Ibanez AD/UE rack mount effects ?

Ibanez AD/UE rack mount effects ?

Postby shannonjim2 » Thu May 31, 2012 6:11 am

Curious as to the groups thoughts on the Ibanez AD and UE rack mount effects Units. I am converting to a rack mount with a Sarno pre-amp, and have been thinking about this versus the stomp boxes. I recall some older forum posts on these units - and I recall the UE 700 is the holy grail - where the AD 230 is the low-end option ? There are UE 400 and 405s for sale out there - I am seeking that late 70s Bobby tone - can any of these units deliver those tones in your expert opinions ? Thanks.
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Re: Ibanez AD/UE rack mount effects ?

Postby jeffm725 » Thu May 31, 2012 6:21 am

UE400 and UE405 both deliver Bobby lates 70's tones. The AD's are Delays and modulations and nice to have...the UE's are NEED to have. I would go 400 first.
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Re: Ibanez AD/UE rack mount effects ?

Postby strumminsix » Thu May 31, 2012 6:33 am

IMO - the UE700 is better than the 400 or 405.

The Flanger on it is excellent and the EQ really shapes the Bobby tone of that era.
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Re: Ibanez AD/UE rack mount effects ?

Postby jeffm725 » Thu May 31, 2012 10:16 am

yeah strummin, definitely, but unless yours is still for sale :smile: he might as well be looking for a Travis Bean! UE400's and 405's can still be had, 700's are as rare as Hen's teeth!
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Re: Ibanez AD/UE rack mount effects ?

Postby strumminsix » Thu May 31, 2012 10:57 am

jeffm725 wrote:yeah strummin, definitely, but unless yours is still for sale :smile: he might as well be looking for a Travis Bean! UE400's and 405's can still be had, 700's are as rare as Hen's teeth!

LOL! Yeah, well it did take me a while. The Flanger I think is the FL305 and is so controllable it's so musically tasty you forget it's an effect almost!!

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Re: Ibanez AD/UE rack mount effects ?

Postby mkaufman » Thu May 31, 2012 12:16 pm

AD230 & UE700 are high end. There were expensive pro-grade boxes.

The UE400 & 405 were priced as consumer-grade boxes, however, they were still very good with more effects and flexibility than the 230 & 700.

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Re: Ibanez AD/UE rack mount effects ?

Postby strumminsix » Thu May 31, 2012 1:43 pm

mkaufman wrote:AD230 & UE700 are high end. There were expensive pro-grade boxes.

The UE400 & 405 were priced as consumer-grade boxes, however, they were still very good with more effects and flexibility than the 230 & 700.

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how do you figure the 400 or 405 being more flexible than the 700? besides changing the order or effects? the 700 has more tone control, IMO. And I like how you can plug into the foot switch to minimize cables!
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Re: Ibanez AD/UE rack mount effects ?

Postby Cmnaround » Thu May 31, 2012 2:35 pm

Not mine but there is an AD-202 on Philly craigist for $250. Been up for about a month at that price so maybe there is a deal to be had somewhere - although based on the model number I'm gonna assume its not in the same league as the other units in this discussion.

http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/msg/3010109078.html
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Re: Ibanez AD/UE rack mount effects ?

Postby mkaufman » Thu May 31, 2012 3:51 pm

Fair point: the UE-700 is essentially 5 effects, but they cannot be sequenced. The AD-230 has only two effects and only one can be run at a time.

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Re: Ibanez AD/UE rack mount effects ?

Postby tigerstrat » Thu May 31, 2012 6:54 pm

"drkstrcrshes" was just recently raving to me about the quality of the AD-230. One guy's opinion, yes, but here's a guy who has tried and owns or owned (largely concurrently) just about every effect that has existed... especially delays!

I bwelieve his words were along the lines of "why did Jerry use the green MXR while Bobby had the (superior) 230?"
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Re: Ibanez AD/UE rack mount effects ?

Postby mkaufman » Fri Jun 01, 2012 5:30 am

The AD-230 has an awesome delay & flanger. It's top-of-the-line, however, that's all it has. Interestingly, there are ads where Jerry was promoting the AD230. I don't think he ever used it.

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Re: Ibanez AD/UE rack mount effects ?

Postby strumminsix » Fri Jun 01, 2012 6:51 am

tigerstrat wrote:"drkstrcrshes" was just recently raving to me about the quality of the AD-230. One guy's opinion, yes, but here's a guy who has tried and owns or owned (largely concurrently) just about every effect that has existed... especially delays!

I bwelieve his words were along the lines of "why did Jerry use the green MXR while Bobby had the (superior) 230?"

I often wonder that about alot of his effects choices - think about it, less the M3, most were crappy Boss pedals or regular MXR.
I have a theory - that the rest of his rig was so hi-fi that mod'd studio quality effects woulda sounded bad. Again, just a theory.
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