The Best Delay / Echo Pedals For Under $50

Here are three awesome delay/echo pedals for under $50. If you’re wondering how delay and echo are different than reverb, then read on. If you’re only interested in the best bang for your buck on an effects pedal, then skip to the “The Best Delay /echo pedals for under $50” section below.

Delay vs Echo vs Reverb.

The Delay effect is both easy to understand, and easy to confuse. Many people equate reverb and delay as the same thing. They are not, but they are related.

It is best understood with example.

Imagine yourself in a large, empty gymnasium. You shout “Hello” in a loud voice. The first “hello” you hear reflected back to you from the nearest wall is an echo, caused by a delay.

As the echo mixes with other echoes reflected off other walls, bleachers, the floor, etc.. it creates reverb.

Think of delay as an exact copy of the sound, stored in the pedal and played back at a later time.

The length of time between the original sound and the copy being played back (echo) is the delay. The delay may be less than a second or several seconds.

A good delay pedal will cover a good range of time periods and even multiple echoes.

Here are two of the best in the under $50 price range.

The Best Delay /echo pedals for under $50

Digital delay effects pedal

Behringer DD400 Digital Stereo Delay/Echo

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With 7 different modes and a delay time of up to 1.3 seconds, the Behringer DD400 effects pedal ranges from subtle to radical stereo delay.

Behringer DD400 control features:

  • Dedicated Mode
  • Time
  • Feedback
  • Level

The DD400 has a bypass mode and blue status LED indicator for on/off and battery check.

The DD400 runs on a 9 V battery or a DC power supply.

At around $35, the Behringer DD400 gives you a great bang for your buck considering the available controls and sound shaping ability.

check out the Behringer DD400 in action:

Analog delay effects pedals

For those who prefer a more organic sound, here are two great analog delay pedals for under $50. Some people complain that these pedals can be “noisy”, but that’s part of the analog experience – even with pedals in the $150 range.

Behringer VD400 Vintage Analog Delay

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The Behringer VD400 Vintage Analog Delay effects pedal delivers true analog delay ranging from vintage slap-back echo that rivals any tape delay, to space-aged echo.

The VD400 has controls for:

  • Intensity
  • Echo
  • Repeat Rate

Like its digital cousin, the DD400, the VD400 also sports a blue status LED for effect on/off and battery check.

The Behringer VD400 Vintage Analog Delay sells for about $22 and runs on a 9 V battery or a DC power supply.

The VD400 is a clone of the BOSS DM-3 (no longer made), but at a fraction of its cost.

The VD400 Vintage BBDs produce up to 300 ms of delay and advanced noise reduction circuit keeps your signal clean.

The Behringer VD400 Vintage Analog Delay effects pedal demo:

Rogue Analog Delay

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The Rogue Analog Delay pedal creates echo effects from vintage country and rockabilly style slap-back to longer repeating echoes.

The Rogue Analog Delay pedal has only three control knobs:

  • Echo speed
  • Volume
  • Number of Echoes

This streamlined interface keeps things easy and un-cluttered.

The Rogue Analog Delay pedal is a true bypass pedal and includes an LED indicator showing when the pedal is on or off as well as when it’s time to change the battery.

The Rogue Analog Delay pedal is made of aluminum and built to last.

Rogue Analog Delay pedal features:

  • Sturdy, lightweight aluminum case
  • True bypass switching
  • Easy-to-use Time, Repeat and Level controls
  • Runs on either a 9 volt battery or external 9 volt DC adapter

The Rogue Analog Delay pedal sells about $10-15 more than the Behringer DD400 Digital.

The Rogue Analog Delay Pedal Demo:

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4 Electric Guitar Kits for Beginners (under $200).

These electric guitar kits for beginners are a cost effective and great way to introduce children and adults alike to the world of playing guitar.

Each of these kits for beginners includes everything needed to start playing electric guitar right out of the box:

  • Guitar Amplifier
  • Electric Guitar
  • Guitar strap
  • Picks
  • Gig bag
  • Guitar cable

Some include instructional DVDs, pitch pipes or tuners as well.

