"Strymon El Capistan – Digital Tape Echo. It’s delay with loads of extra’s that make it sound and feel like a real old Tape echo unit (except that real tape echo units are always breaking). By the way, now we’ve crossed over to the second pedal board, the Mike Hill one where everything is affecting the sound separately."more
Smith used this pedal with Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds. NGHFB loves Strymon, as Gallagher himself also loves Strymon pedals, mostly TimeLine. "What I really got into when I started playing with him was getting a Strymon TimeLine, which I had not really heard about. I've been using that for delays and a Strymon El Capistan, which I love."more
For his solo on “God of Thunder,” Simmons uses the Strymon El Capistan Tape Delay Echo pedal. Gene’s tech says at (12:04), “We use the Strymon tape delay echo pedal for Gene's solo. We've gone back and forth, we've used a full tone tape delay. Depending on where we are we'll switch it back and forth. There's always something coming through the effects loop, which is a tape delay or a tape delay simulator for the solo where he does "God of Thunder."more
"I just got him this Strymon El Capistan and we haven't incorporated into the shows yet because he just hasn't explored all the possibilities that it's capable of doing but during sound check we've come out and played with it. It's got endless possibilities..." - Zac's guitar tech Eric Predo at 11:33.more
"On the ground I have a bunch of pedals: the BCM Brian May, a whiteface Rat reissue, a Menatone Blue Collar overdrive, a Fulltone Plimsoul, a Line 6 M9, a Fulltone Clyde wah, a Boss RC-30 looper and the TC Flashback delay – but that's the one you can buy only through Pro Guitar Shop.com. They call it the Alter Ego. I also have the Strymon El Capistan tape echo."more
"Jay Gonzalez is his own man. He played his 1968 Gibson SG Special outfitted with a Baxendale Vibrola mod that basically applies the Paul Bigsby design of a rocking bridge to a Gibson ABR-1 Tune-o-matic. It makes the Gibson Vibrola usable and requires no modification to the body. Jay’s signal ran through a Lumpy’s Tone Shop 7 Series Lemon Drop Overdrive into a Strymon El Capistan dTape Echo pedal, then out to an ancient National Valco 1212 Chicago 51 tube combo amp. His guitars also sport D’Addario EXL115 strings, and, like Patton, he uses a Dunlop 1.14 mm Tortex standard pick."more
For Marsden, his desert-island effect has to be an Ernie Ball VP Jr Volume Pedal because he says it’s the most expressive tool under his control. When it comes to actual noisemakers on his board, he has a Fulltone OCD, an Electro-Harmonix Big Muff, Electro-Harmonix POG2, a Strymon El Capistan, a Boss DD-7 Digital Delay, an Electro-Harmonix Bass Soul Food that he sniped from bandmate Emma Richardson, an EHX Cathedral, and a Danelectro Reel Echo. Everything is controlled by GigRig QuarterMaster QMX8 switcher and it all stays in tune thanks to a Boss TU-3 Tuner.more
At 22:09 in this Rig Rundown for Tommy Henriksen of [Warlock](http://equipboard.com/band/warlock), [Mojo Gurus](http://equipboard.com/band/mojo-gurus), [Clear Static](http://equipboard.com/band/clear-static), [Benedictum](http://equipboard.com/band/benedictum), [Cavo](http://equipboard.com/band/cavo), [Emphatic](http://equipboard.com/band/emphatic), [China](http://equipboard.com/band/china), [Hyper Crush](http://equipboard.com/band/hyper-crush), and [Revis](http://equipboard.com/band/revis), his gear is displayed, showing his Strymon El Capistan dTape Echo Delay Pedal.more
"His pedalboard signal path is: Guitar —> T.C. Electronic Polytune Mini —> Vertex Dynamic Distortion —> Electro-harmonix Mel9 —> Strymon El Capistan —> Strymon Bluesky —> T.C. Electronic Ditto Looper —> Vertex Boost (not pictured) —> '68 Fender Princeton Reverb Reissue" - from Vertex Effects, the company which built a new pedalboard for him. [Original article here.](https://www.vertexeffects.com/blog/david_ryan_harris_pedalboard_spotlight)more
"Always wanted an easy slap back echo that sounds like the old tape delays. This is doing the trick for me. I have it with the memory pedal next to it so I can switch to a longer delay for solos etc. Love that one!" - [Nalle Colt](http://www.pastemagazine.com/blogs/lists/2012/05/14-guitarists-talk-about-their-pedal-boards.html).more
