If there is one model of a vibrato pedal we can say is a true classic in this segment of guitar effects pedals, it has got to be the Dunlop M68 Uni-Vibe. This thing was built all the way back in the ’60s, and has since supplied countless guitar players around the world with a pretty fine type of vintage vibrato. Dunlop has decided to revamp the old series, but thankfully they’ve chose to keep all of its original features.
Nothing significant has changed, resulting in us having the opportunity to use freshly minted Uni-Vibes once again. If you are not familiar with this pedal, you are in the right place since we are about to do a brief overview and introduction one of the several great vibrato models.
Being a rather old design, you can’t really expect to see a feature packed vibrato. With that said, this bare-bones design is partially what makes this pedal so attractive in the first place. The enclosure is standard MXR design, with an all black exterior only disturbed by several control knobs laid out in an intuitive pattern. The pedal can definitely take a beating should you need it to.
It’s not one of those sensitive models. True bypass comes as standard, and there is also a very small but visible toggle switch that allows you to choose between the vibrato and chorus sides of this effect pedal. Combined, these two modes earn the M68 a place on our top effects pedal list.
Like we have already said, everything is as simple as it can be. There are three knobs available for effect shaping, including the standard Speed and Depth knob along with a Level knob. Speed and Depth are used to adjust the frequency of the effect, and how deep down the pedal is going to pitch shift the signal. Level knob is your effect volume control. Toggling between the Chorus and Vibrato is effortless, and the difference is naturally tangible.
What makes this pedal so awesome is the performance you get from such a small stompbox. The vibrato is very organic, and has a lot of that Leslie vibe going on. Unlike some of the modes on the market, it doesn’t sound empty at all. With a bit of tweaking you can dial in a very broad range of vibratos and choruses. Setting everything up is pretty easy thanks to the Spartan-like design of the pedal that hasn’t changed for decades, so you should really have a problem when adding this iconic pedal to your board.
Whether you are a fan of old school designs or not, one thing is for certain, new isn’t always better. This Dunlop M68 Uni-Vibe is a living proof of that. For a tiny pedal that has been around for decades, it sure has a lot of performance to offer, even in these competitive times. The price is set right where it should be, making the Dunlop M68 Uni-Vibe a good cost efficient way to get yourself a decent vibrato pedal without breaking your bank account.