The Shin-Ei company introduce a re-make of their classic chorus / vibrato effect pedal of the 60s and 70s: The Vibe-Bro Chorus and Vibrato pedal is Shin-Ei’s first new product in nearly 40 years and is already being championed by some pretty famous tone chasers.
This classic effect has been used on many famous recordings and is instantly recognisable for its deep low and organic sounding modulation effect. It is very ‘Hendrix’-sounding and I guess it will get a lot of players excited, as this type of effect has seen a huge resurgence in recent years. Many manufacturers are striving to get close to the sound of the originals.
The reissue is truly retro in every sense from looks to components: It uses NOS parts and comes in either the classic vintage black or machine gun grey finish. Shin-Ei say everything about it is based on the original units from all those years ago. They have even reissued the optional vintage styled foot switch that can be used to control the speed of the effect. The new Vibe-Bros look very close to the original units from yesteryear, so hopefully they will sound as good too. However, the original ones were built in Japan – these reissues are made in Austin, Texas.
Maybe that’s also why the Vibe-Bro is being used by big names like Eric Johnson already (who hails from Austin himself and has been seen using the reissue). Expect the guitar forums to start getting all over-excited by this announcement, as many boutique effect pedal companies have been trying to replicate the vintage tone for a number of years now. With big names like Kenny Wayne-Shepard and Eric Johnson using this new reissue pedal, undoubtedly there will be a lot of interest.
You can order the pedal direct from Shin-Ei. The unit comes in either a US and a European version running at different voltages.
The optional foot pedal comes in a few different versions.
Here you’ll find the Shin-Ei Vibe-Bro Product Details
RRP $699 and optional foot switch from $199, both available in either Classic Black or Machine Gun Grey.