Guitar World Staff Picks: Paul Riario’s Top Five Effect Pedals of 2012
01. TC Electronic Flashback X4 Delay
Not too long ago, TC Electronic introduced their compact pedal series with their pioneering TonePrint technology in some of them, which enables you to beam (from your iPhone) custom settings created by famous guitarists directly into your TonePrint-enabled stompbox.
The new X4 Flashback ($369) has the same TonePrint technology found in their compact pedals but it’s clearly the tractor trailer of their series hauling in 16 delay types, three presets to store your favorite settings, tap tempo switch and a 40-second looper.
One of the best settings happens to be the 2290 Dynamic Digital Delay, which was the preeminent rack delay made by TC before it was discontinued. I find the X4 to be the new workingman’s delay pedal because of its crystal clear sounds and intuitive operation that makes dialing in and storing your favorite delays a breeze, not to mention, the ability to store an additional four TonePrint delay settings.
More info: tcelectronic.com
I try very hard to remain under the radar despite being on camera as gear editor, but in this age of social media it was only a matter of time before it had to come to this. So with that, I will make my blog painless and a quick and easy read so you can get on to more important things like practicing guitar and sweep picking, or if you’re like me, obsessing how to race the Tour De France and trying to be Kristen Stewart’s next mistake. I will use this blog to inform you of things I find cool; like new gear I’m playing through and what I’m watching, reading or listening to at any given moment. So feel free to ask me anything that’s gear related — or if you have a problem with your girlfriend, you know, life lesson stuff, I’m pretty good at that too — and I’ll do my best to answer or address it here.