pedals: RT20, delay and reverb.
    I’m’hesitating between delay > RT20 > reverb or delay > reverb > RT20. In your opinion, what would be the more logical and effective chain signal?
    Thanks in advance,

    • Bjorn says:

      I prefer the RT20 first, as a regular modulation: RT20 > delay > reverb. But, to fully replicate David’s rotary setup, you would want the RT20 last: delay > reverb > RT20.

      • Matthias says:

        Thanks Bjorn,
        Last really? I would have thought his rotary speakers are then reverberated by the room/hall.

        • Bjorn says:

          Well, yes they are. If you want to use the reverb to replicate a room, then you might want that last but keep in mind that a revern pedal will never fully replicate the natural ambience in a room so what I always recommend, is that you use reverb with great care so that it doesn’t colour the tone too much. Read more about that in this feature. As you might know, David never uses reverb in a live setup but yes, a pedal can be used to compensate for some ambience.

      • Troy says:

        Wasn’t the only reverb used on PULSE guitar tones (& on any other DG tones) added post-production?

        The modulation before delay or delay before modulation dilemma can also often be resolved based on which pedals have mono or stereo inputs & outputs.

        Even if going mono most of the time it is nice to have the stereo capability ready to play with by just adding a few jack plugs rather than having to move & rewire several pedals.

        • Bjorn says:

          Well, I should have explained myself better. David never use reverb on stage. What you hear, is the ambience in the room and, if you listen to a live recording, probably some post production reverb either from ambience recording or added effects in the mix. I was referring to using pedals, which I consider to be a bit different. I would have placed the RT20 as a modulation, before delays but for David’s setup, you can either have the reverb last or the RT20 last, which is probably better. The most authentic approach would be to split the signal after the delays, use the RT20 for one amp and no reverb.

          • Alex says:

            Hi Bjorn, could you explain how to do a nice stereo setup in detail? At which point should I split the signal? When I use the RT20 (or Stereo Chorus) for one channel only (in a two amp setting) as you described above, the stereo effect is lost, true? Wouldn’t it make more sense to split the signal with the left/right stereo out of the Chorus (or Rotary) device to activate the digital stereo effect?

            • Alex says:

              To make my question more clear: I am not sure if the signal coming out of a stereo output of e.g. a Chorus / Rotary device is identical at both left/right channels (means the stereo effect is created only with the two amp setup) or is the signal itself modulated to create a stereo effect (means the two signals are not identical and the stereo effect is a result of the sound/signal, like the ping pong delay as example).

              • Bjorn says:

                You’re basically splitting a mono signal so it won’t be a true stereo. I don’t think any of the modulation pedals does that because the outputs would have to have two different delay circuits. It’s mono but the split makes the impression of a stereo signal. How accurate that stereo is also depends on how similar or different your two amps are.

            • Bjorn says:

              Depends on what sort of tone and effect you want. The point of having the rotary in only one channel or amp is to be able to blend both a wet and dry signal. Try both approaches and hear how that affects the tone, the details and attack.

  159. Tony Samperi says:

    Hello everyone! What about the new Boss CE2-W?
    And the MXR EVH Phase 90?

    • Bjorn says:

      I haven’t tried the CE2-W yet but it looks promising. I like the fact that they’ve combined the CE1 and CE2. The EVH Phase 90 is a nice alternative for the classic Phase 90 tone. I might be mistaken, but as far as I know, it’s the same pedal as the script reissue with led.

      • Tony Samperi says:

        Yes, they say MXR EVH has the same circuit of the script reissue with led…But I didn’t have a chance to compare them, so I can only say it sounds pretty good to me!
        I think the same about the CE2-W, I never got a CE2, because it didn’t feel reliable to buy an old I’ll get this one as soon as possible, even though the Ibanez CS9 is doing the job perfectly.
        I’ll let you knoww!

        • Troy says:

          Your post got me typing in Ibanez CS9 in a search engine. Schnobel (the guy who does endless – albeit very sonically revealing – delay comparison videos) has a video on YT comparing the two.

          One commenter pointed out that Ibanez’s most renown guitars were humbucker equipped & that Maxon (who made the Ibanez pedals) were likely aiming to make them work well with those. The CS9 does have a brighter tone than the CE-2. Regardless – the latter does sound nicer with the single coils used in the video.

          Either that or I am so used to the sound of my CE-2 that I got (used) in ’94 (& before that an analogue Boss CH-1 that I had in the early 90’s) that the brighter CS9 (which also sounds like it has a different waveform for the LFO sweep) just sounds less welcoming.

          With the CE-2W you can have the more mids-enhanced CE-2 tones as well as the brighter CE-1 (chorus & vibrato) & CS9 chorus tones.

          • Tony Samperi says:

            You’re right. CS9 is brighter. I decided to buy it, because I watched the comparisons by Shnobel: “CS2 vs CS9” and “CS2 vs CS9,Joyo,MXR”.
            Next pedal I need altough is the JHS modded RAT2, so I’ll wait september to get the CE-2W.
            I recently got a Vick Audio Overdriver and a Boss HM-2. I’ll make a review soon.

  160. Paul Kantor says:

    Any opinion on the MXR Custom Shop Script Phase 90? That one is supposed to have similar tone. It also has an LED and a 9V power input.

    • Bjorn says:

      It’s the same sound as the ’74 but with a bit more top end, as it has true bypass and the ’74 only hardwire.

  161. Troy says:

    I picked one up over a year ago & have no regrets – especially seeing as it’s now discontinued. If you like experimenting with modulation then the dual-phaser Phase 99 packs a lot of (tasty) phasing possibilities into its compact orange case.

    When activated – even in single phaser mode only – there is a volume boost which may or may not be above what you are comfortable with – which would only matter in a gigging situation but might actually be useful there.

    Have had a few phasers over time:

    Let go of:

    * DeArmond Model 1900 Pedal Phaser (near skateboard-sized 4-stage JFET phaser),
    * Boss PH-2 Super Phaser (10 & 12 stage phaser – not missed),
    * MXR Phase 100 (vintage block 10-stage optical phaser).

    Still have:

    * EH Small Stone (vintage 4-stage OTA phaser – need the Analogman volume drop elimination mod done on this),
    * Maestro PS1-A (awesome 6-stage JFET phase unit, too big for a well-stocked pedalboard though),
    * Carl Martin Two Faze (PS1-A type circuit – phenomenal sound),
    * Heptode Virtuoso (another PS1-A type circuit – with original type speed controls for accelerating & decelerating),
    * Maxon PH-350 Rotary Phaser (4, 6 & 10 stage optical phasing – for many this could be the phasing one-stop shop),
    * Prophecysound PiPhase Mk I (the PiPhase is a more compact clone of the fabled MuTron BiPhase dual/stereo 6-stage optical phaser),
    * Prophecysound PiPhase Mk II (x 2 – BTW: These things with an expression pedal – for foot control of LFO speed or manual phase sweeping – such as one of the Mission range [e.g. SP-2R] are insane, Big Muff fuzz though one of these has to be heard to be believed – maybe more Michael Hampton [Funkadelic] than DG but you can dial in more subtle tones that could sub for those as well).

    Will get an Effectrode Phaseomatic Deluxe when the revamped model comes out.

    If you love phasers (as I clearly do, first effect that I ever bought was the [second hand] DeArmond) then I’d grab the Phase 99 if one turns up at a good price.

    Bjorn has stated before the hand-wired MXR Phase 90 script reissue or the Whirlwind Orange Box Phaser will get you that much closer to original script-era Phase 90’s for Gilmourish tones (among others) then any other current MXR Phase 90 variant. I just like great sounding phasers & this Phase 99 is definitely tasty. If you have two amps (or two amp heads & a splittable left/right speaker cabinet – or two cabinets for that matter) then that is obviously the way to get the best out of stereo output phasers like the 99. I suspect it’s inspiration may have been Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen who apparently feeds his Fender Rhodes into a splitter box & then into two Phase 90’s set to different speeds.

    Please mention it here as a reply if you get one along with your thoughts as there are very few mentions of the Phase 99 by users online & it’s always interesting reading fellow guitarists impressions on gear that one also has (Gilmourish being a stellar case of this).

  162. Neil Brydges says:


    Have you tried the MXR Phase 99 – two Phase 90s in a box? If so, what are your thoughts, in particular on the vintage mode compared to a 74 reissue phase 90.


    • Bjorn says:

      Yeah… Um, it sounded nice but I honestly didn’t see the point of it. Nothing that I liked anyway. The phaser it self, sounded nice though and close to the classic Phase 90.

  163. Emi says:

    Hi again Bjorn! excellent 2016’s updates! the site is getting better and better!
    Have a question, which one do you prefer? Boss CE-2 Chorus (Taiwan) or Mxr Analog Chorus M234??

    • Bjorn says:

      Two different pedals. The MXR is probably closer to the Boss CE5, which has a slightly brighter tone, less mids and a more noticeable swirl. It also got a few extra controls. The CE2 is more subtle but then again, you can’t tweak it as much.

      • Emi says:

        If you have to choose between:
        -Boss CE-2 Chorus (Japan)
        -Boss CE-2 Chorus (Taiwan)
        -Mxr Analog Chorus M234
        ..which one do you prefer?

        • Bjorn says:

          One of the CE2s. There’s a lot of talk about the Japanese VS the Taiwan model, but unless you do a A/B test, you can’t hear a difference. Perhaps the Japanese is a tad smoother, with less mids, but it’s down to nuanses.

          • Troy says:

            Less headroom on the Taiwan CE-2.

            • Emi says:

              Thanks for the answer Bjorn and Troy. I’ll get the Boss CE-2 Chorus (Japan), it’s black label one.

              • Troy says:

                I have a CE-2 Japan seliver screw first batch (serial number is all zeroes). Love it. Love my Diamond Halo Chorus even more – with mix control, trim pot for delay time, expression/CV control of speed, stereo ins & outs & optional 2-stage phasing. Same BBD chip as CE-2.

  164. Nick Love says:

    Hello Bjorn! I’m looking for a different rotary sound then what I’m currently getting with my RT-20. I find that when I run the RT-20 and other modulation pedals in tandem it gets too muddled. I’m thinking of either adding a Motion Sound Pro 3x which is a rotary head head that you can attach to an existing amp and uses your existing amp as a bass rotary sim while the horn actually spins on top like a real leslie, or running a stereo setup and running the RT-20 out to a Roland JC 120 into the stereo effects return loop so I can ‘bounce’ the rotary effect back and forth between it’s two indenpendant speakers and just setting that amp lower in the mix than my main rig. Have any experience or recommendations on what might get me a better sound? Thanks!

    • Bjorn says:

      Running a stereo setup would produce the most accurate tone, in terms of recreating David’s setup. That way you can also blend the rotary in a more natural fashion. I haven’t tried the Motion Sound, so I can’t really tell how it sounds. Based on the reviews I’ve heard, it does the Leslie thing pretty well, but David’s old Yamaha and Doppola speakers, sounds a bit different. More chorusy, with less of that tremolo character.

      • Troy says:

        The latter setup (“running the RT-20 out to a Roland JC 120 into the stereo effects return loop”) has one issue that is worth pointing out:

        You would be bypassing the JC120’s tone stack in the preamp by effectively (no pun intended, honest!) plugging the RT-20 straight into the preamp.

        Now if you are setting the RT-20’s mix control to full then that might not be a problem if you are adding the JC-120 as a second amp to one that hasn’t got any signal from the RT-20.

        It could likely get harsh in the top end if mixing in some of the dry signal on the RT-20 & sending it straight to the JC120’s power amp.

  165. Adam says:

    Hello Bjorn, I’m looking to buy a phaser to produce those classic WYWH Phase 90 tones. I’m also hoping it will double as a Uni-Vibe for the DSOTM tones. I’ve decided that I don’t want a battery only one, so I’ve got it narrowed down to the Maxon Phase Tone, Mooer Orange Ninety, and the Phase 90 Script with the LED. Which would you recommend?

    • Bjorn says:

      You could pretty much go with any of these but I think I’d go for the MXR :) Sounds a tad darker and more UniVibe-ish than the other two :)

      • Adam says:

        Thanks! I forgot to say that I play a Blues Junior, but considering that’s a pretty bright amp, I’m sure the dark-ish pedal as you say shall go nicely with it. Also, that Phase 90 Script is the CSP101SL, right? I’ve seen some stores list it as CSP101CL, but I think that may just be a typo. Do you know if those are two different pedals?

        • Bjorn says:

          I think that’s two different pedals. They did an upgrade on the script not long ago, so maybe that’s it. Do a search and you’ll figure it out :)

  166. Ben Ferwerda says:

    Hey Bjorn!

    I was listening to Obscured by Clouds yesterday. On the track Stay, right around the 2:37 minute mark leading into the solo, it sounds like David is using the same modulation from Any Color You Like. Could it be the EMS Hi-Fli? Looks like the dates match up pretty well but I didn’t know if there was any documented evidence that David had the Hi-Fli during the Obscured by Clouds recordings.

    P.S. I saw your suggestion to Steve about the Mega pedal and I think the Gilmourish community really needs to push for that to happen :) Oh and super excited for Disconnected!

    Thanks Bjorn!

    • Bjorn says:

      Thanks Ben! It could be a wah toggled very fast… he does use one for the solo. But yeah, it could be a filter on the Hi-Fli. He certainly owned it during the sessions.

