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BBE Mind Bender Analog Chorus/Vibrato Pedal   

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The Mind Bender is a dual-mode analog Vibrato/Chorus pedal that uses the BBD (Bucket Brigade Delay) circuit and was patterned after 2 rare vintage gu...Click To Read More About This Product

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2 vintage pedal sounds in one!

The Mind Bender is a dual-mode analog Vibrato/Chorus pedal that uses the BBD (Bucket Brigade Delay) circuit and was patterned after 2 rare vintage guitar effects pedals: the Boss VB-2 Vibrato (Pitch Vibrato) and Way Huge Electronics' Blue Hippo (Analog Chorus). The Mind Bender produces a wide range of lush vibrato/chorus and rotating speaker effects.

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BBEMind Bender Analog Chorus/Vibrato Pedal
 
4.3

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (6)
  • Responsive (5)
  • Good selection of effects (4)
  • Compact (3)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (6)
  • Home studio (4)
  • Professional recording (4)
  • Amateur recording (3)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (4), Experienced (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Limited Strike Zone

Once you get past 3 or 4 on the Depth dial the sounds become unusable - before those points it has nice analog vibrato and chorus effects. And the dials are pretty sensitive, so...Read complete review

Once you get past 3 or 4 on the Depth dial the sounds become unusable - before those points it has nice analog vibrato and chorus effects. And the dials are pretty sensitive, so there is some versatility to the pedal before you get into the spacey unmusical tones at the top end. Plays well with humbuckers and single coil pickups, and did well with an OD pedal in front.

The pedal is built like a tank and looks like it will last for decades. The LED effect showing speed is a nice feature, and it truly is two pedals in one. (Note that you can't use it as both vibrato and chorus simultaneously, but to my ears the chorus layers atop the vibrato anyway.) It's not "Boss small"; it's more the size of an EHX Little Big M-Pi. But since it's two pedals in one it justifies its space on the pedal board.

The bottom line is the Mind Bender is nowhere near as essential to me as some other pedals (e.g., an OD pedal), but the pedal delivers useful vibrato and chorus effects at a reasonable price.

A final quirky note. The Mind Bender also had a strong chemical smell out of the box which I've not encountered with other pedals. It has dissipated over the few weeks I've had the pedal, but still has the smell.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not a chorus for everyone, Far from subtle, adds overdrive too

This is a really spacey, over the top pedal. If you are looking for something to add some prettyness to your cleans or a subtle flavor to your distortion, look elsewhere!!! I...Read complete review

This is a really spacey, over the top pedal. If you are looking for something to add some prettyness to your cleans or a subtle flavor to your distortion, look elsewhere!!! I you like crazy effects, this might be for you, but expect to have your tone drastically altered, and not just by chorus and vibrato.
I traded a fuzz pedal for this pedal, wanting to replace my Danoelectro Fab chorus. Well, the search continues. This is a really over the top chorus. It doesn't really pretty up your cleans, just adds a really noticeable modulation effect, bending the pitch of your notes heavily. Even at the lowest settings, one you get it noticeable it's too pitchy for good cleans. IF you run this in the effects loop, it will KILL your distortion, removing all the highs and lowering the volume. Running in front off the amp clears this up, but it's still too over the top for anything but intentionally effects ridden tones. The vibrato seems nice - still really over the top - but i'm not a vivrato user so i'll reserve any more comment there.
Seems well built, but it overdrives your signal when engaged, pushing your clean tone into crunch territory. That cant be intentional. There is no gain or level knob to clear this up, rendering it unuseable for me.
At $149, there are much better choruses out there. I much prefer my $20 fab chorus. 'nuff said.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Limited Strike Zone

By I Am A Rodeo

from Georgia, USA

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Durable
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Responsive

Cons

  • Stinks A Bit

Best Uses

  • Neil Young Vibrato
  • Shimmering Chorus

Comments about BBE Mind Bender Analog Chorus/Vibrato Pedal:

Once you get past 3 or 4 on the Depth dial the sounds become unusable - before those points it has nice analog vibrato and chorus effects. And the dials are pretty sensitive, so there is some versatility to the pedal before you get into the spacey unmusical tones at the top end. Plays well with humbuckers and single coil pickups, and did well with an OD pedal in front.

The pedal is built like a tank and looks like it will last for decades. The LED effect showing speed is a nice feature, and it truly is two pedals in one. (Note that you can't use it as both vibrato and chorus simultaneously, but to my ears the chorus layers atop the vibrato anyway.) It's not "Boss small"; it's more the size of an EHX Little Big M-Pi. But since it's two pedals in one it justifies its space on the pedal board.

The bottom line is the Mind Bender is nowhere near as essential to me as some other pedals (e.g., an OD pedal), but the pedal delivers useful vibrato and chorus effects at a reasonable price.

A final quirky note. The Mind Bender also had a strong chemical smell out of the box which I've not encountered with other pedals. It has dissipated over the few weeks I've had the pedal, but still has the smell.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Works well

By Jaxon

from N. California

About Me Professional Musician

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Quiet
  • Responsive

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about BBE Mind Bender Analog Chorus/Vibrato Pedal:

    This pedal is straight forward and easy to use. It has two functions, chorus or vibrato with depth and speed control knobs. One foot switch for the functions and one for in/out. Both have LEDS so you know when they are engaged. The unit is all metal construction and the retro paint looks cool. It does sound like an analog chorus (think MXR) which is very useful but the vibrato function is where it shines. It reminds me of the vintage Fender amp vibratos but with more clarity. An additional plus is that it comes with the AC/DC adapter.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Great sound - with a Strat

    By I Just Wanna Rock

    from sconsin

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    Comments about BBE Mind Bender Analog Chorus/Vibrato Pedal:

    I love the sound, but the inability to get a clean signal out with a humbucker guitar (and I don't mean one with a hot EMG 81, I mean a Dimarzio PAF or Duncan 59) is a big turn-off.
    Basic speed and depth controls and chorus/vibrato switch. Nothing too innovative.
    Built solid! Sounds good, lets you dial in a variety from subtle to warbly and out-of-tune sounding chorus. BEWARE! Low headroom. Mine distorts with a humbucker equipped guitar. Sounds fine with a single-coil equipped guitar.
    Might not be as cheap as some, but I think you're getting a finer sounding chorus.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Psychedelic man!

