In an effort to increase content here on PedalsAndEffects, we’ll be introducing a few new features over the coming weeks. “Photo Friday” is one, where you’ll see an image of one of my pedals, or maybe other pieces of gear, or maybe even something completely different, then I’ll talk a little bit about the photo. Basically it’s to highlight some of my favorite things or moments. So welcome to the first “Photo Friday.”
There are many flangers available these days (and I’ve seen many come and go) but the one that always gets me fired up is the A/DA (Analog/Digital Associates) Flanger, made in the 70’s and 80’s. The first time I ever heard an A/DA was on a Pat Travers record. You may have heard of Pat because he had a big hit on his live record, Live, Go For What You Know, called “Boom Boom (Out Go The Lights).” Mr Travers and his second guitarist, Pat Thrall, used A/DA flangers all over this record.
The guitarist in my first band bought one, and I remember he would take over the live mix when he kicked on that pedal. The sound of it reminded me of when a jet takes off at LAX. That same band made a trip to San Francisco’s Warfield Theater to see The Pat Travers Band live and it was during that show that I knew I had to get a A/DA flanger for myself.
You can really hear my use of this flanger on live recordings of Goliath by The Mars Volta. I would kick it in half way through the first verse and anytime things got really loud and over the top. I still use it all the time and it’s one of my all-time favorite flangers.
I have not heard them yet, but A/DA makes a re-issue of this flanger, and if they’re anything like the Electro Harmonix re-issues, they’re no match for the original. You know the saying, “oldie but goodie?” That’s exactly how I feel about this A/DA flanger. Please let me know your opinions on the reissues!