  167. Mateusz says:

    I know that this isn’t “gilmourish” pedal at all but what about Tremolo? Do you have any experience with that kind of modulation? I’m looking for some nice tremolo and maybe you could help me a little ;-)

    • Bjorn says:

      I haven’t used tremolo that much really but it’s obviously a classic effect and one you can do some really cool things with. I prefer the opitical tremolos for a slightly warmer and smoother wave. Obviously, it’s hard to beat Strymon’s Flint but check out the Voodoo Lab Tremolo and Wampler Lattitude… among others.

      • Nikke says:

        Replying to an old post and this is indeed not the most Gilmourish topic, but in case someone is looking for a tremolo, I wanted to add the Mooer Trelicopter to the list of recommendations. I just got one and really enjoy it. It’s an optical tremolo and it is really cheap. I never thought tremolo would be my thing, but it’s surprisingly satisfying to play.

        The guys from That Pedal Show (who mentioned Gilmourish in a recent episode – they seemed to think it was done by more than one person, which is an understandable mistake!) like it a lot. In the Joey Landreth episode Joey played one paired with a compressor and a delay and it was such an amazing tone! Definitely worth checking out, if nothing else just to see Dan’s and Mick’s reaction. The bit starts at around 51 minutes:

  168. Patrick Lester says:

    Hi, Bjorn, I was wondering if you ever tried the Blackstar ht-modulation pedal? And would it provide some Gilmour tones.

  169. Jonathan Thomas says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    Wondering what your reasoning was behind giving a CE-2 a 9/10 and the Costalab a 10/10? Only thing I can put my finger on is where you say “rising costs” of finding a a CE-2. That may well be true, but the Costalab Chorus is 180 euro, and I’m not sure the CE-2’s are that expensive, at least not in my experience.

    Just wanted your take on it, is it a tone thing?

    Many thanks

    • Bjorn says:

      Yes, it’s a tone thing. Price don’t really matter in these guides. The CE2 has more mid range, making it darker, and I don’t like the Boss buffers. The CostaLab is smoother sounding, a flatter EQ and it has an effect level, allowing you to dial in the amount of effect you need. To my ears, and these guides are highly subjective, the CostaLab sounds better :)

      • Jonathan Thomas says:

        Thanks Bjorn, that’s great. Second question…in order to nail the tones on PULSE, would you use a chorus or a rotary pedal? I’m guessing you don’t need both?

        I have my eye on the Neo Instruments Ventilator 2, that has a Mix control. But wouldn’t want that if you thought the CE-2 would do a good enough job on its own. What are your thoughts? I’ve noticed that you rarely use chorus and opt to use the RT-20 for most demos. Again, many thank for your time. Jonathan

        • Bjorn says:

          I’ve never been too fan of chorus. It sounds dated to me but David did use one during the 80s and 90s. The RT20 is very good at replicating David’s Yamaha and Doppola rotary tones. Other rotary units, like the Lex and Ventilator are better at doing a real Leslie tone, but that’s not quite what you want. The tone is more chorusy than that so personally I’d go with the RT20.

  170. Sebastiano says:

    Hi Bjorn,
    Thanks, I will skip for the moment the RT20 it takes to room on my tight pedalboards.
    Anyway, based on Gandks tone what I can replace in my pedalboards (In your opionion) to improve my sound or what I can add? I remind you my equipment:

    Stratocaster MIM (Pickups FAT50-CS69-SSL5)

    TC Polytune Mini – Boss CS2 – Skreddy p19 – Wampler Plexidrive – Mooer Black secret – Microvibe Vooodo – Choruslab – ElecLady – TC flashback – Laney Cub 12R Combo.

    I have some money to spend for funny and I’d like to improve my equipments. Can you give me some options.
    Thanks a lot in advance

    • Bjorn says:

      Your setup looks great and you should be able to dial some nice Gdansk tones :) I can’t really see anything that needs to be changed. If you’re really keen on spending some money, then you might want to consider the Buffalo Evolution for those Cornish G2 tones, which David used a lot on the 2006 tour .:)

  171. Richard McEntee says:

    Hi Bjorn – a question about the rt-20, some/most of your videos featuring this pedal state it is added “in the mix” – exactly how is this accomplished ? Do you record dry/mic-ed into your PC/desk, then afterwards play out through the rt-20 and back to the PC ? Thankyou as ever :) Richard

    • Bjorn says:

      When it says RT20, it’s always placed in the chain, after the gain pedals. When it says rotary added in mix, I’m using a Leslie sim plug-in, which is sent to a bus track and mixed behind the guitar.

      • Richard McEntee says:

        Many thanks for clearing that up Bjorn – I had all sorts of visions about wacky patching going on :)

  172. Thomas Hagemeijer says:

    hey Bjorn, thanks for the helpful post. Still, I’m wondering which you’d recommend the most. The EHX Deluxe Electric Mistress V5 or the Mooer Eleclady, since I recently found that electric mistress on a dutch variant of ebay for a decent price. Thanks in advance.

    • Bjorn says:

      The Mooer. No doubt.

      • Bryan R says:

        I would love a video guide / review with settings on the Moore Eleclady. Such small knobs make it a nightmare to dial in, and it just doesn’t give me that Wall Live solo tone when used with my P19 or Vick 73 Ram’s head. I have it last in my chain after all the Muffs and delays. If you need the full chain, I can type it out.

        • Bjorn says:

          I’d place it after the gain pedals and before the delays. Try these settings: colour just a hair above 9:00, range off and the rate 2:30.

  173. Troy says:

    The one with the LED actually has the EVH model’s circuit board in it without the switchable option for the later 70’s”block” model sound. It’s set to the early-mid 70’s “script” model sound which is not as accurate as the non-LED model. Either getting a true bypass mod done to the non-LED model or getting a Whirlwind Orange Box Phaser (which bizarrely doesn’t come in an orange box!) which is made by one of the MXR founders would be the best bet.

  174. Adam says:

    Hi Bjorn, thanks so much for all you work. The site is great.

    But anyway I’d like to ask is there a sound difference between this Dunlop MXR Phase 90 Script without the LED ( and this Dunlop MXR Phase 90 Script with the LED? (

    Obviously one has an LED, but what I mean is that are they the same other than that? If not, which one would you recommend for Gilmour’s tones?

    • Bjorn says:

      The one with the led has, a led, and true bypass switching (the latest version of this does, the first didn’t). The 74 reissue is a true clone of the original, without a led and hardwire bypass, which means that the signal pass through the circuitry and you will experience a tad more noise and high end loss.

      • Adam says:

        Thanks for your reply. Also, if you don’t mind me asking, what’s the difference between that script with the LED and the regular block phase 90?

        • Bjorn says:

          Tonewise, the block sounds brighter, has a slightly higher output, which can make it distort and it’s less smooth or vintage sounding. Sounds nice but a slightly different pedal compared to the script.

  175. **SEBASTIANO** says:

    Hi Bjorn,
    I need your advice please, my equipment is as follows (based on Gandks tone):

    Stratocaster MIM (Pickups FAT50-CS69-SSL5)

    TC Polytune Mini – Boss CS2 – Skreddy p19 – Wampler Plexidrive – Mooer Black secret – Microvibe Vooodo – Choruslab – ElecLady – TC flashback – Laney Cub 12R Combo.

    Many as these pedals, as you can easy see have been selected based on your reviews/opinions.
    I am thinking if it is the case or not to buy a Rotary effect. But there is not enough room in my pedalbox for BOSS RT20. Do you think it worth to add a rotary in my my chain and if yes can you also suggest a smaller rotary?

    Thanks a lot

    • Bjorn says:

      I assume you want a rotary to replicate David’s Hiwatt+rotary setup and I really don’t think there are any other pedal out there that quite does that as good as the RT20. What I’ve always said, is that it sounds like a shitty rotary sim but an awesome chorus and that’s really what you want. That thick, fat chorus blended in with your main tone. A conventional chorus can’t do that and a better sounding and more authentic rotary sim, like the Lex or Ventilator, doesn’t sound right for David’s tones.

      • Troy says:

        The updated Ventilator II (which I have) has a dry blend – a feature that one would never suspect from the manufacturer’s low-info website. It also has stereo ins (as well as outs obviously) which is nice for feeding a chorus with its own dry blend to one side & a completely dry signal to the other into it.

        I use a Diamond Halo Chorus for this – same chip as the Japanese Boss CE-2’s (have a silver screw version of that w/ serial number made entirely of all zeros, indicating the first batch) – which is the only chorus that I have ever come across that allows this.

        If you have two heads & a 4×12 cab that allows for a stereo split to the left & right sides then sending a Muff of choice (with optional compressor before it) through a BK Butler Tube Driver then on into a stereo delay like one from the TC Flashback series on a 2290 setting (using the Flashback Triple Delay for this) on to the Halo Chorus then onto the Neo Ventilator II into the heads is pretty tasty way to enter the PULSE tone zone! :D

        • Bjorn says:

          Yes, I forgot about the new version. Ideally though, as it’s a pretty close Leslie sim, it would be best for David’s 1972-75 tones, when he blended the Hiwatts with Leslies. You’ll get more of that deep tremolo and woody tone. The RT20 is, in my opinion, better for the late 70s Yamaha and Pulse’s Doppolas, which both had a more chorusy tone.

          • Troy says:

            Never tried the RT20, Your comments on its adverse affect on the bypass tone put the quash on it for me, It would be interesting – for any of us – to contrast it with the Neo Ventilator II dialled in with a fair amount of dry blend. Anyone been able to do this? (The NV II is a pricey item, so maybe unlikely), It’s certainly one of the nicest modulations that I’ve played through, when mixed in with dry signal with the pedal’s blend.

            The new Foxrox Paradox TZF2 Through-Zero Flanger can get a ton of modulation tones but does take some getting to know the pedal to be able to dial these in. I’ve got a great variety of flange tones (both positive & negative mixing) out of it, plus vibrato, chorus & rotary tones – among others (it can hint at doing phaser & Univibe tones).

            My Hartman, MXR & Boss BF-2 have some nice sounds between them, but this TZF2 (& its predecessor, which is a bit large for taking out) is really quite special & is certainly not a Through-Zero Flanging “one-trick pony”.

            That could be for many the only analogue modulation pedal that they need. One of those, a Foxrox AquaVibe & a Prophecysound Pi-Phase covers my modulation needs on a semi-portable board that I take out for recording purposes.

  176. Gordon Norman says:

    When ever I want a complete mental workout i come to my fav web pages after which I feel completely satisfied absorbing all the important info on the blog site.muucho grassias!

  177. Eugene Erdozain says:

    Very helpful. I have a MXR Phase 90 block model that I have had for some years that needs to be repaired or replaced and there is lots of great info here. I do tend to use mine in front of a driven amp.

  178. Kris says:


    I’ve been messing with my set up lately practicing coming back to life. Running two hi-tone 50’s in stereo. Currently signal runs from strat>boss CS-2>Buffalo FX TD-X>boss CE-2>TC Nova Delay stereo out into stereo in of Boss RT-20 > stereo out into Lehle mini dual > stereo out to each amp. Is there a better sounding (pedal order etc) to do this using my pedals, seems like there would be a more accurate sound just not sure how to do it. Thanks!

    • Bjorn says:

      Better sounding than what? Which pedal are you referring to?

      • Kris says:

        Hi Bjorn, I’m referring to my placement of my boss ce-2 and boss RT-20 in my signal chain. I’ve read your rotating speaker and RT-20 articles. Not sure if my pedal order and stereo set up is as optimal as it could be for creating David’s liquid chorus tone on division bell etc. For example, in coming back to life I’m using both the CE-2 and Boss RT-20 together in my chain as described above with the Boss RT-20 going out in stereo to each amp. Not sure if it would sound better/more accurate if I put either the CE-2 or RT-20 between the lehle and a amp, the CE-2 between the lehle and one amp and the RT-20 between the lehle and one amp, leave it like I have it etc. Not sure if I make sense :)

        • Bjorn says:

          Ok, if you want do replicate David’s setup as accurately as possible, then you might want to consider using one amp as a leslie sim. It would be like David’s PULSE setup, with one Hiwatt and one Doppola. Nothing wrong with your setup as it is now but you could try running all the pedals into a splitter, an run one into a one of the amps and the other, with the RT20 after the split, into the second amp. You can also try placing the chorus in the “dry” line to the first amp.

  179. Emre Gündüz says:

    Hello Björn,
    This is a great site you have made. I was wondering if you have had any experience with the Joyo phaser. And if so, what is your opinion?
    Thank you!

  180. Rick says:

    Hi again Bjorn.
    Could I pick your brain with a dilemma I have please.
    I have seen a dirt cheap Ross R88 chorus pedal in a shop near to me(virtually identical to a Boss ce-2)and was wondering would it be worth buying as I currently have a 1978 v2 deluxe mistress and was thinking will the Ross add any different tones that the mistress doesn’t have or do you think they are too similar to have both pedals on my board.
    Thanks as always

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi Rick. The Mistress is a flanger, while the Ross (or Boss) is a chorus. They’re both based on the same principle or circuit but they sound very different from each other. The Mistress, as you know, has that liquidy swirl and a fairly dominating effect. A chorus is much more subtle, with much less of that jet, metallic swirl. Depending on how much you like your modulation, I’d get both :)

  181. Tiago Oliveira says:

    Hey Bjorn! Have you checked the new Leslie simulator by electro harmonix? The Lester G… I think that will be some game changer mate… You would be the perfect person to make a review on it!