Each kits is from a name brand and reputable guitar manufacturer: Rogue Guitar, Peavey and Epiphone

4 Electric Guitar Kits for Beginners (under $200).

Rogue Rocketeer Deluxe Electric guitar pack

Rogue-Rocketeer-Deluxe-Electric-Guitar-PackFirst up on the list is the Rogue Rocketeer Deluxe Electric guitar pack.

This electric guitar kit features the Rogue Rocketeer RR100 guitar and G-10, solid state practice amp . The RR100 is smaller and lighter than a Stratocaster, and offers great versatility and easy of play, both of which are great for beginners.

The G-10 is a decent powered practice amp that’s ideal for bedroom practice. It features a 3.5″ speaker, and boost switch for overdrive.

Peavey Raptor Backstage II Electric Guitar and Amp Value Pack

Peavey-Raptor-Backstage-II-Electric-Guitar-and-Amp-Value-PackThe next electric guitar kit for beginners is the Peavey Raptor Backstage II Electric Guitar and Amp Value Pack .

This guitar kit features the Raptor® Plus EX electric guitar and Backstage 10W Transtube electric guitar amp.

The Raptor Plus EX has the same pickup configuration as the Rogue Rocketeer (HSS), and a similar body style.

The Backstage 10W amp has a 6″ speaker, and overdrive channel for more rocking distortion.

A great guitar pack for the beginner with an ear for harder rock.

Epiphone PR-4E Acoustic/Electric Player Pack.

PR-4E Acoustic Electric Player PackThe Epiphone PR-4E Acoustic/Electric Player Pack. is the only acoustic-electric guitar to make this list, so if you’re not sure if you want electric or acoustic this kit would be ideal.

This guitar kit for beginners features the Epiphone PR4-E Acoustic/electric – with on-board EQ (treble, bass, mid), and the Studio-10 Acoustic amplifier, with chorus effect switch.

As it sounds, the PR4-E can be played acoustically, or plugged into the amplifier for a greater sonic palette. It’s a great introduction for the beginner to playing guitar and dealing with an amplifier, just don’t expect rock and roll style distortion.

Epiphone Les Paul Pee Wee and Pee Vee Zakk Pakks Guitar Packs

Zakk-Pakk-Pee-WeeThe Epiphone Les Paul Pee Wee and Pee Vee Zakk Pakks Guitar Packs are actually two slightly different electric guitar kits for beginners. They differ mainly by style.

Both offer the signature Zakk Wylde bulls eye pattern, but one is a traditional Les Paul style body while the other is a Flying V style.

Both come with the Marshall MS-4ZW micro stack amplifier, which features volume, gain, and tone controls combined with two speaker cabinets.

Conclusion

The Peavey Raptor electric guitar kit for beginners has a larger speaker, and delivers a more well-rounded sound than the Rogue Rocketeer.

The Pee Wee and Pee Vee electric guitar kits for beginners focus more on style than substance. The Micro Marshall looks neat, but can’t compete with the larger Peavey speaker for volume and sound quality.

Don’t get me wrong, the guitars are still quite good for the money, but suffer from the typical shortcomings of electric guitar kit guitars – i.e. they can be a little rough around the edges in terms of construction, and they tend to go out of tune more easily than a full size, or higher quality guitar.

Most starter packs will require a string upgrade to get the best sound, since they typically come with cheaper strings.

Can you get a better sounding guitar and amp? Of course, but not for this price. You could would have to spend $200 or more on both the guitar and amp to have a really good sounding rig, but these electric guitar kits for beginners are an excellent and cost effective way to get exposure to playing guitar, especially if the person doing the playing isn’t so sure they will stick with it.

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Cigar Box Amplifiers, by C. G. Gitty.

Cigar box amplifiers not only go great with cigar box guitars, they also add to your decor. They’re stylish – and functional – conversation pieces.

