Danny T takes a look at Boss delays.

Mar 24, 2015

After my successful look into compressor pedals I decided to delve into the exiting and ever growing world of delay pedals. I returned to the popular guitar forum www.thefretboard.com to get fellow guitarists involved and see what people are using. Although there were many different pedals being discussed, a large amount of people were using one of the Boss pedals either as their main delay or as a backup. So let’s take a look at what these Boss delays are all about!

There are actually three pedals currently in the boss “DD” range they are the DD-3, DD-7 and the twin pedal DD-20.

Boss have been making the digital delay pedals for a number of years and they have become a staple of guitarists the world over. All Boss pedals feature legendary build quality and come packed with options that you would usually expect to find on rack mounted gear

The guitarists we talked to love the analog mode of the DD-7 as well as the tap tempo feature. Another well loved feature is the hold mode which is a great tool when playing live.

As always, price is always an important factor for musicians and the guitarists we spoke to always felt you get a lot with the boss pedals at a very fair price.

Let’s take a look at the pedals individually!

Boss DD-3

“This compact pedal provides a digital delay effect with outstanding quality equivalent to that of a dedicated rack mount delay unit, all with simple stomp box-style control.”

The DD-3 features four controls

Effects level - for controlling how prominent the delay is in the mix
Feedback Control – How long it delays for
Delay time – The length of time between repeats
Mode : The DD-3 features delay time from 50ms up to 800ms as well as the aformentioned Hold mode.

The DD-3 is the most easily accessible delay in the Boss range but still packs some great sounds into its small footprint, you have three different delay time controls and the hold function which allows you to indefinitely repeat a delay sound.



Even with the best-selling delays in compact-pedal history, BOSS continues to push the envelope and innovate. The new DD-7 takes the best features from its predecessors and expands the creative potential with Modulation Delay mode, classic modelled Analogy Delay mode, External pedal control options, longer delay time, and more.

The DD-7 utilises the same 4 simple and easy to use controls as the DD-3 but with a few added extras thrown in the mix!

Effects level - for controlling how prominent the delay is in the mix
Feedback Control – How long it delays for
Delay time – The length of time between repeats 


The middle pedal in the range, the DD-7 allows you to get lush stereo delay effects, an increased choice of different delay times/effects and the option to use a tap tempo function!


DD-20 Giga Delay

The BOSS DD-20 Digital Delay offers more User memory and long delay time up to 23 seconds. Delay time can be quickly set using the push-button knob or via tap tempo. And with a choice of 11 modes—including new “Smooth” and “Twist” delays and sound-on-sound recording—this Twin Pedal raises the bar for delay effects.

The DD-20 is boss’s ultimate delay workstation, featuring a duel pedal design this unit is cram packed full of features such as...

11 different delay modes
On board tap tempo controls
23 Seconds of delay time
On board memory function
Smooth/twist modes for subtly or radical delay effects

 If you’re after a delay pedal that will be equally at home on the stage or in the studio this is definitely one to try out!