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TC Electronic Viscous Vibe Univibe Guitar Effects Pedal  

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TC Electronic introduced the original TonePrint line of pedals back in 2011 and instantly they became a success, with a no-nonsense approach to the essential functions that guitarists want, along with... Click To Read More About This Product

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TC Electronic introduced the original TonePrint line of pedals back in 2011 and instantly they became a success, with a no-nonsense approach to the essential functions that guitarists want, along with the ability to load TonePrints from the megastars of rock royalty.

Not just standing still, we now present Viscous Vibe - an absolutely fastidious digital recreation of the original analog Shin-Ei Uni-Vibe. Viscous Vibe brings all of TC Electronic' dedicated DSP and programming know-how into a compact pedal. With the added ability for guitarists to create and design their own pedal via the TonePrint editor, this makes Viscous Vibe perfect for anybody who wants to implement truly authentic and classic vibe tones into a modern-day pedal board.

Where Technology and Tone Meets
The original Shin-Ei Uni-Vibe is a highly unique, complex and gorgeous-sounding analog unit, so when TC Electronic set out to recreate it digitally they knew it wasn™t going to be easy. Through countless hours of meticulous side-by-side testing with the real thing and by pushing their insanely powerful DSP to its very limits, they™ve been able to recreate this legendary effect to a tee. You™ll get all the lush, syrupy vibe tones heard on countless tracks by Pink Floyd, Robin Trower and Jimi Hendrix and when you dive into that opening Machine Gun riff, you™ll be convinced they nailed it.

Vintage Vibes and Modern Strides
With Viscous Vibe you get the best of both worlds in a pedal that perfectly combines old analog warmth with modern-day functionality. With True Bypass for uncompromised tonal quality and stereo I/O for an ultra-wide sonic perspective, you get the perfect pedal for everybody who wants to implement classic-rock tones into their contemporary setup.

TC Electronic's proprietary TonePrint technology is just another upside to this already amazing pedal. So if you feel like making that stock vibe tone sound a little more like ¦ well, you ¦ then hook it up to their free TonePrint Editor and enter tone-tweaking heaven. On top of that you can also beam custom-made vibacious tones straight through your pickups and into the pedal via their free TonePrint App.

The Viscous Vibe is mapped out with the same controls as the original Shin-Ei Uni-Vibe, but has some nice modern features as well.

How fast do you wanna go? Dial it back for an amazingly lush and warm sound, or go full-on for those intense and mind-bendy classic rock tones.

Go from wide warbles to syrupy sweet swirls in an instant with this knob.

This controls the overall mix between your dry sound and the Vibe effect. Crank it up and get instant Hendrix tones, or dial it back a bit for those glorious Gilmour sounds.

Switch between the two classic Shin-Ei Uni-Vibe sounds for either a thick and phasey chorus tone or an amazing swirly vibrato. Flick the switch to the middle position for your very own take on this legendary effect via TonePrint.

True Bypass
Viscous Vibe was made to let the œyou in your playing shine through. Its True Bypass design ensures zero tone coloration, letting your tone shinethrough with no loss of high-end.

Viscous Vibe always lets your original sound pass without ever converting it to digital, keeping every nuance in your tone intact with zero latency.

  • 1:1 recreation of the legendary Shine-Ei Uni-Vibe
  • TonePrint enabled
  • Compact Design
  • Stereo I/O
  • True Bypass or Buffered Bypass
  • Analog-Dry-Through
  • 9V/100mA

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Hendrix and Trower

By Wayne

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about TC Electronic Viscous Vibe Univibe Guitar Effects Pedal:

I do mostly original music, but for fun I cover a couple Hendrix and Robin Trower tunes. This pedal captures that Uni-Vibe effect better than others I've tried. It's a lot of fun. I haven't tried the Tone Print feature, but the initial tone print that comes set in the pedal sounds great.

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Not the affordable Univibe option that I've been looking for

By RJoz

from Nevada

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  • Versatile


  • Sucks Tone
  • The 'off' function takes 2 seconds to work!

Best Uses

  • Amateur performances

Comments about TC Electronic Viscous Vibe Univibe Guitar Effects Pedal:

I was really hoping that this would finally be the affordable Univibe option that I have been looking for.... it isn't. Although this pedal has some sort of usable Univibe-type sounds, this comes at a price. For me, I experienced two things that I found with it that bothered me enough to just return it.

First, when the pedal is engaged, it kills some of your high end tone. It almost sounded like someone put a blanket over my speaker cabinet. After seeing and hearing all of the satisfied TC Electronic user experiences out there, I totally did not expect this. I even tried to move it around to different locations on my pedal board, to no avail.

Secondly, when you hit the switch to turn off the effect, it stays on for a full 2 seconds AFTER you turn it off. This was too much for me to accept, so I returned it. I will probably look now at either Fulltone or Catlinbread as both seem to have the closest alternatives, although both are significantly more expensive than this Viscous Vibe was.


My favorite pedal... T.c. wins again

By Kevin

from Denver

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Verified Buyer


  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive
  • Versatile


    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about TC Electronic Viscous Vibe Univibe Guitar Effects Pedal:

    I was instantly in love with this pedal. The tone print app compatibility issue with my phone was disappointing however. This effect is great and powerful but it isn't like the classic fender tremolo so I will still probably get a traditional style tremolo. The only true shortfall with this pedal that I have discovered is that I wish the speed could get about 20 percent faster into the stupid fast realm. This pedal is amazing with a bass guitar as well. Despite the cons this is my favorite pedal.


    Not for the bass guitar

    By chris

    from valencia, california

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer


    • Compact Design


      Best Uses

        Comments about TC Electronic Viscous Vibe Univibe Guitar Effects Pedal:

        I bought it for my 6 string bass, doesn't sound right. Probably works great for a regular guitar.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


        Cool Vibe

        By Harry

        from Oconomowoc WI

        Verified Buyer


        • good quality


        • none

        Best Uses

        • Practice and concerts.

        Comments about TC Electronic Viscous Vibe Univibe Guitar Effects Pedal:

        I am finding new ways to use this pedal all the time. It has a very cool vibe form a chorus effect to a rototy speaker sound. The coolest feature is the tone print that lets you download preset sounds from your smart Phone.

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        (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


        Great Univibe sound!

        By STEVEN

        from San Jose, CA

        Site Member

        Comments about TC Electronic Viscous Vibe Univibe Guitar Effects Pedal:

        I had another well-known Uni-Vibe pedal -- but it sounded more like a muddy fuzzy phaser with a warble control. This Viscous Vibe is exactly what I was looking for. It gives a great clean Uni-vibe sound while leaving any additional overdrive, fuzz, or phaser effects up to the player. It's so clean I can even add a a little of this vibe's sound to a sparkling clean surf setup for just a bit of complexity that really gives a unique flavor.

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