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A lot of pedal for a boyish price.

The Electro-Harmonix Memory Boy is a smooth analog delay that takes its heritage from the 1970s Memory Man and the legendary Deluxe Memory Man. The Memory Boy uses the Deluxe Memory Man as a base, expanding upon it with additional modulation features and an optional expression pedal input for external control over delay time or modulation rate.

Memory Boy features a 550ms delay time, allowing you to explore limitless textures. A three-way toggle switch lets you add in vibrato or chorus, or control the delay time with an external expression pedal.

Since the early 1970's, Electro-Harmonix has been designing analog delays featured on some of the greatest recordings and used by iconic musicians throughout the world. From the original Memory Man guitar pedal to the Deluxe Memory Man, still available today, EHX delay pedals are desired instruments for the organic tones that deliver textures that define quality.

FEATURES
  • All analog delay with Feedback
  • Up to 550ms delay time
  • Selectable Chorus or Vibrato modulations rates
  • Choose between triangle or square modulation waveforms
  • Expression pedal control of delay time or modulation rate (expression pedal extends the range of modulation rate)
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Electro-HarmonixMemory Boy Delay Guitar Effects Pedal
 
3.9

(based on 21 reviews)

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Someone Else's Trash Is My Treasure!

A buddy gave this to pedal to me, citing "awful and strange delay noises" as the cause for why he was getting rid of it. He said that if I...Read complete review

A buddy gave this to pedal to me, citing "awful and strange delay noises" as the cause for why he was getting rid of it. He said that if I could "fix it", I could have it or offload it, etc.

After testing it out, I think my friend just didn't understand what this pedal does, and that he misunderstood the nature and character of the modulation effects.

I'll start simply with the delay. As others have noted, this pedal sounds dark. Yup. Absolutely. Don't ever change that, because that's a GOOD thing. Actually it's neither good nor bad. It's just the nature of analog delay, and it's what you use it for. It's NOT a digital delay, so it will naturally darken your tone a bit. Dude, a good analog delay is so smooth and dreamy, and naturally un-bright. But if you don't like that, then move along to a digital delay. It's okay to do that...it's your tone and your rig, meant for your needs. But I love it, and it's great in so many applications. So vintage when you need it to be, and so ambient when you need that too...and BOTH, if that's what you're doing.

The delay is only around 500ms or so (I believe), so you need to know that up front. Again, this is neither good nor bad in and of itself. It just IS. But it takes this pedal out of the "jack of all trades" pedal. That's why there are DL-4s, TimeFactors, TimeLines, and a whole plethora of digital multi-delay units. But this is not that. If you want those other things, then you're going to need to spend more money. Bottom line.

As for the modulation. Dude...the Chorus has a lush detuning and tape warble. The Vibrato can give you some Leslie-esque vibe and it can also be subtle. Most of the normal mod sounds you'll want or need are somewhere at or before 9 o'clock on the Rate dial. It's pretty sensitive, IMO. [[I like the triangle/square wave selection, but I'll confess that I haven't dove too much into the major differences in their dynamics and scope beyond just a tertiary glance.]] When you go past a Rate setting of 9 o'clock on the dial (earlier, on the square wave setting with my particular unit), then you start getting into random tone generation territory. Oh, buddy, do you ever! There's a lot of brilliant noise making to be had in that place! Paired with a fuzz set to "destroy" and a loud band mix, it's probably too awesome for mere words lol. It's definitely got "8-bit synth" sounds all over it lol. And I think THAT'S what my buddy encountered and thought was a "broken" pedal. He just didn't know what an analog delay - or even specifically an EHX Memory Man (an iconic delay in it's own right...so iconic, that the DL-4 specifically models it!) - is and does. So he got rid of it.

His trash is DEFINITELY my treasure, though! And I absolutely intend to let him know!

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Feature-packed little pedal

This pedal may not meet all your echo and delay needs, but it does certain effects very well. It has numerous options and controls. It is quite good for short rockabilly/surf echo....Read complete review

This pedal may not meet all your echo and delay needs, but it does certain effects very well. It has numerous options and controls. It is quite good for short rockabilly/surf echo. At the other end of the scale you can get some otherworldly spacey sounds if you crank up the feedback, similar to an old-fashioned tape echo. But for certain longer delays it does not sound so good, causing the sound to deteriorate considerably. You would get a cleaner effect from a digitial delay, I think. The chorus effect is reasonable as long as you don't set it up too high, though not as warm as you may get from a dedicated chorus pedal. The sound gets a little "tinny." The vibrato effect may be fun, but doesn't seem particularly useful in most cases. I'm not sure why the chorus/vibrato effects use either a square or a sawtooth wave -- it seems to me a sine wave would be more useful. Build quality is good. All in all, it is a nice pedal, with limitations.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Someone Else's Trash Is My Treasure!

By vii

from Toledo, OH

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Electro-Harmonix Memory Boy Delay Guitar Effects Pedal:

    A buddy gave this to pedal to me, citing "awful and strange delay noises" as the cause for why he was getting rid of it. He said that if I could "fix it", I could have it or offload it, etc.

