Best Delay Pedals for Guitar: Top 5 (You’ll Sound Stunning) – 2018 –

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Best Delay Pedals for Guitar: Top 5 (You'll Sound Stunning) - 2018 -

There's no denying it. A great delay pedal can make your guitar playing sound super lush.

But which one do you go for? There are some fantastic sounding delay effect pedals out there, but there are also some pretty naff ones.

No need to worry about which is the best one for your individual needs though, because we've done the leg work for you by finding the 5 best pedals out there today. 

So take a look at the top delay fx units that'll improve the sound of your guitar playing, and make practice time more fun. Who wouldn't want that?...

TC Electronic guitar delay pedal

You can't argue with TC Electronic. They certainly know how to make a darn good delay pedal and this is shown in the Flashback. TC's ace sounding delay pedal contains some of the most legendary delay sounds around.

Classic TC 2290 delay, ping pong, analogue and tape delay are just a few of the 11 quality delays you'll get in this pedal. Save yourself time by using the handy 'TonePrint' feature which allows you to import custom made sounds by a bunch of famous guitarists.

Practice your solos and melody playing over chord progressions and unleash your inner creative player by using the Flasbacks' 40 second looper. Useful.

Get studio quality sounds and solid build quality in this one small stompbox delay. We personally feel anyone serious about guitar effects pedals needs a TC Electronic on their board. The Flashback is a bang on place to start.

Best Bits

  • 11 delay types including looper - expansive delay options from subtle repeat to total time-warp
  • Tap tempo - set delay times by picking or strumming your guitar
  • TonePrint technology gives you instant access to custom pedal sounds made by top guitarists
  • 40-second looper with infinite sound on sound recording
  • Analog-Dry-Through circuitry helps preserve the analog tone
  • Spillover on/off switch gives you super-smooth and natural transitions between sounds
  • Delay Time, Feedback, and FX Level controls
  • 6 seconds delay

 

Power: 9V battery (included) and DC Adaptor (sold separately)

You'll love: The clever way the TonePrint feature works via computer or the free app. Simply choose the sound you want, hold your phone next to your pickup and bang...it goes straight into the pedal

You might not dig: Tap tempo used on the fly can be tricky because the pedal doesn't mute straight away

Flashback Delay Demo


Boss DD-7 Delay Pedal

From bedroom noodler to touring session guitarist, all us guitar players trust and respect Boss for a reason. They make bloomin' great guitar pedals. The upgraded DD-7 Delay pedal won't disappoint these expectations.

From the modulation mode for chorus like delay, to classic analog delay mode, the compact and robust DD-7 will make your guitar sing. It's easy and user friendly to get your head around too.

The stereo outputs on the pedal give you the chance to go wild with stereo effects such as left to right sweep panning. Couple this feature with the nifty 40 second looper and just imagine the immense layers of sounds you can create. Perfect excuse to get lost in your guitar playing if ever we heard of one.

The Boss DD-7 is great fun, sturdy, and not too expensive. A real winner in other words.

Best Bits

  • Modulation Delay mode with chorus-type delay sound
  • Analog Delay mode with classic rounded BOSS DM-2 analog delay sound
  • Upgraded delay time of up to 6.4 seconds
  • Loop function with 40 sec record time
  • Delay time, feedback, and effect level can be controlled via external expression pedal (sold separately)
  • Tap tempo controlled by external foot switch
  • Durable and quality build construction

 

Power: 9V battery (included) and DC Adaptor (sold separately)

You'll love: The bomb proof build quality Boss are known for

You might not dig: An extra foot switch is needed to use the tap tempo feature

DD-7 Digital Delay Demo


Vox DelayLab Delay Pedal

With it's straight forward layout and ability to fine tune delay times within the millisecond, the Vox Delaylab pedal is a serious contender for your fx board.

And unlike a few other delay pedals on the market, the tap tempo feature is right there and ready for you to use via the first integrated footswitch.

