In this Instagram posted by customaudioeletronics, one of John Mayer's pedalboards (the one on the left in the photo) has a Dunlop Echoplex Delay EP103 on it. > Brand new #johnmayer rig heading to #Albany for production rehearsals! #customaudioeletronics #bobbradshaw #thinkloudstudiosmore
“This pedal is really interesting. It’s a new delay with a tap-out which I will start using soon, I used to use a Carbon Copy but I’ve switched to this now. It has a longer delay time, it’s a bit clearer but still with a vintage touch - you can dial in the flutter and oldness of the tape, which I like. There’s a lot it can do and it’s perfect for adding into solos.”more
> Big thanks to @friedman_amplifiers [Friedman Amps] for such a killer board, with a built in buffer. @jimdunlopusa [Dunlop] #mxrpedals [MXR], @seymourduncanpickups [Seymour Duncan and #pedals, and @stringslinger479 [Dinesh Lekhraj] for making it so clean. Left lots of space.. we will see how it all changes. #thankful #godisgoodmore
The delays sound like an old Maestro Tape Echoplex. I lived and died by my Echoplex and also my Roland Chorus Echo for tape delays. The problems that developed with the tape delays were due to capstans hardening or wearing physically. This delay does that with age setting without the hassle the tape delays where physical vibration disrupts live performance.
The trails on this is just epic, organic and 3-dimensional. The bandwidth is wide so it sounds almost just as good with basses as guitars. All digital delays gets this kind of ugly static in the repeats when I play heavy handed with a lot of dirt in front of them. The grit just needs too much power to process and absorb I guess. I had to listen very hard to find the tiniest of static in this one. Maybe even an original Echoplex has a minimum of static too, so I can't say for sure that the tiny sizzle I heard shouldn't be there. The EP103 is by far the best sounding digital delay I have tried so far..