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MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay Guitar Effects Pedal  

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Overview

  • Analog audio path
  • Extremely compact
  • 600ms delay time
Description & Specs
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    $214.28
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    - $64.29
  • Your Price:
    $14999

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Analog pedal with time-tested tone and flexible settings in an amazingly compact package.

The MXR Carbon Copy Analog Delay Pedal features a completely analog audio path for the ultimate in rich, warm delay--made possible only by old-school bucket brigade technology. This design boasts an amazing 600ms of delay time with optional modulation via a top-mounted switch and a simple, three-knob layout that controls Delay time, Mix (dry/wet blend), and Regen (delay repeats)--all in a pedal no bigger than a Phase 90. In addition, the M169 pedal has two internal trim pots that offer user-adjustable width and rate control of the modulation for even more tonal options. The Carbon Copy effect pedal will take you from crisp "bathroom" slap echoes to epic, Gilmour-esque delays with a twist of a knob. True hard-wire bypass, single 9-volt operation, and stage-ready blue LEDs round out the package.

Features

  • Analog audio path
  • Extremely compact
  • 600ms delay time
  • Controls: Mod switch, Delay time, Mix, Regen
  • True hard-wire bypass
  • 9-volt operation

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MXRM169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.8

(based on 142 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (125)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (24)
  • Compact (21)
  • Responsive (21)
  • Versatile (14)
  • Good selection of effects (8)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (19)
    • Home studio (15)
    • Amateur recording (14)
    • Outdoor events / games (14)
    • Professional recording (10)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (23), Professional musician (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    My Favorite Delay

    Right around the time that this pedal first came out, I heard a local guitarist using it at a show. We started talking about it and from what I heard, it was enough...Read complete review

    Right around the time that this pedal first came out, I heard a local guitarist using it at a show. We started talking about it and from what I heard, it was enough to convince me that I had to try it. I've messed around with several Digital Delays over the years and the sound of the Analog Delay just won me over immediately. Once this pedal made it onto my board, it's never came off, except to re-position it. I even went to the store with my guitar and tried out the Carbon Copy against all the other Analog Delays that the store had available. This thing still won me over.

    I play a variety of Strats through a Tweed Fender Bassman. I'm not huge on using a lot of effects to alter my sound. I enjoy playing with a clean or slightly overdriven tone with the use of some pedals to color my tone slightly. The only drawback I see from the Carbon Copy is it not having the option of reverse delay, which can be a very useful effect from time to time, especially in solos.

    This pedal is extremely easy to use, very reliable, and affordable. The modulation button is an awesome function that, with the proper adjustments, adds much more depth to the overall sound.
    The only reason this doesn't get a full 10 is because to me a full 10 rating on a delay would be for one that included reverse delay. There are 2 tweakable adjustments on the inside of the pedal for the modulation button. Might be a bad thing to some that it's necessary to open the pedal to make these adjustments but I'm sure for most players it won't be a problem. The 2 adjustments are more of a set and forget feature however they are extremely useful!
    MXR builds great pedals that last and take a beating.
    Compared to the higher price of some other pedals, especially Analog, the Carbon Copy holds it's own with a lot of delay pedals out there. Even though there are more expensive Delay pedals that sound better, there are also quite a few that are more than double the price that don't touch this one in terms of sound quality.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    My experience with M169

    Okay, bought this in summer '08 when the second run came out and it was backordered. Was looking forward to this affordable analog delay as my first. Previously I used a Boss...Read complete review

    Okay, bought this in summer '08 when the second run came out and it was backordered. Was looking forward to this affordable analog delay as my first. Previously I used a Boss DD-6 with high cut mod. This is a decent delay pedal. I thought there could be more range in the mix knob. Mine was hard to dial in the right amount. Never used above 9 or 10 O'clock when soloing over something. Mod button didn't do much. It was true bypass and passed signal with no power. I may or may not have still been using this if it hadn't died. After 2 or 3 months I think, it stopped passing signal when engaged. I had registered it, so I sent it back with paperwork. I had it back in 3 weeks. They repaired it and I had to pay shipping to Dunlop. If it's helpful to anyone troubleshooting theirs, Dunlop said "replaced Q10 transistor". It seemed to sound better when I got it back, maybe they adjusted it. I don't remember if there are trimpots besides the mod trim. Maybe just my imagination. Anyways, it probably would have been fine, but I decided to sell it because I didn't trust it. I now have a real nice analog delay I built myself. It sounds better than the MXR. The M169 may be a good pedal for the price, but I'd buy it new and fill out the warranty card. I also wouldn't discourage anyone from getting a digital delay. There are probably as good if not better deals out there among the many delays available. Haven't tried it but like the BBE two timer. Maybe boss DD-7. Shop around.

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    5.0

    Lovely!!!

