2022 has seen the release of an uncommon number of Roland Space Echo clones (and also an updated version by the original manufacturer) and the Fender Hammertone Space Delay is the most affordable and streamlined of them all.
One ninth of the new series of affordable pedals by the guitar giant, the Space Delay offers the goods of that venerable unit, in a compact case: warm, analog-style saturation and the charming warble that takes us back to the days of tape.
The 3-way Pattern toggle rearranges the configuration of the virtual tape heads, creating different delay patterns, while the Mod switch activates the modulation simulating the tape’s wow and flutter.
At $99, this is a solid deal for guitarists interested in a taste of delays with a vintage and spacey flavor. We added to our article about the best tape-style delay pedals.
Fender Hammertone Space Delay, Builder’s Notes
Take your guitar to the stratosphere.
Warm, analog-style saturation and gorgeous ‘tape’ warble combine to make the Hammertone™ Space Delay a perfect companion for any ambience-inclined soundscapist. From subtle and natural repeats to awesomely oscillating waves of tone, the Space Delay delivers everything you need to create your next atmospheric masterpiece. Analog Dry-Through keeps your tone pure when the effect is on, while the pedal board-friendly top-mounted in & out jacks and true bypass footswitch mean it will integrate seamlessly into your rig.
- Fender®-designed Tape Delay Effect
- Pattern & Mod Switches
- Top Mount Input/Output Jacks
- True-Bypass Switching, Analog Dry-Through
- Powered by 9-Volt Center Negative AC Adaptor, Not Included
ORIGINAL FENDER®-DESIGNED SPACE DELAY EFFECT
Designed by our in-house experts, the Hammertone™ Space Delay delivers the classic tape echo sound, with three distinct repeat patterns and up to 950ms of delay time.
THREE DELAY PATTERNS
Three separate delay patterns emulate classic tape echo units, which utilized multiple tape heads to achieve different rhythmic patterns in the repeats.
The modulation switch activates a swirling, choral effect on the repeats. The Rate and Depth of this effect can be adjusted with internal trim pots.
CUSTOM COLOR “F” LOGO KNOBS
Paying homage to Fender’s historic custom colors, these “F” logo knobs are easy to read, easy to grip and stand out on stage.
RUGGED, ROAD-WORTHY HARDWARE
The rugged aluminum enclosure and metal hardware deliver road-worthy reliability. True bypass switching ensure easy setup and pure tone.
Top-mounted input and output jacks allow more pedals to be used on the same board, as well as increasing pedal routing options.