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No Love for the BF-3

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by necropain, Dec 1, 2012.

  1. necropain


    Aug 21, 2012
    there seems to be no love out there for the boss bf-3 flanger i find it to be a magnificent pedal, especially i think the gated mode is amazing.
    anyone know why there isn't much love for this pedal
  2. NKUSigEp


    Jun 6, 2006
    Bright, IN
    Not a ton of love for flangers in general but it gets overshadowed by the predecessor, the BF -2 and also the mxr.
  3. A lot love the BF-2 for the analog quality. It's got that one RES internal trimpot that makes it get pretty wild. It has the potential to be modded to sound incredible on the bass, yet in its stock form it sounds amazing. Also the Justin Chancellor influence. I believe the BF-2 is one of the coolest, and biggest sleeper pedals Boss ever produced.

    As far as the Japanese vs. Taiwan argument, the pedal was identical aside from one opamp being replaced for another at one point. Either way, it can be modded to whatever.
  4. Dale D Dilly

    Dale D Dilly Monster

    Jul 1, 2008
    I agree that the BF-2 sounds so amazing, many of us never even gave the BF-3 a chance. That's the boat I'm in anyway. I'm so satisfied with the 2, that I've never even picked up a 3 at a store to demo.

    If there's a pretty serious following for the 3, perhaps I need to go give it a try.
  5. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    Because it's not a boutique pedal Boss needs to secretly start a boutique line their products are well built and well priced and I admit I often get caught up in the boutique is better frame of mind and overlook Boss and MXR.
  6. sillyfabe

    sillyfabe keeping the low-end silly since '06 Supporting Member

    Mar 13, 2009
    San Bernardino,CA
    When I had my BF-3 and BF-2 I preferred the 3 for its versatility and even tone. I then moved on to a Ibanez FL-10 Swell Flanger and love it!
  7. Massimo636


    Aug 3, 2011
    What's the mod for the BF-2 that makes it incredible on bass?
  8. Darknut

    Darknut Supporting Member

    Apr 4, 2009
    I sold my Japan made BF-2 after I got a BF-3 .... BF-3 is better for bass vs stock BF-2 IMHO & better that modded BF-2 because of the gated mode... also IMHO
  9. Bassmike62

    Bassmike62 GAS resistance is utterly futile... Supporting Member

    I also liked the gated mode and used it to do a rather convincing mock-sequencer thing (with the BSW and sometimes with a phaser). It worked even better looped through a LS-2. I ended up selling it because I did not have a real use for this pedal, although the sequencer thing was fun to toy around with. I can't say I was impressed with the flanging effect, ultra or not.
  10. necropain


    Aug 21, 2012
    +1 the gated mode with distortion make some amazing synth sounds
  11. Mine is currently being ordered in (stupid Boss and their unpredictable delivery. I demo'd a used one though, and it sounded magnificent. I even managed to get a space-age vibrato going on.
    Loved it.
  12. Darknut

    Darknut Supporting Member

    Apr 4, 2009
    Exactly what mine gets used for every gig .... plus a little reverb :)
  13. necropain


    Aug 21, 2012
    I never really thought about using some reverb with that i will have to try it. im usin an RV-3 another seemingly unloved pedal but i think is great. any setting ideas
  14. fasto


    Mar 4, 2007
    Amsterdam, NL
    no love for the BF-3 because it boosts volume when activated, i hate that.
  15. Darknut

    Darknut Supporting Member

    Apr 4, 2009
    My setup for fake synth:

    BF-3 sometimes gated, sometimes not depending on song.
    EHX Micro Pog dry signal 100 % , high octave only (high octave knob about 1:00)
    Rat clone for dirt
    & a little Reverb really makes it huge ... I've use spring & plate.

    Key is to find the sweet spot in the blend
  16. necropain


    Aug 21, 2012

    my fake synth setup is

    BF-3 either gated or ultra depending on the song
    Octave down- currently behringer though i want a Foxrox Octron really bad but the behringer gets the job done
    and then i use Either a DS-1 or DS-2(note those were my first two pedals in general) or my homebrew Bazz Fuss since my DOD grunge broke :(

    i still gotta say i dont care how much hate i get for this the DOD grunge(not bass grunge) is still my favorite distortion pedal
  17. necropain


    Aug 21, 2012
    i have never gotten a volume boost from mine
  18. Dash Rantic

    Dash Rantic

    Nov 12, 2005
    Palo Alto, CA
    I have both an (unmodded) BF-2 and a BF-3. I love the BF-2's sound, but really can't stand the BF-3... The only reason I'm keeping it is as a tap tempo hard-cut tremolo.

  19. I use the BF-3 and have always liked it, not loved it. Tried the gate *for the first time* at last Saturday's gig, and it killed. Guitarist looked over at me after the song I used it in gate mode on and said, "That was killer, was that the flanger??" Success!!

    So maybe some love is growing for it. I do love the straight flanger (not the "extra" version, just normal) on top of fuzz, and there is one song where I am using it on fast repeated 1/8th notes into a bit of OD on my amp and I like that too, the movement of the flanger is apparent on top of the repeated 1/8th notes.