  182. Tom A. says:

    Hey Bjorn, hope you’re doing great!
    I have a question about Have a Cigar tone.. the rythm guitar sounds with a lot of “quack” does that come from the fact that he’s using the MXR Phase 90 or could it be he was using the middle and bridge pickups together? (I’ve had a telecaster and currently have a Es 335 clone so no much experience with stratocasters at all…)
    Thanks for continuing with this site, it’s really helpful
    Best regards from Chile

    • Bjorn says:

      He recorded that with a Telecaster into a Hiwatt, probably using the Colorsound Powerboost and a Phase 90. It’s that combo, between the twangy Tele, the mid range oriented and clean Hiwatt, the crisp attack from the Powerboost and the swoshy phase shifting from the Phase 90 that makes up that tone. Hard to tell exactly how you should set it up because it’s all about finding the sweetspot. However, a Tele, clean amp, a bit of overdrive and phaser should get you close.

      • Tom A. says:

        OMFG I really had no idea that tone could be achieved with a tele, I thought he used the tele just for Animals and early Pink Floyd, you learn something new every day, now I need a phaser ASAP
        Thanks for the fast reply, hope you’re doing great!
        Best Regards

  183. Bill says:

    Hi Bjorn. I am curious if you have ever played the A/DA flanger…and if so, how you think it compares to the Electric Mistress.


  184. ratan says:

    I am using Solid State Amp for bedroom setup. I have got RAT distortion, BD-2 overdrive and TC electronics Flashback delay. Which will be next essential and important pedal I should consider among all modulation pedals: Chorus, Phaser, Flanger, Uni-vibe ?
    which will be most versatile?

    • Bjorn says:

      Depends on what tones you want. I assume you want to cover Gilmours tones but what era? Chorus is the most subtle and perhaps not essential. Flanger is a must for the Animals-Final Cut era, while UniVibe and Phaser is essential for the Dark Side and WYWH era. You can easily use a phaser to replicate a UniVibe, so I guess its down to either a flanger or phaser.

  185. Giovanni says:

    Hi Bjorn! What do you think of the EH Deluxe Electric Mistress XO version? In what it differs from the current Deluxe Electric Mistress big box version? In your opinion, the XO version could nail David’s flanger tones from Animals, The Wall and The Final Cut?
    Thanks :)

    • Bjorn says:

      I haven’t played it enough to give you a full description but it sounds very close to the current Deluxe – a bit dark, with a lot of mid range. Perhaps a bit more chorusy than the Deluxe. You should be able to nail the tones but I would rather go for the Mooer ElecLady.

  186. Ardavan says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    I really love your tone in the Pink Floyd “SORROW JAMMING” in your website.Your playing is superb and you nailed David Gilmours Sorrow tone.
    You are using the Boss CE-2 Chorus pedal in your pedal chain in this video.
    What are your CE-2 settings?

    Also in your Boss RT-20 Rotary review you mention that it has a mix knob control that allows you to blend in as much dry signal as you need for either smoothening out. I don’t see any mix knob control on the pedal. Which knob do you mean?

    Once again thank you so much for your fantastic website and for sharing all those great experience and knowledge of yours.

    All the best

    • Bjorn says:

      Thanks for your kind words! I usually set the depth to 10:00 and the rate to 12:00. It may have been a bit different for this clip but I think that’s pretty accurate. The RT20 has “effect” and “direct” control, which allow you to dial in the amount of effect that you need.

  187. Peter says:

    Bjorn! I was thinking of buying a flanger and since Hartman went out of business I was thinking of getting a real 70s mistress. What do you think? are there proper clones like the Hartman?

    • Bjorn says:

      There are a couple of clones out there, small scale production. I haven’t tried them so I can’t tell. The problem with cloning the Mistress is that the SAD1024 chip is hard to come by and it’s essential for that tone. The Mooer ElecLady, although closer to the Deluxe, is the best alternative out there unless you want to go for a vintage Mistress or a used Hartman.

  188. Tal says:

    Hi Bjorn,
    I have Boss CE-2B which i modded to sound like the CE-2. (By changing one cap).
    Two days ago I bought the Mooer Eleclady and it is sound exactly like
    the boss my modded CE-2 (the boss is just a little warmer).

    • Bjorn says:

      But the CE is a subtle chorus and the ElecLady a fairly dominating flanger… Did you mod it to make it sound like a flanger?

      • Troy says:

        That would be a pretty cool trick! Actually on second thoughts it might make my CE-2 sound like my BF-2 rather than my Harman Flanger … :D

  189. Adi Corrales says:

    Hi everybody… I’ve a question: I love phasers and flangers, to give dimension to my tone. I use them after the gain stomps, because I mostly use digital modulations (Line 6 M13 and Zoom MS-50G) and in my setup i’ts hard to put them before. Some models have a mix / Blend control, but some others doesn’t, and the analog one that I have (custom one, I think is not a clone) also has not a blend control. I wonder, How do you do to control the mix between dry/wet, to avoid the effect to be so dominant? I have tried by setting different depth or rate, but I’ts pretty hard to me to get the balance on the amount of the effect between my clean and dirty tone. After a lot of tweaking and testing various models, I can get the tone I want, but It’s a mystery to me how can you do that with, say a Phase 90, with only the rate control (no mix, no blend, no tone, no nothing!).

    • Bjorn says:

      Well, there’s no way to control the mix of the effect. It’s either on or not. I prefer to have phasers in front of gain effects. That way it blends better. Chorus and flangers sound best after the gain effects. There are lots of modulation pedals out there with a mix control. Check out the Mooer Ensemble King (Boss CE2) and the TC Electronics Helix :) Both are great sounding pedals.

  190. Arya Boustani says:

    Hi Bjorn, I like to save money and buy needed modulations in my setup. I have MIJ Boss CE-2 (silver screw) chorus pedal which I use with my muff sound. I like to invest on Flanger, phaser, and rotary speaker simulator. If you would set a priority list for modulation needed for Gilmour tones, what would it be? What is needed most and something that I can’t achieve with Boss CE-2. It sees DG did a lot of older stuff that he used flanger and phaser with Boss CE-2 in his live performance at some point. I try to buy something if I get a different sound. Thanks a lot.

    • Bjorn says:

      Sorry for my very late reply. Depends on what tones you want to cover and how authentic you want to sound.
      UniVibe 1972-73
      Phaser 1974-75
      Flanger 1977-83
      Chorus 1981-2002
      I would say that a chorus is the most subtle and therefore perhaps not a must. A UniVibe is limited, as you can’t use it to simulate any of the others. A phaser can easily do a UniVibe, so you got both Dark Side and WYWH covered. A flanger is a must for the Animals-Final Cut era.

  191. Giovanni says:

    Hi Bjorn! I’d really have liked to buy the Hartman Analog Flanger but it’s pretty impossible to find here in Italy…
    So, have you ever tried what the T-Rex Twister 2 Chorus/Flanger? What do you think about it? If it sounds good (I’m going to try one in a few weeks) I’ll certainly buy it, also for the fact it is like 2 pedal in one! For me it would be perfect since I never use flanger and chorus at the same time!

    • Bjorn says:

      Never tried it…

      • Giovanni says:

        It doesn’t matter :)
        When I try it, I’ll tell you how it is :)

        • Sebastian says:

          The T-Rex Twister 2 sounds really good if powered at 12 V, and really outstanding if operated in stereo mode at 12 V. Chorus is great but the Flanger is outstanding.

          However, if powered at 9V it feels like a completely different pedal, feels flat and lacks any liveliness.

          So, if you try it, I really recommend powering it at 12 V. It is designed to operate at this voltage.

  192. Troy says:

    Sad times: Theo Hartman has quit the pedals business:

    My early model Hartman Flanger with the Reticon SAD 1024 (non-“Deluxe” Electric Mistress flanger clone) is probably my favourite modulation box either for clean or post-distortion tones. These early versions also look as sumptuous as they sound.

    Worth checking the first half dozen clips at Youtube for those interested in hearing it:

    Hers’s the December 19 2014 Archive websave of his site showing a dozen of his pedals:

    Best wishes to Theo. It would be nice to see him make a comeback sometime. Unlikely though that might be in the now highly populated & very competitive business of pedal-building.

    This is the first occurrence of this with any of the companies making the pedals that I use (not counting ones who shut shop before I started using them).

  193. Tony says:

    I strumbled into the “Boss RT-20” thing…I like your sounds very much..I don’t understand: do you choose the RT-20 over the Boss CE-2? Do you mean to use both them to achieve PULSE tones?

    • Bjorn says:

      Both yes and know… The RT20 is a rotary simularion, while the CE2 is a chorus. I often use the RT20 as a chorus, which means that I dial in a very subtle modulation. If you want to recreate David’s Pulse tones then you should really use both, as he used chorus and rotary on that tour.

  194. Andrea says:

    Hi Bjorn,
    have you ever tried this one here?
    If so, what’s your opinion about it?

  195. Ben Ferwerda says:

    Hey Bjorn! On Sheep David does a cool lick right around the 5:14 mark. Is there any modulation in that tone? It kinda sounds like maybe vibe or the Yamaha’s but my ears are not properly trained to identify such things.

    • Bjorn says:

      Most of that song was recorded with a Telecaster and a split between the Hiwatts and Yamaha. I’m also assuming he used the Colorsound Powerbooster for overdrive… which was his main overdrive unit for that period.

  196. Lorenzo says:

    HI Bjorn,
    having some money I have bought the original Electric Mistress. Mine comes with the volume mod so the sound is perfectly balanced when it is on; however coupled with the Powerbooster I could hear some weird cyclical noise in the background. Then I’ve come across to your recommendations to use it after gains and voilà, now it is dead silent. I feel sooo lucky. Thanks for inspiration (as usual).

  197. Cgreene says:

    Hi Bjorn, what do you think of the 2015 green and black deluxe electric mistress?

  198. Ahuei says:

    hi, Bjorn. the EHX bad stone reissue seems nice.

  199. Nathan says:

    Hello Bjorn I recently was offered to trade away a boss oc3 super octave I wasn’t using for a boss bf3 flanger (could actualy be the bf2 but likely the bf3) and I was unsure wether to do the trade, or risk trying to sell it and put the money towards an EHX or Mooer flanger, but possibly having him walk away on it and having to wait another while to get rid of it. I have tried one (boss flanger) before but only briefly and youtube videos aren’t much help. Any ideas on wether its a good deal or if it would be better to get a mooer or ehx flanger? All considering I would use it for a general flange and less as a gilmour style flange.

    • Bjorn says:

      Well, the OC3 and BF3 are, as you are aware, two very different pedals but if you’re asking about the flanger, then I my fan of that pedal personally. I think the Mooer is a far better Gilmourish flanger… and flanger in general.

  200. Roger Sartori says:

    I have a Mooer Eleclady but I guess it came with some issues… I just can’t use the colour control at full position: a horrible noise that sounds like a female scream from a Hitchcock movie and it’s impossible to play anything.

  201. Eric Nyberg says:

    Hey Bjorn, Have a great time at the Royal Albert Hall. Something you should look into and I’m surprised to not see it here is the Moog Cluster Flux. I have one on order and I can’t wait for it. Have you ever played through one?

  202. George says:

    Hi Bjorn. Youve given a pick to the Boss RT20 rotary, and ive noticed you use it a LOT, and it comes up in a lot of videos, but we cant see the settings or how you get it to make its magic. Could you please make a video on the RT20 ? Thanks :)

  203. Emilio Melo says:

    Dear Bjorn, Please which Tremolo pedal would you recommend? How can we be the closest Money tremolo sound?
    Best regards!

  204. Clay Jenkins says:

    Have you tried the new deluxe electric mistress xo ?

  205. Bern says:

    Bjorn, have you ever tried the Empress Phaser, and if so, any thoughts on it?

  206. Tony says:

    HI Bjorn,

    Of all the Mistress models and clones, which works best with the Big Muff to nail Wall/Final Cuts tones while preserving all the Muff’s tonal properties in your opinion? I had a Mooer Elec Lady at one point but could not get it to work well with the Muff as it seemed to choke the tone, especially the top end bite. Perhaps I didn’t give it enough of a chance, but I really could not get it work for those Wall/Final Cut studio tones no matter where I set it.

    Thank you,

    • Bjorn says:

      I think the Mooer works well for those tones but for authenticity you might want to check out the Hartman Analog Flanger, which is a clone of the original Mistress.

  207. joao bicudo says:

    Hello Bjorn!
    I have a silly question!

    I recent bought a Boss RT-20 and I would like to know if I can power it in a daisy chain?

    Joao Bicudo

    • Bjorn says:

      Yes you can but those big Boss pedals tend to get noisy when you chain them, so use a separate adapter or line on your power feeder.

  208. joao bicudo says:

    Hello Bjorn!

    Where do you think is the better place to use the Ehx Small Stone nano? After or before distortions?

    If it is after, do you recommend a “special” place to be like, before chorous or flanger or after this 2 pedals?

    Thanks for your time!