Want more than one delay sound per song? This pedal is for you if you nodded your head as you can access 3 delays, each arranged into 10 sound banks. Think of the Delaylab then as your multi-delay-fx pedal. Very swanky.

There is a whacking great selection of 30 delay sounds for you including vintage analogue, echo plus, stereo digital, reverse stereo and space. Basically, you'd be barking mad if you couldn't find the delay sound you're after here.

Best Bits

  • 28 second stereo looper
  • Combine Loop and Delay effects simultaneously
  • 30 editable preset programs
  • Sync Mode ; poly-rhythmic effects can be created quickly and easily
  • High-quality 24-bit/48 kHz audio sampling
  • Modelling of vintage delay effects such as analog BBD devices and tape echo
  • Adjust delay time in 1 ms steps to 4 seconds
  • Easy access to multiple parameters allows the creation of complex effects

 

Power: 9V battery (included) and DC Adaptor (sold separately)

You'll love: The famous song presets included. Plug in and play away

You might not dig: Some users have moaned about the manual being rubbish.

DelayLab Delay Demo


Electro-Harmonix Memory Boy Delay Pedal

The Memory Boy is based around the iconic 1970's Memory Man pedal and is a mouth-warteringly good sounding analog delay as a result. The Edge's most iconic delay sounds were made by the Memory Man (listen to “Sunday Bloody Sunday") and you can get pretty much the same sounds from the less pricey Memory Boy.

Because Electro-Harmonix like to design their effects based on sounds from famous musicians and well-known songs, you're sure to recognise a few sounds when you start having a play.

The four controls (delay, depth, blend & feedback) on the unit make using the pedal easy and quick. Select between the Vibrato or Chorus modulation rates and create quirky or classic delay effects to make your guitar sound anything from rockabilly to psychedelic.

Want to tweak your sound even more? You can always add an external footswitch to control delay time and mod rate. 

Best Bits

  • All analog delay with Feedback
  • Up to 550ms delay time
  • Selectable Chorus or Vibrato modulation rates
  • Choose between triangle or square modulation waveforms
  • Expression pedal control of delay time or modulation rate (expression pedal extends the range of modulation rate)
  • Robust industrial-like appearance

 

Power: 9V battery  and DC Adaptor (included)

You'll love: The characteristic dark and depraved delay sounds

You might not dig: Limited delay time compared to some other similar priced pedals

Memory Boy Analog Delay Demo


Cunlop Carbon Copy Delay Pedal

If you're after a warm analog delay sound that's super simple to use, the MXR Carbon Copy is your man. It has a tiny footprint, is cheap as chips to boot and has an impressive 600ms of delay time for you to have fun with.

From rock n roll style slapback echo on your riffs to rhythmic repeats on your solos, the CarbonCopy delivers what many users have described as genuine analog warmth. Well it does have a purely analog audio path and true hard-wire bypass, so no wonder it sounds so sweet.

The dark green spark finish makes the pedal stand out from the competitors on looks alone. But the Carbon Copy isn't just a beauty, she sounds fantastic too. Winning combo.

Best Bits

  • Pure warm analog delay
  • Up to 600 milliseconds of delay time
  • Modulation controls emulate tape echo tones
  • True bypass with bright led
  • Controls for delay time, mix (dry/wet blend), and regen (delay repeats), optional modulation via a top-mounted switch
  • Controls: Mod switch, Delay time, Mix, Regen
  • Small and compact size

 

Power: 9V battery (included) and DC Adaptor (sold separately)

You'll love: The warm vintage analog tones other digital delay pedals struggle to achieve

You might not dig: The power input is in an annoyingly close place to the 1/4 inch jack input meaning it could potentially be tricky to place on your pedal board

Carbon Copy Analog Delay Demo


Summing it Up

So, you can improve your guitar sound and loose yourself in hours of playing fun by getting a delay pedal off this list.

You don't need any more reasons to justify adding one of the most inspiring guitar effects pedals to your gear list. Just go for it. We salute your good taste.

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