With the classic BOSS BF-2 Flanger, a flanging effect is produced by combining the original signal with an electronically delayed signal. Using four controls, you can tailor a variety of sounds--from dynamic jet-plane effects to short delay, choru...
"The first pedal I bought at that time, which was the late 70s, was the purple BF-2 flanger. I’ve been thinking about that recently: I imagine The Cure wouldn’t exist without that little pedal. Like all great effects it can’t really be duplicated. It’s got such a cool distinctive sound that really reminds me of the time, you know? But the problem was every single riff I had was just going woooosshhhh!!! It was the only pedal I could afford at the time!"more
In this video, Gary featured a selection of Boss guitar effects pedals he uses including the [DS-1](http://equipboard.com/items/boss-ds-1-distortion-guitar-effects-pedal), [CE-2](http://equipboard.com/items/boss-ce-2-chorus-guitar-effect-pedal), [DM-2](http://equipboard.com/items/boss-dm-2-analog-delay-effects-pedal), [OC-2](http://equipboard.com/items/boss-oc-2-octave-pedal) as well as the BF-2 Flanger.more
On the [Gear page](http://www.billyduffy.com/gear/boss-bf-2-flanger-pedal/) of Billy Duffy's website, he says, “I use all BOSS delays and I use their flanger and the Super Overdrive, still, on occasion. It [the Boss BF-2] is very much part of the early Death Cult and Cult sound and features heavily in the ‘Sanctuary’ and ‘Fire Woman’ intros."more
James Dean Bradfield uses a Boss BF-2 flanger pedal, as can be seen in this picture of his pedalboard, found in [this](http://www.musicradar.com/guitarist/manic-street-preachers-james-dean-bradfields-gear-280353/13) Music Radar article. His guitar tech also confirms this an [this interview](http://manics.rawkstar.net/articles/roland.php) when he says, "There are a load of pedals in line; the Boss FZ-2, for a bit of sustain more than anything, the Boss CE-5, Flanger and DD-5, and some other stuff that I don't like!"
Prince has used the Boss BF-2 Flanger pedal in many of his concerts and performances for several years. He has used the Boss BF- 2 Flanger pedal on Jay Leno's Tonight show and the 21 Nights in London concerts. The Boss BF-2 Flanger pedal can spotted on the left side of Prince's effects pedal board after the Boss VB-2 Vibrato and Boss DD-3 Digital Delay pedals.more
This video from DunlopTV features the guitar tech of TOOL's longest acting bassist, Justin Chancellor. As he runs through some of the pedals within Chancellor's pedal board, we see that the over-all board is in 3 sections. On the far left of the middle section is a bright purple pedal with chrome topped knobs. This pedal is the BOSS BF-2 Flanger Pedal.more
Another pedal in the Boss range. The BF-2 Flanger. This purple pedal is in my view the best flanger available. It was a veteran pedal in Squire's set up and served him well in the sound quality department. This pedal is commonly known for being able to emulate a jet engine type of sound. Squire would use this pedal mostly for intense sweeping sounds over chords during various sections of tunes live.E.g End of She bangs the drums, "You're eyes are gazing back from...." middle 8 bit in Sally Cinnamon, Made of Stone chorus, spacey sounds during the instrumental of Resurrection etc.If set up for the jet engine sound, the pedal can really give a sound like you are about to take off at 1000mph!! It's certainly great fun to strum through a chord and hear the this effect full on. It can also be set up for more subtle chorus type sounds and wierd wobbly sounds, although Squire seemed to opt mainly for the sweeping swooshy sounds. These pedals have risen in price quite recently and are probably about £80-£90 brand new. It may sound quite a lot but boss pedals are fantastic quality and well worth the money. It is a very versatile pedal and is certainly worth putting in the time to experiment with it. This will make the money spent a bit more justifiable. Personally, I feel the jet sound alone is worth the money!!! Again, from the Tokyo picture it may seem impossible to tell it's a flanger but it's the only boss pedal that has an extra trim around the control panel which can be seen from the pic if you get eagle-eyed. This pedal can also be seen from the blackpool pic at the end of Squire's pedal chain.more
Sometimes I really miss my Boss BF-2 Flanger pedal. I bought it for $20 in highschool from a kid named Frank who was really into the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. I think we made the deal on a school bus.... so it must have been about 18 years ago! I used it sparingly, but devotedly for a decade and now I can't remember what I did with it. I wonder if its in a box somewhere with my Boss SD-1 overdrive....
Anyway, the boss has a passable buffer and their usually sturdy build quality. Featuring controls for Manual (LFO sweep center point), rate, depth and resonance (regeneration), this little analog flanger sounds exactly like you would expect. At low resonance and depth settings it can do cool chorus sounds like the Cure's use of flanging. Get extreme and slow the rate down to achieve some cheesey Heart sounds for covering "Baracuda". Lots of great sounds inbetween. This pedal will not get as extreme and filtery as an electric mistress, nor does it sound as smooth and good as an A/DA or Mutron Flanger (oh to have that rare Mutron foot-flanger back from the junky who loaned it to me... I hope he didn't sell it for less than a grand). The BF-2 is capable of pretty solid Ibanez Jet Flanger tones with the Res knob cranked.
My biggest caveat with the BF-2 is the fact that if you want to run a distortion effect like a TS9 or Tonebender Fuzz into it (instead of after it, 2 VERY different sounds), it is very easy to clip the input stage of Boss's internal buffer wether the flanger is engaged or not. Also, this flanger is NOT stereo, but frankly none of the best sounding flangers ever were as I recall from my youth when they were hella popular. This is a good meat and potatoes modulation effect that does a good job of well, everything flange!
Dont try and tell me Boss pedals are rubbish its only boutique marketing that says it. This pedal is a classic you have to have one even if you only use it for the jet flange sound on the ending of 1 song.
So, here we have something what Boss decided to discontinue. Why? That is a million dollar question, because that flanger is absolutely great. It can give you delicate chorus, little detune, classic flanging or extreme sweeps for EVH stuff. Very tweakable; analog circuit sounds warm, lush, natural and deep. On the other hand I find BF-2 a little metallic when compared to HF-2. Nevertheless it is definately worth the money and yes - it can be found cheap. I have the MiJ version with silver screw - got it for 20$. Fav settings: Manual: minimum, Depth 2:00, Rate 2:00, Res: minimum.
...it sometimes makes it difficult to cut through the mix, especially in low frequencies. On a Warwick Corvette $$ it offers a colourful wave. On a P-Bass fretless, the effect gets muddy and sometimes inaudible. I particularly like putting the rate between 3 and 5 o'clock for a psyche/disco, fat, sound.
My favourite pedal of all time. 4 really brilliant knobs (Manual, Depth, Rate, Resonance) and a pretty affordable price. I personally use it on bass (because who said you can't use guitar pedals for bass?) and it sounds brilliant, especially when you crank the treble tone knob up on your bass.
Yeah it's just another boring BOSS pedal, right? And it's purple, or fuchsia, or whatever... But it is yet another example where BOSS does something, and does it so well, that everything else is now compared to it. The BF-2 Flanger is a classic, and for good reason. It sounds awesome. There is a wide range of sounds, easily dialed in, going from a full-on psychedelic wobble, to a 747-soaring overhead, to a soft chorus-like blend. If you want to flange, there are plenty of options, but not a better one.