Vibrato is one of the oldest guitar effects on the market, and to this day it’s also one of the most popular. With that classic pulsating sound, the vibrato effect can infuse your playing with an incredible level of expression whilst retaining the clear sound of a precision performance. On the other hand, a bad vibrato pedal can completely throw off your guitar’s intonation ruining the sound altogether.
So, with that in mind, how does Behringer’s UV300 Ultra Vibrato hold up?
The first thing to note about the UV300 is that it’s just a great overall vibrato pedal.
With its three, easy to operate, modes, this pedal is very accessible, meaning it won’t take you long to find the sound you’re looking for. Furthermore, the design gives you such incredibly accurate control over the effect that you have the choice between a number of distinctly different sounds.
The effect itself sounds great, bringing out that truly authentic style of vibrato. It’s also very versatile, working just as well with the deep tones of a bass as it does with jazzy guitar chords.
While the low price tag might make you look at this pedal and think ‘beginner’, you shouldn’t dismiss this handy bit of kit so fast. As with many Behringer pedals, the UV300 Ultra Vibrato retails at around $20, but just because it’s affordable that doesn’t mean it’s bad. Of course, you can give it a listen for yourself, but as far as we’re concerned, this is hands-down a professional standard pedal.
As with many of Behringer’s pedals, the UV300 is an inexpensive clone of a vintage Boss pedal. In this case, they’ve modelled their pedal on the Boss VB-2. The VB-2 had a very brief 1982 production run but gained popularity on the second-hand market and has recently been resurrected as the VB-2W.
On the outside, these two pedals might look very different, but on the inside, they’re practically identical. Of all of Behringer’s Boss clones, this is quite possibly the best, achieving the same quality of sound at a tenth of the price.