Since 2001, Nico Sabbadin has been building custom pedals, one at a time, in Argentina for guitarists from the likes of John Mayer, Jimmy Rip and Tyrone Vaughan. Although his Funky-Vibe has existed in some form since 2004, Nico has taken this classic recreation to the next level, taking cues from the earliest production model, the Honey Uni-Vibe. After many prototypes and tracking down the correct Matsushita transistors, photocells, capacitors and even NOS bulbs to recreate the exact waveform of this legendary effect, the Funky-Vibe oozes serious mojo. Like the original, the Chorus/Vibrato rocker switch selects between classic Hendrix swirl or subtle pitch modulation. Plus, you can choose true bypass switching or cancel, which goes back to the original footswitch that turned off the bulb but still kept your guitar running through the preamp. A custom footswitch can be ordered to control the speed of the vibe or you can follow the simple diagram provided to roll your own. Best of all, the Funky-Vibe runs on the correct 24 Vac ~ 200mA for proper vintage tone and the internal transformer will be matched to the country ordered in.
Gear in Video
Amp: Fender ‘65 Deluxe Reverb RI, Metro Amp JTM-45
Guitars: Suhr Classic Antique, G&L Legacy
Other Pedals: Fulltone ‘69
Interface: UA Apollo 8 QUAD, OX Amp Top Box
Mic: Royer R-121
Strings: Ernie Ball Slinky 10-46