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Total Recall: Five Essential Programmable Delay Pedals

Total Recall: Five Essential Programmable Delay Pedals

Empress Effects Superdelay

Don't let the compact size of the Empress Superdelay fool you into thinking you're somehow getting an inferior delay experience.

Packing 2.8 seconds of delay time and eight modes — normal, tap, autoset (delay time is set by tempo played), reverse, rhythm mode (multi-tap), tape mode, misc (dynamic, gate) and 12-second looper — into a box smaller than 6 inches wide, the Superdelay provides a solid range of sounds that will never coat your signal with an unwanted digital sheen.

Its eight presets may seem limiting to some of you delay junkies out there, but for the average guitarist who wants to add some unpredictability or texture to a solo, the Empress Superdelay will fit nicely in any pedalboard.

MSRP: $449 | Learn more about this pedal here.

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With more than 40 years of design experience and musical experimentation to draw on, we're in the midst of a golden age for effect pedal users and makers. For an all-out guide to pedals, past and present, check out Dave Hunter's Guitar Effects Pedals: The Practical Handbook. It's available now at the Guitar World Online Store.

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