Dunlop EP103 Echoplex Delay Pedal Buyers Review (March 2021)
Dunlop EP103 Echoplex Delay Pedal
- ✔ Vintage Tape Echo Warmth & Modulation
- ✔ Age Mode Varies Delay Tone
- ✔ 40 To 750Ms Of Delay Time
- ✔ True Bypass Switching
- Vintage Echoplex EP-3 tape echo warmth and modulation
- Hi-fi analog and digital audio paths
- Dry path is totally analog
- Age control varies delay tone from pristine to dark and dirty
- Delay control provides 65-750ms of delay time
- Tap tempo jack provides up to 4 seconds of delay time with external Tap Tempo Switch
- Studio-grade low noise floor
- Relay true bypass and delay trails modes
- Stereo In/Out capability when using TRS cables
The Echoplex EP-3 tape echo unit is famous for its deliciously warm, organic modulation and sweet musical voice—a key component to some of the most iconic guitar tones from the ’70s onward. The original EP-3 units, however, are expensive, temperamental, and larger than a VCR. That’s where the EP103 Echoplex Delay comes in. It’s the size of a Phase 90, and it delivers the EP-3’s legendary tones with a simple control interface and a hi-fi all-analog dry path.
The Delay control sets the time between repeats—from 40 to 750ms—the Sustain control sets the number of repeats, and the Volume control sets the output level of your repeats. Where the sound of this pedal really shines, though, is in Age mode. By default, your pedal performs as a perfectly-calibrated, factory-fresh tape echo machine would— bright and clear tape with subtle wow and flutter modulation. A quick push of the Volume knob lets you “age” the sound of your repeats, darkening the tone, upping the tape saturation (distortion), and increasing modulation and tape distress as you turn the knob clockwise. The ‘age’ ode accurately models the vicissitudes of tape transports and tape saturation, randomly changing pitch and affecting feedback and equalization as well.
The EP103’s delay signal gets the same tonal conditioning that the EP101 Echoplex Preamp provides, while the dry path is left untouched. For the full EP-3 experience, put that secret sauce on your dry signal by running the EP101 in front of the EP103. The Echoplex Delay also features tap tempo functionality, for up to 4 seconds of delay time, when you hook up an M199 MXR Tap Tempo Switch.
The dry path is all analog with Constant Headroom Technology™—providing a full 20 volts of headroom—and a choice of true relay or trails bypass. The EP103 can be set for ‘wet mode’ along with stereo input and output modes. No tape cartridges required!
The drop-dead gorgeous effects of the original Echoplex tape echo live on again in the wonderfully versatile EP103 pedal, but without the maintenance, cleaning, and other headaches associated with a vintage tape echo unit. Overall, with a high-quality analog dry signal path, stereo compatibility, and more. We can happily recommend the Dunlop EP103 Echoplex Delay pedal to any and all guitarists.