    Joao bicudo

    • Bjorn says:

      I prefer phasers and UniVibes in front of gain pedals and chorus and flanger after. Sounds more natural that way. To me, anyway :)

  209. jaden porter says:

    heya bjorn im about to build up my pedaltrain, i only have a zendrive and dynacomp and im looking to add some new pedals but really looking to score with the first one, im looking into adding a modulation pedal to smooth out the overdive but not be to dominant and to be a little wobbly so which whould you recommend out of the drybell vibe machine or costalab chorus or lex rotary, ill be getting a few but i dont know how far apart in time so i need to get the most usable one first,thanks

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi Jaden! Sorry for my late reply. Chorus, phaser, univibe, flanger are all very different sounding effects so it depends on what you’re looking for. Chorus is the smoothes of them but also the most subtle. I use a lot of flanger myself and mainly the Electric Mistress. The Phase 90 is also an important ingredient in David Gilmour’s mid 70s tones. The Lex is an excellent Leslie simulator but David mainly used rotary cabs that had a more subtle and chorusy character and he also blended these with his Hiwatt and Fender amps. The Boss RT20 is probably the best choice for David’s rotary tones and one pedal that I often use to smooth out overdrives and distortions.

  210. StratGuy93 says:

    Have you tried the MXR CSP101sl (script Phase 90 w/ 9v adapter and led)? How does it compare to the handwired reissue?

    • Bjorn says:

      Very similar to the ’74 reissue. A tad brighter as the ’74 has hardwire bypass, which rolls of some of the high end.

  211. Franklin Ruiz says:

    Did you already try the Red Witch Moon Phaser? It seems to do well on phaser and vibe effects.

    • Bjorn says:

      Haven’t tried it but the reviews and clips are very promising!

      • Denis says:

        Hey Franklin, I tried the Red Witch moon phaser after reading this post. Thankfuly I rent it from a local store for a monthly fee. I returned it yesturday but it left me wanting to buy it:: is very warm modulation you might want to leave on at all times. What it really loved about it was that it blends excellent with other pedals like the deluxe mistress and the vibe machine. Adds a bit of a boost to your tone. And makes your clean tone even sweeter. Will probably buy it soon. Hey Bjorn I really recommend you try this one.

  212. Berky says:

    Curious as to how you feel about the EHX B9 vs the Boss RT-20? The B9 doesn’t have the speed control, but does have a good emulation.

    • Bjorn says:

      I don’t have that much experience with the B9 (or C9) but I think it’s two different pedals. The RT20 simulates the rotary effect only and works more like a chorus. The B9 simulates organ sounds, with leslie, turning your guitar into an organ. I haven’t managed to make it work for simulating David’s rotary sounds.

  213. Bierbattered says:

    Has anyone tried the Monoprice flanger? it looks like a rebranded version of the Donner / Mooer that goes for $21USD Planning on getting one just for the hell of it as a fathers day present :)

    • mgearmailmgm says:

      I have not, but I’m pretty sure I’ve seen gut shots of the Mooer and Donner flangers, and they do not use the same circuit boards or all of the same components.

  214. Fernando says:

    Hey Bjorn, do you know EHX Good Vibes, Bad Stone and B9? Have you played with some of them?

    • Bjorn says:

      The Good Vibes is OK but personally I think there are better sounding UniVibes out there in the same price range, like the VoodooLab and MXR. The Bad Stone is a 6-stage phaser I think. It sounds great and I really love that late 60s vintage flavour. It’s not a Gilmour pedal though. You need a 4-stage model like the Phase 90 or Small Stone. Never tried the B9.

  215. m says:

    It might be a good idea to more clearly differentiate between the EHX Nano Clone and the EHX Small Clone in this article. There actually is no “EXH Small Clone Nano.” There is the Small Clone, the Nano Clone, and now the Neo Clone. The Nano and the Neo are quite different pedals that the Small Clone (and not nearly as nice-sounding). The Neo is marketed kind of like it’s just a smaller Small Clone, but it’s a bit noisy and doesn’t have the same chip. The Nano is very noisy.

  216. Dave says:

    Have you already tried the electric mistress XO?

    • Bjorn says:

      Not yet.

      • Gábor says:

        I have got it already. It has got a completely different sound, than my older and bigger Deluxe. The recommended setting, from Bjorn(with color: 9-10, range:offl,rate 9-10) gives a dull, and dark sound.. The pedal inside should have been done with completely different components..Far away from a Gilmour tone..OK I have not played a whole day, dialing all of the potential versions yet.
        EHX does not keep what is promised..Dissapointing as the Stereo Mistress was..

        • Bjorn says:

          OK, thanks for sharing. Sounds like they’ve just used the current Deluxe specs and packed it in a smaller box. Too bad.

        • Dave says:

          Thanks Gabor!!!

          • Ronnie says:

            Hi bjorn did you try the new electro harmonic flanger the mad professor tiny orange phaser could it be a good phaser for david gilmour tone

            • Bjorn says:

              I haven’t tried any of them. From what I understand, the new Mistress sound nothing like the original or the late 90s model, which is a shame. The Mooer ElecLady would be Your best choice for David’s tones. For phasing, check out the MXR 74 reissue or the Whirlwind Orange Box.

  217. Matt says:

    Hi Bjorn. I hope all is well with you. I was wondering if you have tried any incarnations of the Moog chorus – either the big one or the newer minifoogers. As you know, they make amazing pedals, but I was wondering if you have put any of their choruses through the Gilmourish paces:) Thanks Bjorn.

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi Matt! No I haven’t. Tried a couple of their pedals but not the chorus. From what I’ve heard though, on reviews, it should be able to cover David’s tones or at least get somewhat close.

  218. Michael says:

    What about the TC Electronic Vortex Flange? How does that stack up with these other options?

    • Bjorn says:

      I’ve never tried so I can’t really tell. I think you can do pretty much anything with the Tone Print and all.

    • Francesco says:

      There is a very nice toneprint by La pédale that’s very similar to the Deluxe. Anyway with the editor you can create your toneprint, especially useful if you can compare it to a Mistress.

  219. Dan says:

    Informative as always! I got the Boss RT-20, and while it sounds AMAZING on cleans, it is far too dominant on heavier gain. I am really looking for that PULSE woosh-y thing. I was looking at the CostaLab pedal, but can’t find one. Any other particular suggestions?

  220. Jay says:

    Thanks for the response on the RT20, just got it yesterday! So while at work ( I work at Guitar Center :) ) me and my buddy were fooling around with it in stereo with both a carbon copy on one amp and TC flashback..very cool..but my question is which is better, RT20 before delays or after? also what are your common settings for your RT20 ,I know different rig setups require different settings but whats your rule of thumb on setting them up for floyd tones?

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi Jay! I usually keep mine before the delays. It makes it sound a bit more focused and chorusy. I guess the proper way, in terms of replicating rotary tones, would be to have it last. My main settings are: mode 1, rise time 12:00, effect 8:30, direct 11:00, balance 11:00, overdrive off, slow 2:00, fast 12:00.

  221. Matt says:

    Hi Bjorn. I hope all is well by you. I was wondering if you came across the Voodoo Labs Analog Chorus in your travels. They’ve been discontinued for a few years now. It’s supposedly a CE-1 clone. Or if you haven’t, and you are familiar with the CE-1, could you share your thoughts on either of these choruses for Gilmourish sounds? Thanks Bjorn!

    • Bjorn says:

      Too bad they discontinued it. It was a great sounding chorus and perhaps the best one of the CE1. Very warm and authentic. The CE1 works great for David’s tones. It’s perhaps not as dark and middy as the CE2, which can make it sound a tad too bright with Muffs but I think it sounds better than the CE2 with cleans.

  222. Bryan says:

    How does the latest EHX Deluxe Electric Mistress XO compare to the classic?

  223. Brad says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    I’m excited to report that I just ordered an RT20. Does that take the place of a chorus pedal or should I consider chorus too?


  224. Jay says:

    Hey Bjorn, So I now can financially afford to finish my Gilmour board whoot! But anyways I’m so the point where all I need is my mod pedals and the one I’m stumped on is the rotary aspect. I’ve tried the BBE Soul Vibe a while back and remember thinking it wasn’t bad but have heard that it sounds more like a univibe. then I just rented out a Tech 21 Roto Choir to see how it sound on my rig at home, haven’t tried it out yet but at work it sounded okay..but not a lot of control. Do you recommend the boss RT20 pretty much for all Gilmour eras or are there more out there under the $250 range? Any pedal suggestions if you got them would help (doesn’t have to be a rotary pedal just something to get that classic leslie sound). I work at Guitar Center so it’s easy for me to get my hands on things to try them out for my rig.

    • Bjorn says:

      The RT20 is definitely the way to go to produce similar rotary tones as David’s. The Soul Vibe and other UniVibes shouldn’t be confused with rotary or Leslie sims. They sound very different.

  225. Brad says:

    Have you ever tried the analogman chorus?

  226. Brad says:

    HI Bjorn,

    First, have you tried the Providence Anadime Chorus? If so, I’d love to hear your review of it!


  227. Kostas says:

    Hi Bjorn!!!
    Thank you very much for this beatiful article, its amazing!
    Few days ago i bought a Boss Rt20 , I like to achieve this Flanging Tone from Animals and wall!
    Can you tell me what settings should i use?
    Also what setting should i use to achieve P.U.L.S.E Tones?

    Thank you very much for your time!

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi Kostas! The settings depends on your amp and guitar but the ones I’m usually using are: mode 1, effect 9:00, direct 12:00, blend 11:00, overdrive off, slow rotary 2:00.

  228. Arne says:

    Bjørn: The ElecLady is absolutely a nice pedal – but it does get pretty thin with a muff in front. Did you manage to work around that? For now I use an eq pedal in between them to get some balls back, but is this how the originals behaved? Have you tried the new Deluxe EM from EHX – in the green cover? I wonder if they’ve fixed this and the volume drop on that one.

    David: If you haven’t gone out and bought a Leslie yet, you could do worse than try out the Neo MiniVent. I have that one on my board and it’s a very nice leslie-sim. Expensive, but not as bad as it’s mother the Ventilator II. The minis come in guitar and organ versions – the difference is what parameters can be tweaked through the almost non-existent controls. I have the guitar version – comes very close to that Fender Vibrolux-thing (when it’s not doing any amp sim). There are amp sim modes, but I haven’t really warmed to them. The default mode is great though – and you get that ramp up/down speed when you hit the speed knob, which is very nice.

    • Bjorn says:

      I haven’t tried the new Deluxe yet but from what I understand it’s identical to the bigger version. I think the ElecLady works really well with all sorts of pedals. My comment was a first impression when I did the comparison with the Deluxe. After having spent some time with the ElecLady I can get it about 95% identical to my Deluxe… which sounds very different to the one that’s available today. My main settings are the colour at 9:30, range off and the rate at 2:30. Like all of the Mistress models, the ElecLady has a slight volume drop when engaged but it’s very silent.

  229. David says:


    I was reading about the MXR Script Phase 90 with LED (CSP101SL) and according to Jim Dunlop the latest versions are true-bypass. Is this accurate as you use the term? Have you tried this particular iteration of the Phase 90? Any thoughts on differences with the other phasers?

    Thanks for all the hard work and useful information


    • Bjorn says:

      Yes, I think the current script with led is TB. The ’74 reissue is hardwire as the original. The led version is kinder to your signal, letting it pass through uncoloured. The pedal sounds great and much better than the block logo one. The ’74, with its hardwire bypass will roll off some of your high end but there’s a mojo in that pedal that the led version doesn’t have…

  230. Guilherme says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    Which settings for Breathe are you using on your Mojo Hand Nebula IV?

  231. Aussie says:

    Hey bjorn would you happen to know if the boss ch-1 covers gilmours tones from the division bell, momentary lapse of reason,and pulse?

  232. Jason says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    I’m seeing some recommendations for a Boss CE-2B(ass) as an alternative to the CE-2. Looking more at the Mooer myself but have you played with the CE-2B at all, or heard anything about it?


  233. David says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    I’m in the market for a Leslie sim (hell, maybe even a Leslie itself!). I haven’t found many out there other than the Strymon and the H&K, and was wondering if you could guide me in the right direction for that 1972-1975 classic Leslie tone Gilmour had. On a side note, would it be worth it to purchase a Leslie 147 itself? I’ve seen a flew floating around on the market for about $1000-$1500, and wasn’t sure if it was a good idea or not.


    • Bjorn says:

      Hi David! There’s nothing like standing in front of a amp+Leslie combo. It sounds and feels incredible. However, a Leslie is a real pain in the ass to be carrying around. The Strymon is the closest I’ve come with a pedal. However, it doesn’t have a mix control, which means that you either need to put it in a split between two amps or in a loop with a blender pedal, like the One Control Mosquite. The new Ventilator II is also an option and it has a mix control. I don’t think it sounds as good as the Lex but it’s definitely worth checking out.

  234. Ratan says:

    Hi Bjorn,
    I really like the new look of the page :)
    Keep up the good work.
    Take care

  235. Jeff says:

    The BYOC stereo Flanger and the Phase 90 clone are the two sweetest modulation pedals you could own! They are a little bit on the difficult side to put together but the price can’t be beat and the tones are out of this world!

  236. James says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    Have you ever had a chance to try the Orange Box Phaser from Whirlwind? If so, how do you think it stacks up against the MXR phase 90 and Maxon Phase Tone?

  237. Jason says:


    I always had my eye on a Uni-Vibe clone (your review of the Dry Bell did wonders), but after reading how you said that a 4-stage phaser could do all the Dark Side/WYWH tones, I think I’m leaning in that direction. I know you can’t review (or possibly own, haha) every pedal out there, but I was curious if you’ve ever tried the VFE Tractor Beam (formerly Enterprise) phaser?

