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FDP Forum / Non-Fender Gear Reviews / Strymon Deco

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South Florida

Sep 17th, 2016 03:18 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've always been fascinated with the rig rundowns they do on youtube and Strymon keeps coming up.

So I went ahead and sprung for the Strymon Deco.

The first thing is that buyer beware---the sound you get from pedals is rarely as good as what you hear in the reviews.

But having said once I played around with it after a couple days I was able to dial in a really sweet sound.

Basically the pedal emulates two tape decks and you modulate each side to mix in the tone.

The left channel is mostly a clean channel but you can saturate it and get a natural subtle compressed drive. The right channel is where you dial in some wobble to create chorus or flange. Then there is a blend knob to mix it up.

After a couple days I'm totally sold. i'm thinking with that pedal and another delay pedal you might have all you need for complete gigging tone.

Anyway I give it a two thumbs up or 4 guitar picks or whatever.

Modal Magic

MBJ, Highway Hound.

You Can't Bend It Aussie!
Sep 18th, 2016 01:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

I absolutely love the Deco. The tape distortion side is great for leaving on all the time as a tone enhancer, depending on individual desires. It provides a nice juicy fattening and really sweetens the tone. All the double tracking features are awesome and intuitive because of how the Lag Time switch is designed to be used. Zero through flanging, wow! Amazing tones can be had that I wasn’t aware were possible. Chorus is nothing like digital or bucket brigade technology; it actually sounds like a delay between two tapes, so different from what the brain is used to from regular pedals. Slapback! Never heard it sound so good, seriously. Tape echo: single or double repeats (when 'bounce’ selected). Only up to 500 milliseconds, not overly flexible if this is considered by itself when compared to such pedals as the Carbon Copy but it don't matter considering the overall sounds and what this box is capable of. It is all very sweet and warm sounding.

I quite often use a Carbon Copy after the Deco to use with the flange and chorus but I'm seriously considering buying another one to use together.

My summary: warm old school tones, flange and chorus that are unique and gets away from what one expects from regular effects boxes. Within the limited '50s tones it is very flexible; just learn to use the controls to advantage. Used as a stereo tool it’s a bit of a pain because it requires a dedicated lead and an internal setting change. I Friggin' love it. Early Hendrix tape flange? The Deco is it.

For a comprehensive overview of double tape tracking (including different ways of connecting tape decks) the Strymon website has an awesome overview which helps understanding the logic behind the Deco design. After all, the Deco is designed to emulate the art of old school.

Many thumbs up.

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A Man of Constant Sorrow
Sep 19th, 2016 01:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

I love my Strymon Blue Sky, but didn't care for the El Capistan delay, it wasn't what I was looking for.

The Deco sounds cool, I'll have to try one out. (There's a local indie music store that carries Strymon effects.)

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South Florida

Jan 29th, 2018 10:07 PM   Edit   Profile  

Getting back to this...

Modal is correct. This pedal is 'on' all the time. And it really works with a delay after.

I have a DD-7 with a slight reverse delay to give it a subtle extended tail on the note.

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