A few months back I did a review of the Echosex 2 from the Italian company Gurus Amps. It sounded heavenly and it’s become a favourite of many Gilmour fans and fans of vintage analog echo. Gurus has expanded the design to get even closer to those old Italian units. Here’s my review of their brand new Echosex 2 T7E.
I love echo and analog delay. One of my very first delay pedals was a EHX Deluxe Memory Man. I used it for years and it set the standard for what I’m looking for. Warm, lush repeats and a bit of that quirkiness and mojo. It had everything.
Gurus’ Echosex came close. So much so that I retired my old Memory Man and it’s now in safe storage.
The biggest difference between the Echosex 2 and the new T7E is its features. The overall tone is the same. It’s not as pristine and clean as you’d expect from a Binson type echo but perhaps somewhere between a Memory Man and Binson.
Whereas the Echosex 2 was based on a scaled down single head type of echo, the T7E offer the full package, including a 12AU7B tube, class A preamp, super sweet musical modulation, selector switch for echo, repeat and swell and four buttons for selecting the individual heads, either alone or in combination. I won’t go into all the details. You’ll find them on gurusamps.com.
The T7E is huge and probably not something you’d want on your pedalboard although it does have the setup for it. It feels natural to treat this like those old echo units and either keep it on a stand or on top of the amp. It’s obviously also a superb outboard studio unit.
It’s pricy but again, this is not your typical mass-produced echo pedal. This is the modern alternative to a Binson and if you’re considering buying the real deal but don’t want the hassle of maintenance and hunting down parts, the T7E is probably your best choice.
It has the look and feel of a Binson and although there are no mechanical moving parts it sure has some of that slightly unpredictable mood. It’s not a pristine digital delay but rather a faithful recreation of a unit from an era long gone.
Tonewise the T7E provides anything from classic slap-back to up to 740ms delay. It has single head repeats, which is your typical echo, and the multiple head combinations allow all sorts of musical textures. The swell mode creates a reverb-like echo similar to what David Gilmour used to create the intro on Time.
The input control allow a bit of pre-gain boost which is great for adding a bit of bite to your clean tone, while the Length of Swell control, or the feedback, provides everything from short repeats to wild self-oscillation.
My only concern is that I’d wish there was a bit more definition in the repeats. It can be hard to hear all the details in some of the head combinations and the swell mode. Other than that I really don’t have any complaints.
I’ve had a lot of fun with this thing and it’s definitely one of those pedals you just want to leave on for all of your tones!