    [I haven’t tried that one no. Personally I don’t think you can beat the MXR ’74 Phase 90 reissue. It’s just something about that tone. Similar pedals would be the Whirlwind Orange Box, Maxon Phase Tone, EHX Small Stone Nano and the MojoHand Nebula. – Bjorn]

  238. Charles says:

    Hey Bjorn, awesome article as ever.
    Have you tried out the new 2015 Electric Mistress, the XO model?
    Is it any way better or worse then the current Deluxe Electric Mistress?

    [Not sure it’s out yet… I haven’t tried it anyway but I’m eager to hear if it’s identical to the large Deluxe or if they’ve changed the circuit. – Bjorn]

  239. Kevin says:

    Hello – I’m not sure if this type of comment is allowed or not, but a large online vendor is offering the Mooer Ensemble King for $46. They only have three left after I purchased mine today, but this is over $20 less than the lowest price I have seen for this pedal.

    If you want this price, just search. It will probably be one of the first hits you see.


    [No worries, Kevin :) I see Amazon has them priced very low :) It’s a great unit and definitely worth the price! – Bjorn]

  240. Drew says:

    Have you seen that Electro Harmonx just announced the release of the Deluxe Electric Mistress XO for NAMM 2015? Finally a DEM that doesn’t eat up 10 spots on a pedalboard. I can’t wait for this one.

    [Yeah, I know! I’m very excited but I hope they’ve fixed the tone. The current Deluxe sounds too dark and muddy. – Bjorn]

  241. Debra says:

    Also, in the Gdansk gear guide you said David uses a Univibe in the Time solo. That’s my favourite tone of Davids, I personally can’t hear the Univibe at all but if you said there’s one it must be true :) I was just wondering if a phaser like the EHX Small Stone Nano could cover that tone? Thanks again!

    [You can get very close with a phaser. Place it in front of the distortion or fuzz. – Bjorn]

  242. Debra says:

    Hi Bjorn, great article! My favourite so far :) I’m looking to simulate a leslie with a modulation pedal, and I’m on a bit of a budget. I’m looking at the Mooer pedals for this as they are cheap and sound great. Are phasers no good for simulating Leslie tones? If so it looks like I’m tossing up between the Ensemble King and the ElecLady. Which of these two would be better for simulating a Leslie (the leslie tones on the Wall and Wembley 1974 in particular)? Thankyou!

    [Very sorry for my late reply, Debra. None of them sounds like a Leslie but you can use both to get a somewhat similar effect. I’d actually go with the Orange Ninety from Mooer. It’s an excellent Phase 90 clone and if not a Leslie pedal it’s all over Wembley 74 as David used a Phase 90 on several songs including Shine On and Cigar. – Bjorn]

  243. Paul Honeycutt says:

    Have you tried the Whirlwind Orange Box Phaser? It’s like a script Phase 90 with an LED and true bypass. I bought one over the MXR and it’s my second favorite phaser. (The first being an original MuTron Phazer II from the ’70’s, but it’s the size of a brick and pedalboard unfriendly.)

    Just thought I’d give it a mention.

    [Very sorry for my late reply, Paul. Yep, the Whirlwind pedals are great! – Bjorn]

  244. Enemayer says:

    Hey Bjorn,
    Any opinion about the MXR Micro Flanger? I’m also thinking about buying a Script Phase 90, but should I get the one with the LED or not (in Gilmourish tones, obviously).

    [The Micro Flanger is very nice but perhaps not ideal for Gilmour’s tones. The Mooer ElecLady is hard to beat. I’d get the ’74 reissue Phase 90 and power it with a 9V adapter using a battery pad adapter chord. – Bjorn]

  245. Tim says:

    Hi again Bjorn,

    Just a quick question for you. I just bought the MXR 1974 reissue phase 90. I love the sound but am a little concerned due to the battery only function. I kept the cables plugged into this effect and drained the battery rather quickly. Do you need to unplug the cables everytime after using this effect? I was having a hard time finding anything on this on the internet. I’m planning on buying a Vooloo lab power supply (like you suggested) that has a 9 volt battery adaptor option. Is this a good idea? As always, Thank you Tim

    [Keeping it plugged in will drain the battery. I’m running mine on 9V from a TRex Fuel Tank using a batter pad adapter chord. Works great :) – Bjorn]

  246. Angus says:

    Hi Bjorn!

    I’ve recently changed my view on buying effects pedals. I’m looking at getting a nice, small pedalboard with cheapish but quality, good sounding pedals. I’m steering away from expensive boutique pedals that are hard to acquire, I’d rather have a nice “bang for the buck” pedal that I could easily find at a local music store if the one I was to own broke, and instead I’m looking to focus more on my playing instead of my gear (the less distractions the better as you say). I’m also saving for Uni so I can’t spend too much money regardless. Anyways I’m in the market for a cheap quality chorus pedal and I’ve narrowed it down to the EHX Small Clone/Neo Clone or the Mooer Ensemble King. Which do you recommend out of the 3? I also would like to be able to achieve some Red Hot Chili Peppers chorus tones (even though their guitarist uses the holy grail of choruses, the Boss CE-1). I really like the size of the Mooer pedals, I’d like to have a small pedalboard but still have a fair amount of different effects on it. I’m also going to buy a Mooer ElecLady and Ninety Orange soon. Also can you recommend a cheap but quality distortion/muff for the comfortably numb tone when playing at bedroom volume levels? Again preferably not a really boutique pedal, just something that will do the job and can easily be replaced if broken. I hope I’m not asking too much of you, anyways have a merry Christmas!

    Thanks in advance

    [Hi Angus! I’d go for the Mooer Ensemble King. It sounds very close to the old Boss CE2 and it has a mix control, which is handy. One of the better sounding budget Muffs out there is the EHX Bass Muff. It’s very similar to the early Sovtek Muffs. Very versatile and easy to set up. – Bjorn]

  247. Ryan says:

    Hey Bjorn,
    This is a great website!! Everything and anything you could ever want to know about David Gilmour and Pink Floyd. I just wanted to give some love to the Strymon Timeline and Strymon Mobius. They are great boutique pedals that can achieve any David Gilmour/Pink Floyd sound you could ever want. Please review these pedals. Keep up the great work. Thank you.

    [Thanks a lot for your kind words, Ryan! Glad you enjoy my site :) – Bjorn]

  248. Kris says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    Forgot to include in my comment above, that I also have a elctriclady pedal. Thanks!

  249. Kris says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    Still working on assembling my gilmour inspired pedal board. Ideally I would like for my board to be able to replicate the Divsion Bell/Pulse era. So far I have a analogman bi comprossor, P19, dover drive, tc electronics flashback 4x delay, and will be purchasing a buffalo fx boost soon. I’m thinking I need a univibe/rotary speaker pedal. I was thinking drybell vibe/Boss RT-20, but wanted to get your opinion. Also do you think I need a chorus pedal to round out my board? Thanks in advance.

    [Although David used a UniVibe for Breathe and Time on PULSE I think the RT20 is a better investment. Or at least a better priority. It can do a pretty good simulation of the rotating speakers David used, which are essential to his 90s tones. A chorus is not a must but he did use them at this point. – Bjorn]

  250. Wes says:

    “Any idea, approximately, what BPM setting would match the DEM at 9:00 rate?

    [BPM? – Bjorn]”

    Beats per minute. The mobius measures speed for the effects in BPM and I’m trying to dial as close to a DEM setting as I can.

    [Oh… I wasn’t thinking when I answered that one :) I have no idea really. I usually set the rate at 25-30% but I don’t have an accurate BPM setting. – Bjorn]

  251. Wes says:

    I have had a Mobius for a few months and feel it is worth the money. I can’t stack effects like in Bjorn’s newest video (the roto and the mistress), but I can make a damn good mistress\chorus\phaser\vibe\roto and whatever else without a ton of effort.

  252. Brad Roller says:

    Bjorn what’s your opinion on the mooer blue compressor?

    [Haven’t tried it. – Bjorn]

  253. Pete says:

    I had a Mobius. It has some great sounds in it, but………..
    There are a ton, and I mean a ton, of parameters to tweak. You could spend weeks just adjusting parameters and storing and adjusting and storing. Also, the online manual was not very helpful.
    So while I got some decent sounds out of it, I always felt like I could do better in the adjustments.
    I ended up trading it for a 1968 drip edge 50 watt Fender Bassman head.
    In summary, great sounds to be had with the Mobius. Very versatile. But I got stuck with paralysis by over-analysis with it. (I like my effects a bit simpler to operate.)

  254. Ratan says:

    Which will be the best chorus pedal for David’s tone in general:
    1. Boss CE-5, 2. Boss CH1, 3. Mooer Ensemble King and 4. EHX small clone nano.
    (considering small bedroom setup)

    [The Mooer I guess. It’s closest to the old Boss CE2. – Bjorn]

  255. binson7475 says:

    What is your opinion of the MXR analog chorus?, You can get with this pedal tones CE2?

    [It’s basically a clone of the Boss CE2, with true bypass. You can dial in similar tones but it has a slightly brighter tone and a bit more noticeable swirl. – Bjorn]

  256. Norman says:

    Hi Bjorn,
    Have you had a chance to play with a Strymon Mobius yet. Although very expensive, it seems to cover a lot of pedals including their Lex.

    [I haven’t tried it. I’ve tried most of the stand alone pedals though and based on the reviews of the Mobius, it seems like a safe buy :) – Bjorn]

  257. Roger Sartori says:

    Hi, Bjorn.. I have an Eleclady pedal, but as you mentioned, it is really hard to get a nice tone with, specially with muffs… for example, what settings on this pedal would you recommend to have the Young Lust solo tone? Thanks a lot for your sugestions, as always…

    [I always use this setting: colour 10:00, rage off, rate 2:30. – Bjorn]

  258. boonexy says:

    Hey Bjorn, I was just curious. I listened to some videos of the RA-200 rotating speakers and so far it seems like the Strymon Lex can get close. I’m only interested in the sort of Final Cut solo slow rotation sound combined with a Big Muff, so do you think the Lex is the best for that? Or would I be better off getting the Boss Rotary? I love the Dogs verse solo chunky sound you can get from the Rotary but I think I would rather have the better slow modulation capability than that, but of course if the Boss can do both that’s fine. Thanks.

    [The Lex is probably the finest rotary sim on the market. It’s very good at doing Leslies but the Yamaha produced a more chorusy tone so I think the Boss RT20 is better for that. It also blends better with distortions than the Lex. – Bjorn]

  259. Stephen says:

    IMHO, the Vibe Machine (for its footprint sized unit) is by far the best going, but I still hold that the Sweetsound Ultra Vibe II has a bit more Mojo. I have still yet to try the MJM Sixties Vibe but from all I have heard and read it also is a unit hard to beat. :) Those are by far the 3 units I would consider… Oh and if you have money burning a hole in your pocket add the Effectrode in there as well.

    Starting to sound like Steve Martin in “The Jerk”, “All I need is this lamp. All I need is this lamp, and … this thermos…” OK 4 great vibes! The Effectrode as Bjorn has mentioned is a bit darker.

    If you are searching for the best authentic tones without spending $1300 on an original and inheriting all the issues that come along with buying a vintage Vibe then look no further. Any of these will make you happy.


  260. Bryan says:

    Hey Bjorn,

    I have a question about flangers. If I wanted to get that nice Wall live tone paring a flanger with a Skreddy P19, would you recommend any of the newer production Deluxe Electric Mistress pedals? or if a vintage can’t be found, what readily available pedal would you recommend?

    The Hartmans seem like a good alternative to a vintage Electric Mistress, but they are pretty pricey at $239 USD, but that is the nature of our beast!

    Also followed your advice and ditched my mixed-brand patch cables for a Lava solderless and there was a tone improvement. Possibly time for a booster with two Muffs, chorus, Nova delay, flanger, Keeley BD-2 booster and compressor?

    [Hi Bryan! I think the best Mistress available today is the Mooer ElecLady. The Hartman sounds great but it doesn’t go that well with high gain pedals. The current Deluxe from EHX is way too dark and boomy. The Mooer is kind of a mix between the original ’76 and the late 90s Deluxe. And it’s small and cheap! – Bjorn]

  261. KEITH says:

    @Thomas, While Earthquaker devices make some great pedals, they totally missed the mark with the DEPTHS. It just doesn’t reallt sound like a Uni-Vibe. At, the same size, and a little more cash, and time, the Drybell Vibe-Machine is IMO, and that of many others, is the best vibe going. You can hear it, and read the review here on Gilmourish. Bjorn is also quite fond of thr versatile, and board friendly Vibe Machine. Hope that helps.
    Peace, Keith

  262. Thomas says:

    Hey Bjorn, have you checked out any of the Earthquaker Devices modulators with Gilmour’s tone in mind? The Depths optical vibe and the Grand Orbiter phase shifter come to mind.

    [Nope. – Bjorn]

  263. Ratan says:

    How is BBE Opto Stomp (compressor) compared to CS3 and Dynacomp. Would you recommend it keeping Gilmour’s sound in mind?

    [I haven’t tried it so I can’t really tell. The CS3 sounds a bit thin and it’s also a tad noisy. The Dyna goes really well with gain pedals in particular. Very transparent and dynamic. – Bjorn]

  264. AuditoryDriving says:

    Hey Bjorn,

    Two months ago I purchased a new Deluxe Electric mistress, and I have to say.. well, I am a bit disappointed… First of all, there is a volume drop (which is quite serious especially when used in gigs etc). And then, you are right, it sounds darker then the earlier deluxe models… Although not suitable for DG kind-of leads, I can leave with the darker tone. But the volume drop?? I thought they had fixed it… Is it still a problem or did I just get a faulty unit?

