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DAILY ECHO
The T-Rex Replicator

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mong the arcana of tone, few things
inspire as much devotion - even obsession - as echo. The Holy Grail is often
considered the simple-but-lovely slapback
heard on early Sun Records crafted by Sam
Phillips. But delay, of course, can get far
more far out.
T-Rex's Replicator bridges the gaps between
tape's unique tone and its complexity, price
and availability, reliability and durability.
The company's goal was to build a tape-echo
unit that nailed the sound quality of vintage
units - think Echoplex or Roland Space
Echo - while surpassing them in features.
Basically, they sought to make tape echo
usable on a daily basis.
The Replicator is, simply put, one gorgeous
stompbox. Built in Denmark, it reflects that
hallowed Scandinavian engineering and
design.
The pedal is based on the replaceable tape
cartridge that runs through two playback
heads - one for short, 125- to 600-millisecond
delays, the other for long, 250- to 1,200-millisecond repeats. Or, use both to compound
and amplify the effect.
Controls include master Volume, Delay
Time, Saturation, and Feedback, with two
expression-pedal inputs to give your foot the
say over time and feedback.

Original tape-echo
units usually had some unpredictable variation in their output:
The Replicator is much more controlled, yet
offers that variability via its controls. The box
includes a Chorus mode that enhances the
inherent modulation of tape echo, giving that
glorious pitch waver in the repeats; this too
can be turned down or up via a dial. Added
to the analog features are a digital tap tempo
to regulate tap speed to your command.
The Saturation control is a unique and
especially cool feature, enhancing the
Replicator's responsiveness to the player's
attack, almost overdriving the sound as the
player picks harder. It's key to the box's very
organic sound.
And, yes, you can thankfully make the
echo go freaky. Dial in Pink Floyd-esque
sound sculptures or even make it selfoscillate out of this known universe. It's
ready and willing.

Price: $899
Info: www.t-rex-effects.com

The Replicator can be used like an everyday analog or digital stompbox, kept running full-time through practices and gigs.
In our tests, the unit never faltered - it just
faithfully churned out sweet-sounding echo.
The Replicator ain't cheap, but it's got
the tone. And it's sturdy and steadfast - all
making it ultimately inexpensive when
compared with the efforts involved in
keeping an Echoplex among the living. -

Michael Dregni

JAM LUCY DREAMER SUPREME

The JAM Pedals Lucy Dreamer Supreme
OD/Boost offers dry/wet mix and a new
Boost circuit voiced to complement the
overdrive in Pre or Post mode. Its High/
Low Gain switch toggles to heavy, tubestyle saturation, and two expression inputs give the user a high degree of control.

REVEREND KINGBOLT RA

Reverend Guitars' Kingbolt RA has a
dark-roasted maple neck, Blackwood Tek
fingerboard, Wilkinson vibrato, Railhammer Hyper Vintage pickups, Boneite nut
and tuners, the company's Bass Contour
Control, and a dual-action truss rod.

G&L DOHENY

The G&L Doheny has an offset-cutaway
body, bolt-on neck, Magnetic Field
Design pickups with jazz-bobbin
apertures wrapped in Formvar wire,
along with the company's PTB tone
system and proprietary vibrato.

To be included in Gearin' Up, contact us at james@vintageguitar.com.
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