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VG APPROVED GEAR

BOXES OF ROCK
Carl Martin's Red Repeat Delay
Echo, Greg Howe's Lick Box

A

fter hearing - and taking to heart -
feedback from players, Carl Martin
recently upgraded its Red Repeat Delay Echo
by adding tap tempo and modulation functions. The former allows players to tap-in
desired tempos for specific songs, while the
latter, along with the use of the Depth and
Speed mini-pots, allows players to control
the quality of echoed notes to imitate the
complexities of vintage tape echoes. The
additions give the Red Repeat Delay Echo
flexibility to create anything from contemporary repeats to old-timey slapback.
The Red Repeat has an Echo knob to
control slap-back, a Time knob to control
the distance between original note and the
echoed note (0 to 600 milliseconds), and
a Repeat knob to control the number of
echoes. The Tone knob controls the EQ, and
the Manual Time switch enables the Tap
Tempo. It powers with a nine-volt adapter.
Settings are easy to dial and offer everything from simple repeats for thickening
tone to super-delayed shenanigans that
would leave Brian May scratching his
head. It's compact and solid, and the knob
settings are easy to see on
dim stages. The sounds are
upscale and substantive, and
the additional switches affect
the quality of your signal
trail to yield everything
from pristine '80s repeats
a la Andy Summers to the
cavernous slapback echoes
of Brian Setzer.
Funk fusioneer Greg Howe
travels the world to make a
living playing agile licks and
wide intervals. He needed
a pedal small enough to fit
in his carry-on bag but that
retained his sonic persona
when played through a different backline night after
night.
Carl Martin rose to the challenge with the Greg Howe's
Lick Box, a pedal with three
channels that offer Boost,
Crunch, and High Gain. The

Price: $168 (Red Repeat) and
$266 (Greg Howe's)
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channels work independently or in
combination, and the Tone knobs
- Crunch and High Gain - coerce
even the most unpleasant amp to a
player's will. From 12 dB of sparkling
boost to mid-focused saturated
distortion, the Greg Howe's Lick
Box works a number of musical
settings - from gritty Americana
to heavy-duty rock.
Plugged into an old Pro Reverb,
the Crunch channel was smoky with a
beefy midrange and crispy bite. The Tone
knobs offered a usable range of colors; sweet
spots begin at around 1 o'clock and will
indulge the Allman Brothers blues rocker
within. The High Gain channel produces
cranked-up Satriani-meets-Bonamassa
with copious harmonics, sustain, and
notes that truly sing. It's still too smooth

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for contemporary metal, but engaging the
Crunch and High Gain channels together
allow for serious damage.
The channels can also be tweaked in tandem, balancing gain stages while adjusting
levels of saturation and EQ to achieve a rich
distortion that just might compel promoters
to fly you around the world - just like Greg
Howe. - Oscar Jordan


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