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Delay is one of the most commonly used guitar effects.

This effect can add a little something extra to a your guitar tone.

Most delay pedals will give you control over a few basic settings like repeats, delay time, and feedback, which allows you to find a unique setting for your playing style.

To help you pick the best delay pedal for you, we asked a few guitarists the following questions:

  • What's the best delay pedal?
  • What makes it awesome?

You can check out their responses below with embedded video demos of their recommended delay pedals.

Enjoy!


KVN MCDermott from Cave of Swords

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What's the best delay pedal?

Eventide H9 Max Harmonizer Pedal

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What makes it awesome?

This one is a cheater I guess. It has great sounds because duh, Eventide - plus, I trigger beats and visual projections for each song on stage so the ability to send a midi message via bluetooth and Ableton to change pedal algorithms is pretty great. It makes one less thing i have to think about when I'm trying to also play guitar and keys.


Miguel Sequeira

YouTube


What's the best delay pedal?

TC Electronic Flashback 2

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What makes it awesome?

  • MASH technology.
  • MASH reacts to the amount of pressure you put on the switch. The harder you press, the more intense the effect.
  • You can assign MASH to raise the delay time as you press down, subtly increase the delay feedback into full-blown self-oscillation, or gradually add and deepen chorus modulation for out-of-tune flutters.
  • Realistic tone.

Chan Maurice Evans from YOUPEOPL

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What's the best delay pedal?

I like the Line 6 DL4 Delay Modeler unit and the Boss RE-20 Space Echo dual Pedal

Line 6 DL4

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Boss RE-20 Space Echo Pedal

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What makes them awesome?

The DL4 has just about any type of delay conceived, from digital echoes to analog simulators. There are lots of great digital delays on the market, but having multiple options, three assignable foot switches and a loop option in one unit, the sky is the limit.

On the analog side, the RE-20 is a scaled down, and more affordable, version of the RE-200 Space Echo from the 60s/70s. It not only has several delay options, but reverb and reverb/delay. It gives off a very warm and unique sound, one that I find unmistakable.


Jacob Hoffman from Drop the Act

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What's the best delay pedal?

MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay

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What makes it awesome?

This pedal is great for getting that crazy delay/experimental sound. I literally played around with this delay pedal for hours and still can’t get enough of it. This pedal can definitely add some new elements to your sound and works well with ambient playing styles. Plus it’s pretty amusing cranking the Regen knob to get crazy sounds and annoy your fellow band mates/neighbors.


Jeremy Aitken

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What's the best delay pedal?

Boss DD-7

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What makes it awesome?

It's a little cliche to go with a boss pedal, but this thing has no bad sounds. Straight out of the box it is super easy to dial in classic dotted eight delays (u2-esque). If that's not your speed then it has a great slap back setting as well that is very usable. Of course being a Boss product, it's built like a tank!


Patrick Wilkins

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What's the best delay pedal?

Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man MT1100

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What makes it awesome?

Honestly with delays it’s this weird balance for me, again, the way it feels it most of it IMO, I’ve just always been able to connect quickly and get to where I’m going in my head on one of those.


Chris Saalfeld from Orchid in the Ivy

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What's the best delay pedal?

Strymon Timeline Delay

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What makes it awesome?

It can literally do any delay sound you will ever want. It’s beyond tweakable, can save tons of presets, work with an expression pedal, and it’s true bypass. Expensive as hell though.


Lexie Kobra


What's the best delay pedal?

Electro-Harmonix Stereo Memory Man

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What makes it awesome?

I'm a whore for anything EHX. It sounds fantastic for digital delay. It's flexible as far as manipulating the delay. It has tap time. It is useful for many endevours, standard to experimental.


David Mathew from City of Takers

Bandcamp


What's the best delay pedal?

Boss DD-3

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What makes it awesome?

Simplicity and quality. It smooths out my sound. I like playing different sounds and I think this pedal helps me create the sound I'm looking for.



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