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MusicRadar Verdict

This could be the way to go if you want Univibe-esque sounds in a small pedal: a cool modulation source for the crowded pedalboard.

Pros

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    Small footprint. Cool sound. Pulsing LED.

Cons

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    Four-screw battery access. Only two control knobs.

The Vibe is designed to emulate the classic Univibe sound in a space that's far more pedalboard-friendlythan the exceedingly bulky footprint of the original.

Take a look at our hand-on video demo

It features a four- stage light-driven circuit, a modern interpretation of the original. The speed and intensity of the effect are both adjustable and indicated by a pulsing status LED.

Sounds

A familiar vintage watery swirl with plenty of low-end throb can be easily dialled in here to please Hendrix and Trower fans, but there's plenty of variation for a selection of modulation effects, including sounds in the tremolo and rotary speaker vein.

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.