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BBE Soul Vibe Pedal

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A return to rotary phase sound at a price that also sounds like history.

The Soul Vibe is an analog Uni-Vibe„¢ style effect. The Uni-Vibe„¢ was known for its phase-like rotary speaker emulation made popular in the late '60s and early '70s by such players as Jimi Hendrix, David Gilmour, and Robin Trower.


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BBESoul Vibe Pedal
 
4.5

(based on 19 reviews)

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    (13)

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    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (3)
  • Professional recording (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent Vibe & Value.

I've had this vibe for a few years know. I got it shortly after it was first introduced by BBE. They did an excellent job of creating an affordable, great-sounding vibe that never...Read complete review

I've had this vibe for a few years know. I got it shortly after it was first introduced by BBE. They did an excellent job of creating an affordable, great-sounding vibe that never fails to bring a smile to my face. The internal trim-pot is a nice feature to have if you want to tweak the tone just a bit. Like a lot of players, I think it would be nice to be able to adjust this as a third knob on the outside. However, that's a minor quibble. If you grew up listening to the recordings of Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock and the Fillmore East as well as those first few Robin Trower albums, you have to check out the Soul Vibe.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great sound but was defective

This thing sounded great, it didn't pop like the Lovepedal Vibe but it wouldn't work with another BBE pedal, the Mind Bender. When both were turned on they wouldn't work? Weirdest thing??...Read complete review

This thing sounded great, it didn't pop like the Lovepedal Vibe but it wouldn't work with another BBE pedal, the Mind Bender. When both were turned on they wouldn't work? Weirdest thing?? They both sounded great, but I had to send them both back. I commend MF for their return policy. I will say the Soul Vibe does sound more like a phaser, it gets washed out with too much fuzz of OD, the sound you get is more Curtis Mayfield vs. Hendrix or Trower. I prefer a deeper, real, univibe sound but I have to admit this thing sound pretty good, especially at under $100. Worth a try, if you get a lemon send it back.

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(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Great sound but was defective

By joesl8

from Undisclosed

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Comments about BBE Soul Vibe Pedal:

This thing sounded great, it didn't pop like the Lovepedal Vibe but it wouldn't work with another BBE pedal, the Mind Bender. When both were turned on they wouldn't work? Weirdest thing?? They both sounded great, but I had to send them both back. I commend MF for their return policy. I will say the Soul Vibe does sound more like a phaser, it gets washed out with too much fuzz of OD, the sound you get is more Curtis Mayfield vs. Hendrix or Trower. I prefer a deeper, real, univibe sound but I have to admit this thing sound pretty good, especially at under $100. Worth a try, if you get a lemon send it back.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Vibe & Value.

By Phoenix Guitar Dude

from Phoenix, AZ

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Pros

  • Built Solid
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Great value
  • Hendrix Trower Tones
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about BBE Soul Vibe Pedal:

    I've had this vibe for a few years know. I got it shortly after it was first introduced by BBE. They did an excellent job of creating an affordable, great-sounding vibe that never fails to bring a smile to my face. The internal trim-pot is a nice feature to have if you want to tweak the tone just a bit. Like a lot of players, I think it would be nice to be able to adjust this as a third knob on the outside. However, that's a minor quibble. If you grew up listening to the recordings of Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock and the Fillmore East as well as those first few Robin Trower albums, you have to check out the Soul Vibe.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Univibe for a Pretty Decent Price

    By David Byrd

    from Hawaii

    Comments about BBE Soul Vibe Pedal:

    Overall, if you want that awesome sound that goes in and out, you found what your'e looking for. I even play regualr slow blues with this on a slower, less intense setting, and it's fantastic. Pick this up. You won't regret it.
    First of all, this is a GREAT pedal for sounding like Robin Trower, David Gilmour, and Hendrix. BBE does a fantastic job of recreating a timeless piece and sound (that piece being a Leslie Rotary Speaker). BBE includes a little booklet in the case that gives you some start-off settings (like a Leslie speaker, "Bridge of SIghs' by Robin Trower, "Breathe" by Pink Floyd, and "Machine Gun" by Jimi Hendrix).
    The quality of this little box is incredible, as it is with many other BBE products.
    It's a pretty fair price (bit expensive, since their are only three features, but nonetheless great).

