Many have written about how much the Strymon Timeline delay offers, and it’s all true. The tone quality, the options, and the learning curve involved. Here are my experiences.So, I received my Timeline and plugged it in raw, without any effects before or after. I played an American Strat with Klein 59 pickups into a Vintage Sound Amps Vintage 15, essentially an overbuilt Princeton clone.
I play guitar in the vein of gilmour, edge, rhythmic, yet un-shreddy. A great analog delay is what I was after when looking at the Timeline.
Strymon Timeline Hardware
Given the multitude of knobs and settings, the construction is solid, and built for road use, to be sure. I always get a little afraid of those pedals that house processing chips aside from a standard opamp. Maybe I’m silly, that’s fine. This pedal is a work of modern, clean, art. This one caveat that I have to the design is that there could be a few arrow buttons or bigger display to show just where one is asn in the User Interface of this pedal. I could not devote the mind time to going through ALL of the settings, and in the end became frustrated.
Strymon Timeline Sounds
I reset the entire pedal to default settings, and started cycling through the sounds. Not too shabby! Not that I didn’t like the presets, but I found myself starting to dial what I hoped to hear manually. Each stop on the delay dial; brought out new audio. The Strymon Timeline Delay is a very musical pedal! Finally, I settled into the the Tape delay machine, tweaked it to my liking and saved it to the first preset slot. I then modified that machine a bit and then saved the new sound into the second slot.
The following two days I played live with the Timeline on my board, honestly giddy about the new addition.
And I didn’t switch off of the preset a single time. It wounded good…hey, it sounded great. Yet I found myself only modifying the feedback and the mix of the delay. Honestly, I believe I was intimidated into not tweaking the pedal because of the vast array of tones and options. After 12 songs, I stared at the board, more specifically, I stared at the Timeline. It is truly an awesome pedal, yet for the function of my own personal playing, I need and would use only one setting.
A sidenote on the idea of choice and options: Watch my friend’s documentary on choosing ‘The Perfect Soda’. It’s an interesting study into how given a myriad of options, humans react.
I realized that I had bought a chainsaw to slice and spread butter. I am just not the player that this delay was designed for, and that is certainly ok! Maybe a Boss DD3 and the tricks found within is better suited for my purposes. There are plenty of people using this pedal out there in the wild. I’m just not sure that it will survive a spilled water bottle or beer for that matter.
If you want a delay that can do all, then by all means, get the Strymon Timeline delay!
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Strymon Timeline delay
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