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:

TC Electronic ND-1 Nova Delay Guitar Effects Pedal

Ibanez AD9 Analog Delay Effect Pedal

Boss DD-3 Digital Delay Pedal

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.

7 Responses to So many options in effects pedals have “delayed” my choice …

  1. Brian Stark


    Stumbled over your blog reading up on problems with necks and identified with your hesitancy over getting a delay pedal. There are a crazy array to choose from. I’ve tried the TC and found it’s complexity not to off-putting, though it is not simple. There is something for the “set-it and forget-it” simplicity of the AD-9.

    For a few more bones, maybe the BBE Two-Timer or the Wampler Analogue Echo (built to order, so you know if there is a problem, your will get the person who built it on the phone.)

    I’ve played the TC at the GC in Rockville and they were also nice enough to unbox one of the new Satriani Delays so I could play it. I couldn’t do a real good comparo in the store as somebody was wanking on a LINE 6 at full throttle. Ask if they would let you try them out in their Platinum Room. They were nice enough to let me drag an a used Rectoverb in there to try it out.

    Back to reading your posts. Very thoughtful stuff.

  2. Thanks you very much for your input.
    Do you live in the Rockville area. I was born and raised there, but have lived in Fl for 30 years this month.
    I love going to GC.
    I am leaning towards the TC. Based on my buddy has one and it sure has some cool features.

    Take it easy and thanks


  3. Hey Danny thanks for a very interesting article. I think you are such a slammin’ guitar player that you don’t need any new effects pedals. You already sound just like Jimi Hendrix.
    Love, Your Wife



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  7. yes, he’s the one playing the guiatr throughout the video i snapped the vid while he was testing that Yellow tele. He’s also sitting at the desk doing email there at the beginning.. Roy is the guy on the phone hiding his eyes.

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