This is a ridiculously simple, no-gimmicks approach to enhancing your tone. Further, this is a legit way to tease life from your existing tone with a cheap Boss DD-3 Delay pedal. This will immediately change the way you play guitar!
I’ll be brief. Delay pedals have been around for some time, emulator by the tape delay units of yesteryear. Analog chips, digital recording, coding and decoding circuits all help the gloriously beloved effect of delay to take place. Needless to say, an evolution of the effect has taken root to be sure. The Boss DD-3 is still an incredible pedal! Here is a link to its product page at Roland USA. Enough about me talking up the pedal, let us get to the tips and tricks!
The Boss DD-3 delay and its mojo
The Boss DD-3 Digital Delay pedal is the tone thickener that you may have been looking for. The secret to this pedal is found in its simplicity. The delay is tweak-able between 12.5 and 800 milliseconds, which offers a broad range of it’s crystal clear digital delay. It certainly is not an analog-voiced delay, yet no matter how many times I have heard people downgrade Boss delays for sounding processed, this is where the gold is found within this pedal. Please go to my linked article I wrote a while back on the evolution of this incredible pedal from a DD-2 to the Boss DD-3 delay. A Fascinating look at how Boss effects exhibit both fidelity to their purpose statement and innovation within the hardware itself.
The secret itself:
- Plug in the pedal between guitar and amp
- Controls set where the E.Level is 9-10 o’clock, F.Back is at a minimum, D.Time to the absolute minimum (that being 12.5ms), and the MODE set to S (12.5ms-50ms).
- With the help of a friend, you play the guitar playing chords, arpeggiating, playing riffs and the like, all the while have your friend ever so slightly increase the D.Time.
- Listen until you and your friend hear a slight thickening of tone when playing notes, if you hit echoes, you went too far. Do you hear that?
What this Accomplishes
For single coil guitars, this is an incredible tip, one that will help you in the long run of playing rhythm or lead with the Boss DD-3 delay. That slight thickening of your tone, where you can decide just how you want the sonic signature to sound is a gift that you may have never realized. So subtle, so powerful!
That’s not all! The reason that this works so well is that this pedal has a buffer which ever so slightly has converted the hi-impedance signal to low impedance, and as a result of the processing, has achieved a bit of clarity apart from your original tone. Thank you, BUFFER!
To achieve an even more impressive feat, find a way to split your signal before the Boss DD-3 delay, so through the steps above to alter half of your tone and mix your sound later, either into a single amplifier or two different amplifiers.
Interested in delay pedals? Try these reviews:
- EHX Memory Man 1100-TT Analog Delay
- Hermida Audio/Lovepedal EPH3 Tape Delay
- Strymon Timeline Delay
- Boss DD-3 Digital Delay
- Boss DD-7 Digital Delay
- TC Electronic Flashback X4 Delay
A Used Boss DD-3 Digital Delay pedal can be had for around $50-60 on reverb or ebay. Pick one up today and get to unlocking your own sonic secrets! Enjoy the video!