Strymon V2 blueSky Reverberator and V2 El Capistan DTape Echo review

Two favorites from the Strymon canon of high-functioning digital effects pedals return, new and improved, with discrete JFET input circuits promising ultra-low noise. Time to upgrade?

Strymon V2 BlueSky Reverberator and V2 El Capistan DTape Echo
(Image: © Strymon)

Guitar World Verdict

Providing the same beloved effects that made the original blueSky and El Capistan classics but with improved fidelity and the addition of full-featured MIDI, USB and other new features, the new Strymon V2 pedals are well worth the upgrade.


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    Addition of Shimmer and Spring controls to the top panel.

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    Enhances dynamic responsiveness and low-noise signal.

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    Mono/stereo switch is handy.

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    Fully featured MIDI.

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    Top-quality sounds.


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    Not 100 per cent essential to upgrade.

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When Strymon announced new V2 versions of six of the company’s most popular small-format pedals, the response from the guitar community was a mix of excitement and confusion (what else do you expect these days?). 

Many dedicated Strymon users who had happily owned the original versions for years were puzzled why they’d want an upgrade as the pedals sounded fine as is, while equal amounts of players anticipated new features that would unleash previously missing performance capabilities.

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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.