Boss SDE-3000EVH Dual Digital Delay review: an Eddie Van Halen live staple returns in pedal form

This digital delay boasts presets containing the exact settings from the two SDE-3000 rack delays in Van Halen's live rig – and a lot more besides

Boss SDE-3000EVH
(Image: © Boss)

Guitar World Verdict

For about half the price of the original SDE-3000’s 1983 list price, the Boss SDE-3000EVH provides two world-class digital delays with identical sound and expanded features, plus the easiest and most affordable way to duplicate Eddie Van Halen’s wet/dry/wet rig setup.


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    It sounds exactly like the original SDE-3000s.

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    Packed with features.

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    Easy to use.

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    Good price.


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    You'll need a stereo rig to get the best of it.

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Eddie Van Halen never stopped using his pair of Roland SDE-3000 digital delays ever since he first installed them in his stage rack in 1985. 

His SDE-3000s played a crucial role in his mammoth sound, first in a stereo setup in the ’80s and from the early ’90s onward, as part of a wet/dry/wet rig he innovated, which employed a dry signal in the center and a mix of dry/delay processed signals on the left and right. This gave Van Halen's guitar a huge, reverb-like spread and depth without sacrificing an atom of punch, clarity or definition. 

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Chris Gill

Chris is the co-author of Eruption - Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. He is a 40-year music industry veteran who started at Boardwalk Entertainment (Joan Jett, Night Ranger) and Roland US before becoming a guitar journalist in 1991. He has interviewed more than 600 artists, written more than 1,400 product reviews and contributed to Jeff Beck’s Beck 01: Hot Rods and Rock & Roll and Eric Clapton’s Six String Stories.