SMG Review: T-Rex Engineering’s Reptile 2 Delay Pedal

ABOUT T-REX

T-Rex Engineering designs and manufactures effects pedals, power supplies, pedal boards, and switches. Based in Denmark, the company was started in 1996 by self-admitting “tech geeks and music freaks”, Lars Dahl and Sebastian Jensen. Initially the pair aimed to produce the best MIDI gear for guitar to be found anywhere. They were successful and subsequent ventures led to an expanding product line and clientele that boasts worldwide sales.

T-Rex’s effects comprise various flavors of distortion, overdrive, compression, modulation, boost, and delay. A recent release from their delay category includes the second generation of a popular pedal: the Reptile Delay 2.

THE OUTER SHELL

The roasted orange aluminum casing is boxy, measuring about 1-1/2 times the width of what one might consider “standard” size for a pedal. Chicken head knobs control Echo, Level, Repeat, and Time. Smaller dials offer Tone, Speed, and Width as controls for a Flutter effect. Two heavy duty metal footswitches control power on/off and tap tempo. A spring-released Input Gain dial is inset into the right side of the pedal. Rounding out the features are standard 1/4″ input and output jacks, a 9V DC jack, and 9V battery compartment.

REPTILIAN REPEATS

In putting the pedal through its paces, I used a Strat outfitted with a custom neck from Warmoth: fat boatneck profile, jumbo frets, right-hand reverse headstock, vintage Kluson-style tuners – sweet. This went direct to the pedal and into a groovy little 5W Gretsch Electromatic single ended amp – very clean, very warm.

In order to eliminate unwanted distortion caused by an overly hot signal, a knob for input gain adjusts the incoming guitar signal. This is set just shy of clipping as indicated by a red LED. Very cool!

The controls are straightforward and easy to comprehend. Repeat outputs the incoming guitar signal from one repeat to nearly infinity. Time adjusts the duration between repeats from 10 ms to 1 full second. Echo determines the dry/wet mix. Dialed all the way down, the signal is fully dry with no delay coming through. Fully dimed, the signal is all delay – the initial attack is suppressed. Level controls output which affects the entire combined signal. The Tempo button, also known as a tap tempo feature, allows setting the tempo by foot. Tap your foot in time to the song you’re playing – voila! Perfect sync.

In addition to these basic settings, the pedal includes a subsection called Flutter which allows coloring of the delayed output. The Width and Speed controls work in conjunction allowing a range of modulation from subtle chorus-like effects to out of control tape-delay style warbles. Tone gives the sound a softer somewhat muted flavor to a more open and bright feel that maintains a cozy feel and never gets shrill. And you can of course dial these settings down to eliminate the flutter effect, though you still have the benefit of the Tone control which is ever present.

THE FINAL WRAP

The Reptile 2 Delay is a solid pedal that offers the basic functionality you should expect from any delay but with a few added features that give it greater value. The pedal is quiet and aside from the Tone control, nearly transparent. I love the ability to adjust input gain for the best possible signal coming into the pedal. The range covered by the controls is fairly broad, offering everything from subtle to over-the-top, allowing several possibilities for dialing in your desired effect to taste.

STREET PRICE – $279

Dan Coplan is senior staff writer at SMG. Dan is a Los Angeles based cinematographer and self-admitting guitar junkie. Email: dancoplan@sharemyguitar.com

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