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Jim Dunlop EP101 Echoplex Preamp Pedal

legendary preamp circuit that instantly improves your tone!



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Product Description

Despite the Echoplex name, this is NOT a one knob delay pedal! Whilst based on the original Echoplex, this pedal is actually a preamp pedal with 11dB of boost that warms up and rounds out your tone. It's the kind of pedal that that you'll soon want to leave on as part of your essential tone.

Recreating the Echoplex Sound

Some of the most tone fanatical guitarist have discovered that there is something magical about plugging into an original Echoplex circuit. Whilst the echo itself was good, the real beauty of the pedal was how the circuit itself changed and shaped the guitar tone. Soon the EP-3 made its way onto the records of top players like Jimmy Page, Gary Moore, Eddie Van Halen and Eric Johnson. Dunlop have now taken that circuit to create a dedicated preamp drive in a compact pedal to fit onto your pedal board.

The EP 101 recreates the magical tone-shaping ability of the original echoplex by recreating the same signal path complete with a Field-effect Transistor (FET) so that you get the same response. The Pedal has a single gain control knob that offers up to +11dB of boost, with light asymmetrical clipping at higher settings for some natural grit when you push it hard.

Road Ready

The Echoplex Preamp runs on standard 9-volt power and contains power management circuitry to guarantee constant headroom performance throughout the normal life of a 9-volt battery. With a heavy-duty Phase 90-sized housing, a replica EP-3 knob, true bypass switching and a status LED, the Echoplex Preamp is built to take a beating on the road so you can leave your fragile vintage piece at home.

Lee "The Captain" Anderton describes the 103 as a "make it better" pedal. Whether it's smoothing out your cleans, or giving a bit of oomph to your drive tones, the EP101 makes a difference to your tone in any situation, bringing your notes into focus and giving that magical warmth you want.


  • Preamp and gain boost pedal for electric guitar
  • Based on the input stage of the Echoplex EP-3, with the exact same signal path
  • Add up to 11dB of gain to your sound, with warm overdrive at higher settings
  • Powered via 9V battery or optional adapter (sold separately)
  • Keep your tone intact with True Bypass switching

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Customer Reviews


10 reviews





Mr Jason Thelwell20th Apr 2023

Great pedal. Adds a littlle sparkle and extra crunch to your sound, without drastically changing your core tone.👍

Looks 5Sound 5

Mr David Houe17th Jun 2022

Gorgeous tones. Works well with my setup for a cool sensitive tone amd sound.

Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

Trusted Customer19th Jul 2021

Really enhances your tone and adds a little drive. Definitely a “make it better” pedal.

Value 3Looks 5Durability 4Sound 5

Mr Jon Wiltshire21st Dec 2020

I purchased this so as to complete the package as it were, it does the job of giving that DB push but a little noisy which is a shame.

Value 2Looks 5Durability 5Sound 2

Mr John Bruins19th Jul 2020

Een mooie aanvulling op de Echoplex Delay. Kun je net nog even wat meer halen uit de Delay. Maar als je de preamp vol open zet krijg je ook een hele mooie overdrive uit mijn Vox Ac30

Value 5Looks 5

Mr Paul Kennett8th May 2020

The pedal gives a perfect depth to your guitar tone, and enhancement

Value 5Looks 4Sound 5

Trusted Customer28th Jan 2020

Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

Mr ian stewart6th Apr 2019

thanks rabea and sound like

Trusted Customer8th Jul 2017

Great sounding preamp. I tried this at Anderton's suggestion to try to make my Les Paul sound more like Jimmy Pages. The effect is great - my playing has a long way to go.

Trusted Customer2nd Jun 2014

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