Electro-Harmonix is reissuing its rare '70s Slap-Back Echo analogue delay pedal

With delay pedals becoming more and more sophisticated in a quest for originality and inspiration, it's refreshing to have the choice to get back to simpler times. And if you want to focus on slap-back echo, the reissue of Electro-Harmonix's somewhat obscure pedal of the same name will be just the ticket.

The new version is a much smaller footprint than the 1978 original and comes in response to fan and JHS Pedals founder Josh Scott's 2021 request for a reissue. 


(Image credit: Electro-Harmonix)

There's a few updates this time; a position mini toggle can select between short (45ms), medium (65ms) and long (100ms) slap delay times while the Gain control offers up to 20db of boost.

The original's Blend control remains to move from 100% dry to wet.  

As you'll see in EHX's excellent demo above, the short 45ms delay on this pedal is a great way to thicken up your parts as a doubler.

The Electro-Harmonix Slap-Back Echo is $81. More info at ehx.com

Rob Laing
Guitars Editor, MusicRadar

I'm the Guitars Editor for MusicRadar, handling news, reviews, features, tuition, advice for the strings side of the site and everything in between. Before MusicRadar I worked on guitar magazines for 15 years, including Editor of Total Guitar in the UK. When I'm not rejigging pedalboards I'm usually thinking about rejigging pedalboards.