Ever since the tail end of the 1970s, with their release of classics such as the TS808 Overdrive Pro, Ibanez has put out many pedals. All the way back to that first series, the basic delays didn’t change much. That being said, with the birth of digital delays many companies tried something new with their pedals, Ibanez did not!
If you go looking for it, you’ll find a lot of debate online about which Delay type has the best sound. Some people will list off their favourite guitarists and which ones they use, others will speak from personal experience, and a few will even combine both analog and digital for the best of both world. It’s worth noting that a lot of this debate is subjective as one person’s “fuzzy background noise” will be another’s “classic rock sound”, but, with that in mind, we thought we’d weigh in on the debate with a few key points about why the Ibanez DL10 is worth buying.
Released in 1989, the Ibanez DL10 is an hidden gem of a pedal. Perhaps most famously used by Stuart Braithwaite of Mogwai, the DL10 created one of the warmest sounding digital delay tones. Put simply, this is a pedal for a guitarist looking to enhance their delay tones, while still hearing them.
In many ways, the Ibanez DL10 is an answer to BOSS’s DD-3. Where the DD-3goes all in with offering multiple max delay times the DL10 keeps things simple and familiar. The DD-3 goes for ultra pristine repeats, the DL10 warms up the repeats just enough to add musicality. A vintage DD-3 can cost quite a lot, a vintage DL10 can still be found at great prices. Where the DD-3 has been re-issued and likely millions of units made, the DL10 is relatively rare.