The 5 Best Delay Pedals for Beginners 2021

Are you looking to be the William Basinski of guitar? Do you wanna provide all those sweet clean melodies lines over tons of djenty guitars? Do you just like repetition? Then do we have some delay pedals for you! From the affordable to the a little out-of-budget, these five delay pedals are going to rock your world (over and over, likely within seconds).

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Behringer VD400 Vintage Delay Pedal – $19.00

If you’re in the market for a budget delay pedal, look no further than the Behringer Vintage Delay VD400. The Behringer Vintage Delay VD400 brings an atmospheric, darker tone to the table alongside true analog delay and vintage vibe of real slap-back echo, up to 300ms of delay and advanced noise reduction, and dual outputs to run your direct and delayed signals to separate rigs. There really isn’t any reason you shouldn’t have this on your pedal board within the week – it’s only $19!

TC Electronic Echobrain Analog Delay Pedal – $49.00

The TC Electronic Echobrain looks retro as hell and sounds very much the same. The Echobrain offers a vintage-style bucket-brigade circuit for authentic analog delay effects, between 40ms and 300ms of maximum delay time, Mix and Repeat knobs, true bypass design to maintain your tone when the effect isn’t in use, and more than enough capability to space you right out. Did I mention it looks cool as hell? Seriously, if you’re going to be smoking yourselves out and playing some crunchy riffs, you need this in your life.

Ibanez Analog Delay Mini Pedal – $119.99

If you’re running out of room on your pedal board, then the Ibanez Analog Delay Mini Pedal lives up to its name and reported size. The generally tiny Ibanez Analog Delay Mini Pedal packs a massive amount of delay with delay times from 20ms to 600ms, a 100% analog signal path, and true bypass. There really isn’t a ton to this pedal other than fantastic tones, a wide array of options, and a really small size. It also helps that this pedal looks cool as hell and the typography right above the switch looks awesome.

TC Electronic Flashback 2 Mini Delay Pedal – $99.00

Hey, speaking of mini-sized pedals, it’s the TC Electronic Flashback 2 Mini Delay Pedal! Much like its Ibanez counterpart, the TC Electronic Flashback 2 Mini Delay fits right into your pedal board, though with a lot more packed in there. The TC Electronic Flashback 2 Mini Delay showcases everything from crunchy tape echoes and flawless digital repeats to a brand new Crystal shimmer effect, which uses a polyphonic octaver algorithm for some seriously cool delays. Add in On/off, MASH, and tap-tempo functions and you’ve got yourself one hell of a pedal.

Boss DD-8 Digital Delay Pedal – $164.99

Look man, it’s a Boss pedal. You know it’s gonna be awesome. The Boss DD-8 Digital Delay features up to 10 seconds of delay, 11 versatile delay modes that range from crystal-clear repeats to glitchy and modulated echoes, a tap tempo option, a carryover switch, and three selectable output modes achieve a wide range of effects. If you’re looking to really design your space, or just make a ton of noise in your shoegaze band, there’s really nowhere else you need to look other than the Boss DD-8 Digital Delay.