J Rockett Clockwork Echo review

J Rockett reimagines the Deluxe Memory Man concept with the help of the classic analog delay's original architect

J Rockett Clockwork Echo
(Image: © Future / Philip Barker)

Guitar World Verdict

If you want BBD analogue sound rather than a digital approximation of it then J Rockett’s Clockwork Echo is the real deal: that familiar vintage sound is right there, but it’s also bolstered by modern accoutrements so you don’t have to endure the limitations of vintage pedal design.


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    An update on a classic; true analogue BBD sound.

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    Good preamp tone with boost options.

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    Tap tempo.

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    Stereo operation.

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    Expression pedal options.

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    Adjustable and footswitchable modulation.


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    The way the stereo output is configured won’t suit everyone.

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The Deluxe Memory Man is a revered analogue delay pedal. First seen in the late 1970s and famously used by The Edge to craft the early U2 sound, various revised versions of it are still available from original manufacturer Electro-Harmonix. 

Like many of the classics, though, that doesn’t mean that others can’t have a crack at creating an expanded or improved version, and J Rockett is the latest to take this on, with the advantage that it has original designer Howard Davis on its team. Four years in the making, the Clockwork Echo is now with us.

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Trevor Curwen

Trevor Curwen has played guitar for several decades – he's also mimed it on the UK's Top of the Pops. Much of his working life, though, has been spent behind the mixing desk, during which time he has built up a solid collection of the guitars, amps and pedals needed to cover just about any studio session. He writes pedal reviews for Guitarist and has contributed to Total Guitar, MusicRadar and Future Music among others.