    After testing it out, I think my friend just didn't understand what this pedal does, and that he misunderstood the nature and character of the modulation effects.

    I'll start simply with the delay. As others have noted, this pedal sounds dark. Yup. Absolutely. Don't ever change that, because that's a GOOD thing. Actually it's neither good nor bad. It's just the nature of analog delay, and it's what you use it for. It's NOT a digital delay, so it will naturally darken your tone a bit. Dude, a good analog delay is so smooth and dreamy, and naturally un-bright. But if you don't like that, then move along to a digital delay. It's okay to do that...it's your tone and your rig, meant for your needs. But I love it, and it's great in so many applications. So vintage when you need it to be, and so ambient when you need that too...and BOTH, if that's what you're doing.

    The delay is only around 500ms or so (I believe), so you need to know that up front. Again, this is neither good nor bad in and of itself. It just IS. But it takes this pedal out of the "jack of all trades" pedal. That's why there are DL-4s, TimeFactors, TimeLines, and a whole plethora of digital multi-delay units. But this is not that. If you want those other things, then you're going to need to spend more money. Bottom line.

    As for the modulation. Dude...the Chorus has a lush detuning and tape warble. The Vibrato can give you some Leslie-esque vibe and it can also be subtle. Most of the normal mod sounds you'll want or need are somewhere at or before 9 o'clock on the Rate dial. It's pretty sensitive, IMO. [[I like the triangle/square wave selection, but I'll confess that I haven't dove too much into the major differences in their dynamics and scope beyond just a tertiary glance.]] When you go past a Rate setting of 9 o'clock on the dial (earlier, on the square wave setting with my particular unit), then you start getting into random tone generation territory. Oh, buddy, do you ever! There's a lot of brilliant noise making to be had in that place! Paired with a fuzz set to "destroy" and a loud band mix, it's probably too awesome for mere words lol. It's definitely got "8-bit synth" sounds all over it lol. And I think THAT'S what my buddy encountered and thought was a "broken" pedal. He just didn't know what an analog delay - or even specifically an EHX Memory Man (an iconic delay in it's own right...so iconic, that the DL-4 specifically models it!) - is and does. So he got rid of it.

    His trash is DEFINITELY my treasure, though! And I absolutely intend to let him know!

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    4.0

    Stripped Down but Useful

    By Mike

    from Portland, OR

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Good modulation options
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Responsive

    Cons

    • Limited Selection Of Effects

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Electro-Harmonix Memory Boy Delay Guitar Effects Pedal:

    This is the stripped-down version of the larger Memory Boy. I was on a budget, which was why I chose this over the larger version (as well as the full Memory Man). I'm using it as a tertiary delay, strictly for textural uses. What it does, it does very well. The modulation options are really cool, ranging from non-existant to completely absurd, with a lot of control. In conjunction with an expression pedal, you can do some fun stuff with it (which can control delay time as well as modulation amount). I wouldn't recommend this as a primary delay, mostly because it lacks a tap tempo (available on the larger version), but for texture, it does great. My only complaint is that the ring-mod-like sound you get at very slow delay times (on just the repeats) disappears at faster times, which is a bummer as it's a really great effect.

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    4.0

    Not Quite a Man Yet

    Comments about Electro-Harmonix Memory Boy Delay Guitar Effects Pedal:

    I took this pedal home after comparing it with a carbon copy. I liked the overall warn analog tone of the delays and the modulation made it possible to do all kinds of crazy things. I liked being able to dial in a nice chorus sound, a tape-like warbel, a sort of auto wammy and way beyond. None of that was possible with the fixed mod setting of the carbon copy. Once I took it home though I started noticing the pedal's shortcomings that really limit this pedal's effectiveness.

    The biggest thing for me was it's very short delay time. Anything before 12 o'clock on the delay dial is slap-back style delay and dialing in longer times gets fairly difficult. To have longer delays in time with most music is a turn on the dial between 3 and 4 o'clock, meaning dialing in more precise timing takes miniscule adjustments. It would be fairly difficult to do in a live setting. Plus only 550ms of delay (it may actually be shorter than that) doesn't give much headroom for experimenting. The other turn off was it's blend, which I couldn't seem to get right, especially with longer delays. Instead of adjusting the "level" of the effect like many pedals, the blend knob decreases the dry signal as it increases the wet signal. I can see why this would be useful, but finding a good balance is pretty difficult and you either end up with a quiet wet signal or a weak dry signal paired with an abrupt sounding delay.

    In the end I ended up returning my Memory Boy. If I already had a digital delay to pair with it I would consider keeping it on my pedal board. It's fun to mess around with and I think you could find some cool uses for it. However, I need something a little more versitle and I don't think I could handle it being my sole delay pedal. I might consider getting the deluxe memory boy since it addresses most of my problems (longer delays, tap tempo, note divisions and a gain knob to compensate for the blend knob), but for now I don't think analog delay is for me. I'll most likely be purchasing the Boss dd-7 since its less fluky and more of a basic modern delay.

    If you're looking for an analog delay on a budget and you're style is more along the lines of 50's and 60's rock and blues, this is probably a great bargain. If you want to do anything beyond that this pedal probably isn't for you.

