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Custom Shop Solid State Tape Echo (CS-SSTE) - Cosmetic Blem

$ 1,175.00 $ 1,765.00

Blems are currently Sold Out but you can still get an A stock here


This SSTE is a v2 prototype with Buffer switch and Tone Switch instead of Tone Knob. 

FREE SHIPPING! (USA only) and very cheap shipping everywhere else in the world! 

We now allow a “3 day tryout” for you to decide if you’re happy with your purchase. If not, you may return the item for a full refund minus all shipping costs. All Returns for SSTE, TTE, ECF, or TERC incur a 15% Restock Fee, no exceptions.You must contact us via email within 3 days of the item being in your possession and we will facilitate the return.

NOTE: This is a blem of the current model SSTE and comes with a full Warranty! There is absolutely nothing wrong with the sound or performance of this pedal, yet it may have a slight blemish, but works perfectly and has full Warranty. You may also buy a Non-Blem version here

When we sell a "blem" you may not ever find the flaw...it could be a tiny nick in the tolex, it could be a discoloration somewhere, but it's never mechanical and never detrimental to the sound! All cosmetic blems come with full factory warranty. We rarely get them, so grab it while you can.These are always the latest version, with the new & improved playback head mount, Roller mount, roller, and tape cart! With Full factory Warranty! 

Power Requirements: All Fulltone Tape Echoes can be easily & quickly modified internally for any country's wall voltage via the simple instructions in the manual.

NEW FEATURE! All SSTEs (serial# 388 and higher) have a small toggle switch allowing you to choose between "Buffered" or "Bypassed" output. Why? An SSTE without its output buffer is very much an early EP-3 Echoplex circuit, and EP-3s have a pair of Mix potentiometers on their output that give them a very unhealthily high output impedance, degrading the instrument's treble and the the brightness of the repeats! BUT, some people like this effect, and I've had people ask me "Can you make yours sound more like an EP-3?" Lol, so the EP-3's sonic degredation is an "asset" to some people, and I get that. I like the sound of an SSTE with the buffer turned off...sometimes, so now all SSTEs have this "Buf/Byp" switch, and we can modify your SSTE to have it as well. Thanks, MFuller (see photo below)

In the early 80's I worked in music stores teaching Guitar and selling & repairing gear. One day a guy came in with a 70's Echoplex EP-3 tape delay asking $30 for it!. The owner of the store said he didn't want it so I bought it and thus was born a life-long love affair with tape echo. I used that solid-state Echoplex all through the 80's and early 90's. Everyone else showed up for auditions with a refrigerator rack full of cold, thin sounding gear, and more often than not I'd steal the gig using a pair of Blackface Fenders, a Plexi Marshall Half stack, a couple of homemade pedals and that trusty early version EP-3.

Go here to purchase replacement tape cartridges for your SSTE.

The definitive How to Install a Tape Cart in a Fulltone SSTE (4K hi-rez video) is live now on the Official Fulltone YouTube channel.

Which tape to use? 

We are getting a lot of questions about a new “lubricated tape” being made by a popular tape company.

This tape is strongly “not recommended” for use in Fulltone or Echoplex tape machines due to poor recording and poor erasure performance, and a very loud and constant sputtering noise present at all times due (in my opinion) to the lubricated coating being applied too thick to both sides of the tape, lifting the tape off the heads too far.

The tape we use has a lubricated material bonded to the backing that does not interfere with the audio quality.

Use Fulltone tape with your Fulltone tape machines.


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