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    Default Just got me a '82 MXR Micro Flanger!

    Scored it on eBay last week. My amp and pedalboard are at work, so I'm going there now to give it a whirl! I wanna do a comparison with the full sized flanger, hopefully post a video or at least an mp3.

    It's in fantastic condition. Pots date it at 1982, last year of production. That's older than me!


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    cool...what's the difference between the two?
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    Just plugged it in for about 20 minutes.

    The main sound I tried to get out of it was of course the Unchained flange, which it did pretty well! Clean flange tones were nice with both knobs set around noon, but I don't really use any flange on my cleans normally.

    Overall the flange is a little more subtle than the 4 knobbers, but it gets the job done. With half as many knobs, you obviously have less to control, but that's okay in my book.

    It sounds good enough to keep, but not good enough to kick the EVH flanger off my board. So I'll be keeping the full sized flanger on my main board, and this will be going on my smaller practice/bare essential board I plan on putting together.

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    Pro's : Smaller footprint, 9V operation, less knobs to futz with.
    Con's: Less knobs does mean less control, effect is slightly less apparent than the full sized counterpart.

    But it's a keeper for sure.
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    I forgot MXR made micro flangers, I think I might get one if I can't afford an EVH one. How much do they go for?

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    I've seen them go for $150 ish, but without an LED or power jack.

    This one has the LED and power jack, and I got it for $189.

    So you're not gonna be saving any by finding a micro flanger on ebay. Might have luck on craig's list or guitar shows?

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    Well if it's that much, might as well pick up the EVH Flange, yea? ha

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    That's what I'm sayin'! The "EVH" switch really does nail the Unchained sound. I haven't been able to replicate it with just the knobs, but can get a lot of other great flange tones out of it.

    Pete Thorn, guitarist for Chris Cornell & VH tone nut, did a demo of an amp where he played some classic VH songs in the left channel and had the original tune in the right channel. Just by chance, the flangers happened to lock up perfectly on the same part of the flange. It was exact.

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    That's crazy, my buddy MRJ here on the forums has the EVH Flange. Our band's covering "Unchained" and it's amazing how much he sounds like Ed on that song.

    Now only if there was a way to time everything right like in the song...

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    Yes, I do love my EVH Flanger.

    I seriously think that it is the best PEDAL ever (and when I say pedal, I'm excluding rack gear and stuff). Wonderful stuff.

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    Oh and by the way -- you say this pedal has LESS of an overall effect... I almost wish they made one that sounded like the EVH Flanger, but with MORE effect! I mean, listen to Ed's use of the Flanger on the Balance tour. It is insane how much effect it has. I'm thinking he somehow had it boosted within his switching system...

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    I hear ya, mjr! When I was first experimenting with effects order when I was building my first board, I found the flanger to sound a ton more like that with just a slight volume boost in front of it. So much that I almost built a looper with the express function of being able to turn both the flanger and a tube screamer to boost it.

    Then a few years later Lonnie mentioned that Ed's pedals were stock, and that he just hits them very hard. He did have that SD-1 in his rig for a while in the early 90's....

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    I wonder if we'll ever figure out Ed's entire pedal catalog and what he's used over the years...

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    Then a few years later Lonnie mentioned that Ed's pedals were stock, and that he just hits them very hard. He did have that SD-1 in his rig for a while in the early 90's....
    I'm sure they were stock -- I also kinda doubt he was using the SD-1... but... I think you are correct that the flanger was boosted. That Bradshaw switching system is pretty complex, and Ed was using at least 2 separate units (1 for switching heads and cabs, one for all his effects). I bet it has a small boost or mix level control somewhere in it that allowed him to saturate the pedal with more signal. That is the only way I can really describe the sound... just listen to it in The 7th Seal and Right Now (Balance Tour versions).

    I may add some little booster circuit before the Flanger when I run it in the FX loop of my 2120. It isn't getting enough signal as is, but I would really like to use the advanced and remote switching of the 2120 to control it. As much as I like the Flanger, I swear I can hear some of the effect 'Ghosting' over even when it's off...


    I wonder if we'll ever figure out Ed's entire pedal catalog and what he's used over the years...
    Yes. I hope....

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    A few years ago i almost bought a micro flanger,
    I have 4 or 5 MXR Flangers from the 1970's and i used to have the EVH one too but to me the older ones sound much better.
    The EVH flanger didn't seem so well built to me.
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    I had the MXR micro flanger and have the EVH flanger...

    The EVH wins hands down in my book. The micro flanger had too much high end in the signal but then again that might have been my pedal only. With older pedals it's a crap shoot with what has been done to them over the years.

    Yours looks much better than mine did. When you opened the back of yours...did the foam in the back turn to dust and fall out all over? That's what happened to me when I opened the micro flanger...the foam was sitting there for years and just disintegrated....

    Anyway, I prefer the EVH flanger...I find it warmer and has more control options.

 

 

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