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, Keith Richards, John Mayer, Robert Plant, Vance Powell, Tom Petty, Buddy Miller, Jack White, Dan Auerbach, 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.

The TTE Uses Only Fulltone-Branded Tubes

TTE Tube Trio

We now use only the excellent Fulltone branded 12AX7's for V1 and v2 position and recommend the Fulltone 12AU7 for v3 "Erase function" in the TTE. BTW, you cannot use any other ERASE Tube but ours, the JJ, or Shughuang 12AU7 or the unit will not erase fully and will hiss. We sell the Fulltone 12AX7 & !2AU7 in a convenient tested/matched trio for the for lowest noise and completely transparent tone. You will get shrill highs or excessive mids with most any other current production tubes when used in v1 & v2 positions in your TTE.