30 Pedals In 30 Days 2014: Ibanez ES2 Echo Shifter

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Ibanez Es2 Echo Shifter

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Pedals come and pedals go. But, there are some pedals that have enough style that you’ll never want to give it up. The Ibanez ES2 Echo Shifter has that. But, don’t let the pretty looks fool you this thing has plenty of great tones to back it up. For 30 Pedals in 30 Days, TheToneKing.com had a chance to check out the Ibanez ES2 Echo Shifter.

Analog explains both the delay and the look of the ES2. Offering a true analog sound with the flexibility of digital, the ES2 has the best of both worlds. A tap-tempo footswitch, an oscillation switch, feedback control, modulation, and depth controls are all standard on this killer ride.

The delay time jumps from 30ms to 1000ms with a lift of the fader on the front of the box. A Feedback, Mix, and Depth dial all don the top of this piece with two toggles on either side of the fader, switching your oscillation and modulation on/off respectively. At the bottom are two footswitches, one for tap temp and the other for FX.

An all metal enclosure in a classic cream color will remind you of classic stompboxes from the ‘60s and ‘70s, bringing you back to those glory days of Floyd and Zep. Wood sides – Yes, real wood sides – seal the deal with the classic look.

Let’s get back to the tone. That’s what we’re here for, right?

The analog delay definitely has that Gilmouresque tone, and the tap tempo can be used mid-performance, which is usually unheard of in these kind of pedals. Then, there’s the modulation and oscillation. On the low setting, the modulation has a kind of chorus effect. As you dive deeper into it, it can bring you into some really wacky territory.

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The oscillation was particularly cool. It gives you a bit of dirt in the repeats. While your initial attack will remain clean, the repeats get a bit of gain to them. Again adding to the versatility of the pedal.

Ibanez definitely thought outside of the box to build something that you will never want to get rid of. The ES2 Echo Shifter gives you the classic tones that you remember from Zeppelin and Pink Floyd and puts it into a classic look that you’ll want to keep on your pedalboard. From the wood sides, to the slider, Ibanez went in a different direction than we here at TheToneKing.com were expecting. And sometimes, the best direction to go is back to the classics.

 

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