The Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man is one of the original heavyweights in the realm of bucket brigade circuit-based analog delay. The Memory Man got started in the early ’80s and it’s still going strong today. The Deluxe Memory Man provides three typical controls to adjust the sound of your delay. A Time knob adjusts the speed of the delay, the Feedback knob changes the number of repeating echoes, and a Blend knob adjusts the volume of the repeating signal. The pedal can also add Chorus and Vibrato to the signal, and more than functioning as stand-alone effects, they seem to be intended to enhance the delay. If you turn the delay and feedback all the way down, however, you can get everything from subtle chorus to over-the-top, wiggly vibrato. The Original Deluxe Memory Man circuit can handle up to 550 ms of delay, but there are a few newer versions that can go up to 1100 ms. The newer versions of the Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man also includes a tap tempo switch to input a delay setting in real time. Both the tap tempo and the On/Off have bright LED status displays. Players who use the Memory Man include David Gilmour, The Edge, and Jack White.
The Walrus Audio ARP-87 Multi-Function Delay is a compact pedal in a cool case. It features four main algorithms: Digital, Analog, Low-Fi, and Slap Back. The Digital algorithm is for clean, crystal clear repeats. The Analog setting works well to add warmth and dimension to chords. The Lo-Fi algorithm, with its adjustable frequency range on the repeats, goes from warm, warped, and murky, to straight AM radio. Finally, the Slap setting makes it easy to dial in a great slap back echo. The X control knob adjusts either the modulation depth or the filter width, depending on which algorithm is being used. The ARP-87 can be run in trails or no trails mode. In trails mode, when you turn the pedal off, the delay trails die off naturally. In no trails mode, the delay trails are abruptly cut off when you turn the pedal off.The pedal also features momentary functions. When the peal is off, you press and hold the Bypass switch to temporarily activate the effect to add a moment of delay until you release the switch. When the effect is on, you press and hold the Bypass switch to momentarily ramp the X parameter to maximum. Releasing the switch sets the X parameter back to the knob location. Press and hold the Tap switch and you’ll temporarily ramp the feedback to maximum. Release it and you’ll set the feedback back to the knob location.
Electro-Harmonix Nano Small Stone Phase Shifter Pedal
The Electro-Harmonix Nano Small Stone Phase Shifter Pedal is a compact-size reissue of the classic Small Stone Phaser pedal and produces the same sound that made the classic 1970 Small Stone famous. It is a completely analog Phaser that features a very smooth phase sound made possible by it’s four-stage phase shifting design. The pedal is operated by wo simple controls, a switch and a knob. Continue reading “Electro-Harmonix Nano Small Stone Phase Shifter Pedal”
The TC Electronic Flashback Triple Delay Guitar Effects Pedal is a three-engine delay pedal capable of creating a wide variety of tones. The three separate delays can be run simultaneously, in series or in parallel. The Flashback Triple delay is TonePrint-enabled, allowing you to download signature tones from the internet to your pedal, including tones that you create using an editing app. The pedal features 12 built-in delay types and four spaces for TonePrint delays. The built-in delays include Tape, Tube, Space, Analog, Analog Mod, Reverse, Dynamic, 2290, 2290 Mod, Slap, LoFi, and Ping Pong. Continue reading “Flashback Triple Delay Guitar from TC Electronic”
The Vox MV50 is a series of ultra compact amplifier heads from a legendary company. The MV50 head comes in many varieties, including High Gain, Boutique, Clean, AC, and Rock. Each one weighs just over one pound and delivers 50 watts of tube-driven power. The Vox MV50 uses NuTube, a new vacuum tube which puts vacuum fluorescent display technology to practical use. Continue reading “Vox MV50 Ultra Compact Amp Head”
One of the most modern pedals on this list, the Keeley Seafoam Plus Chorus, has a lot of features packed into its compact size. This pedal uses the same automatic doubler as that used in the Keeley 30ms Double Tracker. The Seafoam Plus has three modes of operation. ADT chorus mode creates a second and third voice each with its own slight delay and pitch to emulate a real chorus. Continue reading “Keeley Seafoam Plus Chorus”
The EVH 5150 III 50-Watt EL34 head is the smaller version of its 100 watt big brother. This smaller, more compact amplifier, has many of the same features, and the same tube-driven sound as the bigger model, at half the price. This 50 watt amp uses seven JJ ECC83/12AX7 tubes in the preamp and effects loop section and two JJ EL34 tubes in the power section. The EVH 5150 III features a three-channel design that features a “small box,” compact control knob design. Continue reading “EVH 5150III 50W 6L6 Tube Guitar Amp Head”
The Empress Effects Heavy Dual-Channel Distortion pedal is designed for Heavy Metal and beyond. This is a two-channel overdrive capable of delivering very heavy distortion. Using transistors, the Empress Distortion features a completely analogue distortion. The Gain controls adjust the amount of gain applied to the signal, the Weight control adjusts the character of your low end, and the Mid control allows you to adjust the midrange tone on each channel. Continue reading “Empress Effects Heavy Dual-Channel Distortion”
As the name suggests, the MXR M134 Stereo Chorus Pedal can put out a mono or a stereo effect, featuring two output jacks to accommodate this feature. The chorus effect is adjusted with an Intensity control that adapts the level of the chorus effect added to the signal. A Width control adjusts the depth of the effect, from barely there, to big swirly waves. Continue reading “MXR M134 Stereo Chorus”
The Laney L50H 50W Tube Guitar Amp Head is the world’s first 50 watt RMS Single Ended true Class A all valve amplifier. It is also the first amp to use five EL34 tubes in the output section, to create a warm and progressive distortion that responds to a player’s touch and playing style. Besides the EL34 tubes in the power section the amp also uses three 12AX7 tubes in the preamp section. Continue reading “Laney L50H 50W Tube Guitar Amp Head”