• Pros: A simple to use effects pedal combining chorus with vibrato. With a price that is right, this pedal has a large appeal.
• Cons: Can be hard to control at the higher reaches, often creating extremely out-there effects.
• Overall: Enjoy the fun of the Mind Bender and create new sounds and tones for your musical output at a price that won’t break the bank.
With an effects pedal called the Mind Bender, you should know not to expect a straightforward clean and crisp chorus effect. This is a pedal for those that are better suited to the boundaries of sonic creations and if you like to mess with people’s heads or maybe even your own, this pedal should be of interest.
Anyone buying the BBE Mind Bender Chorus is likely to be purchasing it for either the vibrato effect or the chorus effect and treating the other effect as a bonus. This creates a value for money effect that some pedals are unable to offer and saves space on your pedal board. It is maybe annoying that there is no facility to combine the two effects at the same time but the individual benefits of each make up for any slight disappointment.
The BBE Mind Bender Chorus effects pedal may have a funny and cute look to it but there is nothing childish about how it reacts. This is one reliable piece of kit which stands up well to the other effects pedals that BBE produces. Whether you are using it in the studio or for touring purposes, the BBE Mind Bender Chorus will handle everything you choose to throw at it. The vibrato works well with a clean guitar sound but when it is applied over a distorted sound, the fun really begins. This pedal quickly moves your sound to a psychedelic state of affairs, which can be good or bad, depending on what sound you are looking to recreate.
Its quirky psychedelic look will also bring a smile to your face in the moments you need cheering up on stage. With batteries and an adapter included in the price as well, there is a lot to smile about when choosing this pedal.
If you are considering the downsides it is probably the fact that unless you are in an avant-garde rock band, the effects go too far. The down tuning capabilities go to extreme lengths and will not be suitable for the majority of bands on the road. Even Neil Young knows when to stop with the experimentation and get back to the chops which means this pedal may be a bit limited. However, taking the speed or dial controls up to mid-day on the dials still provides ample opportunity to mess around with your sonic output.
Considering some of the far-out sounds that are created by the BBE Mind Bender, there is a great deal of simplicity in using the pedal. With only two knobs to control, experimentation comes easily and finding your sweet spot or perfect pitch will not take too much messing about. If you enjoy tinkering with your pedals, this is the sort of pedal that will appeal greatly to you.
For what it delivers, the BBE Mind Bender Chorus is an affordable effects pedal which offers more than just the standard Chorus or Vibrato options. The combination of both of these effects, at a great price, means this is a sensible option for many guitarists looking to build up a wealth of sonic options without breaking the bank.