Vintage Guitar - February 2018 - 115
The EHX Good Vibes, Tone Corset
he musical spirit of the '60s and '70s
lives again in two of EHX's latest
stompboxes: the Good Vibes analog modulator and Tone Corset analog compressor.
Whether it's chorus and vibrato swirls or
that funky squeeze, these pedals are pure
The Good Vibes recaptures the soul of the
great Uni-Vibe, complete with photocells.
Switching between chorus or vibrato effects,
it produces a liquid groove that's both flowing and undulating.
The pedal's controls include Volume, Intensity, and Speed knobs. A sold-separately
expression pedal control of Speed or Inten-
Prices: $137.40 (Good Vibes), $89.50
(Tone Corset, both list)
sity is available at your feet; a toggle allows
you to switch between the two.
But this isn't just a throwback 'box. The
Good Vibes is hopped up with boosted power
rails that provide modern-day clarity, definition, and headroom to that vintage sound.
The vibrato adds a lovely movement to
your playing without the need to concentrate
on a whammy bar or Bigsby. This augments
chords with a shimmer, and sounds gorgeous on country tunes or soulful R&B.
Whether you're after Jimi-style psychedelic flower-power or SRV spin in your
rhythm or solos, the Good Vibes offers a
compact alternative to a Leslie or Fender
Vibratone rotating speaker. The sound is
warm and rich, with ample troughs and
peaks in the sonic waves. The chorus lets
you range from lush jazzy or bluesy chords
to all-out space-travel flourishes. It's thoroughly groovy.
While an original Uni-Vox may have a special vintage tone to it, the Good Vibes boasts
solid modern construction - it won't leave
you stranded on the edge of the stage at a gig.
The Tone Corset squeezes signal in all the
right ways. The pedal has four controls; its
Sustain knob controls the amount of compression while Attack adjusts how quickly
the compression recovers. Turning Attack
clockwise, the response is slower and more
of your pick attack shines through.
Blend mixes the dry and compressed
signals, and Volume dials in the overall
output level. Together, the controls allow
you to shape sound dynamics to the nth
degree. Adjust the clipping to get a countrified spank that accentuates the twang of a
Telecaster. Or go all out for a funky burp
that emulates a Les Paul through a Mu-Tron
III. It's a flexible pedal, with a range of sonic
control. In addition, the Pad switch "pads"
down the input signal to harness unwanted
distortion if you're using it with high-output
humbuckers or a bass.
Both pedals are wried for tru-bypass
operation and 9-volt powered. - Michael
EVH 5150III 50W EL34
STRYMON 24V METHOD
PedalSnake's 24V adapter for Strymon's
Ojai provides isolated, regulated 24volt power for pedals and combines an
AC power cord with its pedal-to-amp
cables wrapped in one housing. The
Strymon Ojai R30 has outputs for 9-,
12-, and 18-volt operation at 500mA.
EHX VOLUME PEDAL
Electro-Harmonix has released a new
Volume Pedal in a lightweight chassis
with selectable 25K or 250K impedances, allowing the user to attenuate
signal anywhere in the chain. It is
passive, requiring no power to function.
The EVH 5150III 50W EL34 is a threechannel head that uses ECC83 tubes in the
preamp and matched EL34 power tubes.
Each channel has dual concentric Gain/
Volume controls with shared EQ (Low, Mid,
High), while Channel 3 has independent EQ.
Other features include a rear-panel Resonance control and global Presence control.