TC Electronic SCF Gold review

TC’s very first pedal returns with some practical updates to make it a serious modulation contender for the 21st century

TC Electronic SCF Gold
(Image: © Future / Olly Curtis)

Guitar World Verdict

A welcome return for a classic and very classy-sounding pedal, now with everything in place to slot into the modern pedalboard.


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    Three effects in one pedal.

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    Stereo capability.

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    Ease of use.

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    Quiet operation.

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    Adjustable input gain.


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    Enclosure might still be a little large for some 'boards.

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TC Electronic is a well-established company with products covering studio and guitar, but the company started out in 1976 with just a single effects pedal – the Stereo Chorus Flanger (SCF), which has now been made available as the SCF Gold to celebrate its 45th anniversary.

While the new pedal pays tribute to the original, it takes advantage of more modern technology, notably a new op-amp in the preamp stage, a standard nine-volt DC power socket replacing the hardwired transformer, and a larger, more easily seen LED. While it may boast more headroom, improved low-frequency response and a wider dynamic range, it is said to stay true to the original sound, still incorporating the essential Bucket Brigade Device circuit design.

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Trevor Curwen

Trevor Curwen has played guitar for several decades – he's also mimed it on the UK's Top of the Pops. Much of his working life, though, has been spent behind the mixing desk, during which time he has built up a solid collection of the guitars, amps and pedals needed to cover just about any studio session. He writes pedal reviews for Guitarist and has contributed to Total Guitar, MusicRadar and Future Music among others.