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Boss DD-20 Giga Delay Featured

 
The BOSS DD-20 Giga Delay offers more user memory and the longest delay of any effect pedal - up to 23 seconds! Delay time can be quickly set using the push-button knob or via tap tempo. And with a choice of 11 modes - including new "Smooth" and "Twist" delays and sound-on-sound recording - the DD-20 Twin Pedal raises the bar for delay effects.


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Not for a Newbie but very gig-worthy featured

Ease Of Use The title says it all. If your new to delays get a more simple layout than this, it has more features and options than any single button delay. Then again with a little help from the manual, and youtube instrutionals this could be the only delay pedal you need. Pay specific attention to the guitar/line setting. Been gigging with mine for 3 years now and still learn more on it.


Sound I always start with my main guirar IBZ RG 520 with Dimarzio Breeds installed, then go on to my Strat, Les Paul ect. Amps are Vintage fenders and Plexi ri as well as a couple Rivera's and a bogner xtc. Mainly I've used this with my Mesa Subway Rocket for small gigs and it works flawlessly with a very good live sound and 4 possible presets you can dial in almost everything including a Dobro tone with the reverse delay setting.. Not the best sound I've heard in a delay but the most you can get in a delay at this price point..


Reliability I've been gigging with it for over 3 years and have had no problems at all, I got it used and it was missing a knob and wasn't real clean so I'd have to say it's a very reliable unit if you take decent care of it.


Customer Support I did get the missing knob from boss, they were quick and helpful and made it painless by selling it directly to me instead of making me go through a dealer.


Liked about it Versatile,
quick to save settings
easy to dial in a sound that is pretty close to what you are looking for.
more features than you would ever need.


Didn't like you really need a manual for this one because it's like programming a processor at times.
versatility comes at a price the price is complexity for delay newbies.
hard to dial in an exact sound and delay for those of us that are picky and haven't experimented
with many kinds of delays before.


Overall satisfaction:
 
4.0

By ChrisPcritter
Dec 03, 2010
 
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This is THE BOSS delay to have--worth the extra space on the floor. featured

Ease Of Use If you have the patience to take five minutes to read through the manual, the DD-20 Giga-Delay is the best delay BOSS has going. Especially with the MIDI control, it's like having a rack delay at your feet which means you have the best of both worlds--stomp-box simplicity with advanced rack features. Even the more complex features like "Sound-on-Sound" -- which is a basic looper/layering feature is fairly easy to master. Perfectly in line with the BOSS "knobs and switches" model.


Sound I've used the DD-20 in both a MIDI rack and as a stomp box on a pedal board with the rest of the BOSS twin pedals. The sounds that come out of the DD-20 are top-quality and as good as other "studio" units I've heard. The different analog and digital options, coupled with the reverse and "Sound-on-Sound" features make the DD-20 a powerhouse of sound. With this one pedal you can effectively create everything from delays, to chorus effects, to reverbs. Even if you're not using MIDI the DD-20 allows you to store four different delay settings that are accessible via footswitch.


Reliability As with all BOSS pedals the DD-20 is built tough and takes a fair amount of abuse with no problems. I would definitely gig it without a backup.


Customer Support Never dealt with BOSS customer support but they have a great support web site where I've always found patches and relevant information.


Liked about it Advanced rack-quality functions in pedal format.
MIDI-controllable
Sound-on-Sound loop/layer type functionality and lengthy delay times up to 23 seconds!!


Didn't like Takes up two spaces on a pedal board.
Even the 6 "AA" batteries don't last that long


Overall satisfaction:
 
5.0

By racerevlon
Feb 10, 2010
 
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A very versatile digital delay featured

Ease Of Use Boss pedals are known for being fairly straightforward, but the double pedals are somewhat of a different story. This particular pedal operates somewhat like a multi-effects pedal, but all of the effects happen to be in the delay family. There are two foot-switches, the left one turns the pedal on and off and the right scrolls through the current mode and some user defined presets. It is actually very easy to scroll through the different modes, set the BPM, and even create presets. The LCD screen is very easy to see. I would recommend you to read or at least look through the instruction manual, because this pedal is really powerful and has a lot to offer. With that said, it is fairly easy to operate on the first try, and you don't really need to get deep within the pedals feature in order to enjoy it.


Sound My main guitar/ amp setup is a Gibson Les Paul with 490R/ 498T humbuckers through an Egnater Mod 50 with the Bassman and SL2 modules. I play metal and jazz styles. The DD20 is actually the only pedal I leave on all of the time. I like to have a slight bit of delay on all of the time. When I do solo's or single lines, I will change to a more delay heavy preset. I really like this delay because it is extremely versatile and it sounds very nice. I always put my main delay in my FX loop so it is very important for it to work with a Low impedance signal, and to not suck tone. This is one of the only delay pedals I have owned that worked for me in my loop. Boss delays are pretty famous for their sound, and the DD20 is no exception. None of the modes are week, they all sound very good.


Reliability I have never had a problem with this pedal. Boss pedals are known for being very road worthy. I would gig without a backup.


Customer Support Never had to deal with them.


Liked about it Works great in low impedance FX loop
Doesn't suck tone
great Boss delay tone


Didn't like Large footprint
Not the warmest delay pedal out there
kinda pricey (but in my opinion well worth it)


Overall satisfaction:
 
4.0

By Severinsteelsmit
Nov 21, 2009
 
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Rather pricey, but still a good pedal.

Ease Of Use I got this pedal as my first "fancy" delay pedal. I found it rather difficult at first, then I read the manual and got some examples and everything was much easier.


Sound I had a Custom Kramer guitar and an Ibanez RG going into an Ibanez Thermion TN120. I had a lot of fun with the reverse delay. The analog delay didn't seem as awesome as say David Gilmore's delay, but it was still a great sounding delay.


Reliability I played with this pedal for about 4 months on the road. I kept this thing wrapped up and with me, so it never got beat up, but it never quit working on me either.


Customer Support Never had to call.


Liked about it The tape, reverse, and analog delay tones were nice.
Tap feature was awesome and easy to use.
Looping was a good inclusion on this pedal.


Didn't like Confusing to use until you read the manual and then tinker for a while.
Kind of expensive.
Warp feature was fun for a few minutes, but when I used it, most people acted as if their ear drums were exploding. This is even after toning it down a bit.


Overall satisfaction:
 
4.0

By boyd
May 06, 2010
 
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