Dejavibe

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  1. superjam144

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    Anyone use the Dejavibe, made famous by Robin Trower? How does it stack up next to a MXR Univibe?

    Is it worth the price?

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    I haven’t tried the Deja Vibe but I had an MXR Uni Vibe pedal before. It was too bass heavy for me so I sold it. For reference, I use primarily blackface amps.
     
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    I’m no expert or anything, but yes it’s worth it....
    I bought one recently as part of the STIMULUS sale. For 187 shipped, I feel good about it, I won’t be letting it go, even if it might collect some dust at times. For the record, I only played the Micro Vibe, The Depths, a Strymon Mobius, and Boss emulations.

    I suppose it comes down to how authentic you want to be. Photocells are required for me, without that it’s just a funky phaser.
     
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    I saw Robin Trower live several years ago and the Deja Vibe and a Wah were the only pedals he was using. He used a Plexi into one 4x12 cabinet, and a JCM800 into another 4x12 cabinet. Incredible tone.
     
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    I have had a Deja-vibe and didn't care for how it sounded. Ultimately, I ended up with a Digitech Ventura Vibe which I think is a great pedal, and much smaller. I am sure there is an argument for "the Deja-vibe is better than the Ventura Vibe" but for the sound I was after, I preferred the VV.
     
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    In a fit of GAS, about a year ago I splurged and got a Sabbadius Funky Vibe after watching Milstap's awesome YouTube channel. Never looked back. It runs off a different circuit, 24VAC, like the original Uni-vibe.

    I did cycle through a Deja Vibe, Voodoo Labs Micro Vibe, and Dunlop Univibe before that. It's just totally different I suppose because of just being a different circuit design, as well as made in Argentina with some NOS parts that are illegal in the states.

    It's one of those pedals that every time I turn it on I get lost in a jam. It's the end all for my vibe needs, I don't think I'll ever sell it or look to replace it.

    But it's also not great for pedal boards since it needs it's own wall wart and is large. And it's pricey. Yet totally worth it as far as I'm concerned.

    At a lower price point, I liked my Microvibe every bit as much as the DejaVibe.
     
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    I have both the Fulltone Mini DejáVibe 2 and the Robin Trower Overdrive (I'm a big Trower fan). I think they both get me real close to Trower's sound without the amp power.
     
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    I’ve recently got one, replace my Ventura Drive (too many small knobs). I like it a lot! The Digitech was okay, but the Fulltone bests it somewhat.
     
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    I LOVE the Deja Vibe. Sounds to me just like the original as heard on old recordings from Trower, Gilmour, Hendrix. I bought the Deja after first trying an MXR Univibe. I literally played the MXR for 5 minutes before packing it up to return. Didn’t sound at all authentic to me and wasn’t an effect I cared for in its own right. I think it’s the photocells that put the magic in the Deja Vibe. I like it so much I sold my other modulation pedals - it’s all I need.
     
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    I've had the mini DejaVibe twice. I discovered it at a small club watching a performer and checking his gear. Although a small place, he was using a Super Reverb in a 3 piece band. Man, that rig with a strat had a sound to die for.... and he wasn't loud.
    When I checked, I realized that all he was using for a pedal was the DJV. It cycles though the highs and fat lows in a manner that gives great tone and some break up/grit.
    I used mine like him, real slow cycle, no wobble.... so it just oozes through the cycle gradually.

    I have not tried a Uni Vibe, but wanted to.
    The Deja Vibe used can be had at a good price well below $100.

    Now to my experience with it:
    My problem is I always use some OD. This can make the DJV pretty gnarly/garbly when it cycles to the low end fat sound. Even with my OD typically set near 0 gain.
    For lead work the DJV can give you vocal voicing almost like a Wah that is really cool. Really expressive.
    It's a bit of a love hate relationship for me.
    Some people say "do one thing and do it well". Maybe that's the problem, the guy I watched just did the DJV and used it to his best. Me, I'm trying to cover too many sounds and tunes...
     
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    I would like to compare the U-Vibe on this cheap Donner to a DJV, but I no longer have one. The Vibe on this is pretty darn good, as are almost all the settings on it. It's the only Tremelo I use now, even though my amps have tremelo/vibrato.
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    It is MUCH better.

    I am talking Mercedes vs Wartburg better ;)
     
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    I use my Deja Vibe both clean and with dirt and love it either way. FWIW I get my overdrive from the amp and use the DV in front. To me it sounds like Bridge of Sighs all the way. I agree that it works best at the lower end of the rate spectrum.
     
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    I’m on my second Dejavibe (the new small one). I also have a large one from the mid-90s that recently stopped working. The Deja is all you need to play Hendrix and Trower. You’ll be too Rolling Stoned for sure. Ymmv.
     
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    Ended up settling for a cheaper alternative. Might regret it, but we will see. As long as it is close, that is fine with me. This pedal seems to pretty decent, and I love EHX pedals. Filling my last spot on the pedal board. Seems to be a good fit, a looper, a delay, a chorus/flange, a vibe, a blues driver, and a wah. Shouldn't need any more pedals... and sometimes I don't even use em', as the clean can be refreshingly simple. Thanks for the info on the deja/mxr!!

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    I have that model [DJV] and it's delicious. This came at the end of weeks' worth of binge research while the wife was sleeping.
     
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    Yeah I went back and forth, at the end of the day it might not be identical to the deja sound, but who cares? It seems like a great pedal. The other EHX pedal I bought was a home run... If it gets me in the vibe ballpark, I am happy.
     
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    Got the good vibes pedal. Learned a couple Trower parts same day! What a great sound.. Really enjoying having a vibe, took me a long time to find out about them.



    Now if only I could really play like Trower!! WOW!
     
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    I’ve got one, it’s awesome!
     
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    Rock on, man!
    It warms my heart to see someone your age appreciate Trower! He is my #1 guitar idol.
     
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