Cigar box amps look great in the dinning room, kitchen or living room.

This is especially important to guys like me, because sometimes I just want to plug my guitar in and play, but don’t feel like lugging my amp downstairs (and then back upstairs) and I have trouble getting my wife to feel jazzed about having a more traditional looking amp sitting in the dinning room when company is over.

Not these little guys though. They’re just funky enough to be decorative, and functional enough to be enjoyed when the company departs for the evening. 🙂

Pre-made Cigar Box Amps

These cigar box amps are not only affordable, but they’re great little amps are hand-crafted in the U.S.A. in C. B. Gitty‘s workshop in the foothills of the White Mountains in New Hampshire.

C. B. Gitty Cigar Box Amplifier: Oliva V Series

C. B. Gitty’s Oliva V Series Cigar Box Amplifiers are “production models”, designed to be mass produced. But while these are not individually unique, they are signed by C. B. Gitty himself, which is a nice touch.

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C. B. Gitty selects the best cigar boxes as his amp cases, and then turns them into stylish and functional works of art. The Oliva 5 Series is comprised of a distinctive all-wood dark finish Oliva Series V cigar box with gold Swirl Speaker Cover with gold screen beneath. The hardware consists of a gold On/Off/Volume Knob, gold input jack and brass carrying handle.

The battery tray holder is eternally accessible, and all 8 corners are embellished with solid shiny brass box trunk corners.

For those who aren’t scared of a soldering iron, the amp board also provides connection points for an output jack and headphones jack as well!

C. B. Gitty’s Oliva V Series Cigar Box Amplifier features:

  • 2.5-watt amplifier
  • all-wood cigar box
  • beautiful gold hardware
  • External mount 9V battery tray
  • panel-mount volume/on/off knob
  • Decorative gold speaker grill and screen

The heart of the Oliva V Series cigar box amps is an Artec SDA-T 2.5W amp board, powered by a 9V battery. The amplifier has a standard 1/4″ mono guitar cord input, and features a single 3.5″ 1W speaker.

It also has a red LED power indicator, so you don’t accidentally drain the battery.

These little amps put out a very respectable sound, and in our opinion are much superior to the smaller half-watt and one-watt amps!

The Oliva 5 Series cigar box amps measure: 5.75″ wide x 6.75″ high x 4″ deep.

C. B. Gitty Cigar Box Amplifier: Armed & Dangerous Macanudo

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The C. B. Gitty Armed & Dangerous Macanudo Cigar Box Amplifier is also a “production” line cigar box amp, like the Series 5 Oliva and not a “one-off” amp.

But just like the Oliva, each of these production models is designed and signed by C. B. Gitty himself.

Where the Armed & Dangerous Macanudo differs from the Series 5 Oliva is it’s body. the Armed & Dangerous Macanudo cigar box amps are made from a distinctive paper-covered Macanudo Hyde Park cigar box, and feature a cool “Armed and Dangerous” multicolor chrome speaker cover over a red steel mesh. The hardware consists of a tone/gain control, black On/Off/Volume and Tone Knobs, externally accessible battery tray holder, and beautiful shiny nickel box corners with a matching nickel carrying handle.

The Armed & Dangerous Macanudo also features protective rubber feet, and connection points on the amp board for an output jack and headphones jack as well!

The C. B. Gitty Armed & Dangerous Macanudo Cigar Box Amplifier:

  • Nice loud 2.5-watt amplifier
  • Distinctive paper-covered cigar box
  • External mount 9V battery tray
  • Panel-mount volume/on/off knob
  • Decorative gold speaker grill and screen

Like the Series 5 Oliva, the Armed & Dangerous Macanudo is built around an Artec SDA-T 2.5W amp board, powered by a 9V battery.

The Armed & Dangerous Macanudo cigar box amps also accept a standard 1/4″ mono guitar cord as input, and output is through a 3.5″ 1W speaker. A red LED power indicator is included to help prevent accidental battery drain.

