The Flanger pedal is one of the wildest modulation effects and as such, is one of our favourites here at Andertons Music Co.
Firstly, we should point you in the direction of our ultimate guide to flanger pedals where you’ll find all the information you need on which flanger pedal to buy.
Flangers have an instantly recognizable jet-engine quality that can be heard across numerous genres of music and is still as highly popular and widely used as it was in the '60s and '70s. We're proud to stock the major flanger effects brand, including Electro-Harmonix, MXR, and many more.
Check out our selection of Flanger pedals below and take advantage of our interest-free finance packages and free next day delivery in the UK on orders over £99!
Flanger Pedal FAQs
What does a Flanger Pedal do?
Flanger pedals are part of the modulation family of effects, alongside chorus and phaser stompboxes. A flanger pedal colours your guitar tone via signal processing, to create a whooshing jet-engine effect. Because of its warped and shimmering sound, many players will use a flanger to excite their guitar tone and add intrigue to riffs, solos or clean passages.
What is the difference between a Flanger and a Phaser?
Both phaser and flanger pedals process your guitar’s signal. Essentially splitting it into two, these stompboxes will leave one of the signals dry and manipulate the sound of the other via an ‘LFO’ (low-frequency oscillator). With a phaser pedal, the frequencies from the affected signal will cancel-out some of the frequencies from the dry signal, causing that distinctively wavy and vocal-like sound that phaser pedals are so known for. A flanger pedal is slightly different as it mixes the dry signal with a delayed signal that sways between 5-25 milliseconds. The delayed signal is then fed back into the chain, which creates harmonic feedback and that iconic jet-engine flanging effect.
Where does a Flanger Pedal go in my signal chain?
A flanger pedal should be routed through an amplifier's ‘effects loop’ - between its preamp and power amp sections. This results in a balanced and natural sound. Flanger pedals can be connected to an amp’s main input, but this can cause an overly-processed tone with an unwanted boost in volume. Flanger pedals should be placed before any delay or reverb stompboxes in your signal chain. Using a flanger pedal after these effects will colour and potentially hinder the sounds of their ambient trails.