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Bell Bottom Blues: Five Modern Effect Pedals That Recreate Groovy '70s Sounds

Bell Bottom Blues: Five Modern Effect Pedals That Recreate Groovy '70s Sounds

Danelectro Reel Echo

If you’re going for an authentic ‘70s sound (any part of the ‘70s, for that matter), you’ll need at least a touch of delay. And while you might consider this something of a curveball, we really like Danelectro’s Reel Echo pedal.

Low-budget rockabilly players love this thing because it provides a top-notch Cliff Gallup/Stray Cats-style slap-echo effect – but in general, its “all the good stuff minus all the annoying stuff” similarities to vintage (and/or incredibly expensive) tape echo machines makes it a winner for any kind of music.

Its long horizontal fader lets you choose the length of delay you’re after, and another switch let you choose a solid-state or tube-amp sound. There’s also a Warble switch that simulates tape-pitch deviations and a Lo-Fi control that lets you roll off the high frequencies. A lot of thought went into this thing!

NOTE: This pedal requires an AC adapter, which doesn’t come in the box; you need to buy it separately.

MSRP: $199 | Check out this pedal at danelectro.com.

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