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Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Electric Mistress vintage (V1, 1978, SAD1024)

Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Electric Mistress vintage (V1, 1978, SAD1024)

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Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Electric Mistress (V1, 1978, SAD1024)

potcode 1377833, circuit board code EH1318. Has the rare and sough-after Reticon SAD1024 BBD chip on board!

While some pedals are crafted with a passion for achieving a specific tone, an equal number emerge out of sheer necessity. Overdrive effects, for instance, were born during the '50s when players, facing constraints with low-watt combo amps, unintentionally discovered distortion. Amp manuals cautioned against exceeding a certain volume, leading to accidental distortion – initially considered a problem rather than a desirable outcome. This phenomenon extended to recording studios, where redlining console inputs became common.

Various effects, including the flanger, were pioneered by recording engineers. Les Paul, credited with inventing the flanger, stumbled upon the effect mechanically by overlaying identical audio tracks on record players. Its adaptation to the studio involved disputed accounts related to magnetic tape, resulting in the creation of a comb filter through the overlap of audio signals with a slight delay. The term "flanger" originated from the tape machine component pressed to delay the signal.

The flanger's stereo use gained prominence in Jimi Hendrix's "Bold as Love," defining the iconic swooshy sound. However, live implementation proved challenging, leading to the development of commercial solutions, with Electro-Harmonix's Electric Mistress making a lasting impact.

Despite Electro-Harmonix releasing multiple flanger pedals, the "V3" version, distinguished by its elongated silver-and-black design, resonates the most with players. The Deluxe Electric Mistress, developed by David Cockerell, relied on the bucket-brigade device, a chip that revitalized time-based effects in the '70s, rendering tape-based technologies obsolete. The removal of batteries in favor of an onboard transformer marked the only upgrade to the Deluxe, but the name itself attracted a significant following.

Electro-Harmonix's dominance in flanger sales can also be attributed to the "Filter Matrix" mode, an extended functionality allowing players to manipulate the flange position similarly to studio techniques. The confusion between flanger and chorus effects in live settings is common, exemplified by Andy Summers using an Electric Mistress for the chorus sound on The Police's records.

Consumer-grade BBD chips' advent enabled manufacturers to electronically replicate studio tricks, offering players compact and digital options for modulating delayed signals. Despite modern advancements, the appeal of old BBD devices in achieving a distinct modulation remains undeniable.

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