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Strymon TimeLine – Still King Of The Delay Pedals?

Published 13 Nov 2020

Nearing its 10th birthday, we compare Strymon's genre-defining stompbox delay with our favourite contenders

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We think we just heard a cat among some pigeons! Let us begin by asking who proclaimed the TimeLine as king in the first place, before moving on to discuss the merits of such a mega machine compared with simpler, more humble delays.
Regular viewers of TPS will know that there really are no answers, only better questions. So for anyone looking for a straight a simple 'which is best?' conclusion, this behemoth of a show should at least shine some light down the path of a way forwards.
Short story, there is no best, and there is definitely no king. All there is, is what suits your needs and tastes.

We greatly look forward to reading the didactic statements of certainty in the comments from everyone who is annoyed we didn't pick or feature their favourite pedal. For those of you already more enlightened, we hope this video will furnish you with a better question or two. We are surely still seeking them, and always will be!

Enjoy the episode!

Pedals & stuff in this episode…

• TheGigRig Three2One

• Strymon Timeline
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• Empress Echo System
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• Free The Tone FF-1Y Future Factory RF Phase Modulated Delay
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• Boss DD-500 Digital Delay
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• TC Electronic Flashback 2 X4
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• Analog Man modded Maxon OD-9 with Bad Bob Boost

• Keeley D&M Drive (Label Maker Edition) - Links to normal version, same circuit
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• TheGigRig G3

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Interesting bits and go-to sections…
Intro playing: 00:00
What are we doing today? 01:35
What about the DL-4: 04:04
Why choose these four?: 06:25
Rhett Shull: 09:27
Rabea Massaad: 10:45
Andy Timmons: 12:17
TimeLine ICE engine: 15:14
Overview / warm analogue delay?: 17:45
TimeLine: 18:15
Echo System: 18:45
DD-500 overview: 21:35
Future Factory overview: 30:45
Four sounds back to back: 39:40
TimeLine party tricks: 43:47
EchoSystem party tricks: 46:17
Future Factory party tricks: 57:26
DD-500 party tricks: 57:26
The right balance of features?: 1:03:40
Final choices?: 1:07:30
Prices: 1:08:25
Cheaper – TC Flashback x 4: 1:09:58
Closing thoughts: 1:18:15

Guitars in this episode:
• 1961 Fender Stratocaster - no video yet
• Fender Custom Shop ’52 Telecaster – Dan’s video at

Amps in this episode
• Tone King Imperial MkII & 112 cab
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USA: Head:

• Fender ’65 Deluxe Reverb
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