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MXR EVH-117 Van Halen Flanger Featured

 
MXR Edward Van Halen signature Flanger


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The unchained original flanger! featured

Ease Of Use firstly lets assume you don't know anything about the manipulation of effects but like ed's unchained tone, that with this pedal is a butons push away.... yes you heard me right one button, push it, unchained! How easy? very! In more depth the unit comes boxed with a few bits of evh paraphanalia, clear instuctions on the use of the unit and the ruber knob covers! The unit has four knobs and is based on the origional bucket brigade chips of the origional mxr flangers that are considered by many to be the absolute grail of delay and modulation effect tone. The four knobs are labelled manual, speed, width and regen. Manual controls where the phase is in relation to the signal in delay, speed is how fast the effect sweeps through the delay, width controls the sweeping time delay, the higher the width and spped the more intense the effect is and the regen controls the overall intensity off the effect in your signal path. It sounds a litle confusing but its pretty easy to get to grips with. The unit has a red led for effect activation and a yellow led lights up in the evh swith to tell you its activated, the unit runs on 2 9v batteries or an 18v regulated supply.


Sound As for the sounds there is everything there, i'm not kidding! Lets look at it like this evh uses one, john petrucci uses one, eric peterson uses one too name a few! I think you'll find this enough to prove the point of the quality of this unit! The unit does slow steady pans like ibanez's flying pan unit's. aeroplane noises, whooshes, swirls, boners fast pans, chorus like effects and of course evh too a tee! Thia unit is without a doubt a good one and i strugled to part with the initial high asking price but i'm glad i did. The evh button goes straight to the unchained setting and let me tell you folks, go into your local dealer, grab a humbucker equipt guitar, take your hand and rub it up and down the strings over the bridge pickup and hey presto... atomic punk! Yes guys you too can be evh at the push of a button! This pedal still blows me away, i never cease to be amazed by it!


Reliability Its tough, gigworthy and grest looking. It sits in mxr's large housing with rubber feet on the undernesth and two snap fit compartments conceal the 9v batteries. the switch feels great and solid underfoot and being mxr you could most probably run it over with a sherman tank and it would still be useable. The paint finish is ubercol and well applied as well as being thick and hardwaring. This box came to rock and doesn't dissapoint with any feature of its constuction!


Liked about it The tone is perfect and versitile.
strongly built and very well finished.
The evh unchained switch is exactly wha the doctor ordered for many a evh fanatic!!


Didn't like 18v can cause a problem on most pedal boards.
large footprint
battery consumption.


Overall satisfaction:
 
5.0

By fretboardpyro
Oct 14, 2009
 
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This is what flanger is supposed to sound like!

Ease Of Use 4 knobs... pretty straight-forward. I find this pedal easy to use and easy to dial in sounds that I like. It's really cool that the put the little "EVH" switch on the pedal which overrides the knob locations and instantly dials up Eddie's flanger settings from unchained... that's ease of use!

I set the knobs to something fairly different because I can always easily get back to classic Eddie flanger effect with that button... very cool feature.


Sound I've tried a couple of flanger pedals and several multi-fx units. In my opinion this is the best sounding flanger effect I've played (granted, there are lots of things I haven't tried).

I use this effect sparingly, but I like that I have a really nice sounding flanger on the pedalboard when I want it. I set manual at 11:00, width at 10:00, speed at 1:00 and regen at 11:00.

Having said that, of all my pedals this is probably the one I experiment the most with (in terms of how the knobs are set). It's hard to get a bad setting out of this pedal. I mostly use this effect with medium or high gain tones. There's something to this bucket-brigade circuitry. I have this one and the Black Label chorus... love the sounds I get from both!


Reliability Very reliable... never had any issue with any MXR product.


Customer Support Never had to contact 'em because MXR products are so well built.


Liked about it 1) The EVH switch
2) Cool graphics
3) Great sound


Didn't like I don't like the fact that this pedal requires 18v. I run most of my pedal board with a visual sound 1-spot, but I need a separate power supply for this pedal. I'm too cheap to get a power brick or something vs. just having two power supplies. I'm sure there's a good reason for it, but I don't care for the 18v requirement.


Overall satisfaction:
 
4.0

By djrjems
Jul 03, 2012
 
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Killer pedal

Ease Of Use The MXR EVH-117 is very easy to use.If you don't feel like fooling with the knobs just push the EVH button and use the same settings Eddie uses,they're good all around settings.I set the knobs for a mild, chorusy like effect and use the EVH button for when I need a flanger.


Sound I'm using a Ibanez Rgt42FM and a G&L Comanche and a Peavey 5150 2x12 combo.The MXR EVH-117 sounds great with both guitars and there is no loss of tone.The flanger sounds warm,lush,and natural.You can even get some chorusing and leslie like effects out of this pedal.


Reliability This pedal is built like a tank and I've never had a problem with it.I would use it without a back-up.


Customer Support I've never had to contact them.


Liked about it I like how it looks and sounds.I can use 2 different settings by setting the knobs one way then using the EVH button.I also like that the knob marks glow in the dark allowing me to see how the knobs are set on a dark stage.


Didn't like There isn't anything I don't like about this pedal.


Overall satisfaction:
 
5.0

By StevenMikel
Jul 21, 2011
 
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