Now at Guitar Center, you can save $32 on one of the best echo pedals for guitar. The Catalinbread Belle Epoch Tape Echo was inspired by the iconic Maestro Echoplex EP-3 tape delay and packs all its nuanced features into a small, easy-to-use package.
To nail the authentic sound of the EP-3 — and not just create a digital delay with filtering on the repeats — Catalinbread focused on a number of idiosyncratic features. According to the brand, it needed to nail “the preamp, the self-oscillation character, the ability to control the “record level” of the signal hitting “tape”, the wow and flutter, the way the repeats decay, the way the circuit interfaces with the amp and other pedals.”
“The Catalinbread Belle Epoch is the closest thing to a real EP-3 that I’ve ever played,” said legendary guitarist Eric Johnson in a statement. The Belle Epoch features a Mix knob to control volume, a Rec Lev knob to control how hard the delay is hit, a Mod knob to control the amount of random tape flutter, an Echo Sustain knob to control the number of repeats and an Echo Delay knob to control delay time.
Normally $210, the Belle Epoch is now $178 at Guitar Center. If you’ve been searching for a great echo pedal to add to your rig, don’t pass this one up.
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