My Marshall EH-1 Echohead/Delay pedal crapped again. I think I mentioned that in one my recent posts concerning the review I did on my new Epiphone Valve Jr. Stack. That is twice it went out in 2 years. It came with a one year warranty, it was like pulling teeth to get it warranted at 11.5 months the first time it failed.
No matter what Marshall does in regard to repairing or replacing my Echohead, I will get a new brand this time. I’m disappointed in the product, which brought me to researching other delay units. Holy Mackerel is there a lot of delay units available. It is confusing with about a thousand delays available all claiming to have ‘the vibe you have been looking for’.
Before I condemned it I ran a few tests that anyone can do. I tried a battery instead of my One Spot. I changed all instrument cables. FYI, guitars and effects gear use instrument cables, amps and speaker cabinets use speaker cables, don’t forget!
I knew it would be an effort in futility, but my instincts are to try to diagnose why. Why did I think it would be a waste of time, because it starts to act up just when my MOJO kicks in. It seems to be a heat problem, it takes about 30 minutes before it starts to make the crackly noise that is NOT listed as a feature in the product guide!
You know what is funny? The more I want an old fashioned Jimi Hendrix ‘vibe’ delay pedal, the farther modern technology has gotten from the original product and the original sound. It is quite overwhelming for a relative novice like me to know what is best. You know by now I have about 4 and a half years in the electric guitar vibe. My skills, which I practice with great diligence everyday are greater than my knowledge of the electrical side of guitar amps and guitar gear.
Since I run a small local guitar repair, setup and upgrade shop I have better knowledge on actual guitar electrics.
Here is what I am going to choose from:
The TC Nova is complicated to use, expensive and will require good comprehension and lots of luck to work it properly. The Boss DD-3 and Ibanez AD-9 delay pedals are more conventional in design and cost less. Much like my no good Marshall EchoHead unit.
I’m learning as I go, delays are personal pieces of gear. I hope to get some recommendations from some of my readers. Ultimately, I will go test them out in a few weeks when I get to Guitar Center in Rockville, Maryland. Then I can decide what suits my tastes best. My decision is partly based on the difficulty of using it. Most of the time simple works well for me. I won’t lie though, the TC Nova really interests me.
Since my wife reads Guitar Players Center blog posts, I want to say for the record that I have not purchased anything, yet. Yet is the keyword. How am I to play my vibe without delay? No answer required!! Enjoy.