When you set out on to become a guitar player, there are so many different things that one should learn. And it all goes way past just the techniques and music theory.
The problem with this seemingly simple instrument is that it comes with an additional set of features and challenges, including a variety of different effects and other devices that can either enhance the tone or just help you perform music in different ways.
There’s even some science involved in making a perfect rig.
Be that as it may, delay pedals remain as one of the essential components for electric (or even acoustic) guitar players.
Without them, your tone might just be too “dry” and uninteresting. Sure, some may resort to using reverb pedals, but the delay or echo effect has its own charm and makes the tone more appealing in most of the contexts of modern music.
But this comes with its own set of advantages – what are the best delay pedals that you can find these days?
Well, the problem is that we have an over saturated market and so many different brands and models to choose from that it gets difficult to filter out the good stuff.
This is why we decided to do our own research and a rundown of the best delay pedals that you can find on the market these days.
TC Electronic has always been pretty good at keeping things simple and very functional and versatile at the same time. This is exactly what we can see with their Flashback 2 delay.
Aside from three basic controls for volume level, feedback (number of repeats) and delay time, it comes with 8 different delay modes, as well as 3 additional slots for the company’s famous TonePrint feature.
These are specially designed presets that were made in collaboration with some of the biggest guitar heroes of today.
Yes, there might be some weird looks that we have Behringer on the list of the best pedals of any kind. However, some of their pedal models actually work rather well, at least for their ridiculously low price.
For instance, we have their VD400 Vintage Delay that has pretty much everything that you need if you need just a simple echo effect.
There are just three basic controls that you find on pretty much any delay pedal – volume (labeled as “intensity”), repeat rate (of feedback), and delay time.
Yes, it has only 300 milliseconds of delay, but it’s an actual analog delay and it’s a budget-friendly pedal. What more could you ask for?
Electro-Harmonix is yet another old brand that’s been around for quite a while.
Although typically popular for their amazing Big Muff Pi fuzz pedals, they also have other exciting effects, one of them being the appropriately named Canyon delay.
Of course, just like almost all of the delay pedals today, it features three basic controls.
However, it’s all enhanced with two pro-level features – 10 different delay type presets and a total of 62 seconds of loop time. These are pretty amazing additions to such a seemingly simple little pedal.