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Oft confused with the similar phaser, flangers are in fact a distinct species all of their own. Reverb’s Dan Orkin examines the 10 bestselling pedals found on the online marketplace…

T he flanger is a simple yet deceptively versatile breed of effect. The way a flanger operates is similar to a phase shifter or chorus – by duplicating and off setting the signal of the guitar with a short and modulating delay. As the two audio signals overlap at different points, some phase cancellation occurs, which combines with the delayed signal to create a distinct ’wooshing’ sound (often likened to a jet engine).

The idea of audio flanging came about when studio engineers took two duplicate tapes and manually delayed the playback on one by lightly pressing a finger on the flange (rim) of one of the playout reels. In a modern guitar pedal context, though, flangers can achieve a much broader spectrum of sounds. By adjusting the specifics of how long the second signal is being delayed and how the second signal is feeding back on itself, a flanger can achieve the sound of a vibrato, a chorus, a phase shifter, and much more. This means that grabbing a flanger can add tonal capabilities to your rig far beyond that stock jetengine sound as made famous by the likes of Eddie Van Halen, Lenny Kravitz, and others.

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The September 2018 issue of The Guitar Magazine is on sale now! This month we find out if Marshall’s wallet-friendly new Origin series delivers what everyone has been waiting for from the legendary British amp brand. We also tip our hats to the 10 greatest Marshall tones in rock history and find out how they were made – Messrs Clapton and Hendrix feature heavily but there are one or two surprises, too... Originators and trailblazers are something of a theme in this month’s mag – inside you’ll also find interviews with Doors star Robby Krieger, a celebration of the genius of Seth Lover and a close-up and personal look at the solidbody electric that started it all: a 1950 Fender Broadcaster. Elsewhere in gear we round-up the best products from the recent Summer NAMM show in Nashville and review a pile of great new products from Rick Turner, Stone Deaf, Lowden, Eastman and more. As if all that wasn’t enough there are three fantastic competitions, giving you he chance to win a Fender Player Stratocaster, House Of Tone pickups and a luxury Pinegrove strap. Get your copy of the September 2018 issue of The Guitar Magazine today...