El Capistan.....Who still loves it?!?!?!?

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by Mr.Woody, Aug 16, 2019.

  1. Tung-Sol Tube

    Tung-Sol Tube Member

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    I'm pretty certain EC is referring to the El Cap.
     
  2. ranchofm

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    Similar to my situation. Got the El Cap when it first came out and had it on my gig board for a few years. I replaced it with a Brigadier because it suited my band better than El Cap. El Cap is on my home board now, where it's subtleties are more useful. FINALLY got a Deco, and I'm looking to get something to replace the Flint on my gig board, so I can bring the Stryfecta® home.

    However, if I was wandering around town and found $400 on the ground, the Volante might throw a wrench in the works.
     
  3. sanhozay

    sanhozay klon free since 2009 Silver Supporting Member

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    i'm a minimalist and it took me a long time to comprehend the el caps features & its multitudes of sounds, but once enlightened, agree with the masses that it's an amazeballs tape simulation pedal. arguably, by far, without a shadow of doubt in my mind, the most accurate digital tape pedal. if you need a preamp grab a chase tone or a clinch or a dyno brain {my fave, but all those are great, is the chase tone}. i've owned the real deal and they still can't be beat but the idea of a board size pedal like the el cap that can hang alongside them and be way, way, way less likely to act a b#tch and not turn to soup unexpectedly makes the iron reliability of the strymon and the ability to capture the characteristics of tape under $300 mind-blowing.
     
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  4. Pedalboardoftheday

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    It's not a staple on my board, but everytime I do plug the El Cap in, I'm completely blown away.

    It's just one of those pedals that makes you feel like you're in a different space physically.
     
  5. saltbird

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    I got a used El Capistan for $200 via craigslist. I had never even tried one but I figured worst case scenario I could at least sell it for $250 cause of how insanely well Strymons seem to hold their value. I never really bonded with it per se, but I still liked it enough to not want to get rid of it. I think the big reason was I just wasn't into delay in general at that point in time.

    A couple years later I bought a Volante and I love the thing. Once I really got the interface down, I can always find the exact delay sound I'm looking for, and then some.

    Messed with the El Capistan again, while actually delving into the secondary settings, and I appreciate it much more than I initially did. I still prefer the Volante on my board, but for a compact grab-n-go setup, the El Cap does the trick.
     
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    The infinite feedback feature has become essential to my live shows. Killer way to end a song, add atmospherics or build up tension. Most pedals with this fail to compress the repeats. The El Cap is the only one I found that does this without murdering the audience's ears. It feeds back and melts into a beautiful pad-like sustain.
     
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    D'oh!
     
  8. Echoplexi

    Echoplexi Silver Supporting Member

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    I’ve got to look into this. As you said, seems like a cool way to end a song without getting out of control
     
  9. Tung-Sol Tube

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    You also can tailor the saturation and volume of the oscillation with the secondary tape bias control!
     
  10. Echoplexi

    Echoplexi Silver Supporting Member

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    Looks like I need to have a little one on one time with the manual this weekend :beer
     
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  11. Ramblin390

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    I thought it was a good pedal that was overrated I moved on from it
     
  12. Mr.Woody

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    OP here. Wow, i honestly forgot that i started this thread and am happy to see that it gained some traction. Thanks for all the replies no matter what your views are on the El Cap :)

    You know, i looked at the Deco a while back and couldn't wrap my mind around what all it was doing or how i would use it. i may have to look into them again.
    I picked up a Flint early this year and have found that i now use the El Cap, the Flint, and the Rockett .45 Cal pretty exclusively through an entire set.......
    I was having a hard time not getting lost in the mix with the B3 last time, so i finally kicked ont he harmonic tremolo....BAM, there I was!
    I honestly could get rid of the other pedals and be pretty happy with just those. It helps that i'm also learning to use my volume/tone knobs now that i have a Les Paul.


    I see what you did there ;)
     
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  13. vintagefox

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    The El Capistan is something special.
     
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  14. jimijimmyjeffy

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    Recced as I actually first came to the El Cap from a minimalism point of view. But a part of me liked control within that, and there it was. I like digital delay, and I like tape. So was pretty much destined for an El Cap.
     
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    Love my V1, right now playing through it into a vibrolux and swart sst-30 in stereo, sounds glorious
     
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  16. Mr.Woody

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    I didn't know there was more than 1 version. How many versions are there, what's the difference in them, and what's the time frame for each version?
     
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    Don’t know - at least 2 versions but that’s all I got...
     
  18. ry-guy

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    They just switched the footswitches . V1 were hard click switches even for the tap. V2 are the soft click ones.
     
  19. Mr.Woody

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    Ahh, that makes sense. I def have a v2 then. I've had quite some time now (2013, i think).

    Has anyone ever had one die?
     
  20. tobereleased

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    They also made it accept stereo input by switching a jumper inside. But they didn't change it to process a stereo input - if you give it a stereo input the stereo dry will go through, but all the processing is done on a mono sum of the two inputs.

    Basically, V2 was bringing it in line with some of the features of the more recent releases. I do wonder whether a V3 will come out allowing firmware updates via midi, seen as that's been incorporated into the sunset and riverside - but this will require a bit more hardware development that they might not want to do for a product that's about a decade old.

    As to the overall thread: I love my el cap. I won it in a competition from bestguitareffects, so I didn't have to pay for it, which makes it even better. The El Cap, Flint, and Deco are really the core of my pedalboard.
     
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