Your best choice for tape slap back echo in a pedal.

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  1. revgsmall

    revgsmall Member

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    I just recently switched over to the new Boss RE-20 Space Echo specifically for the rockabilly slapback echo sound. For years I used (and still own) the Line 6,DL-4 not for the most ideal slap back echo but for its versatility and three pre-sets. Different band: afro-cuban & reggae music lends itself for lots of different echo's.

    However I am now playing in a three piece: rockabilly, surf, r&b kind of group (I play a Gretsch into a Vox AC-15 and/or old Fender Pro and I crank the reverb). So with that vibe in mind, I switched over to the Boss because I can hear an improvement in getting that tape echo like sound. I owned an non-tube echoplex and a Guild Wildcat? tape echo years ago.

    Without going back to a tape based machine, does anyone think there is a better pedal out there?

    On a side bar, I wished the Boss had pre-sets like the Line 6 did. I found them quite handy.
     
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    Uh, you have it. The RE-20. :NUTS
     
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    have yet to try the "new and improved" space echo... but the best tape like sounding delay pedal I know of is the 18v vintage ibanez ad-80. Punchy and lo-fi just like the best of 'em... with a saturated top-end and nice runnaway blurred repeats!
     
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    Be it the dano or a magicstomp on my board......
    prefer the yamaha though cos you can program it and also have extra long tape echos digital style
     
  6. TheGigPig

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    I use an old AD9 for slap back. Prefer it to my AD80. Frequency wise it sits where tape lives. Not the real thing, but sounds really great.
     
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    Carl Martin Red Repeat is just perfect for a warm sounding slap back echo.
     
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    I use the Danelectro PB & J delay. It has a short and long delay stomp switch so you can toggle between slapback echo and an analog-style delay. It has a lo-fi sound on the repeats and is exactly what I look for in a delay - not too much and not sterile and digital sounding. I use it for a Robben Ford style short delay and it works perfect for that. You can find one on the cheap for $50 or less. It is also very quiet and I can't tell that it effects my tone in bypass mode.
     
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    its a big pedal, but the dano reel echo does slapback and other tape echo sounds very well.

    dk
     
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    Perfectly stated. :AOK
     
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    keeley ad-9 OR the new mxr carbon copy! OR the ehx memory man if you have the room/money for it.
     
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    I have about 8 delay pedals and an EP-3 Echoplex. When I'm lazy and don't want to fuss with the EP-3 my 18V AD-80 gets the closest.
     
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    I have an old AD-9 that is now not working at all, I tried to have it fixed once but it stopped working again. I 'don't know if its worth getting worked on again or not, since they now have a reissue. Sound wise though I remember it having a bit of a harsh clank to it, like it reproduced the percussion of the pick too much. Is this typical of an AD-9 or is it my malfunctioning AD-9.
     
  15. TheGigPig

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    My AD-80 is arguably too warm. I love it for certain things but for slap back the old AD-9 just seems more on the mark. I find the biggest misconception about tape delay is the lack of top end. All my tape delays have loads of top end, they're just not harsh. They compress a bit like tape does but there's plenty of top end. Digital tape delay simulators that put a tone control on the feedback output just confuse me.
    AD-9 top end is closer to the feel of tape for me.

    But nothing beats tape in the end, so that's what I use most of the time.
     
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    hmmm, my EP-3 lops off a bit of top end. Its much more noticable with my Tele than my SG. I will have to check out the AD-9. Lord knows one can never have too many delays!!
     
  17. TheGigPig

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    Amen brother!!!
    If delays were people, my cupboard is China
     
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    any analog delay should do the trick, right?
     
  20. TheGigPig

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    I wish it were this easy. They all have different characteristics. horses for courses
     

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