Building on the 20-year legacy of the famous BOSS BF-2, the new BF-3 flanger pedal gives guitarists and bassists an updated version of the classic BOSS flanger with the thickest stereo flanging sounds ever. Two new modes (Ultra and Gate/Pan) creat...
Again, from the Tone King video on Jeordie's effects and amps. The fact that he is using a BF-3 can be seen by the presence of a second, unused, stereo output jack on the left side of the pedal (which, interestingly, the output being used is the Output B, instead of the mono Output A).more
The Chrous, Super Flanger, and Bass Overdrive pedals are mostly used for noise and interludes during Full Of Hell's live sets. Hazard has used the flanger on “Bone Coral” from Rudiments. These pedals were all also used on the Merzbow collab in non-conventional ways. Hazard had the flanger and super chorus running through a contact mic, which He then taped it to a cymbal for one track and to a floor tom for another.more
Building on the 20-year legacy of the famous BOSS BF-2, the new BF-3 flanger pedal gives guitarists and bassists an updated version of the classic BOSS flanger with the thickest stereo flanging sounds ever. Two new modes (Ultra and Gate/Pan) create stereo flanging with incredible depth--even Slicer-type effects and sounds that seem to "swirl" around the listener. An instant classic.
BOSS discontinued the analogue BF-2, which formed the basis of the classic Robert Smith guitar sound, in the early 2000s, and they replaced it with this. I suppose they were trying to update the pedal for a new Millennium. And yes, it's got more options; a standard mode, an Ultra mode, a slicing/pan mode, it's stereo, and it'll take a bass, and there's a momentary switch so you can add the effect at certain points only, and....
...and it doesn't sound anything like as good as the BF-2. This is a digital flange effect with none of the mystery, depth and vibe of its predecessor. Just get that instead.
Does everything I want it to, is easy to use, never breaks or craps out! The tap function on this one works really well, I can use it mid song without any major difficulties. Nice to have the stereo option too.
It's one of those pedals you kind of like to have and like to use but not too much because you really can't fit it in every song. But I like the waves it makes, so... nice.
The BF-3 is a great digital flanger that is easy to set up (given you play around with the settings for an hour maybe first). The buffer in the BF-3 can cut a bit of your highs off in the clean sound, but with overdrive and distortions you wouldn't notice it, I recommend throwing the BF-3 in the amps effects loop or even putting it in a true bypass loop to protect your 'Tone'. I played through other flanger pedals and this one is the one that can do Flanging and other modulation effects the best! the gate/pan mode can be used as a Tremolo in mono and sorta a Uni-vibe in stereo amp setups. the ultra mode is great for wacked out Flanging. But the Standard mode and momentary mode (which is standard mode with, well the momentary application) is where this pedal sits better for my application, if you set the 'Res' knob low and the 'Rate' knob high you can easily get chorus sounds, even Phaser with the right settings. If you're unsure where to start with your modulation pedal search, I recommend the BF-3 or any flanger with (a manual knob which is essentially the delay time), even if flanger isn't your thing, you can cop some other modulation pedal sounds from this one effect alone.
This pedal have been on most pedalboards out there... I grew up seeing lots of players, both guitarists and bassists, using this pedal. It sounds amazing, and compared to the BF-2 (which I have owned before) it gives you more options to fine tune your effect. I love the "Momentary" function, specially to emphasize some phrases during solos.