• Pros: There are very few, if any, other effects pedals that can compete when mixing chorus and flange effects. Reliable and simple to use.
• Cons: Loud click when pressing the footswitch, and loss of output volume.
• Overall: Still the number one choice if you want to flange and the flange/chorus combination makes this an almost indispensable choice.
When it comes to achieving that flange effect, it appears there is nothing like the Electro-Harmonix Electric Mistress. It doesn’t matter if you are trying to channel or capture the sound of Hendrix, Pink Floyd or even The Police; this pedal appears to be one that will help you get the job done. Praise indeed but you’ll go a long way before you find too many complaints about this product.
In the music industry, nothing beats nostalgia and the modern Electric Mistress has the same sound as the pedal had in the 70s and 80s. Whether you want to recapture the sound you made in your youth or you want to take things back to a previous era, it is hard to argue with the performance and power of the flanger of the Electric Mistress. And don’t forget you also have the chorus effect on the pedal as well.
It can be easy to overlook that but the chorus can be used independently to create larger sonic landscapes or warm textures. That’s a handy effect to have but it’s the combination of the two sounds that really make the Electric Mistress stand out. Mixing and matching the effects to your hearts content is probably where the fun is with the pedal.
Getting to grips with the pedal box takes no time at all and then the fun really begins. With just three controls to play with, there is not too much to grapple with and the experimental effect allows you to create your own sound. It is one thing to be influenced by an artist but the range of effects on offer from the Electric Mistress should enable you to find a sound that speaks for you.
Versatility is also shown by the fact that the Electric Mistress is as adaptable in the studio as it is on the road. Not everyone wants to carry every effect pedal they have around with them on tour so the dual ability of the pedal should see it ranked above some others that may be contenders for your pedal board. This versatility also makes it a great choice for those who have to watch their budget because the value for money is much higher in this pedal than some others.
So far so good for the Electric Mistress but to balance it out, it isn’t a 100% brilliant pedal. Perfection is over-rated but you should watch out for the volume when switching, there is a fairly noticeable click. If you and your band are packing the volume, it won’t matter but if you have quieter moments when you switch, be prepared for an addition to your sound. That and the customary loss of volume means there are some drawbacks from using the Electric Mistress.
The good points outweigh the bad though and you shouldn’t discount the Electro-Harmonix Electric Mistress for any reason because it still remains the key name when it comes to achieving the flange effect. Throw in an effective chorus pedal and the combination of both and what you are left with is an effects pedal that will put you in control of your sound.
Musicians using this pedal:
- Dave Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
- Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins)
- John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
- Andy Summers (The Police)
- Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters)