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Boss DD-3 Digital Delay Pedal   

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With three delay-time modes, the Boss DD-3 Digital Delay Pedal can handle all your performance needs. Features delay times that range from 12-1/2 to ...Read More

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From slapback to oceans of echo.

With three delay-time modes, the Boss DD-3 Digital Delay Pedal can handle all your performance needs. Features delay times that range from 12-1/2 to 800ms. Produces endless repeats on demand in Hold mode. Comes with a 5-year warranty.


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BossDD-3 Digital Delay Pedal
 
4.5

(based on 89 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (69)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

77%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (9)
  • Compact (8)
  • Responsive (8)
  • Versatile (7)
  • Good selection of effects (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (9)
  • Home studio (7)
  • Professional recording (7)
  • Amateur recording (6)
  • Outdoor events / games (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Trying to find a delay for my guitar

It gives me a pure guitar sound and makes the guitar sound better than ever before
I bought a delay for my guitar 27 years ago, it was a Boss DM-3,...Read complete review

It gives me a pure guitar sound and makes the guitar sound better than ever before
I bought a delay for my guitar 27 years ago, it was a Boss DM-3, it went out on me a couple of months ago and could not be fixed. I tried 3 different ones from Musicians Friend, I tried the DD-3 twice and it came close to being what I was looking for, after working with it a while I started getting the sound I was looking for, It sounded so good I have to set my guitar and amp every day and play it, I am 78 years old and don't play the clubs anymore but this delay gives me a better sound than the DM-3 I had for 27 years,
It is well made and will last from now on.
It is well worth the money I paid

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

BossDD-3

I've owned 2 of these units in as many months. The first one performed flawlessly for approx. 1 week when the level knob decided to quit working properly(i.e. not at all)....Read complete review

I've owned 2 of these units in as many months. The first one performed flawlessly for approx. 1 week when the level knob decided to quit working properly(i.e. not at all). I returned it and was promtly sent a replacement. The second unit performed horribly right out of the box with all sorts of extraneous noises, distortion etc. I tried guitar-->DD-3-->amp, and I also used the effects loop on the amp. This unit was obviously defective as well. I returned it for a refund and am now finished with the BossDD-3. I've purchased the tc electronics Nova Delay but haven't recieved it yet, probably tomorrow. I'll review it when I get it.

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5.0

Awesome product. Would not want to perform without one,

By Fred

from Kansas City

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Boss DD-3 Digital Delay Pedal:

    Works best with 110v converter.

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    5.0

    Just like I remembered.

    By Rob E.

    from Tulare, Ca

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Boss DD-3 Digital Delay Pedal:

      Love it. Just like I remembered. Harder to dial in than my Spider III, but that's the whole point.

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      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      This is one very Sterile delay

      By Voodoo Drive In

      from Narragansett, RI

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      Pros

        Cons

        • Poor Sound Quality

        Best Uses

          Comments about Boss DD-3 Digital Delay Pedal:

          I have a Boss DD2 from the early 80's and thought maybe they improved on it. I could not be more wrong. For starters unlike the DD2, this one kills the tone in your chain. In addition the actual delay is extremely sterile and lifeless, I actually cringed when I A/B them. Find a DD2 if you can!

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          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Boss DD3: my personal SETTINGS /SAMPLES

          By LeloCraveiro

          from São Paulo, SP - Brazil

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Boss DD-3 Digital Delay Pedal:

            This is a great delay pedal. To help those who have some initial doubts, I have created videos that go straight to the point and demonstrate adjustments to familiar songs and creative ways to use this pedal and thereby enable them to learn how best to apply this effect.
            My personal settings and samples for use this delay:

            enjoy!

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QspYe6pJ7WM

            and

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8-yo8fhFno

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Nice little delay

            By sdf

            from Rockford, IL

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            Pros

            • Clear Repeats
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Precise Delays
            • Responsive

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Performances

              Comments about Boss DD-3 Digital Delay Pedal:

              This is a classic digital delay from Boss that gives clear and precise repeats if that is what you are looking for. I have an analog delay as well, and use that for certain things. But for some music, the clarity of a digital delay can't be beat.

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              (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Not very robust

              By DT

              from Atlanta

              Pros

                Cons

                • Breaks Easily
                • Broke After 3 Months

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Boss DD-3 Digital Delay Pedal:

                  I bought this for use primarily in my studio and light stage use. It broke after just 3 months. It has a nice sound and effects, but needs to be more robust. Not worth the high price.

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                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Definately Not "Trash"

                  By Tubehed

                  from Westminster, CA

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                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Excellent Sound Quality
                  • Good Selection Of Effects
                  • Responsive
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Boss DD-3 Digital Delay Pedal:

                      In response to another review here, all the "Mode" function on this pedal does is select the length of the delay times. If you don't care for the sound of the DD-3 that's one thing. But, if that's the case, it isn't because of the Mode knob.

                      Call me crazy, but I actually like to have some options when it comes to delay times. This is especially true with digital delays, which typically offer longer repeats than analog units.

                      I love tape and old-school BBD analog delay tones, but when I want more clarity, precision and less coloration, I stomp on my DD-3. It ain't for everyone, but it ain't trash, either.

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                      (2 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      1.0

                      Trash

                      By Two Foot Daddy

                      from Southern Oregon

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                      Pros

                        Cons

                        • Limited Selection Of Effects
                        • Not Responsive
                        • Poor Sound Quality

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Boss DD-3 Digital Delay Pedal:

                          A delay needs three controls, delay volume, delay time and number of repeats. That's it. This pedal has those three controls but unfortunately it also has a "mode" control which destroys any hope of getting a clean delay sound. My Epiphone Joe Pass guitar sounded like it was in a tin can. There seems to be a maddening preoccupation by manufacturers with modeling sound.

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                          5.0

                          Still one of the best delay pedals

                          By GuitarJem

                          from Pa

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                          Pros

                          • Compact Design
                          • Excellent Sound Quality
                          • Good Selection Of Effects
                          • Responsive
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Events
                            • Home Studio
                            • Performances
                            • Professional Recording

                            Comments about Boss DD-3 Digital Delay Pedal:

                            I have this pedal now for ten years and it has never failed me. It's built like a brick and does everything from reverb like fx to U2 style delay. I use some delay to boost my leads and it sounds great clean or dirty. Many pros still use the dd-3 on their boards and for good reason... it's reliable and sounds great. One of boss best pedals!

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                            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Reliable Boss Product

                            By Patt

                            from Ocala Fl

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                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • All Good
                            • Compact Design
                            • Excellent Sound Quality
                            • Good Selection Of Effects

                            Cons

                            • None

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Events
                            • Home Studio
                            • Performances
                            • Professional Recording

                            Comments about Boss DD-3 Digital Delay Pedal:

                            This is my second Boss delay, the first one died on me after 23 years of constant use. So I would say that these Boss products are not bad. It is a digital delay that can give you pretty much any amount of time that you need & no noise. I like equipment that I can use & not have to outwit, so I went for the DD-3. It does what it is supposed to & that is what I need. 5 Stars

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