Tone Report Weekly Issue 86 - Page 48

SUSTAINABLE COMPONENTS ECHOMATIC REVIEW BY SAM HILL STREET PRICE $199.99 The first time I was truly mesmerized by a guitar player came courtesy of Mike McCready during Pearl Jam’s Binaural tour circa 2000. I’ll never forget him weaving his fluid lead lines in and out of Stone Gossard and Eddie Vedder’s aggressive and raw rhythm guitars. The entire band played with an energy previously unmatched by any musical group I had ever witnessed, and there was one sound in particular that had me hypnotized. A few measures into “Nothing as It Seems,” McCready ended a bluesy lead line with a sound that could be described as a cross between a dying whale and a ghost. I knew very little 48 GEAR REVIEW // about the science of electric guitar signal paths at that time, and I was absolutely perplexed—I’d never heard anything like it. That sound reemerged throughout the night, and some months after the show, I delved more fully into guitar and discovered how he achieved that haunting effect—an analog delay on the verge of oscillation. Pedalboard pictures from that era show him using the Boss DM-2 and DM-3. Hoping to capture a similar magic, I purchased a vintage DM-3 and instantly fell in love with its bubbly echo. It had a tone that was warm yet clear, creating a welcome stew of sound that easily fit into many musical contexts. Sustainable Components Echomatic Why do I bring this up, you ask? Because the moment I plugged into the Sustainable Components Echomatic, those memories flooded my mind. As the name suggests, the Echomatic is made using sustainable wood, a principle the company is founded upon. Combine that with its pink knobs and incredibly bright pink LED and it makes for one handsome devil of a pedal. But be warned, this pedal is big—it feels like a miniature brick. When you’re not using it to conjure up sweet delay sounds, you could throw it at Harry and Marv to deter them from breaking into your house on Christmas