    I had been waiting for this one for quite some time… too bad. :(

    Thanks in advance :)

    [No, they never fixed the volume drop. It’s just the way the circuit is designed. The newer models sounds very dark and doesn’t blend that well with other pedals. The Mooer ElecLady is actually a much better sounding Mistress. – Bjorn]

  265. Wes says:

    Any idea, approximately, what BPM setting would match the DEM at 9:00 rate?

    [BPM? – Bjorn]

  266. Clayton Keibler says:

    And regarding compression i have a keeley 4 knob clone built with the nos metal can ca3080 chips and i run it at 12v with a slow attack. The input gain is nescessary if you wanna use any sort of higher output pickups… including emg’s. Buti do feel like optical compressors give the most sustain while not messing with pick attack too much

  267. Clayton Keibler says:

    Great reviews! I am not a fan of the modern die cast box electro harmonix pedals whatsoever. They just dont have it ya know. Even the deluxe memory man tt with the mn3005s does not do it for me… maybe the tone is in yhose flimsy aluminum boxes.

    how do you tell the dem (delux electric mistress) models apart? Like how do i know if its a good 90s reissue versus a later reissue? Or are all the big box ones good?

    I assume some use mn3007 bbds and some use mn3207. I have an mn3007 small clone that sounds much better than an mn3207 even though its not even being ran at higher voltages

    I really want a dem and need some help picking one out!

    [The late 90s Mistress is really worth tracking down. Much better sounding than the current model. Check out this site for details on the differences. – Bjorn]

  268. Ratan says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    Which one will be better option between MXR Dyna Comp (Block Logo, Red colour, not sure if it will be called block reissue but manufactured 4 years back) and Boss CS-3 (manufactured 4 years back). Definitely both of them are not vintage :)

    [The Dynacomp… since you ask me :) – Bjorn]

  269. Tom from Chile says:

    Wow, what a setup! Thanks Bjorn!! Honestly, It sounds awesome; I’d never though that could be a POD!! That was a surprise; keep the good work!! Good look with your album, I’ll be glad to hear it..

    [The POD doesn’t cover everything naturally but with some tweaking I often use it for cleans and heavy distortion. Paired with a tube amp and perhaps a couple of pedals it sounds really nice :) – Bjorn]

  270. Tom from Chile says:

    Hey Bjorn, I hope you dont hate me for this question but… is that flanger + overdrive at 4:32 & 5:31 in Call Me Back? Im really loving that modulated tone.. Also, is that a Strat, and a normal one?
    Thanks Bjorn; if you prefer to keep the mistery, I understand too (that would be cool)
    Again, thank you!!

    [Hi Tom! Not at all… :) All the guitars in the mid section was recorded with a Strat with EMG DG20 into a POD X3. I think I used a Mesa sim with a Tube Driver sim for just a hint of break up. After the POD I had a Deluxe Mistress and I think the strum guitars also had a RotoVibe placed in front of the POD. All the delays were added in Logic. The rest of the song, all the rhythms and leads, were recorded live. – Bjorn]

  271. Cem says:

    Hi Bjorn
    What do you think about the MXR stereo chorus in terms of gilmourish tones?

    [Works nicely :) – Bjorn]

  272. Jeremy says:


    Thanks for everything. I have looked through every section of your site 50+ times. I was curious if you had any opinion on whether the Made in Japan or Made in Taiwan CH-2 was better or if there is a noticeable difference. There is definitely a difference in price and there is also a rare version of the CH-2 with a silver screw that goes for even more. I’m sure you have done a fair amount of research.


    [You mean the CE-2 chorus? The Japanese ones are slightly warmer sounding, with less mid range. – Bjorn]

  273. Ozgur says:

    I bought a Whirlwind Orange Box couple of months ago… Gosh, what a lovely, sweet sound! Highly recommended…

    [Yep… those Whirlwind pedals are great! – Bjorn]

  274. Carlos says:

    Hello Bjorn,

    I hope this message finds you well. Thank you for your words of wisdom. I have a quick question regarding a new product that I just saw available on a couple of web sites and I wanted to know your thoughts. Have you heard anything about the Hammond Leslie Digital Rotary Effects Pedal (good or bad)?


    [Hi Carlos. I haven’t had the chance to try that one yet. – Bjorn]

  275. James says:

    Hi Bjorn, I has a senior moment, I forgot to add the Zakk Wylde Phase 90 to the list rating against the reissue phase 90. By the way, is the new Custom Shop CSP-101SL Script Phase 90 with led the right one to get? Thanks Bjorn!

    [As far as I know, the Zakk Wylde is more or less identical to the EVH. See my reply to your previous comment as well :) – Bjorn]

  276. James says:

    Hi Bjorn, what are you thoughts on the EVH Phase 90? How would you rate it against the MXR 1974 CS script reissue Phase 90? Thanks

    [Not that big difference. The 74 is perhaps a tad warmer but it also has hardwire bypass, which takes some of your top. The EVH is perhaps a more pedal board friendly pedal but I think I prefer the tone of the 74. – Bjorn]

  277. Eric Nyberg says:

    Hey Bjorn what can you tell me about the Tc Electronic Vortex vs. the Mooer Elec Lady? Will the vortex simulate a leslie as well as the mistress, not detune? Which do you think is a better thing?

    [I’ve never tried the Vortex so I can’t really tell for sure. Based on the clips I’ve heard it does rotary sounds pretty well but it’s slightly different sounding flanger compared to the Mistress. Closer to the MXR. – Bjorn]

  278. **sebastiano** says:

    Hi bjorn,
    At the end I had a good opportunity to get a very good second hand choruslab at 120 euro.
    I trust to have done a good choice based on your score of 10/10.

    I need another advice based on gandsk sound which could be my next pedal
    Stratocaster made in mexico original pick up
    Boss CS2
    Skreddy p19
    TC flashback

    One favour bjorn give me, based on your opinion, the one (brand and model) that you would buy.
    Thanks in advance

    [An overdrive perhaps? David used the Tube Driver but it’s quite expensive. If you can’t afford one, I recommend either the Wampler Plexi Drive or Fulltone OCD. Both are very close. It’s also worth checking out the Lovepedal Dover Drive that I recently did a review on. It’s tweaked for a more mid rangy tone but nails most of David’s tones too :) – Bjorn]

  279. Gareth says:

    Hi Bjorn

    So its been a while now since its been released and wanted to know whether you managed to check out the Neo Ventilator II leslie emulator? Managed to snag one when they got released and have been blown away by its amount of control and of course how it sounds. I don’t have that much experience with rotary simulators but its pretty much my only modulation pedal at this point in time. The slow setting has some pretty convincing chorus/flanging tones and the fast setting is really thick and rich. Whats really cool is the ability to adjust the mix for the high and low rotors seperately so I set them pretty far away so its lower in the mix. If you add that with an expression pedal (perhaps controlling say the fast speed) you have 3 very interesting modulations to use depending on what tones you after – I like to take the fast setting and then dial the speed all the way back so its going really slowly as it makes a really heavy chorus effect. Although I try and look at it as an effect all in itself that I can use to create unique tones to me rather than full on emulating some Gilmour tones (although in honesty the first thing I did was try and get some CN tones with my Box of War haha). Definitely worth checking out if you have the chance!
    All the best with the Solo album endeavours and thanks for being the bearer of awesome news with the new PF album! Beyond amped for all the great new music on the way!

    [Hi Gareth! Thanks for your kind words and for sharing a bit on the Neo. I haven’t had the chance to check one out my self yet… – Bjorn]

  280. KEITH says:

    Hey Bjorn, just checked out the new b9 from EHX. It’s amazing! The pedal has about 6 or 7 presets that cover the most popular Hammond settings, and these can be customized through a series of knobs for click, modulation, etc. The tracking is superb, and this pedal will make any guitarist able to play those great b3 sounds with a stomp. Seems like Mr Matthews isn’t done yet, maybe all of the fine boutique builders have sparked some creativity in the EHX house, and this pedal is a definite winner. Priced just over $200.00, it’s a great tool for stage, or studio. Combined with a volume pedal, you’d really have a hard time telling that it’s not a b3. Seriously gassing for the EHX b9. Great pedal for my rusty keyboard skills!
    Peace, Love, and Gilmourish, Keith

    [Cool :) Seems like EHX has gotten a real boost lately and take the challenge from many of the boutique companies and cloners. The Soul Food, East River Drive, Deluxe Muff… Great value and tone. – Bjorn]

  281. **sebastiano** says:

    i am going to buy a chorus ce2.I have found, here in Italy, two options
    The ce 2 made in japan prize 150 euro
    The ce2 made in taiwan prie 100 euro
    There is really differences of tone between the two? Did you the opportunity to test both?
    Do you think it worth the higher cost?
    Thanks a lot and as usually great job :-)

    [Get the Japanese :) – Bjorn]

  282. George says:


    What do you think of such modulation pedals as Sea Machine Chorus, Phase 99 and Airplane Flanger?

    Thank you

    [Never tried any of them. – Bjorn]

  283. Tom from Chile says:

    Hey Bjorn, do you believe that there’s a little (very very little) phaser in the first Comfortably Numb solo ? You can hear a dominating phaser in the demos, maybe Dave used just a hint for the album?… Tell me what you think!
    Cheers Bjorn!

    [Yes there is one on the demo but I don’t think he used it for the actual solo that’s recorded. The Phase 90 that he used is very noticeable and it would have dominated more. There are conflicting reports on how the solo was recorded but it seems to be a consensus on The Black Strat with DiMarzio FS1 > EHX ram’s head Big Muff > split between Hiwatt+WEM and Yamaha RA200 rotating speaker cab. Although almost impossible to hear the Yamaha is present and it could be the modulation you hear and are referring to. The main solo is also mixed wide with a huge stereo reverb for a doubling effect. Listening to the mix it’s also evident that the signal was compressed and probably gated a lot too in the mix. – Bjorn]

  284. Emiliano says:

    Hi Bjorn, have you tried the ADA Flanger? It’s one of the best flangers ever created but I don’t know if they are useful to get some DG tones.
    Kind regards.

    [Never tried it but based on the clips I’ve heard I’m not sure it’s that suited for David’s tones. More of a “jet” type of flanger, like the MXR, compared to the liquidy Mistress. – Bjorn]

  285. Michal says:

    have you ever tried vintage Japanese Ibanez CS9 chorus? How is it comparable to BOSS CE-2?

    [Very similar. – Bjorn]

  286. Will says:

    Wesley, I don’t have one myself, but I’d say the Strymon Mobius is the way to go… I’ve heard nothing but good about them, and they cover all Gilmour modulations, plus more… But, as Bjorn pointed out, they are quite pricey! Although when you work it out, you’d probably spend more getting the individual pedals (Electric Mistress, Phase 90, Boss CE-2 etc), and one good Uni-Vibe unit would set you back at least half of what the Mobius costs… So in the long run, I think it’s worth it :)

  287. KEITH says:

    @Wesley, I just saw an EHX that has a Mistress, and two other pedals, I think one is a memory man circuit. Didn’t look closely, as I was there looking fir Recording gear, but check EHX website, It may have been delay, flange, and chorus?

  288. Wesley says:

    Any thoughts on any multi-modulation pedals? Due to lack of space, I’d love to find one pedal that covers the chorus\vibe\flanger\phaser ground on its own. Or at most, two versatile pedals..

    [Don’t have much experience with that. The Strymon Mobius is probably the ultimate unit but it’s quite expensive too :) – Bjorn]

  289. Ernesto says:

    Hello Bjorn,

    Could you tell me from your experience, if the Mooer eleclady would be as good as your EH Electric Mistress, in order to replicate the Andy Summers Police tones?

    best regards,


    [I would think so. They’re very similar sounding. – Bjorn]

  290. Brian Krause says:

    Neo Ventilator II May Produce The ULTIMATE Yamaha RA-200 Sound!

    This is it! The new model has a mix control for BOTH the horn and the rotor. You can completely dial out the rotor for a dry “stationary” cabinet sound AND mix in the horn to taste. I can’t wait to get my hands on one of these! Check out this great YouTube video for a demonstration!

    [Awesome! – Bjorn]

  291. Rhys Watson says:

    Hi, do you have any opinions on the mxr stereo chorus/analog chorus because those look like cheaper alternatives to the boss de-2

    [Never tried it. – Bjorn]

  292. Mark says:

    Ps, would love to get your view of the strymon mobius. It covers nearly all David’s mod tones. It also has a neat loop feature which allows you to select whether you want tom place the effect pre or post drive pedals. Very clever!

    [Haven’t had the chance to try it out yet… – Bjorn]

  293. Mark says:

    Hi Bjorn

    Amazing site and all your efforts in keeping it alive and relevant are thoroughly appreciated!!

    Quick question… I have both the mxr phase 90 74 RI and the phase 45 RI. I have noticed a definite treble bump, to the point where it is nearly harsh when I place them before dirt. I’ve had them before the fuzz face and moved them after the ff but before the rest of the drive pedals which include combinations of mad professor sweet honey, wampler plexidrive, wampler black 65, lovepedal les lius and way huge red llama. The phase pedals still give a treble boost before various combos of these pedals but when moved after them, the boost disappears. Interestingly, if I put the phasers before my Rat ii, there is no lift. I also have a block phase 90 from about 88/89, and this actually sounds great in front of the drive pedals, but as you have pointed out, lacks transparency.

