Akai Flanger review

  • £59
  • $199
An array of tones can be teased from the Flanger's four-knob set-up.

MusicRadar Verdict

We reckon you buy a flanger because you want to be noticed. With this you will be.


  • +

    Versatility from four-knob control.


  • -

    Can get a bit OTT at times .

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Akai's new Analog Custom Shop Range consists initially of 10 pedals, five in the fuzz/overdrive/distortion category, a compressor, chorus, analogue delay, phaser and this flanger.


With four knobs to control the sound, there are plenty of variations on the flanging effect going on here, including some that will take your head off - just manipulate the knobs without even playing guitar and there's endless police sirens, death rays and flying saucers!

For the more conventional there's faux rotary speaker sounds and metallic timbres, plus plenty that's familiar - go on, play Message In A Bottle… you know you want to!

Trevor Curwen has played guitar for several decades – he's also mimed it on the UK's Top of the Pops. Much of his working life, though, has been spent behind the mixing desk, during which time he has built up a solid collection of the guitars, amps and pedals needed to cover just about any studio session. He writes pedal reviews for Guitarist and has contributed to Total Guitar, MusicRadar and Future Music among others.