Delay is one of the most important effects in modern music, music, music. See what we did there? Andertons Music Co. stocks a massive selection of world-class delay pedals, perfect for adding depth & intrigue to your guitar tones!
The humble delay pedal is one of the most renowned and easy-to-recognise guitar effects out there. And as it turns out, it’s one of the easiest to explain! Simply put, delay pedals are echo units that repeat the notes that you feed through them. Most examples allow you to dictate the speed and amount of repeats, as well as the level of the echoes.
A delay pedal is just one of those stompboxes that a guitarist should never be without — it’s an essential. You can use one to form the percussive backbone of a riff, to add ethereal ambience to a delicate clean part, or to thicken up a solo. Heck, a delay pedal can even take you straight back to the ‘50s with vintage slapback sounds too!
There are tonnes of guitar delay pedals on the market, so you’ll never be stuck for options. From the warm-sounding analogue units made by the likes of Electro-Harmonix and MXR, to the crystal-clear, ultra-versatile digital workstations from Strymon, Eventide and Meris — there are plenty of contenders available at all price-points.
Want to learn more? Then check out our Ultimate Guide to Delay Pedals — filled to the brim with brilliant buying advice!
Delay Pedal FAQs
How do I choose a Delay Pedal?
Think of the kind of sounds you want to achieve. Standard digital delays will give you a straightforward sound, analogue delays offer vintage warmth, and those who want in-depth control should look at digital multi-delays.
What's the difference between an Analogue and Digital Delay Pedal?
Analogue delay pedals use 'Bucket Brigade Device' (BBD) chips and digital delays use 'Digital Signal Processing' (DSP) chips. With digital delay pedals, you get potentially-endless crystal-clear repeats while analogue has shorter delays with warm organic-sounding decay.
Where does a Delay Pedal go in a guitar signal chain?
Delays are usually placed after distortion, overdrive and boost pedals but before reverbs. However, you can experiment with pedal order to achieve unique and interesting tones.
How do you stack Delay Pedals?
For achieving big and ambient delay sounds, you can run multiple delay pedals into each other - which is called "stacking". The interaction between different delay lengths and types opens up complex and atmospheric sounds.