The guys over at Dinosaur Rock Guitar recently took an in-depth look at El Capistan dTape Echo. We’re happy to report that they were very impressed! Here are a few quotes from the review:
“Having an El Capistan is as if you went out and bought all the best vintage echo machines, and you can run them anywhere from pristine, to road-worn.”
“The El Capistan is a real treat that is guaranteed to put a smile the face of anyone who grew up loving tape echo. We compared it to real tube and solid state tape echo machines, and were able to authentically reproduce those sounds.”
“Strymon truly achieved their goal of offering the discerning player a pedal that accurately emulates the performance and sound quality of many of the great tape echo machines of the past. Better still, they did it at a reasonable price!”
Be sure to read the entire review over at Dinosaur Rock Guitar. They include an interesting history of tape echo machines onward into digital delays, onward to El Capistan!
I was the primary tester / reviewer at Dinosaur Rock Guitar. My friend and site administrator, Dave, did his usual excellent editing and put all of my findings in order.
I just wanted to let folks here know that the review is true and honest. I enlisted the aid of a few pro “gunslingers” from Nashville and St. Louis who have many years of direct ownership / experience with tape echos and we compared, tweaked, agreed, disagreed and worked to “one up” each other on getting the settings just right. While we never came to a total agreement on who’s settings came closest to whatever the desired “tape machine” goal of the moment happened to be, we were all more than satisfied with our own selections and very much enjoyed the opportunity to put this pedal to the test.
The El Capistan took some in depth study to really understand how to adjust the settings, (Note* We’re all getting pretty long in the tooth), yet, putting in the time to figure it all out rewarded us with echo tones we thought were a thing of the past.