Best Simple Delay for Instant Rockabilly Tone

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  1. OldHootOwl

    OldHootOwl Member

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    What is the perfect delay pedal along these criteria:

    1) SIMPLE - no multi-functionality, just as basic as can be
    2) SOUNDS GREAT specifically in a rockabilly context. Must convincingly reproduce classic rockabilly tone. I'm open to all sub-categories and descriptors... slapback, tape echo, whatever.
    3) READILY AVAILABLE in the United States in the year 2019, if it's discontinued, it should be easily available used on Reverb or eBay. Price not an issue
    4) PAIRS WELL WITH FENDER TUBE COMBOS - specifically Blues Junior, '59 Bassman, '65 Twin Reverb. These amps love pedals so this shouldn't be an issue.

    Any recommendations?

    EDIT: digital pedals are fine, as long as they are simple, single function pedals
     
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  4. jimijimmyjeffy

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    Whatever the cheapest and simplest tape echo sim is, maybe the Dunlop Echoplex pedal? I love my El Cap for that but you would hate it as it has secondary functions and digital stuff. Oh wait, the Dunlop is digital! I'm afraid you're out of luck. The analog delays are not the classic rockabilly slapback sound. And the real tape delays are kinda limited to one kinda long slapback delay time, which you may not prefer. I suggest taking up the saxophone. All your rigid requirements make the whole thing unrealistic to my standards.
     
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  5. Highway Chile

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    I recommend the Dunlop Echoplex pedal. It’s very simple and sounds great for rockabilly slapback.
     
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    He said no digital.
     
  8. Jumi

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    Any old Bucket Brigade delay. Of course the Maxon AD900 will always be the best.
     
  9. misa

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    If price really isn't an issue, pick up a used Ibanez/Maxon AD-80. Plenty to be had on Reverb/eBay.

    For new and easy to find, the Way Huge Aqua-Puss is very good IMO (although I haven't tried the Smalls version, just the WHE701).
     
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    Like other digital pedals, the Dunlop has a high current requirement, which is a bummer. It sounds great, however.
     
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    Certainly one of the best delays, IMO, but it is a little warmer/fuller sounding than the AD-80. I tend to associate a brighter delay for rockabilly tone.
     
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  12. OldHootOwl

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    Nah, the Dunlop Echoplex is good. When I said "no digital" I just meant no additional computer-interfacing or emulation stuff, I don't need anything to be 100% analog. Technically my bad but I since everyone else got the gist of what I was saying, I think I made myself clear.
     
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    DD3

    Or

    AquaPuss if you prefer it to be an analog Delay.
     
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    ^+1. I play in a 50s rockabilly band and I leave this pedal on pretty much the whole time and run it through a Deluxe Reverb. I leave all 3 knobs on about 9 o'clock. It is fantastic.

    Edit: Forgot to mention that when I was looking for this sound, I did a shootout with an El Capistan, Carbon Copy, and Aqua Puss. Aqua Puss won hands down IMHO.
     
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    dhdfoster Silver Supporting Member

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    OP, were you in a rockabilly band in Florida in the 90s called the Hoot Owls? Just asking because of your name and the thread subject.
     
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    Something like the Carbon Copy is easy to dial in.
     
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    Lots of good suggestions, I’ll throw in the Strymon Deco; it does an amazing job emulating tape slapback. I plug mine into a Tweed Twin and I swear Sam Philips would nod approvingly.
     

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