Moog Minifooger Delay
Our selection of this year’s best stompboxes that put control of time and space at the touch of a pedal.
All of the gear here was reviewed in Guitarist magazine from January 2014 onwards, representing outstanding performance, build quality and value. First in the round-up is the Minifooger Delay...
Moog Minifooger Delay
We’ve seen our fair share of analogue delays this year, but the Minifooger stood out thanks to its versatility and natural-sounding repeats.
Four BBD chips allow delay times of up to 700ms, while a drive control offers up to 22dB of boost. You can even connect an expression pedal to control time or feedback, allowing easy access to self- oscillation and beyond.
TC Electronic Alter Ego X4 Vintage Echo
This collaboration with American retailer Pro Guitar Shop builds on TC’s existing Flashback X4 format.
There are three footswitchable presets, TonePrints and onboard looper - with 12 new delay types based on classic units, such as the Echoplex EP-3, Roland RE-201 Space Echo and Watkins Copicat.
PGS’s attention to tonal detail is remarkable, and makes the X4 a format that’s worth repeating.
With assistance from U2 tech Dallas Schoo, Korg breathed new life into its revered but long-discontinued SDD-3000 rack unit.
This pedal reincarnation boasts a host of classic delay types, with new modulated and pitch-shifted settings, plus the precise delay time adjustment and preamp that have made the original a staple of The Edge’s rig since the 80s.
In recent years, Strymon has become a byword for quality among pedal hounds, and the BigSky is testament to the brand’s supreme dedication to tone.
This comprehensive pedal serves up 12 superlative ‘reverb machines’, which span classic plate sounds to pitch-shifted ambience, multi-head echoes and highly realistic spring sounds, all accessible via three footswitches and 300 presets.
What positions the BigSky above its competitors is its staggering flexibility: for example, shimmer provides you with two chromatically adjustable pitches, while you can even select how many springs you want from your vintage ’verb.
Add in the Infinite Sustain and Freeze functions, patch assignable boost and built-in cab filter switch, and when it comes to reverbs, the Sky’s the limit.