and minus signs enables you to move between a contemporary chorus
sound and a fuller, more Leslie-like tone. The other switch allows you to
select a chorus or vibrato effect.
The vibrato can get pretty crazy, especially when you start tinkering
with the speed knob. My favorite vibrato effect was setting the depth
about 3/4 of the way up, resulting in what sounds like a minor second
trill. By adjusting the speed, you can make the trill speed up and slow
down. With the toggle switch set to the plus side, the individual notes
in the trill interval get more defined. On the minus side, the notes get
a little more slurred. It’s a cool effect if you want to make single notes
sound like trills up and down the fretboard.
Rich, smooth, or wild, the Waterfall chorus is a pedal of great depth
and flexibility. Both Chorus and Vibrato settings are very warm and
musical. But this is also a pedal that can work for those inclined toward
more radical use of modulation effects. This range—combined with the
Waterfall’s no-compromise quality, NOS-based circuitry, and hand-built
look—make this one of the most remarkable chorus pedals made today.
180 PREMIER GUITAR NOVEMBER 2010
you are looking for a chorus and vibrato
effect that sounds as good as it looks.
you’re not concerned with having a vintage chorus made of rare NOS chips or
if you want a digital effect.
MXR ’ 75 VINTAGE PHASE 45
By Charles Saufley