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This page is going to be dedicated to cool old and rare pedals, some of which are now regarded as museum pieces, hence the name of the page. I will update this from time to time so check back occasionally for some good quality pedal pr0n.

Univox Univibe

Univox Univibe


The Univibe effect saw the light of day in 1968. It was invented by Fumio Mieda, and manufactured by the Japanese company Shin Ei. The effect sold in the US as Univox Uni-Vibe, but the rest of the world knew it as Jax Vibra-Chorus.

The Uni-vibe is a foot pedal operated phase shifter that creates chorus and vibrato effects intended for use with an electric organ or an electric guitar. It was supposed to emulate the classic Doppler sound of a Leslie speaker. Leslie speakers were a large combined amplifier and speaker unit in which the speakers rotated to create the Doppler Effect, Leslie cabinets were most commonly used with Hammond Organs.

The effect is based on a pulsating light bulb wich is surrounded by four light sensors. It is a totally analog machine that produces a warm and shimmering sound, unlike a digital effect.

Although the UniVibe was not a highly accurate Leslie Cabinet emulator it became an effect pedal synonymous with some of the great guitarists including David Gilmour of Pink Floyd, Robin Trower and Jimi Hendrix.
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Shaftesbury Duo Fuzz

Shaftesbury Duo Fuzz

The original Shaftesbury Duo Fuzz as made by the Japanese Shin Ei company in the late 1960's early 70's and produced for the Rose Morris music shop in London and very rare these days.
This is all original, works perfectly and sounds fantastic. It has its original box too with customary hole. Other examples i have seen of these all had the hole in the box, this is because the box was a tad too shallow for the pedal and the switch would end up poking through the top.


This next descriptive bit I lifted from The Gigrig's website, Dan has a nice way of describing the sound of one of these:
What sets the Duo-Fuzz apart from any other fuzz pedal is how musical it sounds. What does that mean? Some of the fuzz circuits created way back when made your guitar sound like a buzz saw, which is fine but very harsh. The Duo-Fuzz has this amazing quality of actually working with the tone of your guitar enabling you to squeeze every nuance from your instrument. It's a sound that is so enjoyable you immediately stop over playing. The simplest blues lick played through this thing makes you sound like an axe toting deity. There is an emphasis on the upper harmonics, especially the first octave, so notes just jump out at you. I can honestly say I've never had so much fun with a fuzz pedal in my life. (Daniel Steinhardt)

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Ibanez OD850

Ibanez OD850

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