Fulltone Custom Shop Tube Tape Echo Pedal

Tube-powered Tape Echo with Handwired Audio Path, 3 Stereo Out Modes, Custom Tape Heads, and Custom Tape Cartridge
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Real Tube Tape Echo in a Reliable, Compact Package!

The Fulltone Tube Tape Echo gives you the real deal! No modeling or EQ-curve-and-modulation-based simulation here...this is authentic tape echo, complete with 12AX7 and 12AT7 tubes. The Tube Tape Echo uses an efficent, quiet, and compact DC motor to run its Fulltone ETC-1 tape cartridge for rich, shimmering tape echo in a brand-new unit that's built to last. You get a handwired audio path, plus three stereo modes for great 3D tones onstage or in the studio. If you ever wanted to hear the magic of true tape echo the way it was intended, you've got to hear the Tube Tape Echo!

Fulltone Tube Tape Echo Guitar Effect at a Glance:
  • The pinnacle of echo
  • Delay time
  • Tubes sound better

The pinnacle of echo
If you've ever played through a "healthy" Echoplex tape echo unit, you know that no delay (rackmount or pedal, analog or digital) can replicate its natural, warm, and shimmery tones. The downside? They could be noisy and unreliable. But now the folks at Fulltone come to the rescue with the Tube Tape Echo! It's dead-quiet, and they've completely re-vamped the electronics, the tape transport path, and even the tape cartridge itself! Now you can hit the stage or make tracks with authentic tape echo without fear!

Delay time
The Tube Tape Echo provides effects ranging from a quick slapback to over two seconds of delay. It includes a top panel-mounted dual speed toggle switch to choose between Hi-Speed and Lo-Speed operation. Hi-Speed gets you lots of highs, less bass, and a True Repeat without the pitch variation of the old Echoplex. Lo-Speed is warm, with lots of bass, less highs, and a slight "warble" that imparts a natural chorus effect made popular by artists such as Eric Johnson.

Tubes sound better
Fulltone uses real 12AX7 tubes for the Tube Tape Echo's Record and Playback functions (plus a 12AT7 in the Erase/Bias section), not to mention a handwired audio path. Why? Because it sounds better, and you'll know the difference immediately. The motors are different, too: you won't find those big, noisy AC units of yesteryear in this model; the servo-controlled high-torque DC motor used in the Tube Tape Echo is far more stable, plus, it's only one-fourth the size! Add proprietary tape heads for stellar sound quality, a Fulltone ETC-1 tape cartridge (made to last!), and a selection of three Stereo Out modes, and you've got yourself a modern classic echo unit!

Fulltone Tube Tape Echo Guitar Effect Features:
  • 1 x 12AX7 Tube for Record, 1 x 12AX7 for Playback, 1 x 12Au7 for the erase section
  • Mono and stereo outputs with three distinct stereo image choices
  • DC on the tube filaments for no-hum operation
  • Torroidal transformer for low EMF, quiet operation
  • Brushless/3 phase DC servo motor for reliable, quiet tape transport
  • Blushless DC fan to keep the whole thing running cool
  • Nickel-plated steel with all stainless-steel hardware, every bolt and spacer
  • Super-Tough Baltic birch-ply cabinet with blonde Tolex covering
  • Proprietary erase, record, and playback heads designed for long life
  • All handwired point-to-point audio pathway
  • All handmade in the U.S.
  • 2-speed operation (with trimmer adjustment) for a choice between hi-fi or warm vintage sounds
  • Adjustable tube-powered volume control for up to 25dB volume-boost
  • Tone control affecting the repeats only
  • Echo Tape Cartridge (ETC-1) loaded with Mastering quality tape and designed to last many months
  • True-bypass toggle switch for setting the right volume for your rig
  • 1/4" jack for "Echo Cancel" allowing you to keep the TTE's tube preamp in the signal path

Why buy Fulltone?
Fulltone was founded in 1991 by session guitarist, composer, performer, and electronic tinkerer Michael Fuller. His pedals were born out of love for music and tone, as well as the frustration at the inconsistencies and the often fragile nature of vintage pedals. Fulltone pedals are 100% handmade in Southern California using the finest components, including custom-made 22-gauge copper wire with no tin coating, Fulltone-designed 3PDT switches, and custom-made brass shaft pots, mounted using Fulltone's proprietary "thru-PCB" method. The end result: Fulltone pedals are built to last and sound amazing.

Additional Media

Tube Tape Echo - Standard Version User Manual

Tech Specs

Pedal Type Analog Tape Delay
Maximum Delay Time 2 seconds (2000ms)
Inputs 1 x Instrument
Outputs 2 x 1/4"
Height 8.5"
Width 11.75"
Depth 10.5"
Weight 15 lbs.
Power Supply Included Yes
Manufacturer Part Number TTE

Customer Reviews

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Without a doubt, this is the best money I've ever spent on a guitar effect. I don't even want to estimate how much I've spent on pedals and other nonsense over the years...but it's all garbage compared to this. Undoubtedly the best echo that money can buy, barring some ridiculously priced vintage stuff. This is the real deal, plain and simple.

just like I remember-but better

if you have never had the opportunity to play through one of these or an original Echoplex, you will be delighted. It "brings the sound together" in an almost indefinable way. it truly shames all digital delays.

Nothing can compare

This is the go to delay, it warm and fat and unique. I love it and glad I have it. There;s a reason other pedals try to copy this sound. No kidding, this is the best.
Music background: Been playing guitar since 1976

Fulltone Tube tape Echo

I have owned many old Echoplexes and loved them all! I really missed the sound of one just sitting between the Guitar & Amp, So after playing other delays for 20 years, I bought this "One" In hopes of hearing that shimmer and warmth of a tape Echo. Well I have now owned the Fulltone TTE for over 6 years now and have nothing but nice things to say about it's durability, Quiet running, and Beautiful Haunting Echo, That only Tubes and tape can duplicate. This Machine is bullet proof and built to last for a lifetime, In Stereo it blooms! Very user friendly and easy to adjust the amount of Echo in your signal, with 3 stereo out modes or mono it just sounds incredible! also the tape cartridge is built to last much longer than the old Echoplex tape did. Highly recommended!
Music background: Guitar player

Truly Ace

If you've never used a tape echo you've got to hear one to appreciate it. They have an incredibly wet sound that no other kind of delay effect creates. The fact that this one has an all tube signal path makes it even more unique and adds to the life-like, 3-D playback. These are pricey but you just arent going to find a pile of them laying around used, and given their high quality,high value construction cost is not really that high ( Tube powered stereo amplifiers are 3-5 times this much). Great for the intended electric guitar mission, but this could also be used in making techno music, or for sound processing for film or theatre projects etc., get these while they are still being made,. We all took this kind of stuff granted once and that was a lifetime ago, now.
Music background: Longtime gadget user
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