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    3.0

    Feature-packed little pedal

    By Stratman

    from Birmingham, AL

    Comments about Electro-Harmonix Memory Boy Delay Guitar Effects Pedal:

    This pedal may not meet all your echo and delay needs, but it does certain effects very well. It has numerous options and controls. It is quite good for short rockabilly/surf echo. At the other end of the scale you can get some otherworldly spacey sounds if you crank up the feedback, similar to an old-fashioned tape echo. But for certain longer delays it does not sound so good, causing the sound to deteriorate considerably. You would get a cleaner effect from a digitial delay, I think. The chorus effect is reasonable as long as you don't set it up too high, though not as warm as you may get from a dedicated chorus pedal. The sound gets a little "tinny." The vibrato effect may be fun, but doesn't seem particularly useful in most cases. I'm not sure why the chorus/vibrato effects use either a square or a sawtooth wave -- it seems to me a sine wave would be more useful. Build quality is good. All in all, it is a nice pedal, with limitations.

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    3.0

    Great Pedal, Meh Price

    By Lazydrumhead

    from Wake Forest, NC

    Comments about Electro-Harmonix Memory Boy Delay Guitar Effects Pedal:

    I got this pedal as a Christmas present - sort of hoping that its extra 1/4" output was for tap delay...it wasn't. The modulation on this is a pretty crazy effect but not very useful. The delay itself is very warm and does just what you'd want. The feedback gets pretty dirty sounding pretty quickly, but overall this pedal sounds delicious.

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    3.0

    Not the greatest

    By cleveragain

    from Charleston, SC

    Comments about Electro-Harmonix Memory Boy Delay Guitar Effects Pedal:

    So I bought this pedal a few months ago, have played with all sorts of setting configurations, and done everything imaginable to try and get a nice tone out of this. And I can't. This pedal really destroys your tone. So, I think I'm being quite generous with my ratings. I love EHX but I think they dropped the ball on this one. C'mon guys, do better.

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    5.0

    Nice little weirdo

    By Calaverasgrande

    from Oakland Ca

    Comments about Electro-Harmonix Memory Boy Delay Guitar Effects Pedal:

    I have to wonder if some folks just received bunk units? I picked this one up a couple days ago along with an LPB-1. It sounds very nice on simple delays. Warm. It is quite easy to get single repeats as well as endless chaotic feedback. The modulation options are pretty neat. I do wish that the square wave modulation was replaced with a sine wave. That would be more useful than square I think. The sound is not trashy or even what I woudl call lo fi. It is darker than the more digital delays. it only seems to sound degraded when you try and run a long delay for long repeats. One complaint I wuold make about it is that the expression pedal/cv input is very touchy. It only seesm to respond well to a very limited range. When using an Maudio expression pedal it seems to live in an area that is only 15% or so of the pedal travel.When using ma Moogerfooger pedal to capture envelope it will go from barely registering CV to overesponding by far with only a slight increase in CV level. After further refinement I was finally able to get a delay that woudl get more modulated the harder I hit the guitar. But this took a lot of tweaking. When I tried this in store next to a Boss-DD7 and a tech21 Boost DLA this pedal was not only cheaper than both, but combined the best as[pects of both, while shedding features I will likely never use.

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    4.0

    Fun

    Comments about Electro-Harmonix Memory Boy Delay Guitar Effects Pedal:

    Just got this pedal & it has some cool features. I think a lot of people who are hating on this didn't take the time to "feel it out". You have to really tweak each thing individually & take some time to understand it & you will get some great vintage chorus,vibrato & echoes. I agree that some features are useless for most applications.The one I've noticed off the bat is the controls are very sensitive & you can't just crank everything way up or you get some useless far out noise. Keep the controls low & go from there.I do like the tone I get from this,nice chunky,dark,warm vintage tone through fender tubes but I am running it in a chain,so I don't know what it sounds like alone.As far as the delay alone,it's not the best or most versatile,but it's not awful either you can get some rockabilly slap to some ambient trippy sounds to some dub stylee echoes,it does have an overall short delay like mentioned around 400ms or so. It's not my main delay,but it's a good value for a few extra effects in your bag.

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    5.0

    Great pedal

    By antonio-YOYE.

    from puerto rico

    Comments about Electro-Harmonix Memory Boy Delay Guitar Effects Pedal:

    if you are interested in this pedal you have to know a few things, 1st it takes a while to dial in good sounds, but once u get them your all set, its not digital its not exactly timed but does the trick for what i want it for which is to give it a little something something to the sound and make experimental/ambient sounds. I like it, i recommend it if ur looking for a delay pedal thats different, the good way!

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    2.0

    Not very good

    By Ohalerin

    from New York, NY

    Comments about Electro-Harmonix Memory Boy Delay Guitar Effects Pedal:

    I went to look at this pedal to replace one of my memory man pedals that was stolen, but after playing it and A/Bing it with Deluxe Memory Man pedals, I realized that there was no comparison. The delay time and feedback knob barely effect the actual delay itself, and the delay sound is trashy and not in a cool way. Spend the extra money, this is not worth it.

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