    (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Decent Phase/Vibe sound

    By Boo Daddy

    from Alabama

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    Comments about BBE Soul Vibe Pedal:

    I have used this pedal for over a year now. It does work for a Vibe in a pinch, but does not have the lush, pulsing sound of a dedicated vibe pedal (Which I use a FT MDV-2 for). Where it does excel is being able to give a good, deep phase a la Pink Floyd. To get the best sound out of it you have to experiment with the internal trim pot. Depending on your amp and pickups the factory setting may not do it for you. I have also found it works best before dirt and distortion. I run mine either first or close to first in the chain.The pedal is rugged as hell. Mine shows a good bit of wear from use but it still functions flawlessly.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Not What I Expected...

    By E. T.

    from Purcellville VA

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    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about BBE Soul Vibe Pedal:

      Wow...First, you need to know that BBE makes a nice variety of pedals, and most of them sound pretty good. They also make the same pedal in different cases, color schemes, etc. Look for any of their pedals on ebay (Soul Vibe, Mind Bender, Boosta Grande to name a few) and you'll see lots of different looks. That being said, I got my Soul Vibe as a Stupid Deal, and the picture shows the 70s dayglo graphics, as well as the cool black dude with the giant afro. The pedal I received was in a very tasteful brown box with script writing on it. Not what I expected, get it? On plugging in, I found the sound to NOT be "vibey" at all. Maybe they think guitarists don't know the difference between tremolo (a varying of volume, like on blackface Fender amps and most Bee Gees records) and vibrato (a shifting of pitch, like Freddie Mercury or BB King). After all, we call our whammy bar a "tremolo" when it adds vibrato, right? Anyway, the "Soul Vibe" pedal seems to take a big chunk of the midrange and cut it in and out. To my ear it is definitely a tremolo effect. Listen to the Fender Rhodes (electric piano) intro on Billy Joel's "Just the Way You Are" to get an idea of what this pedal does. I was expecting a wacky, wobbly good time with this pedal. What I got is a really tasteful effect that is very useful. Graphics aside, this is a really nice sounding pedal. It adds a lot of "vibe," but is NOT a vibrato pedal.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great pedal wrong color

      By Im_jared

      from Sloan NY

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Great Sound
      • No Hum

      Cons

      • Not The Color Pictured

      Best Uses

        Comments about BBE Soul Vibe Pedal:

        Great pedal but it came in a dark brown color not the green pictured but it still has the vintage look and sound and I got it on sale so 60$ was worth it

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A little soul for your vibe.

        By JGM710

        from SE Texas

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        Comments about BBE Soul Vibe Pedal:

        I ordered this pedal about a month or two ago seeking something to push my solos a little further, when it came in, not only did it push my solos, it made my rhythms much more imaginative as well, It is a very nice recreation of the Univibe pedal, the sound can be anything from a subtle wave, to a strong phase, the only con, is when using heavy distortion, the phase doesn't come through real strong on lead parts, but this may be to blame on my high gain solid-state rig, Overall, I like it alot, the 4.0 is just because it wasn't exactly what I expected, but I'm still very pleased with it.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        great pedal

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about BBE Soul Vibe Pedal:

        i got this pedal and it is the best pedal i have ever played. also in the manual it gives you settings for Breathe(pink floyd) Bridge Of Sighs(robin trower) Machine Gun(jimi hendrix) and a Leslie simulator. this pedal is true bypass and better than i expected

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        The BEST for the price!

        By Jimiwannabe-Tjeet

        from The beautiful U.S.A.

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        Comments about BBE Soul Vibe Pedal:

        This is the only vibe pedal in this price range that has asymmetrical whirls like a real rotating speaker and the original Univibe. Do the research and see/hear for yourself. Most vibe pedals are just tweaked phasers with a boring, even sweep. This one thumps like a heart! If I had to be picky I would say that it could use a little more bass to thicken it up. But really no complaints here. Don't forget there is a trimpot inside to tweak your sound too. I haven't needed it though.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        The perfect leslise sim for a good price

        By Xtremehardy388

        from Kalamazoo, Mi

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        Comments about BBE Soul Vibe Pedal:

        I've been looking for a good vibe unit for so long an I finally found it. The only bad thing I can say is that I don't like the adjustable knob on the inside of the pedal. Other than that, I highly suggest it.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Nice Univibe / Rotary Simulation --- SRV sounds

        By Brainiac

        from Up north

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        Comments about BBE Soul Vibe Pedal:

        Built solid. Comes with an adapter and battery. Simple controls. Internal tone pot set at factory, and actually is just fine. You can dial in some nice SRV sounds ala little wing, or something less rotary shifting into hendrix territory. Trower and Floyd settings, that ain't too shabby. You can set it for a nice subtle shimmer, which I use when shifting into a chorus, to just add something different from the verse. Or you can get Leslie effect.Overall, if your looking for univibe or rotary effect that's extremely portable (don't expect it be like a rack unit or a stand alone leslie) and accept it for what it is, you won't be disappointed.My rigTelecaster > planet waves chromatic tuner > visual sound route 66 > soul vibe > green screamer > sonic stomp > combo with reverb

