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Classic EVH flanging tonality!
Dunlop and Edward Van Halen have collaborated to bring back the classic tone of the MXR Flanger that powered timeless Van Halen tunes like "Unchained" and "And the Cradle Will Rock." The result of their effort is th...
http://www.guitarworld.com/eddie-van-halen-how-he-created-his-signature-sound-using-mxrs-phase-90-and-flanger-pedals Obviously, I liked the Phase 90, so when MXR came out with the Flanger, I said, What the hell? I loved their stuff. Their pedals are built like a brick shit house, and they make great sounds, so I started putzing around with the Flanger too. I always use the same setting for everything, from the intro to “And the Cradle Will Rock…” to “Unchained,” with the exception of the setting I used on the intro to “Outta Love Again” and “Bullethead.” I set the three knobs on the left between 11 o’clock or 11:30, and the last knob on the right [regeneration] is all the way up. I might fine-tune the speed a little to match it to the tempo of the song, like on “Unchained” where the sweep goes perfectly with the riff. I was just goofing off and experimenting. It wouldn’t have sounded good to use the flanger all the way through. The riff just needed a little bit here and there. It’s a cool, tasty little tidbit that I threw in there to draw attention to the riff.more
As seen at the minute 03.10 of the "Guitarist"'s Video "On The Road With Zakk Wylde", Zakk Wylde MXR EVH117 Flanger during his Tour. The pedal is used in his pedalboard, placed behind the main heads and cabs right after his signature overdrive and chorus and an MXR EVH Phaser. The MRX EVH117 Flanger is used for only one song, "Crazy Horse".more
Classic EVH flanging tonality!
Dunlop and Edward Van Halen have collaborated to bring back the classic tone of the MXR Flanger that powered timeless Van Halen tunes like "Unchained" and "And the Cradle Will Rock." The result of their effort is the MXR EVH 117 Flanger, a stompbox with the same bucket-brigade technology that provided the sweeping, whooshing magic of the original. This updated model comes with the EVH Switch, which instantly calls up Eddie's "Unchained" sound with the exact settings used to get the original guitar tone. On top of that, it comes painted with the cool striped graphics Eddie used to customize his guitars.
It is a fun way to change things up, and you can nail certain Van Halen songs where it is necessary for that certain sound. I don't use this one a lot, but you can use it to make all kinds of different tones.
Being into Flangers myself, taking influence from notable users - Andy Summers and of course Eddie Van Halen I really wanted to get a Flanger that had lots of character and bright tone.
I have owned this pedal for a long time and never really sat down and tried to figure out what I would want to do with it. Another question that I have is, how am I suppose to us this correctly. I've never came across what I would want to use this sound for in my personal playing. What I do say is, it has a strong, distinct sound and it's great to do Van Halen covers. I do recommend trying it out and if you have ideas for me, let me know.