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What is a "black label" EBS pedal??

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by NickNardone, Apr 28, 2010.

  1. I've seen talk around here, especially in the for sale section, of "black label" EBS pedals. From the little bit I've read, it seems that they are more desirable, and more valuable.

    What exactly is a "black label" EBS pedal, how are they different from current production EBS pedals, and how can I tell if my UniChorus is a black label?

    Drop some quick knowledge on my please...

  2. rr5025


    Nov 12, 2008
    I'm just taking a stab (I don't have any EBS stuff) and basing it off the Boss Black Label stuff - If there's a black label on the back?
  3. soulplane83


    Aug 16, 2008
    Portland, OR
    All current EBS pedals are "black label". The original models were grey in color. The more recent ones are black.
  4. Crystalman85


    Nov 30, 2008
    Chicago, Il.
    If you want sound samples of the ebs black label pedals, you can check them out on their website.

  5. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Supporting Member

    True dat. "Black Label" is like a Gen 2 pedal.
  6. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    The black label pedals are also all true bypass, where the earlier pedals weren't. They had a great buffer in them though, but it seems most folks prefer true bypass, even if they don't know why.
  7. BassyBill

    BassyBill The smooth moderator... Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2005
    West Midlands UK


  8. Thanks so much guys!

  9. wvbass

    wvbass Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2004
    West Virginia
    Doh! Isn't EBS in their 3rd generation of pedals?

    Gen 1: "Grey label" with gray boxes
    Gen 2: "Black label" with black boxes, not true bypass
    Ben 3: "Black label" with black boxes, is true bypass.

    Pretty sure about this...since by black label pedals are not true bypass and the new ones are...
  10. 1kinal


    Jan 18, 2006
    Montreal, Qc. Canada
    Endorsing Artist: SIT strings
    True. And for those wondering if they have a 2nd or 3rd generation black, "true bypass" is written just below the footswitch for the 3rd gen.
  11. Correct, so this is the final list of EBS pedal evolution...

    Gen 1: "Grey label" with grey boxes
    Gen 2: "Black label" with black boxes, not true bypass
    Ben 3: "Black label True Bypass" with black boxes, and "True Bypass" stamped below the bypass switch
  12. Jayhawk


    Sep 6, 2006
    Kansas City
    So true!:D
  13. BioDriver

    BioDriver A Cinderella story

    Aug 29, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Also, as has been reported by many people, EBS pedals tend to "go bad" over time, so the newer ones are much more desirable since they have more time left in them.
  14. sutarappa


    Feb 26, 2007
    yeah, what? messin' around or superstitious?
  15. BioDriver

    BioDriver A Cinderella story

    Aug 29, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Look at MultiComp reviews, many people have said it develops problems earlier than other pedals.
  16. bassjam

    bassjam Supporting Member

    Aug 2, 2004
    Lakland Basses, G&L Basses, Genzler Amplification
    Yeah Ive posted before-I think they sold me a faulty one.Ive used mine on numerous gigs over the last few years without a single issue!:D
  17. casio


    Aug 1, 2007
    I have a second gen non-true bypass UniChorus and I like it. Not my main chorus, but the buffer is quite good.
    And yes, they do tend to go bad. Though what happened to mine is that both the knobs got stomped in...and I don't stomp that hard! :D
  18. Wow the one EBS black label that I owned I thought had the beefiest case design and feel out if any pedal I've owned. I'm surprised the fall apart on the road.
  19. From me...

    "Hello, I have one of your EBS DynaVerb Pedals, and I was
    wondering how I can tell if the pedal is the latest version?

    How many different versions of DynaVerb have you produced over the years,
    and how can I differentiate which version is which?

    I would like your newest DynaVerb with the updated circuitry and more
    headroom capability.

    Thank you!

    -Nick Nardone"

    From EBS...

    "Hi Nick,

    The old model came in the original version and a slightly updated version -
    both with the exact same look and hard to differ from one another by the
    looks. The new one is available in one original version and one with an
    improved type of switch.

    The new circuitry are used in all pedals that has "True Bypass" printed on
    the top, and delivered in a box with 4-color print.

    If you have a chance to look inside the pedal, the latest are the ones where
    the actual base of the switch is blue. The first true bypass switches has a
    black base with 12-pins, and we have experienced more failures with those
    than the new ones. However, if a switch breaks, new or old, we usually send
    a new free of charge, so thats a minor concern.


    Ralf, Brand Support
    /EBS Sweden AB"
  20. That first paragraph doesn't make much sense to me..

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