Deluxe Electric Mistress Review

manufacturer: Electro-Harmonix date: 12/08/2010 category: Guitar Effects
Electro-Harmonix: Deluxe Electric Mistress
This is a famous unit used for many years by many great players. The best thing about it is that it has a soul and character.
 Sound: 9.5
 Overall Impression: 9
 Reliability & Durability: 8.5
 Ease of Use: 8.5
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overall: 8.8
Deluxe Electric Mistress Reviewed by: Pick53766, on august 27, 2010
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Price paid: $ 140

Purchased from: Local dealer

Ease of Use: Manipulating this classic effect is very simple. It has three must-have flanger knobs, one for the speed of the LFO, on for the amplitude of the LFO and one for mixing the dry and wet signal. Unfortunately, there are several issues with this unit which make the handling somewhat uncomfortable. The box itself is insanely large (20 by 18 cm) and still - the box is empty. The PCB inside is so small that it would fit in a box half the size. Another drawback is the lack of a Status LED. It costs nothing, there is a plenty of room in the box and still they do not mount it. Luckily enough, doing this yourself is a piece of cake, took 10 mins max. There is also a filter matrix mode in this effect which remains pretty much unexplained by the manual. While you do not need a manual for a flanger, this feature deserves a bit of a description. // 7

Sound: Sound is where this effect stands out. It is very quiet and provides a wide range of flanging sounds. I especially like a very slow swoosh over a rather wide spectrum. Although this effect may be used with an overdriven guitar, my favourite use is with a clean Strat for slow picking. The sound itself is very musical and inspiring. With each setting you immediately feel what you should try and what will sound interesting. The modified signal blends perfectly with the Original so it does not just "sit atop of the dry signal" as some effects do. Flangers generally and this one in particular sound somewhat "sad" to me. This one has a mellow, sad, sentimental touch to it. It's almost fragile. The filter matrix mode is interesting, although the use is somewhat limited. It makes the guitar sound very metallic and somewhat hollow - chimes and bells and metal plates and sounds like that. Can work great in prog or art-rock but it is probable unusable in anything more classic. // 10

Reliability & Durability: It has a steel case, massive knobs, sturdy footswitch, there is nothing that could break down here. I see no reason for a backup. Some of these things survived from the seventies so I think they are pretty reliable. The wiring and the PCB inside seems to be well done, too, so I would not expect any breakdowns here either. // 9

Overall Impression: This is a famous unit used for many years by many great players. The best thing about it is that it has a soul and character. It almost talks to you and offers new paths for your playing. It is just a cheap flanger but it has something magic about it. It has several drawbacks, like a missing LED or a huge case but it is the sound we buy our effects for and this one surely delivers. // 9

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overall: 9
Deluxe Electric Mistress Reviewed by: unregistered, on december 08, 2010
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Price paid: $ 150

Purchased from: ebay

Ease of Use: Simple 3 buttons. Can't go wrong with it. The sound is great whatever the configurations are. You can really be sure to get a likeable sound for any player with its own taste. I've been playing with them and liked the slower rates with a lot of falnge and low chorus. You get a flanged sound with a little spice from the chorus... // 10

Sound: With a clean tone this unit adds so much character to the sound of the guitar that it has a dramatic effect on your playing and overall sound. While with Overdrive it does not fit as with a clean tone but it still is a great sounding effect. The filter matrix mode is nice but I doubt if its useable. If you play experimental stuff or some sort of electronic music with instruments this could be a great fiture. The only problam is the doubling you get when the effect is turned on. In Overdrive you really notice it and it makes it hard to Switch on and off the effect while maintaining the same overall sound. This pedal really sounds 80's rock. // 9

Reliability & Durability: The unit is very dependable but you really have to pay attention to it since it does not have an led built in (you can add it yourself quite simply but most players don't mod their effects). You always start playing wondering if its turned off... Or on for that matter. One issue is the 24v input it needs which is a problam with all power-all devices. Make sure you have a room for the adaptor. // 8

Overall Impression: I'm a session player. Been playing for 9 years so far. This unit is very useful for quite songs when I want a bigger sound than one guitar. The character it adds overcomes all disadventages and basiclly does the job every time. Also good for overdriven songs when you want a different character to your sound. This is a great addition to a pedalboard. I wouldn't use it as a substitotion for a univibe. Different effect that sounds better in some cases and worst in others. // 9

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