    No show stopper really, but was just curious to know if you have experienced anything similar and had any thoughts on why it might be happening? I’m guessing there is some strange impedance mismatch going on somewhere. Maybe a well placed buffer in the chain might help out? The effect is most noticeable in front of the fuzz face (I use the AM-SF bc108 and the dunlop mini Red (germanium) ff).



    [I’m no expert on this but the MXR Custom Shop reissues have hard wired bypass, like the original pedals, which means that the signal is travelling through the circuit even when they’re off. This should result in less treble. Not more. Are you experiencing this when the pedals are off or engaged? The phasing effect will add some treble, since it’s filtering the tone and modulating it in different frequencies. With some pedals, this will appear as more treble but it might also be the result of too much high end on your amp. Try to adjust your amp a bit and try placing the phasers both before and after your gain pedals and hear the difference. – Bjorn]

    • John says:

      You need to adjust your logic a bit. The last pedal in the audio chain will have the greatest influence on the tone. Your boost pedals have a midrange/treble boost that is reduced by the phaser when you place it after them.

  294. Debargho Sarkar says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    how would you rate the Tc Electronics Stereo Chorus/Flanger for Gilmour tones and for a Laney Cub12R, bedroom setup? for a while, it was Eric Johnson’s favourite. Don’t know if he still uses it or not. But in any case, how does it fare for Gilmour tones?


    [Never tried the old TC chorus so I can’t really tell. The Cub amps are great for bedroom use with lots of headroom and they handle pedals very well. – Bjorn]

  295. Hamish says:

    Thank you for your previous response.
    I have bought an ElecLady flanger from Mooer – any recommendations for Wall live settings? The sound I am thinking of is the Another Brick Pt 1 tone.
    Great site, love your work!
    Thanks again!

    [It’s a bit tricky to find the sweetspot but I’ve set the colour slightly above 10 o’clock and the rate at 2:30. The range is rolled all the way back. – Bjorn]

  296. Ben Gibson says:

    Hi Bjorn… man, thanks SO MUCH for the fantastic website and resources to catchin’ that Gilmour tone… I have a question: I am going crazy trying to figure out what combination of effects David is using for that awesome compressed/modulated sound in the solo to ‘A Great Day For Freedom’ live in Gdansk… best I can figure is it’s compressed with an overdrive/fuzz and some kind of modulation… perhaps a univibe or a leslie? Let me know if you can, and how to best approximate it if it’s some unbelievably rare and expensive gear… I’d appreciate it (and probably have to start saving my $ to purchase the gear, because that is probably one of the best sounding solo tones I ever heard!!)

    [Hi Ben! Sorry for my late reply. I’ve never managed to figure out if he’s using modulation or not on that performance. Sounds like there’s some modulation going on but apart from a UniVibe, there was nothing else in his rig. Doesn’t sound UniVib-ish to me… Anyway, the overdrive sounds like a Tube Driver set for a high gain but it could be the Cornish G2 as well… although I lean towards the former. Other than that, he might have used a compressor but it’s not a must for this tone. There’s also delay. The Tube Driver gets more compressed the more you drive it. Just like an amp. It’s the tube that gets hot and adds that nice compression. A similar pedal is the Wampler Plexi Drive, which is kind of a JTM45 in a box and the more you drive it, it adds a smooth compression. It doesn’t have as much gain as the Tube Driver but they’re very similar. – Bjorn]

    • Cody says:

      I too am certain I hear modulation in the Gdansk version of a great day for freedom solo! Its not on the whole time but there is an unmistakably subtle swirling sound at parts. At about 4:55 in this link ( ) you can see him on the monitor maybe click something on at his feet and his tone then has a subtle modulation to it. Sounds like it could be a low mixed univibe. To me the effect is more obvious in some of the little percussive rakes he likes to do (at 5:07 , for example and you can hear the movement of a filtering effect)

      Let me know what you think :)

  297. Julien says:

    Hi Bjorn

    First, I want to thank you about this great site which teach me a lot !

    I have a question…Have you ever heard about the rack effect (Delay, flanger, leslie, chorus,…), TC Electronic G Major 2 ?
    Does it recommanded for playing gilmour style ?



    [Hi Julien, I’ve tried it a couple of times but I don’t have that much experience with it. TC feature the same stem for all their effects in all their applications so whether you’re buying a stomp box or a big system, it’s the same tones. What differs is the ability to tweak the tones, make patches and presets and tailor your own tones and rig. – Bjorn]

  298. Markus says:

    Have you ever heard the Psilocybe Phaser by HBE? I think it could also make a great gilmourish sound.

    [Never tried it. – Bjorn]

  299. Tom from Chile says:

    Hmm, I agree, I find that ODs or Distortions dont sound as good as before with the range. Also, I think that playing clean (but not chords) it sounds bad (IMO), but for Mihalis I guess range is a must.
    Thanks for the answer!!

  300. Tom from Chile says:

    Hey Bjorn, why you dont use the “range” in flangers? Im just curios, I mean, with some range it sounds somewhat chorus-ey, like that part from live Pigs (three different ones) before the part that had the talkbox solo. Thank you in advance Bjorn!! Have a nice day

    [I think it makes the Mistress sound too dominating and a bit detuned, almost like a ring modulator. Keeping it “off”, makes the pedal more transparent and natural sounding IMO. – Bjorn]

  301. Operario says:

    Hi Bjorn! I was just listening to “Call me Back” (great song, brilliant guitar work) and wondering what kind of modulation you used for that swooshing tone in the rhythm guitar. Was that a Univibe? It sound beautiful.

    Congratulations on the great work

    Cheers mate!

    [Thanks for your kind words! That’s a Dunlop RotoVibe blended with a CostaLab ChorusLab. I think I also used a just a hint of overdrive from the Wampler Plexi Drive, to get a bit more bite. – Bjorn]

  302. Hamish says:

    Hi Bjorn,
    Great new update!
    Is the current Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Electric Mistress any good? I am struggling to find a good sounding flanger for the David’s Wall live tones. There don’t seem to be many flangers that mix with high-gain effects and don’t produce noise or a volume drop.
    Thanks, Hamish

    [The current model is OK but a bit too dark and boomy. The late 90s models should be easy to track down on EBay but check out the Mooer ElecLady. IMO the best clone out there. – Bjorn]

  303. Rick says:

    Have you ever tried or heard about Mr Black Tunnellworm Flanger?? Just wondering if you thought it could replicate Gilmours Flanger Tone

    [Never tried it. – Bjorn]

  304. ROULEAU says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    Your website is awesome !!!
    I’ve got a question. I want to buy an old CE2 Boss Chorus pedal (for PULSE sound). I want to buy a Made in Japan pedal, but I found many models in Ebay (Many years, black or green label, white or black screw…) with many prices.
    What do you recommend me to buy ?
    Best regards from France.

    [The Japanese models are recommended although I’m not sure how big the difference is from the Taiwanese. Both the black and green label Japanese are identical. As are the black and silver knob versions. – Bjorn]

  305. KEITH says:

    Glad to help Roger, sorry I spelled your last name wrong. I’m no Bjorn Riis, but I’ve done so much research the past 3 years, I actually know a bit about pedals now, so feel free to ask anything , any time.
    Peace, I wish the LED version would have been out when I got my script!

  306. Roger Sartori says:

    THANK YOU, KEITH! Cheers!

  307. Roger Sartori says:

    Right, Bjorn… but is there any scritp reissue edition with led and 9V power IN, like mine?

  308. KEITH says:

    @Roger Santori, There are two different versions of thr script Phase 90 now. One is the ’76 direct copy, and the new one sports the Led, and 9v adapter. As far as I can tell, that’s the only difference, and actually quite convenient. So, yes, it is the original circuit as the Script without the LED. ;)
    Peace, Keith

  309. Roger Sartori says:

    Hi, Bjorn. I bought an MXR script phase 90 but it has led and 9V power in… is it different from the block logo?? Is it not the reissue series? Thanks as always.

    [The script logos has a warmer and smoother tone. The block has more mid range and a tad of boost, making it sound less smooth and vintage. – Bjorn]

  310. Ratan Prasad says:

    Great article as always!

    I have a genera question. I understand that Chorus, flanger and phaser are three different effects and serve different purpose and each is meant for different era/tone for David’s sound. However which modulation ( chorus, flanger, phaser) is most versatile? if i have to choose one among the three types, which is most versatile, also for other genres and tones?
    Which chorus will be best 
Smaller amps/bedroom level ? Which one is best chorus for David’s tone in general (all the reissue model, not any vintage model) : 1. Boss CE-5 Chorus Ensemble, 2. EHX Nano Clone, 3.EHX Neo Clone, 4. EHX Small Clone, 5 TC Electronic Corona Chorus 6. Boss CS.

    Thanks for the your answer :)

    [I guess a chorus is the most versatile. It’s a subtle effect that fits all musical styles. Flanger and phasers are dominating and can sound both dated and typical for certain genres. All of the chorus pedals listed in the Gear Guide are more or less based on the Boss CE2, which is the one David used. – Bjorn]

  311. Sebastien says:

    Hello Bjorn,

    Sorry for the wrong topic but there’s no possibility to leave a comment in the TC electronics flashback review again.

    A while ago you were writing that the old Memory man Deluxe was the best pedal to replicate the Binson echorec… your review about the Tc electronic Flashback was not that good… so I don’t understand seing pics of your home pedalboard using that pedal… have you checked the Malekko Analog ekko? (nice comparison made on the Shnobel channel / Youtube). That pedal, which has also the modulation included like the memory Man, seems to be the perfect replacement…

    What is in your opinion the best “Memory Man like” pedal out there? Malekko, mxr carbon copy (both have a modulation setting)? TWA Echo ?

    I’d like to make the right choice.

    Thanks for your help!



    [The best Mem Man option is by far the TRex Replica. It doesn’t have the modulation feature but the pedal is based on the Mem Man and the tone is superb. The Flashback review was mainly focusing on the Alter Ego’s new features, the Binson and Mem Man sounds. They didn’t sound nearly as good as they could have. I often use the Mem Man myself but the reason I feature the blue Flashback in my practice board is that it has a small footprint and the 2290 digital delay tone is great. For the price, the Flashback is probably the best buy out there. That doesn’t mean that it’s better then the Mem Man or Replica, but given the price, it’s worth checking out :) – Bjorn]

  312. Cem says:

    Hi Bjorn,
    Great Article! I have a Big Muff and an Electric Mistress, but I’m not exactly sure as to where I should put the Electric Mistress to get the Final Cut and Wall tones. I’ve tried it both ways, but when I but the Mistress first in the chain, it just sounds too dark and swirly, and when I put the it second in chain, it’s a bit too redundant. Has it got to do with the type of Muff and amp, and what would you suggest?

    [The Mistress should be placed after the Muff. It’s a very dominating effect and its tone depends on what guitar and amp you use. It also smooths out a bit when you play loud and push the signal. David’s using the Mistress on some stuff but what you mainly hear is a combination of the Muff and a Yamaha rotating speaker. It adds a milder modulation than the Mistress but you can use the Mistress to achieve similar tones. – Bjorn]

  313. Bo says:

    Welp! Sounds like someone else besides me is clamoring for a gear guide… ;) I love the T-Rex and my Caitlinbread Echoric…but i always wish i could get the Trex to self-oscilate with a turn of a knob…kinda takes the fun out of reaching for those old psychedelic sounds. And since i use my trex last in stereo to two amps i’m always testing new delay pedals to go in front of it. What’s a good (fun) delay these days. I’ve been looking at the Delay Lama from Jams with the “Hold” switch… looks real cool. Any ideas or favorites these days? I love the Echoric as well and theres something beautiful about analog delay or sims that i can’t get enough of. Love my set-up…i guess i’m just trying to add to the conversation. I know, i know :) Delay guide is coming soon. Peace Bjorn!! I love this website!!
    Stay Golden!

    [A matter of days… :) Cheers! – Bjorn]

  314. Pete says:

    I wanted a tape echo, but couldn’t afford the real thing. I was torn between the Skreddy Echo, (which sounds AMAZING), the Strymon El Capistan, (which also sounds great, has tap tempo, but way too may parameters to tweak), and the Wampler Faux Tape Echo.
    The Wampler also has tap tempo and seems to lie somewhere between the two. (Also the cost came into play.)
    Have been really happy with it.
    I know set it before my modulations. A friend explained to me that setting after the modulations can create an effect where you have two or more signals doing different modulation and this can cause some phase cancelling. I tried it before the modulations and now all the delays get the same exact modulation. I can really hear the difference.

  315. Pete says:

    Hey Bjorn, You don’t really have a delay section …..yet, but I just wanted to throw in one contender to make the list. The Wampler Faux Tape Echo. This pedal ROCKS!! Great for the earlier stuff. It also has a tunable “warble” switch to simulate the effects of tape warbling due to age and slipping. Check it out!!
    (I admit, it’s not so good for the stuff from his first solo album on, but before that…..yeah.)

    [Thanks for the tip! I haven’t had the chance to try that one out yet. – Bjorn]

  316. Michael says:

    You say chorus pedals are dominant effects, especially the BYOC, so would that not be a great idea to get when I don’t have a lot of money to spend? I already have a clone of the mistress, so I can get a pretty good Animals/Wall tone out of those, but I’ve also got an OCD for that Division Bell and PULSE tone, which I think a chorus would contribute to. So the question is, would buying a chorus be worth it when I can’t split my signal or anything like that how David did?

