Seymour Duncan Vapor Trail Analog Delay

All-analog Bucket Brigade Delay Pedal with 15ms to 600ms Delay Time, Wet Channel Insert Loop, True-bypass Design, and Wet/Dry Mix Control
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Robust Delay with Wet Channel Loop

Add a dash, or a gob, of vintage-vibed delay to your sound with Seymour Duncan's Vapor Trail delay pedal. The all-analog design uses the famed bucket brigade chip for a warm, full sound with delay times of up to 600ms. Seymour Duncan also fitted the Vapor Trail with a TRS FX loop that allows you to process your wet signal through additional effects or split the signal to two amps At Sweetwater we're fans of pedals with cool functionality - and the Seymour Duncan Vapor Trail is sure to impress.

BBD delays have a unique sound - here's why

The Seymour Duncan Vapor Trail is driven the infamous BBD chip, which was used in many classic delay pedals. BBD stands for Bucket Brigade Device - which, electronically, you can liken to a queue of firefighters passing buckets of water. Each stage of a BBD chip employs a single capacitor. Like those afore mentioned water buckets, an audio signal is passed from one capacitor to the next within the BBD chip - once per clock step. Slow down the clock and you get a longer delay; speed it up and you get a shorter one. The result is a vintage-sounding delay with its own inimitable sonic signature.

Easily add effects to your wet signal

Beyond the typical delay pedal controls, Seymour Duncan also shoe-horned in a wet channel loop. This loop lets you add effects to your wet signal, like flange and/or distortion, to create cool and unique sounds. You can also use it to feed multi-amp setups, or plug in a volume pedal to control the wet mix on the fly. Of course, the Vapor Trail pedal is true bypass to keep your tone pristine when not in use. If you're looking for a delay pedal on steroids, then you need to check out the Seymour Duncan Vapor Trail!

Seymour Duncan Vapor Trail Delay Guitar Effects Pedal Features:

  • Vintage-sounding, all-analog bucket brigade delay pedal with wet/dry mix
  • Put your wet sound through your favorite pedals or split the signal to two amps with the wet channel loop
  • Dial in precise settings with Mix, Rate, Depth, Delay, and Repeat controls
  • Use a volume pedal to control the wet/dry mix via the effects loop
  • True bypass switching to keep your tone pure when the effect isn't in use
  • Assembled in Santa Barbara, California

Get vintage-vibed delay with the all-analog Seymour Duncan Vapor Trail delay pedal!

Tech Specs

Pedal Type Delay
Maximum Delay Time 0.6 seconds (600ms)
Inputs 1 x Instrument
Outputs 1 x 1/4"
Batteries 1 x 9V
Height 1.45"
Width 2.61"
Depth 4.9"
Weight 0.8 lbs.
Power Supply Included No
Manufacturer Part Number 11900-002

Customer Reviews

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Far ecceeds expectations

I told my sales associate what I was looking for and he suggested I concider the Vapor Trail. It was very good advice. I tried the MXR and a couple others prebiously, but the Seymour Duncan is quiet and smooth in comparison. It has feature I've not explored yet but I'm looking forward to experimenting.

Consistent Quality Service with Superb Tools Equals Awesome!

Never purchased any item there that I was pressured into buying. Always been advised of the pros and cons of the item and if I were to ask I would be informed of another item that would better fit my needs. Once I bought a Avid Rack Eleven and found it was a piece of equipment that was far beyond my experience level and I was refunded the purchase price with no problem what-so-ever! That's awesome. Fast shipping, quality service with knowledgeable staff, can't beat it in my book.
Music background: Guitarist

