Tone Report Weekly 194 - Page 17

players, the answer to this question might be “just one good one.” Some guitarists actually will make use of a wide variety of echo tones in their playing, but for others the best option will be something simpler, with a great core delay sound that can then be tweaked and manipulated to achieve colorful variations on that signature tone. Examples of modern pedals designed in this way include the MXR Carbon Copy and the Keeley Magnetic Echo. These effects are based on classic models that had one readily identifiable fundamental tone, and there’s still a lot to be said for this way of doing things. Think of the impact classic delays like the Maestro Echoplex, Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man, and the Boss DM-2 had with but a single core sound to work with. Some guitarists thrive when presented with endless options, but most would do better with fewer variables and an enhanced focus. Tame vs. wild In the old days, delay effects could be somewhat unpredictable in nature. Stepping on the switch was always an adventure, and would often result in a variety of different tones, some intended, and some not. Tape- based units were especially fickle, with all sorts of warbles, wobbles, and ghost modulation tones appearing as tape and transport became dirty or began to degrade over time. Some units were also prone to varying degrees of self-oscillation, and with vintage manufacturing tolerances being what they were, two different examples of the same unit might not sound the same or behave in exactly the same way. 17