Hi everyone, I love early rock and roll and rockabilly, and The Cramps and Thee Oh Sees… but I’ve, perversely perhaps, really struggled to actually like most delay/echo effects on guitar, and have generally preferred to try to get everything from fuzz, reverb and tremolo.
But I’m not giving up on delay/echo yet. I know what I don’t like: U2, soaring lead tones, and pretty, ambient delay.
And I know what I do like: 50s rock and roll recordings and dub reggae, where you really feel you can hear the room (echo seems a better word than delay), and echoes from old fashioned tannoys.
I have a Boss DD3 but I just can’t get on with the sound (despite John Dwyer using one v. effectively) so, options:
1. Try harder with the DD3
2. Maxon ADsomething (Poison Ivy as so often my reference point used one, and maybe the ‘dirty’ repeats would work better)
3. Boss RE-2 or RE-202 (close to the sound of the Roland Space Echo, used by Lee Scratch Perry for dub, and John Dwyer again)
4. Perhaps I should be thinking about this differently - there may be better ways - I think an actual tape echo or building an echo chamber are not practical but I’m definitely drawn to analog rather than digital technology where possible.
Anyway, thoughts gratefully received (I’m extremely grateful for thoughts from people recently on my Princeton Reverb, that have made me completely reconsider and reconnect with the amp)…
For purely slapback, if that is really all you will use, there’s just not much room for a inexpensive delay to sound different than a fancy one. Unless of course it’s noisy or unreliable or something.
Thanks everyone, really helpful replies. I’m thinking that perhaps delay/echo can seem hard to get right (despite being so apparently straightforward) is that there are different ways to get back to a natural echo from a room or echo chamber. The tape machine is not just the best way but it has its own really desirable qualities (analog warmth, preamp, unpredictability) but it’s not really a practical/affordable option. And then we’re into analog or digital delay pedals, and then digital recreations of actual tape echo, all of which fall short in different ways. Lots too think about. Meanwhile, for some fantastic live guitar echo, The Cramps: