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Upgraded flanger - Reviews Boss BF-3 Flanger

The BF-2 was a great flanger, but like all great things, they must come to an end. Boss decided to release another flanger with a few more bells and whistles. This is the new version that they introduced. It's basically an evolved version of the BF-2. You have a res, manual, depth and rate knob. Then you have these different modes to choose from. On top of that, you can choose between the bass input or guitar input for some different tones.


They really packed a ton in this pedal, and it's surprising how easy it is to use. It's somewhat of a pain trying to manipulate the small outer knob on the res/manual knob, but you get used to it. The modes feature on this is very handy, and I like how much they threw in this pedal. The manual is very clear as to what everything does, and they even give you a few example settings to try out. If you've never used a flanger before, it might help reading the manual. These pedals are built like tanks so no need to worry about this thing breaking any time soon.


The pedal is a little more metallic sounding than the BF-2, in my opinion. It also doesn't seem to be able to do the old school LeTekro trick where you could use it almost as a midrange booster. However, it's still a very solid flanger. You can get all kinds of different flanger settings with this thing thanks to the mode selection switch. Before, you were limited as to the actual types of flanging you could have. I never really cared for plugging the guitar into the bass input, but you might like it. The rest of it is pretty much like any other Boss flanger in that it's fairly solid, but not exactly the best out there.


The BF-3 is a pretty solid pedal if you're looking for a various range of flanges inside one small Boss enclosure. It's not the best sounding flanger they've ever made, but it's still easily capable of staying on my pedalboard if need be. I prefer the BF-2, but I would definitely not be opposed to having a BF-3.