Premier Guitar takes a turn with Guthrie Trapp with a detailed Rig Rundown of all his gear. The following photo was taken from the article this particular Rig Rundown. The final pedal that Guthrie uses is the second delay pedal, this one being a tape and echo delay made by Strymon, dubbed the El Capistan.more
The following is his signal path, as explained by Andy Othling to Strymon: this1smyne buffer Walrus Audio Deep Six Electro Harmonix Micro POG Walrus Audio Mayflower Earthquaker Devices Bit Commander Xotic EP Booster Ernie Ball MVP (with Boss TU-3 on tuner output) Electro Harmonix Superego Malekko Ekko 616 Dr. Scientist Tremolessence Strymon El Capistan Boss DD-5 (in hold mode for stutter/glitch effects) ZVex Instant Lo-fi Junky Strymon TimeLine Strymon BigSky Disaster Area DMC-3 XL controller is connected to both the Timeline and BigSky via MIDI Two this1smyne mini expression knobs are also controlling different parameters on the Timeline and Bigskymore
"And then I have the Strymon El Capistan, which is like the old Echoplex. And I use that a lot. I used to carry around Echoplex and the tapes would go bad, sound like shit. One day sound great, the next day... El Capistan is really close to it." - Greenberg about Strymon El Capistan.more
This photo was taken in 2011 during Rosenwinkel's concert in The Charles Hotel in Boston. More photos can be seen [here.](https://www.flickr.com/photos/gsmaz1/sets/72157628179367269) In this particular pedalboard photo, one of the pedals that can be seen is the Strymon El Capistan.more
Current acoustic/electric rig. Thanks to @xacttone in Nashville for helping me diagnose a noise problem and building me a new A/B switch. PS. I use two Strymon Flint pedals, one for electric and one for acoustic. I specifically chose to use 2 to keep the chains separate (I run the acoustic Flint through the FX loop on the Baggs). Expensive way to do business, I know.... but it sounds better this way!! CC: @tcelectronic @xotic_guitar @chaseblissaudio @strymonengineering @lrbaggsofficial @pedaltrainmore
This is my favorite delay unit. some key features I think really set it apart are: using a combination of the tape age, and the secondary functions of the bias, and low contour you can pretty comprehensively EQ the repeats which is really nice. The tap tempo is great and using the A B C switch you can change the tap subdivision. It also has a boost or cut function, great for integrating it into different parts of a rig. And it has optional buffered bypass should you need it, and reverb! Amazing pedal.
When my Multivox tape echo broke down on tour I tried TONS of placements to get through. Nothing could really do the job but this came about as close as anything could. Great pedal, great fun. Syncopated echo with multi head emulating was rare back then & I've explored more of their pedals since then and I am always happy I did. Solid brand makin great stuff.
I need delay with modulation. I love how I can hold a chord and just let the warbly echos splash down around me, each one slightly different than the others. I see no purpose in using delay for any other reason than to give depth to my sound. Well, I understand that it can be used rhythmically as well, so... disregard that comment. What I mean to say is I don't ever want to not have the option of making any given sound HUGE. The El Capistan's "wow and flutter" effect adds exactly the kind of sound I want to sprinkle over everything. Out of everything on my pedal board (which isn't much), I feel like the El Cap is the one that I scarcely ever switch off. It's the perfect delay for me.
Tackles the challenge of capturing the warm, chaotic irregularities and imperfections of tape delay that we love, is one of the most ambitious and clever applications of DSP we’ve seen in a stompbox.
and i thought about saving for the timeline, but why? this delay covers so much ground. Fell in love with the tape loop feature as well. Rudimentary, but I'm that kind of guy. And it sounds sooooo soulful.
This is a do it all delay. I can dial back the effects and get a very pure repeat. On the other end of the spectrum, I can dial up the tape age and the "wow" and get some dense lush repeat. Great for ambient sound scape. The only cons are that it is difficult to get from dotted eighth to standard in a live setting. it also has no favoriting options like the Timeline does.
I love the tape crinkle! If you want something without all of the drawbacks of the Boss RE-20 this will definitely do it. It's super versatile and all I can say is hands down it is definitely the best tape delay with a tap tempo.