Lovetone ? (The Flanger With No Name) Flanger Effect, c. 2002

Lovetone  ? (The Flanger With No Name) Flanger Effect,  c. 2002
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Lovetone ? (The Flanger With No Name) Model Flanger Effect, c. 2002, made in England, serial # QM0233. Born in 1995 in , Lovetone FX began as the project of Dan Coggins and Vlad Naslas. Lovetone is credited as being one of the major players in the beginning of the boutique guitar pedal boom. Musicians had grown tired of the fairly simple, sometimes mundane stompboxes and largely inaccessible major rackmounted effect options on the market, and developers like Lovetone saw an opportunity. They decided to fill their giant aluminum enclosures with some of the weirdest and most colorfully named offerings for the modern guitarist looking to experiment.

The company ceased production in 2001, just after the release of their final and coveted invention, the ? Flanger with No Name. Dan Coggins continued the stewardship and maintenance of the Lovetone line on his own as Dinosaural, passing ownership back to Naslas in 2009 and returning again in 2013 as Coggins Audio. The two have since also collaborated with Thorpy FX to make updated (and certainly smaller!) iterations of some classic circuits to the modern boutique market.

While players across genres and generations enjoyed the Lovetone pedals, the 1990's provenance and acclaim the line made them popular with fuzzed-out rock and shoegaze icons like Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine, J. Mascis of Dinosaur Jr., and the Greenwoods of Radiohead. The "?" in particular rears its head across Radiohead's beloved and experimental album, OK Computer.

The ? Flange needs really no introduction, being among the rarest and most coveted Lovetone offerings. It's difficult to write these bad boys up better than Lovetone themselves, who wrote about the sounds of the ? Flange: "Is it just an illusion, or are they filtering through the parallax of your mind? You are aware of movement, but time seems to be standing still (ironic or what!)." The flanger can be controlled both manually on the pedal or with expression pedals with several different LFO shapes. The tone is fat and lush, earning it acclaim as a studio utility as well where it lends itself well to another pedal/amp's effects loop or as a studio send.

The ? Flanger's delay is truly the versatile, and sometimes unsung considering the ubiquity of the flanger, offering of the pedal with options for an effects loop and CV/pedal ins; think wild oscillation, Echoplex sounds, you name it. Send anything to space! A little experimentation with the pedal can coax out other time-based and modulation wonders, including chorus, ring mod-ish sounds, and even a little reverb.

One of the craziest features of this pedal is the input for a light-sensitive reactor which can be used for theremin-like modulation. This reactor also works on several other Lovetone offerings, like the Ring Stinger, but finds perhaps its best uses here.
Height is 7 1/8 in. (18.1 cm.), 7 7/8 in. (20 cm.) width, and 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm.) in depth at deepest point. This ? Is in wonderful shape, with minimal scratches on the sides where it was likely nestled in on a pedalboard for years alongside its other Lovetone compatriots. The knobs are all original on clean original pots, and the original stomp can be used as an aide to swing open the trapdoor enclosure which opens from the bottom to reveal the date and serial number, as well as the PCB within that is fully unaltered.

The pedal comes with its original instruction document but lacks the original box and power supply. It runs off of a 9V battery via snap inside, or off a standard 9V power adapter. It's possible to use a daisy chain, but for best results, an isolated 9V current is recommended. Overall Excellent Condition.