• Pros: It’s a good price and you get a lot of bang for you buck.
• Cons: It’s got a bit of a learning curve, you’re probably not going to have this pedal dialed in until you put a lot of hours into it.
• Overall: This is a good solid pedal with a lot of great features for relatively little money. If complexity and the ability to make a wide range of interesting sounds is your thing, this is your pedal.
Deluxe Memory Boy Review
So I pulled this thing out of the box and plugged it in and my first thought was: Ok…where do I begin? It has more knobs and buttons than the average delay pedal and a few more input/output jacks as well. Surely this is a sign of diversity and versatility, but to the first-time user, it’s a bit intimidating.
I put a good hour of fiddling around with this thing, then finally pulled up an instructional Youtube video before realized this thing is awesome!
The first two rotary knobs–blend and gain–basically equate to effect level on a lot of other delay pedals. They control how much effect comes through in the amp side of your signal. The EHX Deluxe Memory Boy also has the standard feedback and delay time rotary knobs.
But in addition, this pedal adds rate and depth rotary knobs for chorus effects. Having access to these effect controls allows for everything from subtle chorus to a John Scofield warbly chorus effect to total mind-bending craziness. Some of the sounds you can get by messing around with these knobs is just weird and totally out-of-control–which might be your thing.
It’s got a tap tempo selector footswitch (very cool) and it’s got a tap divide button which allows you to take the tempo you tapped in and divide it into eighth notes, triplets, eighth triplets, and sixteenth notes. It’s kind of cool, but with the exception of the triplets, you could get the same effect by tapping in tempos that are either twice or four times as fast as your original tempo.
Another cool feature of this pedal is that it comes with it’s own effects loop, meaning you can plug pedals in further down the line that effect the delay signal, be it a filter pedal like a wah-wah or something ridiculous like, say, a whammy pedal.
With all of these knobs and buttons and only selector footswitches for the tap tempo and bypass, it would seem that this pedal would require quite a bit of fussing over it on stage–which always seems most necessary at the worst time. But no! You can get an expression pedal that exercises control over many of the pedal’s parameters, giving you foot access.
They kind of thought of everything with this one, and for the price, it would be hard to not be tempted. Delay pedals with fewer features go for quite a bit more.