Strymon El Capistan

Delay pedal

  • Faithful replica of a real tape echo
  • With Time control, Mix control, Tape control, Repeat control, Wow and Flutter control, Tap and Bypass Switch
  • 24 Bit / 96 kHz digital converters with 115 dB SNR
  • Metal housing
  • Incl. 9V power supply
  • Made in USA
  • Corresponding foot switch: Article Nr 313984 (not included)
  • Corresponding Expression Pedal: Article Nr 195660 (not included)
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  • Blues
  • Delay
  • Piano

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Analogico No
tap feature Yes
Battery Operation No
PSU included Yes
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It's like travelling through the soundtrack of a 70's Sci Fi film
McCaldin, 19.08.2014
This unit has not only changed my overall guitar sound but the way i play as well.
It is feature rich and extremely versatile. Aside from Time, repeats and Mix, the "tape age" dial controls the tone allowing for bright digital delay sounds to very dark/warm analogue delay while the wow & flutter dial allows you to recreate the deliciously manky sound of a worn and loose tape. The tape head switch gives the option to select between fixed(16th, 8th, and 4th notes), multi(creates the sound of using different combinations of tape heads:1+2,1+3,2+3 - I understand only vaguely how this is working but it sounds great and quite different from the fixed mode), and Single. I haven't used the Single option much but the "C" setting provides a loop function; tap to start the loop tap again to start a second loop, hold down to clear the loop. I found this to be quite messy when performing but it does allow you to harmonize with yourself quite nicely and i can accede to the messiness being down to unfamiliarity with the unit.
There is a second set of controls that are accessed by holding down both footswitches; the time dial controls the units reverb feature in this setting. I haven't used many of the other hidden controls yet but will no doubt experiment some more in the future.
If i lost this i would seek counselling and, when i had dealt with the loss, buy another one. If it was stolen i would form a vigilant death squad to get it back.
If i had an underground bunker stocked with provisions to weather the Apocalypse the El Capistan would be the third thing to go into the supply cache; after my guitar and amp and before water.
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Nearest tape delay you can buy.
Stephen662, 23.02.2020
If you want a tape delay there are a couple of options... the real deal or this. This is zero hassle. Tape is a nightmare. Believe me I had a Space Echo, a Watkins CopyCat and way back a unit that used a small 'cassette' type tape, who's name I can't remember, and probably just as well! It was dire.

With the El Capistan you can get some super lush sounds. All completely tailored to what you need. And no repairs or tape requirements. It is a joy.

I'm personally using it to feed into a Strymon Bluesky to get drifty ambient tones and sound on sound loops - a bit like Frippertronics.

The standard delays are great though and very versatile - but I am a fan of the long delays available with the sound on sound feature: up to 20 seconds before the repeats come back, slightly or radically degraded. Sweet and rocks my boat.

Overall, top quality product with no compromises in engineering. Solid. Gig worthy and ready.
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A very good product with a remark
Davgo, 15.07.2020
This product is for sure great in all aspects BUT...
The sound remains a bit cold overall in my opinion. Maybe it has to do with the internal eq of this pedal. I play mainly Jazz related music and the sound I am able to obtain so far is more fitting a more modern-jazz/ contemporary sound. It sounds good on my ES-335 in that context but on my hollow-body Sadowsky guitar it doesn't do favor to the guitar.
I have used several similar compatible pedals over the years and could somehow get a more warm sound out of them. I am still looking for that 'sweet spot' after 1 year and haven't found it yet.
I'd say that this is perfect for a studio musician. If you are looking to add some warmth to your personal sound, I'd compare this pedal with other products.
I rate it 5 stars because of it's 'perfection' but if I was the manufacturer, I'd look for some options to warm up the sound, to make it suitable for a wider range of guitars.
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Brilliant pedal, unbelievable sound
16.05.2014
Probably the best delay pedal I have ever used. I used one in the studio last year and was really impressed by a) the range of sounds you can get out of it and b) the overall sound quality, which is amazing, thanks to an incredibly powerful processor, which Strymon seem to use in most of their pedals, to do one thing really well. I just got one for gigging, and the compact design makes it easy to fit on any board.

The tape age/crinkle controls let you dial in anything from a pristine digital repeats to a degraded/in need of service atmospheric delay sound. The El Capistan is ideal if you want to create ambient/highly textured sounds. You can make it sound more like a reverb than a delay, and it actually has a built in spring reverb setting, which is one of the secondary functions that every dial has, accessed by holding down both foot switches while turning the dial. Every setting is very reactive, yet refined thanks to the high sound quality.

So many sound possibilities for a fairly simple interface. Best delay ever! Worth the cost, you really get a lot of quality for your money.
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