Rock guitarists have been obsessed with delay in its many forms since Cliff Gallup achieved that ultra-cool delayed-echo effect on the first few Gene Vincent albums in the mid-Fifties.
But, along with delay, they've also longed for reverb, that wonderful effect that makes things sound so much warmer, friendlier and twangier, all while fooling your poor brain into thinking you're rocking out in a fan-packed stadium.
With that in mind, we’ve assembled a list of 12 of the best delay and reverb pedals on the market today, presented here in no particular order. Put one or more of these on your holiday list for a gift that’s sure to please time and time again.
Strymon DIG Dual Digital Delay
The Strymon DIG Dual Digital Delay unearths the true soul of digital delay and doubles it into two simultaneous, integrated delays with rack delay voicings from the Eighties and today, for incredible expressive potential. The DIG features three voicings: the early ’80s adaptive delta modulation mode, the mid-’80s 12-bit pulse code modulation mode, and the modern high-resolution 24/96 mode.
DIRECT PRICE: $299
TC Electronic Flashback Triple Delay
The TC Electronic Flashback Triple Delay lets you run three delays simultaneously, opening up an entirely new delay dimension filled with divine sounds. The Flashback Triple Delay sports 12 different delay types, 4 TonePrint slots for loading signature effects, a tap tempo switch, 11 subdivision types, and the option of running the delays in parallel or in series, which infuses your delays with distinct and unique rhythmic patterns.
STREET PRICE: $299.99
EarthQuaker Devices Levitation Reverb
The EarthQuaker Devices Levitation Reverb is a variation on their Ghost Echo pedal to honor the reverb-drenched tones synonymous with classic psych rock. The Levitation Reverb is a vintage voiced reverb that aims to fit somewhere between dirty sixties chambers, classic spring, and the big, ringing plate reverbs of days gone by.
DIRECT PRICE: $185
JHS Pedals Panther Cub Analog Delay
The JHS Pedals Panther Cub Analog Delay is a true bucket brigade delay and features tap tempo control, ratio control, modulation and 1000 milliseconds of delay time. The effects loop allows you to place any effect or effects chain on the repeats only. An internal Roar switch gives you two different levels/sensitivity of oscillation and runaway.
DIRECT PRICE: Standard, $349; handpainted, $399
Electro-Harmonix Holy Grail Neo
The EHX Holy Grail Neo features the renowned spring and hall reverbs of the original EHX Holy Grail and adds a studio-quality plate reverb for pristine functionality in a pedalboard friendly footprint.
LIST PRICE: $163.37
The original Korg SDD-3000 rack-mount digital delay from 1982 has been reproduced and is now available as the SDD-3000 Pedal. It offers the distinctive delay tones of the original that have been sought after for decades.
LIST PRICE: $500
DigiTech Obscura Altered Delay
The DigiTech Obscura Altered Delay features four delay modes that can be darkened, degraded and distorted on the fly with the stacked Tone and Degrade controls. Combine these controls with Repeat/Hold for long trippy, gurgling repeats or backwards-manipulated sonic mayhem.
LIST PRICE: $229.95
Way Huge Supa-Puss Analog Delay
The Way Huge Supa-Puss Analog Delay is for exploring the farthest reaches of true analog delay potential, featuring an eternity of delay time and fine control over numerous parameters of your delay signal, including tap tempo, subdivision, and modulation.
LIST PRICE: $357.13
Mod Kits DIY Verb Deluxe
The Verb Deluxe kit includes both Dwell and Mix controls, allowing the dry signal to be blended with the processed signal from a just hint of reverb to deep, cavernous echoes. The dwell control adds an extra flexibility, providing a full palette of sweet reverb sound.
DIRECT PRICE: $71.16
Pigtronix E2 Ultra Pro
The Pigtronix E2 Ultra Pro (E2U) is a new flagship delay processor representing the ultimate Echolution 2 platform, providing an unprecedented level of parallel delay and filter processing in a MIDI‐controllable pedal format. Breaking away from the “one sound at a time” paradigm, the new Echolution 2 sports 30 individual front‐panel algorithms that can be selected in any combination, with even more powerful customization also available.
LIST PRICE: $625
Boss TE-2 Tera Echo
The TE-2 Tera Echo is Boss' first pedal to include Multi-Dimensional Processing, which analyzes audio signals and applies the ideal amount of processing to enhance guitar tones without overwhelming them. The TE-2 features a familiar control set and dynamic sensitivity for a wide range of sounds, and its freeze function allows it to hold the current sound while you solo over it or use it for unique effects.
STREET PRICE: $149
The AD10 has 600 milliseconds of pure analog delay with a warm yet crisp delay tone. It features Maxon's proprietary low-noise circuit with no distortion on delay repeats. Short delay settings create rich, natural reverb effects while longer settings offer a clear and brilliant delay sound. It can be used in combination with other effects or in an effect loop. Higher feedback settings yield self-oscillation and runaway "spaceship" delay effects.
STREET PRICE: $199