“Always on” delay pedal for les paul. Ideas please.

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If you want a great delay for stupid cheap, get a 20-year-old Ibanez Soundtank DD5. Plastic case with a steel plate in the bottom to make it feel more substantial, and 3 knobs. Kind of a one-trick pony, but a good trick it is. I got one for free around 1998, and I've come back to it many times because it sounds so good to me.
 

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It's really hard to beat a Carbon Copy for warm and somewhat subtle (not over the top) delay and echo. I'm sure that there are other good pedals out there also, but I've had mine for...15 years?...and have never wanted anything else.

That video of the Ibanez Mini also sounded good for this stuff, I have to say.
 

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bobsessed, mentioned his low price delay, my contribution is the Arion SAD-1
I know these are rising in price, but worth every penny. With a longer delay, than my Maxon AD-80 at 330mils, my Arion gets around 420mils.

The magic of this cheaply made pedal is that when run at 9v it's repeats have great warmth, and signal breakup from the first repeat quickly degenerating faster than any other analogue pedal. I use it at max delay time for certain solos and an instrumental thing I'm working on.

I don't know if this is common knowledge but the Arion SAD-1 is optimally calibrated for 12v not 9v if my sources are correct. At 12v the Pedal performs and sounds much the same as the classic analogue delays by Boss, Ibanez and Maxon, for example.

Now. You switch to 12v at your own risk. I don't recommend it, if you do anyway please keep the current as low as possible, below 150 milliamps. The magic of this pedal happens at 9v I'd leave it there.
 

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The Valeton Coral Echo is pretty nice as well.
 

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Digitech Obscura altered delay has pretty much become my "always on to some degree" delay pedal for any guitar these days.
 

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I dont play out so I haven't used my 2290 or myeventide in years I have a fuch ODSII w/ digital delay and the amps own overdrive does it for me .

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OP here. Bought an MXR carbon Copy analog delay. Have to say, it sounds muddy, dull, kind of makes the reverb sound over the top and confused. not impressed. Prefer just the reverb on the amp than that sound. Going to return it. Wondering if I will react the same with a digital Delay? Maybe I’m just a non pedal guy? Think I’ll try a digital and see if it sounds any different for the short millisecond always on delay.
 

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How did you hook it up.....in front, or in the loop?
Plus the Carbon Copy being analogue its primary feature is the warm (read, less trebly) delayed signal.

Also, when you combine 2 time based effects you cannot simply expect to add the two together and them instantly sound good. It might take tweaking of both or 1 to get the best sound.
Depending on where each of them sit in the amplified chain, one will multiply the other. And you will need to see how they do this.

Personally I'd have gotten something cheapish that had quite a few options of delay type in there - given you were super vague in your initial question as to what you actually wanted. That way whatever you bought would have had digital and analogue, plus a few more specialist types.
 

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OP here. Bought an MXR carbon Copy analog delay. Have to say, it sounds muddy, dull, kind of makes the reverb sound over the top and confused. not impressed. Prefer just the reverb on the amp than that sound. Going to return it. Wondering if I will react the same with a digital Delay? Maybe I’m just a non pedal guy? Think I’ll try a digital and see if it sounds any different for the short millisecond always on delay.
Put it in the effects loop (if you have one) and see if that helps.

Also, you had initially asked for a warm delay, but now you seem to think that it's too warm (or muddy and dull)...? Mine has never felt muddy or dull, just warm, and I generally like brighter guitar tones. Maybe I have my guitar tone set brighter than you do normally? In any case, they also make a Carbon Copy Bright which might be what you want, though I've never tried it because I'm so happy with my regular one.
 

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I recently bought a Strymon El Cap and it’s amazing.
 

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What is it about the Strymon El Cap that makes it amazing ?

Im looking for comments and reviews, as Im interested in what they have to offer.
 


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