One of the best pedals ever

This pedal is fantastic. I love everything about it, the design is very attractive, the build feels superb, and the sound is nothing short of heavenly. This is the second Seymour Duncan product that I have purchased (the first was a JB Jr.) and both have lived up to SD's reputation for great products with just flawless attention to detail. While it really doesn't make any difference in tone, let's be honest, looks matter; and this pedal looks SHARP. The combination of the blue lights' color matching perfectly with the very well-done graphics and the very cool aluminum looking outer casing make for a pedal that will definitely add some style to your board. The delays are warm, harmonically rich, with a very pleasant decay as they repeat and combined with the modulation circuit they produce a wonderful blooming, full sound that can even make a tiny 1x8 Fender mustang sound like an amp two or three times the power and size. The warmth provided by this pedal really helps when dealing with solid state amps that tend to be very brittle sounding and really helps modeling amps to sound much much closer to tubes. I have not really liked delay pedals before (particularly digital ones) because to me they sounded just like a stuck record with a very sterile and flat tone to them. The Vapor Trail sounds much less like a broken record and more like a real echo as if your amp was in a cave. This sounds (at least to me) much more pleasing to the ear and really puts new life into any kind of tone you may be working with. The controls are intuitive, feel great and strike the perfect balance between range of effect and sensitivity. If I had one wish for this pedal I wish there were a dedicated on/off switch for the modulation, but turning down the rate and depth gets pretty much the same thing so it's not a very big complaint. To low-budget pedal buyers like me this may seem like a lot of money, but by analog delay standards this is actually very reasonably priced (especially for ones made in the US) and considering what you are getting it is a very good deal. Seriously, this pedal is definitely worth a try no matter what kind of music you play. Give it a shot, you won't be disappointed.
Music background: Hobbyist (occasional gigging)

Seymour Duncan Analog Vapor Trail Delay

Very responsive and easy to adjust. I can make it sound exactly as good as the demo video! The bucket brigade sounds are spectacular .
Music background: Serious guitar player though far from famous!

EXACTLY what I've been looking for for YEARS

Seymour Duncan got this pedal right. REALLY RIGHT! Let me start by saying that I am a massive tone snob who has been through countless analog delays in search of the perfect combination of tone and features. I've tried (and used for many years) the biggest names in analog delay. I had the EHX flagship Deluxe Memory Man on my board for quite some time. I have also played through the diminutive (and widely panned, but really not that bad at all) Memory Toy. I've gone through the seriously overrated (but still quite good) MXR Carbon Copy, Malekko Ekko 616, Maxon/Ibanez AD9, Way Huge Supa Puss, Way Huge Echo Puss, and I even dabbled in digital delay with a Flashback X4 (which is a good multi-purpose delay, but the analog mode does NOT sound like a true analog delay). To make a long story short - I had some kind of issue with ALL of the above that caused me to keep searching for the RIGHT delay for ME. The DMM sounded great, but when use in an effects loop, it's always a battle between the "gain" knob and the "blend" knob to get the level right. The Supa Puss also sounded good, but it had a horrible volume drop when used in an effects loop. The Carbon Copy's repeats sounded good, but it changed my dry sound too much when engaged. The Malekko was pretty close to what I wanted, but the repeats were a bit too gritty when played over a clean tone (sounded great for leads, though). The SD Vapor Trail has NONE of those issues. Zero volume drop. Zero impact on dry signal. Sounds awesome on both clean and overdriven tones. Repeats don't get overly Lo-Fi at the maximum delay setting (like they do on a DMM) - they just get a bit darker. The tone of the repeats is very warm and clean. It's definitely darker than my Deluxe Memory Man - but much cleaner than my Deluxe Memory Boy. No fuzziness on the repeats (but you can make them that way if you use the built-in effects loop feature). The "mix" knob functions EXACTLY like it should. You can easily dial in just a subtle amount of delay, all the way up to repeats that are louder than the dry signal. I cannot overstate just how important the mix knob is to the usability of a pedal...and SO MANY manufacturers get it terribly wrong. On this pedal (as it should on ALL pedals, IMHO) the mix knob controls the volume of the repeats ONLY with ZERO impact on the volume or tone of your dry signal (unlike EHX delays). Thank you, Seymour Duncan! FINALLY somebody got that right! Having the modulation controls on top of the unit is also great, and the modulation in this unit sounds quite good, indeed. The "delay" knob houses a blinking LED that pulses to the tempo of the delay. This is handy in a live situation so you can see the tempo before engaging the effect. All of that adds up to one hell of an analog delay pedal. It's quite obvious that Seymour Duncan really did their homework when they designed this thing. The Vapor Trail is hands-down the best compact (and for my purposes, the best overall) analog delay on the market today. It's absolutely fantastic.
Music background: Semi-Pro musician with 20 years of experience

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Seymour Duncan Vapor Trail Analog Delay

The main attraction of the Vapor Trail may be the ability to blend in modulation, but the delay is excellent on its own. And though the 15 to 600 ms delay range isn't as expansive as what you get from digital units, the Vapor Trail covers classic analog delay textures with ease. ...
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