The Best Pedals In The World Today – MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay

Posted: March 15, 2017 in Guitar Pedals
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MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay

An eminently musical retro-sounding analogue delay in a svelte casing, whose warm and characterful vintage repeats have made it a classic in its own right and a favourite of many a guitarist.

A pedal that makes our top 20 by virtue of its sheer excellence and staying power, MXR’s Carbon Copy Analog Delay debuted back in 2009 and has gone on to become one of parent company Dunlop’s best-selling effects – and one of the world’s most popular delays. The Carbon Copy was designed by Jeorge Tripps (of Way Huge Aqua Puss and Line 6 DL4 fame), so it’s no surprise to find those pedals’ successful history repeating here (excuse the weak delay-based pun).

Housed in a tough, pedalboard-friendly compact housing, the Carbon Copy packs a lot of functionality into its Phase 90-sized shell, thanks to the space-efficient control layout and the tucking away inside of two pots to control the speed and width of the modulation’s pitch variation.

Sonically, the modulation effect is the true star of the show here. Rarely seen on the delay units of the time, the effect successfully captures the ever-changing wow and flutter of those classic vintage delay units that built the very edifice of rock ’n’ roll. There’s also a very healthy dose of usable self-oscillation to be found past the 12 o’clock mark on the Regen knob, which sounds exactly like a good vintage delay should.

We like the darker, brooding analogue tones, but if you’re after more cut through, the Carbon Copy also comes in a Carbon Copy Bright version – just look for the lime-green casing rather than the original’s snazzy flecked metallic finish – which has a more treble-focused voice. They’ve been designed to work in tandem, so why not buy both and have some serious analogue fun?

Key features
PRICE £144
DESCRIPTION True-bypass analogue BBD-based delay pedal with Regen, Mix, Delay and Mod controls; 9v battery or power supply


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