Many folks have asked what “slapback” is and how you get it…

It’s a pretty simple trick with a delay pedal of just about any type, and it can be a great way to add some girth to your notes.

Great players like Robben Ford, Matt Schofield, and Brian Setzer have used a slapback for most of their careers and you almost wouldn’t recognize their tone without this little bit of sugar on the notes.

Here’s how to set your delay pedal and how to make the sound.


    10 replies to "How To Create Slapback Delay"

    • William J. Kerr

      Another great tutorial

    • Bernard Little

      Very useful. Subtle seems to be the trick.

    • greg

      Nice and useful. I have a multi effect pedal and cant always figure out how to set the thing for a desired effect I need. More tutorials on individual effects and setting would be great.

    • Jack

      Hi, Griff.
      Thanks a million. That was great. I think it’s a great sound and it explains why some recordings sound like they do. Now (thanks to you) I can find my own version of it.

    • Steve

      Cool story, bro! I can use that! Thanks, buddy!

    • John Rosenberg

      Absolutely agree with Griff. Great points as always. This adds sugar to the sound, but beware of ‘over sweetening’!! Great stuff, thanks!

    • tony

      Yeah cool I use a classic blackface tonal sound its kinda like this sound . Anyway Brain uses a unique amp set up and makes his Gibson sound great . It would be very dry without it . I do not use a lot of different tonal sounds call it the kiss channel keep it simple sounding unless you want to distort it . The blues does not sound right with distortion. Rock on keep it cool.

    • John Knowler

      Yeah! More video on how to use effects pedals please, Griff

    • Herman Wells

      Thank you so much for another wonderful tutorial. Always wondered about this and just could not dial it in with my digital delay. Now I can.

    • Dennis Frakes

      Griff, that was most helpful….why not explain how you use some of the other pedal effects. We are all looking for a “sound” – your explanation might save us all time and money. Thanks

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