The Armed & Dangerous Macanudo measures: 7.25″ wide x 6″ high x 2 7/8″ deep.

Cigar Box DIY Kits

For the more adventurous DIY-er, C. B. Gitty even makes a Cigar Box Amplifier Kit with Oliva G Cigar Box, Hardware and How-To Guide!

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This is a complete cigar box amp kit, and includes all of the parts needed to build your own 2.5-watt Series G Oliva cigar box amplifier!

The body is a beautiful all-wood Oliva G cigar box, and all the decorative shiny nickel box corners (with matching screws) to help dress it up are included in the kit. The heart of this amp kit is a 2.5 watt amp board, which really puts out some nice sound considering its size and input power.

This cigar box amplifier kit also includes a four-page how-to sheet that shows wiring diagrams and covers some key points about wiring and assembly.

Skills required to assemble this kit:

  • basic soldering skills,
  • ability to read simple wiring diagrams

This cigar box amps contains the following parts:

  • 3.5″ 1-Watt Ferrite Magnet Speaker with wire screen and mounting bolts/nuts
  • 8pc. Nickel-Plated Box Corners with Mounting Screws
  • 9V Metal Battery Holder Clip with mounting screws
  • 2 feet each Red and Black 24-gauge Hookup Wire
  • 9V Battery Connector
  • 4pc. Rubber Self-Adhesive Non-Skid Pads
  • “Top Hat” Potentiometer Knob
  • ¼” Long-Shaft Mono Input Jack
  • Red LED (Power Indicator) with Plastic Mounting Bezel
  • 2.5-Watt Artec Amp Board
  • Oliva Series G All-Wood Cigar Box

The amp board also has an onboard Tone Trim Pot, adjustable with a Philips screwdriver , which allows for fine-tuning the tone from “clean” to “crunchy”.

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New Jimi Hendrix Album: People, Hell & Angels. How New is it?

Jimi Hendrix has a new release slated for 2013 called People, Hell & Angels. Not bad for a guy who died 32 years ago!

Experience Hendrix LLC and Legacy Recordings have announced the release of People, Hell & Angels, a new Jimi Hendrix album featuring 12 complete, previously unreleased studio recordings.

That’s a quote from the Guitar Aficionado website, where I read about the new album.

People, Hell & Angels draws mainly on Jimi’s work outside of the original Jimi Hendrix Experience trio. This covers the time period from 1968 until his death in 1970. It was during this time that Hendrix became tired of his material with the Experience and began seeking new inspirations with old friends and new ensembles.

This covers the Band of Gypsys and Cry of Love period.

People, Hell & Angels: Songs and Lineup

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People, Hell & Angels reportedly has 12 tracks – some new, some unreleased alternate versions. These don’t appear to be home demos though, since many contain studio elements like horns, keyboards and percussion.

People, Hell & Angels is set to be released March 5, 2013, and features guest appearances by drummer Buddy Miles, Buffalo Springfield’s Stephen Stills, Billy Cox and others.

It is co-produced by Janie Hendrix, Eddie Kramer and John McDermott. Janie Hendrix being deemed the executor of the Hendrix estate after a messy court battle in 2004.

The new direction of Jimi Hendrix

People, Hell & Angels seems to be along the lines of Valleys Of Neptune , released in 2010. Eddie Kramer also has a hand in People, Hell & Angels. Kramer developed a unique rapport with Hendrix during his recording life and was the sound engineer on every Hendrix album, so the quality and vibe should be consistent with other Hendrix recordings.

According to the Guitar Aficionado:

A musical companion piece and successor to 2010′s Valleys Of Neptune, the new album offers new clues as to the direction Hendrix was considering for First Rays of the New Rising Sun, his planned double-album sequel to 1968′s Electric Ladyland.

I’m not sure how many new clues People, Hell & Angels will yield considering First Rays of the New Rising Sun was released way back in 1997. Although, that release seems to have been more a collection of older material that had been out of print for the few decades prior.

