Custom Shop Tube Tape Echo

The Fulltone Custom Shop Tube Tape Echo - TTE

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Audio Samples

This is the piano break from "Layla" done with a 1957 strat/bridge PU-->TTE -->1965 Princeton Reverb-->2x12 20watt vintage Celestion cab mic'd with a Royer 121 Ribbon.

Here's a sound clip of my tune "Topanga", the clean '57 Strat/Deluxe Reverb track (panned right) is drenched in the TTE.

Here's a sample of a Strat > TTE > Deluxe Reverb amp from a song off my forthcoming release.

Puget Sounds is an instrumental featuring a great fretless bass solo by Jimmy Johnson with Chas McClure on drums. There's extensive use of the Fulltone Tube Tape Echo on this one, and Edward Roth on 1956 Hammond B-3. Hollowbody Tele with PAF humbuckers > GT-500 > TTE > Fender Reverb Tank > Deluxe Reverb.


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

What do Jeff Beck, Joe Perry, Keith Richards, John Mayer, Robert Plant, Vance Powell, the late great Tom Petty, Buddy Miller, Jack White, Dan Auerbach, and TBone Burnette, all have in common?
They all rely on the Fulltone TTE for part of their sound.

Fulltone Tape echoes are the best sounding and feeling echo devices you will ever play through, and if you buy one I bet that you will own it for the rest of your life. It's not easy or cheap hand-building Tape Echoes in the USA, in California, none the less. It is an intense labor of love and a source of pride because honestly no one else can do it but me...or they would.

The Fulltone TubeTapeEcho is quite literally what would happen if you took a vintage EP-2 Echoplex:

  • ran the preamp at over 200 volts
  • put better heads on it
  • improved the tape transport
  • gave it 2 tape speeds
  • put better quality tape on it
  • installed an intelligent torque (and speed) adjusting DC powered transport motor
  • got rid of the hum by running the filaments on 12VDC
  • made it stereo
  • gave it true bypass
  • got rid of the Ep-2's sound-robbing Echo Cancel feature and replaced it with a relay-activated cancel function allowing for any cable length to the footswitch with no degradation to the sound of the repeats
  • gave it a separate Instrument and Echo volume control
  • and put a tone control on it affecting only the repeats

Now available for the TTE (only for serial #3480 & higher) and all SSTE's, the Echo Cancel Footswitch!

Audio samples are available on the left. Some video samples are available in the Fulltone video gallery.

Check our FAQ to debunk some classic Echoplex myths.

Additional Photos

The Fulltone Custom Shop Tube Tape Echo with Lid

Product Updates

TTEs Now Come with Removable Lid

TTE with lid closed

Starting 4/18/2011, all TTEs ship with the removable lid instead of a padded gig bag.