Recommendations for Something to get an Ibanez FL-305 Flanger Sound?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by tlite, May 11, 2020.

  1. tlite


    Aug 18, 2016
    What readily available pedals will get me in the wheelhouse of a classic Ibanez (or Maxon) FL-305 flanger?



    Oh yeah, and I'm also looking for something that costs significantly less than the $300-$400 those FL-305's are fetching.

    I know they used the SAD1024 chip, which is super rare now and costs $70-$100 itself. I'm not locked into a SAD1024 pedal (unless I should be?). I can live with "close" to the FL-305 sound.

    Google reveals that perhaps the new version of the A/DA PBF might be a candidate?

    Old Ross flangers (R-60) go for $150-$200 and they supposedly have the SAD1024 chip. That seems to be the cheapest pedal I can find with that chip. No idea how the tone and circuit itself compares to the FL-305.

    Any suggestions?


    P.S. I'm not opposed to building an FL-305 clone but even after substantial Googling I can't find the schematic anywhere for that circuit...
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  2. Have you compared it to the Ibanez AF2 "Paul Gilbert Flanger"? I recall in the early 80's trading my A/C powered Ross Flanger for an easier to power and smaller Ibanez FL9 and being quite happy with the sound, that is still one of my favorite flanger sounds. FWIW I recently tried one of those old Ross Flangers and was rather underwhelmed.
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  3. tlite


    Aug 18, 2016
    I have not checked out the Paul Gilbert model. I'll do that. FL9 is on my list, too.

    What I like about the FL-305 is that it's not a 'jet engine' flanger, but more of an organic, smooth, chewy, flange modulation.

    Also, thanks for the first-hand feedback on the Ross.
  4. violao


    May 16, 2011
    Actually, what I loved about my old FL-305 is that it got an amazing Jet Engine flanging sound. I used mine in the early '80s to get that amazing James Honeyman-Scott (The Pretenders guitarist) sound. I had my FL-301 set for more subtle Flanging on my board.

    Full disclosure: Sorry, kids... I am predominantly a Guitar Player. But this forum is awesome. I now own (4) bass guitars because over time I became a bassist too.
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