Guitar Jam Daily
Home Reviews Effects Gear Review: T-Rex Replica Delay Pedal
June 3, 2020
Gear Review: T-Rex Replica Delay Pedal PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 April 2008 18:09
trex1.jpgBy Ken Volpe - Guitar Jam Daily
A few months back I needed a new delay unit for my pedal board. I have tried many delay pedals over the years and have never really been satisfied with any of them. A friend of mine suggested that I purchase the T-Rex Replica delay pedal and boy I am glad that I took his advice. Before I get into the specifics about the pedal, let me tell you a little bit about T-Rex engineering. They are a European company based in Denmark; that has been designing precision effects pedals since the mid ‘90's. Their users include David Gilmour, Pete Townshend, Carlos Santana, John Mayer, Steve Morse, and Gary Moore. The Replica has also been the winner of the Guitar Player Magazine's Editor's Pick award.

The Replica allows up to 1.5 seconds of digital delay at an extremely high sample rate. It also utilizes top-notch A/D/A converters to achieve warm and accurate sonic detail. It has a host of connectors including a guitar input, and two different outputs. The Replica also has midi capabilities as well. The unit has four useful full-sized knobs. These knobs control the Echo, Repeat, Tempo, and Level of the signal. This beauty has two footswitches - On/Off, and Tap Tempo; as well as two mini switches - for Subdivision and Brown. The Tap Tempo affords the musician the ability to change tempo to match the song or the part on the fly. With it the player can tap the delay tempo with his foot to match the song. The Subdivision function promotes even greater versatility for more complex rhythmic activity. The Brown feature gives you an alternate darker and creamier tone that comes in very handy for certain applications. Think old school tape delay. The Replica is even capable of used to supplement a rack set-up or for mix down in the studio. The unit can only be powered by AC and comes with its own AC power supply.

Now that I've given you a sufficient rundown of features and specs, lets put it into action. My main test rig for pedals is my trusty Baker Robben Ford guitar along with my Bruno CT35 1 x 12 combo. My CT35 absolutely loves pedals and the Replica fits into that mold very nicely. The first sound that I was looking to enhance was my overdriven lead tone. My short signal path goes from my guitar into my Keeley 808 pedal and then to the Replica. I set the Echo/Delay control to about 1 o'clock, the Repeats to 9 o'clock and the Tempo just below 10 o'clock. The result was a smooth and liquid singing tone that had me grinning from ear to ear. The delay in my sound was not too muddy or unfocused. The sonic detail of the original tone was still quite present. I mean, with a lot of previous delay pedals that I have used, you heard more of the delay than you wanted to especially with the tail of the note(s). The next sound I was going for was an even heavier delay. So I cranked up the Delay and the Repeat control to my liking. Once again, my tone remained articulate and not cloudy and cluttered. When I backed off my guitar volume to clean up my gain, the T-Rex followed suit. I gotta tell you, it's a beautiful thing.

Let's talk about a few more standard guitar timbres to which the Replica is also perfectly suited for. One is a very short delay for shimmering, clean rhythm parts. It is that subtle, airy and chimey chorus type tone that we all know and love. The T-Rex steps up to the plate one more time and delivers. One last tone that I would like to tell you about is a slap back delay tone. This is a very familiar sound dating back to the 50's a la Les Paul. My main issue with this sound from other pedals has always been that it is too springy, or even corny. With the Replica that was definitely not the case. The slap back is responsive and very musical. The slap back setting helped me to play my favorite fingerstyle classics with great results.

In conclusion, I think I made it very apparent that this little pedal packs a huge punch and is not just an effect. I would venture to say that when used properly it is almost an instrument in itself. The construction and components are of the finest quality, hence great sounds and the utmost reliability. Even if one did not take advantage of all the delay features, the warmth from the converters will give you an overall better sound. In other words, you can set the dials for a very mild and subtle effect in terms of delay, but still have a favorable coloration for your rig. There are definitely many delay units that have a more complex array of features and presets than the T-Rex. However, I have yet to come across a delay pedal that is as straightforward, useful and musical as the Replica.

For more information click here

Daily Video Lesson

Daily Video Lesson
  • 02:41 - 01.10.2008 Spotlight >> Spotlight
    A five week long, cross-country tour featuring some of the best known and most respected figures in rock and blues has been set to celebrate the legacy and music of Jimi Hendrix. Presented by Experience Hendrix, L.L.C., the Hendrix family-owned company founded by James A. “Al” Hendrix, Jimi’s father, entrusted with preserving and protecting the legacy of Jimi Hendrix together with musical instrument giant Gibson Guitar, this year’s Experience Hendrix Tour represents a dramatic expansion beyond last year’s seven sold out performances.

    Featured artists who will be performing music written by and associated with Jimi Hendrix include blues giant Buddy Guy, contemporary guitar greats Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Eric Johnson, Cesar Rojas and David Hidalgo of Los Lobos as well as Aerosmith’s Brad Whitford.
  • 01:53 - 26.09.2008 Spotlight >> Spotlight
    Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) and Italian distributor M.Casale Bauer proudly announce the grand opening of the Fender Custom Shop Showcase Italy. It is the third such international exclusive Fender guitar destination, joining the elite Fender Custom Shop Lounge (Düsseldorf, Germany) and Fender Showcase Tokyo (Japan).

    The Fender Custom Shop Showcase Italy is in Bologna, Italy, and is housed in a building by California-born Italian designer Gretchen Alexander. The showroom is located near the offices of M. Casale Bauer, Fender’s Italian distributor since 1962, and was created to provide Fender dealers, their special guests and artists with a comfortable place to find, try and buy some of the most beautiful guitars in today’s market. The showcase features an impressive array of high-end guitars crafted by the master builders of the Fender Custom Shop and provides artists and dealers (and their VIP clients) with access to some of the most unique high-end Fender instruments ever made available in one place. The showroom houses an unparalleled selection of Fender Custom Shop instruments, as well as Bauer’s personal collection, one of the largest and most valuable in the world.
  • 03:41 - 23.09.2008 Spotlight >> Spotlight
    Los Angeles, CA – World-renowned Australian guitarist Tommy Emmanuel will  release Center Stage, a live concert DVD on October 14th via Favored Nations Acoustic.  
    The full-length concert DVD follows the recent release of the Center Stage  double CD, both having been recorded live for the PBS television series “Sierra Center Stage.” Filmed in eye-catching high definition, every element of modern technology was used in production, creating a stunning package, both aurally
    and visually. 
  • 00:09 - 19.09.2008 Spotlight >> Spotlight
    Montreal, Canada- September 16th, 2008: Renowned guitarist Daryl Stuermer will be giving Godin Performance Clinics in and around Quebec and Eastern Ontario from September 29th to October 3rd 2008.

    Having performed in studio and toured the world with both Phil Collins and supergroup Genesis for years, Daryl is a player who is on top of his game and has the chops to prove it. Performing as the Daryl Stuermer Duo, he will be accompanied by keyboardist Konstantin Efimov during the clinics and will also be giving attendees his perspective on playing live, recording, technique, and his gear, by fielding a Q&A session after each performance.
  • 09:29 - 03.06.2008 Spotlight >> Spotlight
    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (June 2, 2008) -- Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) announced today that it has acquired certain assets of Groove Tubes LLC. Among other assets, FMIC purchased the Groove Tubes brand. Groove Tubes company founder Aspen Pittman will continue in a consulting role.