    [Chedck out the Mooer Ensemble King. It’s based on the Boss CE2, with a mix controll allowing you to blend in just the amount you need. Not as smooth and warm as the old Boss but definitely worth a try. – Bjorn]

  317. Dave Austin says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    Am I right in thinking that the new Phase 90 scripts aren’t worth having when compared to vintage models?

    Would I be better off going for a Small stone Nano or a Mooer 90 Orange? They’re certainly cheaper here in the UK!

    If either is a better bet than the new scripts, which would you go for?

    Thanks in advance.


    [The MXR Custom Shop 74 is a clone of the original and personally I don’t think you can get any closer. The led script is also great and very close to the original. The Small Stone, another favourite of mine, sound a bit milder and perhaps not as deep as the Phase 90. Way better than the block MXR but I prefer the 74 reissue. – Bjorn]

  318. Angus says:

    Hi Bjorn! I love your work and I was just wondering what’s a good delay pedal for getting david’s tone? I’ve been looking at the T-rex replica, the Deluxe memory man, the catalinbread echorec and a few others but I can’t seem to make a decision. :)

    [Depends on what tones you want. All of the ones you mention are great for the early 70s tones but not that suited for the Wall-present era. You’d want a digital delay for that, producing clear and precise repeats. I’m very fond of the Replica. – Bjorn]

  319. Brad Roller says:

    Bjorn I know I’ve been asking a lot of questions a lot here lately but I got one more and I’ll leave you alone lol real quick, David used the whammy 1 if I get the whammy 5 will it be similar or is it a good choice? I’m not able to try one out. Thanks!!

    [I haven’t tried the 5 yet but from what I understand, it’s gotten some very nice reviews and it seems that it’s closer to the first than 2-4. Either way, it’s a whammy and you’ll be able to nail Marooned and The Blue with it :) – Bjorn]

  320. Dave Austin says:

    Thanks so much both for your input, really appreciate it. This website is by far and away the best resource on the net for Floyd/Gilmour obsessives!!

    [Cheers, Dave! – Bjorn]

  321. Pete says:

    Hey Dave! I know Bjorn didn’t elaborate. He’s been super busy, with touring, and reviews and family, and etc…….
    The Mooer is an excellent pedal. A great EM clone that is pedal board and wallet friendly.
    Some recommended settings on it are: set the color just a bit after 10, turn the range all the way down, set filter to normal and rate between 1 and 2 o’clock.
    You may notice a bit of a volume drop, but if you work with the color and find the sweet spot, the drop of won’t be as noticeable.
    Another tip that I’ve done is filled in the indents on the small knobs with white-out. Then I lightly sanded the residue off. This allows you to see your settings better.

    Bjorn, hope I didn’t cross any lines with my input. :)

    [Thanks for the input, Pete! I agree completely with you. The Eleclady is an excellent clone and , IMO, a much better one than the Hartman. It’s down to preference and taste, but the Mooer works nicely with both cleans and distortions, while the Hartman tend to mess up the distortions. The current Deluxe has a bit too much mid range and low end, which makes it sound darker and not that suited for distortions. The late 90s Deluxe has an open and liquidy tone and the Eleclady, I suspect, is based on this version. There is a difference, but you need a trained ear to hear it. – Bjorn]

  322. Dave Austin says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    New EH deluxe EM or a Mooer Eleclady?

    Struggling to find a 80’s or 90’s electric mistress!!



    [Mooer. – Bjorn]

  323. Pedro says:

    Greetings Bjorn! Thanks for an awesome page, it has help me a lot to make my setup!

    I was going to ask you between 2 phasers than can make a uni-vibe sound. The best phasers I had listened are VFE Phaser and Blackout Effectors Whetstone Analog Phaser. I liked a little bit more VFE, more simple, awesome sound, and seems that makes a better vintage Uni-Vibe sounds.

    Do you know them? if you do, what’s your opinion on them?


    [Hi Pedro! Thanks for your kind words! I’ve played neither so I can’t really tell. In general, a phaser is not quite a UniVibe but you could use one for similar tones. I’m very happy with the MXR script 74 reissue and the Phase 45, although very subtle, does a very nice phase/UniVibe thing. Personally I’m also a huge fat of the old Dunlop RotoVibe, which lies right between a phaser and UniVibe. – Bjorn]

  324. Pat says:

    Hi Bjorn. Very cool and informative website! Just wanted to share my experiences on a few of the pedals mentioned in this section. I agree that the EH Nano Clone is a disappointment. However, the Neo Clone is fantastic. On the Neo Clone, the volume drop has been corrected and it includes the depth switch found on the original small clone. The Boss CE-20 Chorus Ensemble is also worth considering, in my opinion. I normally steer clear of modeling pedals when I can get the real thing. However, the CE-20 really captures the rich tones on the Boss CE-1 and CE-2 as well as the Dimension D and others. It is very flexible unit with surprisingly authentic sounds.

    I, too, love the Boss RT-20. In fact, I was so impressed with it, that it led me to seek out the CE-20 I mentioned above. I have found that, for me, it is best placed before OD/distortion. The RT-20’s built in overdrive is a muddy mess. But, I have found that if you dial in just a little bit (barely cracking the knob), it can add a bit of drive and fullness to the tone and helps to tame some of the treble spike you can get at higher volumes when using the bridge pickup. I have also found a way to dial in what I think is a good sounding Uni-vibe tone. Again, the RT-20 has to be placed before OD/distortion. The RT-20’s overdrive must be completely off or it totally muddies everything up. Set the intensity knob to taste and then dial in some of the dry signal. Sounds pretty good to me.

    I really like the sound of the EH Neo Mistress but agree that it is noisy and not very close to the tone of the DEM. The Mooer Eleclady is definitely the way to go if you are looking for a practical and affordable alternative to a DEM.

    The EH Nano Small Stone sounds as good as any Small Stone I’ve every owned or tried and doesn’t have that dreaded volume drop. I think any fan of vintage phase shifting really needs to own both a Small Stone and a Phase 90. I tend to prefer the Phase 90 with single coils and The Small Stone with humbuckers.



    [Thanks for sharing, Pat! – Bjorn]

  325. Tom says:

    Im sorry Bjorn, I didnt know where to put this, but delays go at the end of the chain haha
    Emm, do you think a Carbon Copy could sound “haunting” as some pompeii tunes? Well, my other options are Boss DD3 or DD7 but it seems like they arent so good at all
    Thank you

    [The Carbon Copy goes very well for that era :) – Bjorn]

  326. Rob says:

    Hi Bjorn – long time reader first time poster. :) I recently got a Fire Bottle (LOVE IT) and am wondering if you’ve played it through the Mooer Ninety Orange at all. The boost on the FB seems to just kill the Ninety Orange, and what started as a powerful clean sound from guitar into FB ends up coming out of the Ninety Orange very distorted.

    I end up having to really roll back the boost on the FB or bypass it all together in order to keep the signal from the Nienty Orange from overdriving.

    Does this sound normal? Is it just the quality of the pedal? It making me think harder about saving up for the Effectrode Tube Vibe… unless I’m just doing something silly here. Thanks!

    [I haven’t them in combo. Works fine with the MXR ’74 reissue, MojoHand Nebula and EHX Small Stone. The Ninety Orange doesn’t have as much headroom as the Phase 90 but I haven’t had any issues with it. – Bjorn]

  327. Roger Sartori says:

    Hi, Bjorn. Can you give some tips about using the whammy effect? I use it when I want to play, of course, The Blue and Marooned songs. I actually have the Digitech EX-7 Expression Factory to get the whammy effect instead of the Whammy pedal itself. The problem is that it sounds very messy… I don’t know how to explain that sound but it’s kind of tangled on the end. I don’t know if the EX-7 is not that good or where exactly I put it on the pedal setup. I’m using this order: Fender MIM (EMG) – Boss CS-2 – Digitech EX-7 – B.K. Butler Tube Driver – Boss CE-2 (only for Marooned) – Nova Delay – tube amp. I also used the EX-7 after the Tube Driver but it sounds the same to me… Would you recommend trying the original Digitech Whammy instead of the EX-7? Thanks… as always!

    [Hi Roger! I haven’t tried the EX7 so I can’t really tell about that one. I’d place it first or after the compressor. I don’t know what you mean by messy but try not to use too much gain when you’re using it. It’s also a matter of learning the technique and how to control your tone. If you listen closely to both Marooned and The Blue, the tone is fairly clean but there’s a lot of delay, which makes it sound huge. – Bjorn]

  328. Bo says:

    I guess i’m mostly looking for that Short and Sweet sound from the self-released album. Is it the ce2 chorus? And what drive does he use in conjuntion? Bjorn, I’ve room for one more effect on my pedalboard and i’m torn between getting a Leslie sim like the Lex or go with a modulation that might be a little more versatile. Brother, looking back at your 40th anniversary Dark Side Tone tuturial has got me thinking about going that route. I like running my Bassman and Blues jr. in stereo and to do that i’ve been rocking the Trex Replica in stereo to get me there. Where would i want to run the Lex in my chain? Right now i’m Sunface, Wah, Dyna-Comp, Musket, Jam Rattler, Throbak OD, BK Tube Driver, Elec Lady, Phase 90, Sixties Vibe, Volume Pedal, Caitlinbread Echoric, Trex Replica. Where would a wizard as yourself put the Lex? I’ve seen that you’ve set it in different places. I like the sounds i’m getting with the Trex in stereo. Should i just run the Lex right before the Echoric in mono or would you have it last in chain in stereo? Or would you do something completely different and change up the signal path all together? In June i’m getting my rig fitted to a custom pedalboard so i’ve enough time to play around. My favorite sounds happen to be Live at Wembley so it would be real neat to have my pedalboard ready and able for these tones. You rule….we drool…
    Thanks Legend.

    [Hi Bo! It’s a bit hard to tell with Short and Sweet. It’s definitely not a CE2 as the pedal wasn’t out yet at that point. My guess is that it’s mostly the Hiwatt but with the Yamaha mixed very low. Could be a Mistress there as well… sounds like it on the chorus sections. Anyway, a chorus often more versatile than a Leslie sim or flanger but it depends on what tones you want. A chorus is more generic, while a Leslie or a Leslie sim has more character and stands out more. In regards to your setup… I’d place the Lex after the delays. That would be like feeding your guitar into a real Leslie. You could place it after a split on one of the channels in a stereo setup to achieve David’s wet/dry split. Cheers! – Bjorn]

  329. Bo says:

    Hi Bjorn!

    So I’ve been playing around with the idea of getting a Chorus effect. The Analogman mini-chorus sounds really neat on all the video’s I’ve seen. I really hate the 80’s chorus but this one doesn’t seam to have much of that, if any. Also a couple neat Leslie tones can be replicated. I’ve been imagining the Tube Driver paired with subtle chorus. Do you have any opinion on the Analogman version? I’m also interested in the Jam Waterfall. When you say it can produce wild psychedelic swirls I begin to smile. Need this pedal to be a MXR or smaller because i’m plum out of room on my pedalboard.

    Thanks Legend. Keep it Legendary.

    [Hi Bo! Sorry for the late reply. The Mini-Chorus is great. It’s got that CE1/CE2 analog warmth and you can’t go wrong. I recommend the wet/dry mix feature. That’ll allow you to dial in the right amount and avoid those drenched 80s tones :) – Bjorn]

  330. Maksimilijan says:

    Often I have a lot of questions about your articles, but this one really says it all. A great article Bjorn, thank you very much. I really enjoy reading this over and over again. Thank you!

    [Thanks! – Bjorn]

  331. Tom says:

    Thanks Bjorn……got the light OD covered for the later acoustic stuff……I don’t like my delay sound….any recommendations on a replacement delay just for the acoustic side? Like in 2000, OD, delay, what else am I missing…..besides his talent? Can’t seem to get his acoustic tone. Modulation….now I’m just guessing. :)


    [His acoustic tone was clean although he might have used some compression with the overdrive, I don’t know. Obviously, the guitar it self makes a difference and the pickups. The Baggs that he used makes a huge difference. – Bjorn]

  332. Bern says:

    Hi Bjorn. I have a general question about chorus and uni-vibe. I know that the answer comes down to personal taste, rig setup etc, but I’m wondering about having a dedicated chorus pedal vs a uni-vibe that has a chorus setting? Just curious as to what you think, given that you’ve experimented with many more of these pedals than I have!

    I tend to use chorus minimally (used “with care” as you say above), just a splash of subtle colour, not all-out 80’s saturation. I’ve been thinking about upgrading my ‘budget’ uni-vibe to something like the Vibe Machine, which of course has a vibe/chorus switch. My question is, do you think a uni-vibe with chorus makes a dedicated chorus pedal redundant, if one uses chorus only subtly anyway? If I want to get close to some Gilmour tones, would I be kicking myself if I got rid of my chorus pedal?

    Anyway, I know the ultimate answer is really my own ears, but would appreciate your input too. Thanks so much for your site – has been beneficial for me in many ways. My two latest pedal acquisitions (in the post, or in progress) are the Musket and the Buffalo FX Booster! I wonder where I first heard about those?

    [Hi Bern! A chorus effect and the term chorus on UniVibes are two different things. A conventional chorus sounds like, well, a chorus, with that shimmery doubling effect. A UniVibe is really just a phaser and it should say vibe/phase, not vibe/chorus. The vibe sounds like the pedal’s out of tune or something, while the chorus/phase sounds like a phaser – not a chorus. So, a UniVibe won’t replac