Fulltone Custom Shop MDV-3 Mini DejaVibe 3 Vintage Rotary Pedal

Modulation Effects Pedal Based on Vintage Univibe Effects Pedals, with Included Power Supply
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The Univibe Clone Pros Choose

The Fulltone MDV-3 effect pedal is about as close as you can get to the sound of an authentic, vintage Univibe pedal. That's because Fulltone went above and beyond to use components as close to the originals as possible, right down to cloning 1960s photocells to get the right rise and fall times. But when you plug your favorite guitar into the MDV-3 and crank up your amplifier with a bit of overdrive, all technical thoughts will quickly fade away with the pulsating, undulating modulations the Univibe was legendary for. Call Sweetwater to add the Fulltone MDV-3 to your pedalboard today.

Fulltone MDV-3 Guitar Effect Pedal at a Glance:
  • The third generation of amazingly accurate Univibe clones
  • Wide dynamic range thanks to a special power circuit
  • Who uses Fulltone?
The third generation of amazingly accurate Univibe clones

Fulltone's efforts to make the MDV-3 an exact Univibe clone are nothing short of amazing. Pros such as Robin Trower and Peter Frampton have been using previous-generation MDV pedals with nothing but praise for them. With the MDV-3, Fulltone went even further by cloning 1960s photocells to get the right rise/fall times for this classic modulation effect. There are no op-amps in the signal path, and the MDV-3 even uses the same preamp transistor the original Univibe used.

Wide dynamic range thanks to a special power circuit

The Fulltone MDV-3 runs at a full 18+ volts, and it includes a power supply. It has a unique voltage doubler circuit to boost the voltage, giving you more headroom and wider dynamic range. You get the higher-voltage operation many pros prefer while maintaining the convenience of using a standard power supply.

Who uses Fulltone?

The list of Fulltone fans reads like a who's who of guitar heroes. Both Ron Wood and Keith Richards have Fulltone gear in their touring rigs, as does Nigel Tufnel from the legendary British metal band Spinal Tap and Boston badboys Joe Perry and Tom Hamilton. Punk/rockabilly mainstay Reverend Horton Heat is a Fulltone convert. Other notable Fulltone users include Pearl Jam's Stone Gossard, Jack Bruce of Cream, perennial alt rocker Lou Reed, and Tom Petty along with Heartbreaker Mike Campbell. You're in good company with the MDV-3 on your pedalboard.

Fulltone MDV-3 Guitar Effect Pedal Features:
  • Guitar modulation effect pedal based on 1960s Univibe effect pedals
  • Completely discrete electronics for a pure signal path and maximum signal clarity
  • Uses same preamp transistor as original Univibes, a very important tonal factor
  • Custom speed potentiometer is designed to give you long-lasting durability
  • 18-volt power supply included
You definitely want the Fulltone MDV-3 on your pedalboard!

Additional Media

MDV-3 User Manual
Pedal Power - Six Vibe Pedals
Fulltone Custom Shop MDV-3 Mini Deja 'Vibe Pedal Review by Sweetwater Sound

Tech Specs

Manufacturer Part Number CS-MDV-3

Customer Reviews

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The Vibe search is over!

I've tried several different pedals attempting to get that Hendrix & Trower "Univibe" sound. I have an old Dunlop Uni-Vibe Stereo Chorus which got me close for several years but always seemed to cut some of my mids out, plus no way to control speed with an expression pedal. Other pedals I tried were basically just glorified phaser pedals. When the Lester G came out recently, I bought that with an expression pedal...I figured since the original 60s Univibe was an attempt to imitate the Leslie sound, this would be just the ticket for me. While the Lester G was very impressive and to me sounded just like a real Leslie, I soon realized it was too close and still didn't have that Univibe sound. On cleans, it was phenomenal, but not what I was looking for on my fuzz and overdriven Marshall tones. Don't know why it took me so long to look into it but I finally decided to find out what Robin Trower currently uses. When he came through on tour recently, I got a good look at his pedalboard and this was the baby that was on there! After researching it, I figured out this is the closest clone of the original Univibe circuit available today, so had to try it. It's perfect! Placed into the front of my Marshall, it doesn't get better than this! I still run the old Dunlop Uni-Vibe in the fx loop for a different sound but this is THE vibe tone I've been searching for.
Music background: Semi-pro, Hobbyist, Weekend Warrior

Nails It...

I've been a vibe freak since it's inception. Played 'em all from the original to dressed up phasers posing as vibes. For me The Fulltone sounds / performs the best. I own a few versions both mini and pedal. They're all solidly built with quality components and they sound greaI. I've never had issues either. I use the pedal version mostly for it's simplicity and foot control on the fly. Excellent pedal!

Excellent Pedal

It does everything that it is supposed to do. Sounds great and built like a tank.

Fulltone MDV-3 returning to Sonic Excellence!

I have owned 3 "Deja Vibes" since 2001. The first #521 is one of my favorite pedals to this day and you can't get that sound in Fuller's newer pedals. I wanted a backup in 2010 when the new MDV-2 came out. I was seriously unimpressed with that unit! It was sterile sounding and had no authority IMO, plus the deep lush sound that I got from my original 2001 was completely missing from the MDV-2, so I shelved it and never played it again. Enter the MDV-3. Wow! What an difference this newer version is from Mark 2! It is Lush, deep and rich sounding. Sounds great clean and with dirt. I never want to turn it off! The MDV-3 gets full ranking stars here. This has to be one of the very best pedals that Mike has ever issued! I will be getting another as a back up because I love the MDV-3 so much!

One hell of a pedal

It's rare for me to offer a 5.0 star rating, i feel even if you are blown away you should never rate something at the best level, just out of principal. The MDV-3 delivers, and i may add sings. I am using this with keyboards (fender rhodes patches primarily), it really has a complex, unique and convincing sound to it. The build quality is fantastic and feels like it can withstand a beating, the sound is lush and for those of you concerned about precious pedal board real estate its footprint is minimal! Despite being a relatively pricey unit, (in my opinion) I would confidently say its worth every penny. Normally when offering a review I like to be "objective" and offer at least one critique or constructive criticism. I'm really going out of my way here to do so but since I want to I will say this, the output (volume) even when set to "Max" is slightly lower than my original signal, but its far from a deal breaker in this case. Fulltone has truly made an authentic and convincing uni-vibe.
Music background: Professional Gigging Musician, Producer
See also: Phasers, Fulltone Custom Shop, Fulltone Custom Shop Phaser Pedals