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Fulltone Solid State Tape Echo

Based on the iconic Echoplex EP-3, this hotly anticipated tape delay doesn’t come cheap. SAM ATKINS tries not to get too attached…


Strymon’s El Capistan £250 crams three distinct ‘tape’ machines into a smaller encloure. The Catalinbread Belle Epoch£161 offers an impressive emulation of the EP-3 Echoplex, while Mooer Audio’s Ana Echo£50 offers analogue sounds at a bargain price.

Let’s square up to the elephant in the room straight from the off. The Fulltone Solid State Echo (SSTE) costs the same as 14 Mooer Reecho delay pedals and you could fit eight of them in its footprint. It will need regular professional maintenance to ensure it always sounds perfect and it will require a new tape cartridge every year, subject to usage. The cost of a new cartridge is equivalent to the price of another Mooer pedal.

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The February issue of Guitar & Bass magazine is available in print and digital forms from Friday 8 January. Join us as we take a trip to Guitar Town, tracing the history of the Nashville music scene and profiling a who’s who of the city’s galaxy of guitar stars. We go guitar shopping in Tennessee's neon-lit state capital and talk to two of the world’s leading fretted instrument experts, George Gruhn and Walter Carter, about the state of the vintage market today and we also stop by at the Gibson Custom Shop to see the company’s True Historic Les Pauls roll off the production line and find out what makes them the company’s best guitars since its golden era. Elsewhere in the mag, our DIY Workshop shows you how to ID a genuine 1950s Stratocaster, we talk guitar with Aerosmith legend Brad Whitford and we review a stack of great new gear from PRS, Dr Z, Orange, TC Electronic, Louis Electric, Fulltone, Hartke, Smorg Pedalboards, Pigtronix and more. If that’s not enough for you, how about the chance to win one of three PRS guitars for a year and become a roving reporter for G&B in the process? Buy the February issue of Guitar & Bass magazine in print and digital forms from Friday 8 January.