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about BBE Mind Bender Analog Chorus/Vibrato Pedal:

    I'm never again using a digital chorus pedal. Both the chorus and the vibrato on this are exactly what you'd expect from an analog pedal: rich, full, and warm. There's really no way to get a "bad" sound out of it! At a slow speed, the chorus nails those classic late 70's/early 80's Rush and Police-type sounds, but when cranked up, it transforms into a spot-on Leslie rotating speaker effect. Until I got this pedal, I had rarely ever used vibrato, but now I use it all the time with tape delay and harmonizer to get a huge shimmery modulated sound. Get this pedal and I guarantee you won't be disappointed.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Not a chorus for everyone, Far from subtle, adds overdrive too

    By CheeseGrater

    from Virginia

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    Comments about BBE Mind Bender Analog Chorus/Vibrato Pedal:

    This is a really spacey, over the top pedal. If you are looking for something to add some prettyness to your cleans or a subtle flavor to your distortion, look elsewhere!!! I you like crazy effects, this might be for you, but expect to have your tone drastically altered, and not just by chorus and vibrato.
    I traded a fuzz pedal for this pedal, wanting to replace my Danoelectro Fab chorus. Well, the search continues. This is a really over the top chorus. It doesn't really pretty up your cleans, just adds a really noticeable modulation effect, bending the pitch of your notes heavily. Even at the lowest settings, one you get it noticeable it's too pitchy for good cleans. IF you run this in the effects loop, it will KILL your distortion, removing all the highs and lowering the volume. Running in front off the amp clears this up, but it's still too over the top for anything but intentionally effects ridden tones. The vibrato seems nice - still really over the top - but i'm not a vivrato user so i'll reserve any more comment there.
    Seems well built, but it overdrives your signal when engaged, pushing your clean tone into crunch territory. That cant be intentional. There is no gain or level knob to clear this up, rendering it unuseable for me.
    At $149, there are much better choruses out there. I much prefer my $20 fab chorus. 'nuff said.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great 2 in 1

    By Valascia

    from Dover, DE

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    Comments about BBE Mind Bender Analog Chorus/Vibrato Pedal:

    I just received my Mind Bender and so far I'm pretty impressed with it. There is a wide range of tones available between the vibrato and the chorus. The enclosure and switches are sturdy. That paint job is just cool. I would have preferred two different colors for the vibrato/chorus LEDs, green and yellow are just too similar to my eyes. With my PRS SE Hollowbody and Lonestar Special I can get some really soulful chorusing and wild vibrato. Over all I'd reccomend this to anyone looking for a Leslie simulator.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Go on a bender!

    By SpaceManSpiff

    from Reading, PA

    Comments about BBE Mind Bender Analog Chorus/Vibrato Pedal:

    I purchased this pedal from M-friend about a year ago and it is one of my favorites. The two effects (separately controllable for stage playing by the footswitch)are dialed in for a great addition to my sounds. The chorus is thick and works great for when we want to throw in some 80's era Smiths and then switch over to the pitch-shifting vibrato for a Neil Young-ish romp. I can't really use the effects when turned up to noon or above on the depth control, really crazy and modulated, but that's just my style. Really fun and durable pedal. Thanks BBE!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    solid unit !

    By messy bedroom

    from Toronto

    Comments about BBE Mind Bender Analog Chorus/Vibrato Pedal:

    first of all its true bypass so when its off its really off. im not a stickler on true bypass but i am for a good bypass in any situation.the chorus is a good lush sound which is well represented on the youtube demo's of it easy to operate. bright LED's.the vibrato is everything that i hoped for sonically. at first i felt nervous because i was having trouble sort of feeling out how to use the sounds. i knew what i was looking for from songs i know. however the manual give some pretty great starting presets. pretty soon i was on my way to getting awesome accurate leslie vibe's and great lush chorus sounds.as for why i gave a 3.5 on features thats just me being a little snobby in wishing it had stereo outputs, and independent controls for the vibe and chorus section. instead of having to dial around between to your favourite vibe setting and your favourite chorus setting. third and my pickiets of all for features i felt that the knobs could have had a wider ratio to make finer fine tunings of speed and depth.over all really great pedal, all analog, sounds amazing and a reasonable price... i wouldn't hesitate to buy another one.

     
    2.0

    no

    By Steve

    from Houston,Tx.

    About Me Professional Musician

    Comments about BBE Mind Bender Analog Chorus/Vibrato Pedal:

    IT sounds great except for one thing-the white noise hiss was overwhelming! I've heard other reviewers complain about this-maybe we got bad ones? Don't tell me to get a noise gate-I shouldn't have to.How others give this high ratings is beyond me.

     
    5.0

    Amazing!

    By Effectguy123

    from Greeley CO

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Easy to use
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Great Sounding
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about BBE Mind Bender Analog Chorus/Vibrato Pedal:

      Go this yesterday and WOW! this thing sounds awesome. Lots of different sounds available and tons of fun. Also really easy to dial in. Go buy one haha. I used to use a Rotovibe and the BBE blows it out of the water, both clean and dirty sounds.

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