Fulltone Custom Shop Tube Tape Echo Pedal (Analog)

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91 out of 100. Incorporating 30+ ratings and reviews.

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$2,124
Fulltone Custom Shop Tube Tape Echo Pedal

Meta Analysis Overview

Our rating of 91/100 is based on analysis of 30+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

The original Echoplex of the 60s and 70s is a finicky beast: You had to maintain a lot of things like the tape and be careful with the unit as it has plenty of fragile parts.

Today there are several pedals in the market that promise to provide the famed Echoplex delay sound without the tape. Many well-attuned ears gladly settled with this compromise until Fulltone decided to re-engineer the original Echoplex for the 21st Century.

The Fulltone Custom Shop Tube Tape Echo is a refined reconstruction of those classic Echoplex units, improved upon with more reliability and features.

Going beyond just a solid-state recreation, the Custom Shop Tube Tape Echo features real tube circuitry in a more reliable and compact form factor than the original.

Features

  • Controls: Stereo Mode, True Bypass toggle, Guitar Volume, Delay Volume, Record Level, Echo Tone, Echo repeats
  • Delay Time: Up to 2000ms
  • Switching: True Bypass
  • Power: Mains Input 120v (can be professionally rewired to 220v. See: Manual)

Pros

Users note it is a "must-have" for those pining over the real thing. Many veterans noted that the unit sounds exactly how they remember it when they used the originals; without the fragility and reliability issues. Many good reviews praise the stereo function for its expansive "bloom" and stereo width.

Cons

One reviewer noted that his unit sounded muddy and distorted. A subsequent comment noted the problem might be a defective tube. While reliability has been improved over the original unit, tube circuitry will still be more fragile than solid state and they need proper maintenance for longer operating life.

Overall

Whether you're a nostalgic guitar player or looking to have a taste of true analog tube and tape sounds, the Fulltone Custom Shop Tube Tape Echo is the closest you can get to the famed Echoplex.

Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Best Delay Pedals.

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