    By Slayersteve88

    from Australia

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay Guitar Effects Pedal:

        Amazing delay but don't put it in the fx loop! In the loop it sounds like a reverb pedal made by beringer, Infront of the amp it's amazing and in Infront of a overdrive it's amazing! But for god sakes don't put it in the fx loop!!!!

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        4.0

        great sounding delay

        By chango

        from dunn,nc

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay Guitar Effects Pedal:

          I don't have much experience dialing in delay pedals,but I know this one sounds really good. I only wish they would have given you more setting suggestions in the manual. Guess I'll keep playing around with it until I carbon copy David Gilmore's sound !

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          5.0

          Easy does it for me.

          By Blee57

          from Salinas, Ca

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay Guitar Effects Pedal:

              Nice Delay, Quiet, easy to set up, looks nice, sound effects as described by manufacturer. I may buy a couple more.

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              5.0

              Warm Delay

              By Rockerduck

              from Marietta, Ga.

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Responsive

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Mobile DJ
                • Performances

                Comments about MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay Guitar Effects Pedal:

                This delay pedal has nice warm (mid bass frequency)repeats. It works best for subtle delays for ambience because of the warm sound. It also makes a fine slapback for rockabilly.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                A must-have pedal

                By Chris Mann

                from Tennessee

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Excellent Sound Quality
                • Juicy
                • Responsive

                Cons

                • I Didn't Buy It Sooner

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay Guitar Effects Pedal:

                I put a pedal demo on Youtube below.

                I tried this pedal when it came out but I held off on buying one because I had other delays and I thought it was slightly out of my comfort price range for a pedal.

                I finally got one and I just wanted to confirm it is very good. It's as good or better than any delay I've ever used.

                The Mod button was a little too much at first, but I adjusted the internal trim pots and dialed back the depth and rate and now it's cool.

                I think it easily compares to pedals costing more than this.

                It's not as versatile as some pedals with more features, but if you just want warm, dreamy, juicy analog delay that makes your guitar sound like an angels harp then this is all you need.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Sound In a Small Package.

                By Kevin

                from Florida

                About Me Experienced

                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 MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay Guitar Effects Pedal:

                  A great sounding delay in a compact easy to use box that's built to last. The mod button adds modulation to the repeats for a convincing warm tape delay tone. Modulation amount is adjustable via an internal trim pot. It's quick and easy to dial in a great tone. This is one of those must have effects on your pedal board. The price is very reasonable considering it's great tone and features. I would not be without one.

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                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Worth The Extra Buck

                  By ccrenshaw2012

                  from Saint Paul, IN

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Excellent Sound Quality
                  • Responsive
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Performances

                    Comments about MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay Guitar Effects Pedal:

                    Absolutely fantastic. It's an analog pedal, so everything about it is smooth and creamy. If you're looking for something that lets you sit down and set a specific bpm with a "dotted eighth note repeat" or a tap-tempo, then this isn't the pedal for you. But if you're looking for a warm, smooth delay that can do everything from a soft reverb to a sweeping U2's The Edge sound, this pedal is perfect!

                    I play mainly worship music, and for the modern styles of Elevation Worship, Jesus Culture, and Hillsong, this thing shines. It's worth the extra 20 or 30 that you spend above most competitor's pedals. They aren't nearly as well-made or as clear, and the Carbon Copy can definitely go toe-to-toe with the more expensive boutique pedals out there. Well done MXR!

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                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great Pedal

                    By LPstandard

                    from USA - South Mississippi

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                    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 MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay Guitar Effects Pedal:

                      I purchased to replace a TC Electronics Hall of Fame w/Tone Print reverb pedal that I was not completely satisfied with. I like the simplicity and the tone of the Carbon Copy much better. I still get the annoying "click" through the amp from the bypass switch but I know now that it's not the stomp box that's the problem.

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                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Sweet, bra

                      By ArchaicSumo5

                      from Hattiesburg, MS

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

                      • Glow In The Dark Knobs
                      • Sparkly Paint

                      Cons

                      • Not Really Any

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay Guitar Effects Pedal:

                        Obviously, this pedal is rad. But what everyone fails to mention is that the dang knobs glow in the dark. Oh my god. How could you not mention that in the ad? It's amazing. Buy it. Sell your other (non glow in the dark) pedals and buy this one.

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                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        DFW Strat sounding good

                        By SpaceAceTX

                        from Ft. Worth, TX

                        About Me Novice

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                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Bright Blue Led
                        • Compact Design
                        • Excellent Sound Quality
                        • Perfect Size
                        • Responsive

                        Cons

                        • None

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Home Studio
                        • Performances
                        • Professional Recording
                        • Road Ready

                        Comments about MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay Guitar Effects Pedal:

                        Recommended with Strat on clean channel, pretty sweet guys & gals ! Perfect size, bright LED, dials have slight resistance to them which is nice, don't care for zero tension dials. Rigor Mortis rules in DFW !!

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