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Pretty Darn cool

        By Acidzappa

        from Orlando

        Comments about BBE Soul Vibe Pedal:

        I actually really dug this pedal. It is pretty versatile. You can get great Hendrix tone which is over the top, but it also offers subtle tones as well. One thing I found is that if you turn the intensity down and the speed up you can get more of a tremolo sound as opposed to vibrato. I thought that added a bit to the versatility. There is also an internal tone control inside the pedal that is cool but would have been cooler if it was on the outside. I thought the preset was a little bassy to start so I had to take the bottom off with a screwdriver to change it. Not that big of a deal just an observation. It does change the tone of the guitar a bit but vibrato sort of overpowers what it changes in tone color. Overall I was pretty impressed. Pretty cool vintage vibrato with a good full tone.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Price - Sleeper Bargain

        By Ken

        from Choctaw, OK

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        Comments about BBE Soul Vibe Pedal:

        Musician's freind ships quick as they have a warehouse in Kansas City, MO. So my free 8 day ground shipping arived in 48 hours!
        Sounds great in front of my Green Rhino Mark II for the perfect Hedrix combo! It likes to be in the front on the pedal chain.

        I REALLY like the sound!
        Comes with a 9V bat in the compartment, and a nice little book to show you some ideal settings. Seem as rugged as any stomp box.
        They say it emulatues an obsolete univibe. This is a much better price than even a univibe. A bargain at this price!

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Pedal

        By James Skinner

        from Texas

        Comments about BBE Soul Vibe Pedal:

        Another outstanding BBE product. Accurately re-creates the original Uni-vibe sound when adjusted properly. After reading some of the reviews I decided to compare the soul-vibe to the univibe in real time(rather than comparing it to a Hendrix or Trower tune), to ensure that it replicated the original uni-vibe I dusted off my old vibe and plugged them both in and toggled between the two units while making adjustments. The pedal sounds great in my set-up which is 69' Strat(Texas Specials) > BBE Wah > BBE Boosta Grande > Elite Tone Fillmore > BBE Green Screamer > BBE Soul Vibe > BBE Two- Timer > BBE Sonic Stomp > 84' Twin Reverb(Eminence Texas Heat speakers).

         
        5.0

        This Pedal has great Vibe!

        By Scott K

        from Louisville KY

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        Pros

        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Responsive

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about BBE Soul Vibe Pedal:

          Way cool pedal to have on your board. Love the rotary speaker effect it gives you. Great Pedal at a great price.

           
          4.0

          Very Nice Univibe!

          By Axe_To_Grind

          from Cleveland,Oh

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • No Mix Control

          Best Uses

            Comments about BBE Soul Vibe Pedal:

            I bought this pedal a few years ago...very nice swishing swaying signal...My only gripe is it lacks a mix control...its not perfectly clean...But I dont mind a little filth to get that classic sound...but otherwise...for a low end jobber...It does a great job recreating those classic Hendrix,Trower sounds we all know and love!

             
            1.0

            3 Whole days

            By I'm not sure

            from Arkansas

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            Comments about BBE Soul Vibe Pedal:

            I bought this pedal in search of a good "Hendrix sound". The pedal sounded about average and had a smoothness to it that I did not expect. I also wasn't expecting it to stop working after 3 days. The blue light flshed orange for a split second and then poof, no working pedal. Hopefully this was a fluke, but I will not be purchasing another.

             
            5.0

            BBE Soul Vibe

            By Stanley-QVZCr

            from Albany, KY

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            Comments about BBE Soul Vibe Pedal:

            I took this pedal out of the box and pluged it in the minute I got it home and I must say that it's worth more to me than an original Dunlop Uni-Vibe...It adds less 'twang', which is usually verry aboundant in this type of effect. It does exactly what the description says it does and is verry quiet in doing so. I can't believe how little I regret paying this much for it.

             
            5.0

            BIG bang for your buck!

            By GuitarPhreak-kvLcS

            from Detroit

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            Comments about BBE Soul Vibe Pedal:

            This pedal does everything it says it will do and sounds excellent doing it! I own many outher similar pedals like a uni vibe , deja vibe, boss rt 20, micro vibe etc. This pedal sounds as good as any and beats them all in price. I would recomend this pedal to anyone looking for a good univibe type effect especially if you are on a budget. P.S. try this pedal BEFORE your overdrive effect.

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