New material, or money grab?

The cynic in me wants to call this more studio magic in post production techniques than an unearthed relic from a more magical time in music – another way for the Hendrix estate and the record label to squeeze more money from fans.

But I must admit that previous posthumous “new releases” have been of fairly high quality and generally offer new glimpses into previous unknown musical directions and ideas.

On wonders though, why the long gap between First Rays of the New Rising Sun and South Saturn Delta in 1997 and Valleys Of Neptune and now People, Hell & Angels in 2010 and 2013.

You can read more about People, Hell & Angels including a full track listing at Jimi Hendrix’s ‘People, Hell & Angels’ Album Coming March 5 from Guitar Aficionado.

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Rogue Rocketeer Deluxe Electric Guitar Pack.

The Rogue Rocketeer Deluxe Electric guitar pack is an excellent starter pack for the aspiring guitarist. It includes all basic elements to start playing right out of the box.

The guitar is a Rogue Rocketeer RR100, which is slightly smaller and lighter than a Strat. It comes in a HSS configuration with chrome covered Strat like Tremolo bar.

The amplifier is a G-10, solid state practice amp that’s just the right size and power for a beginner.

What’s included in the Rogue Rocketeer electric guitar pack

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Here’s what you get in the Rogue Rocketeer electric guitar package:

  • The RR100 double cutaway guitar
  • Gig bag
  • Guitar strap
  • Guitar cable
  • 3 medium Picks

The Rocketeer RR100 double cutaway guitar

The Rocketeer RR100 is a classic design and built for ease of playability.

The body is made from lightweight paulownia and is contoured with a double-cutaway style.

It features an ultra-thin maple neck, with rosewood fingerboard. It’s easy to play and allows for fast transitions up and down the 22-fret fretboard.

The Rocketeer RR100 features 3 pickups in an HSS configuration (1 humbucker and 2 single-coil) and a 5-way switch witch allows for a wide-variety of tones.

A 6-screw vintage tremolo is also included for lots of whammy bar fun.

Rocketeer RR100 features

Features

  • Style: contoured double-cutaway solid body
  • Body: paulownia
  • Neck: bolt-on maple
  • Neck profile: ultra-thin
  • Fingerboard: rosewood
  • Fingerboard inlays: dots
  • Scale length: 25-1/2″
  • No. of frets: 22
  • Nut Width: 1.69″ (43mm)
  • Hardware: chrome
  • Bridge: 6 screw vintage tremolo
  • Tuners: die-cast
  • Neck pickup: single-coil
  • Middle pickup: single-coil
  • Bridge pickup: Humbucking
  • Controls: Volume, Tone, 5-way blade pickup selector

The Rogue G10 amp

Rogue G10 is a 10w solid-state amplifier that’s perfect for the novice. Why? Well because it has all the basic features of an amplifier (volume, gain, treble and bass controls) with a 3.5″ speaker.

You won’t be rattling the windows with this, but you won’t be getting angry calls from the neighbors either. It also has a headphone jack, so you can practice in silence, for late night or early morning sessions.

The Rogue G10 also has a Power boost select button, for a little extra oomph, when desired.

The Rogue G-10 is a great starter amp and will continue to serve as a practice tool for those that graduate to a larger amp.

Rogue G-10 Features

  • Compact size (weighs just over 7 lbs.)
  • Boost Switch for clean or overdriven sound
  • Master volume
  • 2-band tone control
  • 1/4″ Headphone out
  • Lighted on/off switch
  • 1 3.5″ speaker

What’s not included

About the only things not included in this starter pack are instructional books and dvds to learn to play guitar, and a guitar case. But the dvds and books are best purchased separately That way they will more closely match reading level (child vs. adult for instance) and musical interest (blues, rock, metal…).

And a case isn’t needed for a guitar that’s used primarily at home for practice. The gig bag is enough protection for travel to and from a friend’s house.

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