Maestro Discoverer Delay review

Revived and reimagined by Gibson, the Maestro brand debuts an analog delay with modulation that arrives on-trend with BBD chips and generous delay time

Maestro Discoverer Delay
(Image: © Future / Adam Gasson)

Guitar World Verdict

The Discoverer won’t suit tap tempo freaks but it can hold its own in the ‘analog delay with modulation’ genre, with sounds ranging from pseudo 'verb and slapback to rhythmic and spacey repeats.


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    Quality sounds.

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    Wide range of uses.

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    Easy to use.


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    Like the others in the series, a little bulky.

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    No tap tempo.

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It may have been seen as old and tired technology when digital delay was the new thing many years ago, but these days guitar players can’t seem to get enough of analog delay, judging by the amount of new pedals out there using BBD chips. 

The Discoverer is of that ilk and clocks in with a delay time range that runs from 20ms up to 600ms, allowing you to use it in many ways. 

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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.