These new mini-sized vintage Uni-Vibe style pedals from Sabbadius Electronics are based on classic units used by Jimi Hendrix, Robin Trower and David Gilmour. The company uses custom-made photocells and the Matsushita 2sC828 and 2sC539 transistors to give its Tiny-Vibe 68 and Tiny-Vibe 69 pedals that authentic sound.
Tiny-Vibe 68 and Tiny-Vibe 69
Argentinian effects manufacturer Sabbadius Electronics really does know how to build great-sounding Uni-Vibe style pedals. The company’s brand new Tiny-Vibe 68 (black front) and Tiny-Vibe 69 pedals are based on the 1968 model as used by Jimi Hendrix, and the 1969 models as used by Robin Trower and David Gilmour, with a few subtle changes.
Two Distinct Vintage Tones
The Tiny-Vibe 68 is based on the Honey-built Uni-Vibe from early 1968. It has a more intense sound and a much faster maximum pulse speed. The Tiny-Vibe 69, on the other hand, is an emulation of the later Japanese-built Uni-Vibe, known for its warmer and much wider sound. Each pedal is built using custom-made photocells and Matsushita 2sC828 and 2sC539 transistors, which are all used in a completely analogue circuit, just like the original ’60s pedals.
Both the Tiny-Vibe 68 and Tiny-Vibe 69 are hand-wired and have hand-welded enclosures. They also use original 1960s stock Japanese bulbs, which allegedly don’t lead to any perceived drop in volume when the pedal is engaged.
Both versions of the Tiny-Vibe have controls for Volume and Intensity along with a Chorus/Vibrato switch. The Speed knob is on the right-hand side of the enclosure, allowing players to easily make adjustments with their feet. Finally, you have a true bypass on/off footswitch, and another called Cancel, so you can use the pedal as a preamp, which is a really nice touch.
Tasty Vintage Vibe Tone
Having a good Uni-Vibe-style modulation can really make an electric guitar scream. Or, you can use it for subtle undulations and shimmer when needed. So these could be a great investment for your tone, without any vintage pedal hassles and noise. And with the added bonus of not being huge or tone-sucking when you engage them. I can see tone junkies, who are looking for a vintage vibe, really digging these. You can hear both pedals in the two video demos below. Both sound great.
Looking to cop that Bridge of Sighs tone or some sweet Hendrix vibes? Then these two pedals should be on your radar!
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