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Fulltone CS-SSTE Custom Shop Solid State Tape Echo Effect Pedal


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Classic real-tape echo tones with premium Fulltone quality and performance: the CS-SSTE Custom Shop Solid State Tape Echo Effect Pedal.

The Fulltone CS-SSTE Custom Shop Solid State Tape Echo Effect Pedal pairs unbelievable real-tape tones with all of the performance and quality you've come to expect from Fulltone. Available in limited quantities and utilizing a real specially-designed Fulltone ETC-2 Tape Cartridge with 1/4" tape for fat sounding delay, the CS-SSTE offers two preamp modes, each with independent Vol and Echo controls: EP-3 mode and Full mode. With that sought-after slight bass cut and treble boost, EP-3 mode is an exact replica of the JFET circuit found in the first version of the world-famous echo unit favored by countless guitar legends. If you're not into that EP-3 color, Full model is a rich, true-sounding echo effect. Although the Solid State Tape Echo is capable of serving up those delectable vintage tones, it's crafted with elimate that notorious hum of those original echo units. What's more? It's also 1/3 the size of the original units! Ideal for the discerning gigging musician, the CS-SSTE is crafted by hand and is incredibly roadworthy.

Other features include:

  • A true-bypass toggle switch for superb tonal qualities and performance even when the effect is off
  • Optimal 1.1 mega ohm Input impedance and super-low 10K output impedance... SSTE has none of the issues that original units have driving long cables and is not affected by devices coming before or after, either. The original units have a 200K-350K output impedance and no output buffer, which causes interaction issues!
  • Tape speeds with a moveable Playback head to achieve everything from super-quick Plate Reverb emulations, to Rockabilly slapbacks, to a full 1 second delays. Manipulating a moveable playback head is the only way to achieve the Jimmy Page-like self-oscillating trick using a tape echo.
  • Echo Repeats - turn clockwise to add repeats, and easily go into self-oscillation around 1 o'clock depending on Record Level knob setting.
  • Echo Highs tone switch that doesn't affect your guitar tone, just your repeats:
  • Vintage - look, the original units hissed a lot, so instead of fixing the problem, they slapped a capacitor to ground to kill the highs where the hiss resides... primitive but effective. It's part of the "EP-3 sound" and Vintage mode gets that sound.
  • Brilliant - allows more overtones and highs on the repeats... a subtle difference, not trebly, but (no joke) Michael Fuller finds himself checking to see if the reverb is on due to the intoxicating psycho-acoustic imagery this mode imparts.
  • Record Level - small mini-knob adjusts how much signal smacks the tape. 3 o’clock is normal, above that and the Echoes get THICKER.

Get your Fulltone CS-SSTE Custom Shop Solid State Tape Echo Effect Pedal today at the guaranteed lowest price from Sam Ash Direct with our 45-day return and 60-day price protection policy.

Things You Will Get:

  • Effect Pedal


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Dimensions 9.5 x 5.6 x 7.25 inches (WxHxD)
Series Custom Shop

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Warranty Info:

Fulltone products carry a 5 year Limited Warranty to the original owner with proof of purchase that the product was bought from an Authorized Fulltone Dealer. This includes the footswitch. There is no need to register the product, simply keep a copy of your original sales receipt. If there is a technical issue please do not call. Instead, go to

Fine Print: Fulltone Warranties cover product failure due to "normal use" and manufacturer error, and does not cover user-abuse, modifications done by anyone other than Fulltone, accidents, water damage, damage done by customer plugging into the wrong wall voltage or from the customer plugging his/her device into the wrong power supply polarity! Warranty does not cover any damage done to equipment that has been connected to Fulltone's products. Fulltone determines what constitutes "normal use" and also makes the determination as to whether the claim is "Warranty covered,"not the Dealer or the customer. Fulltone Musical Products Inc. is not responsible for and injuries and/or damages related to the use of their products.

Power Supplies: 5 year free replacement to original owner purchased through authorized Dealer. Note: FPS-1 (9VDC - center) and FPS-3 (18VDC - center) are almost extinct and will be replaced by the IPS-9 and IPS-18 in the product line, or in case of a warranty replacement in the future. FPS-2 (9VDC, + center) does not carry a warranty and will not have a warranty replacement.

Tape Carts (ETC-1 & ETC-2) 3 months: Limited Warranty: Fulltone guarantees the ETC-1 & ETC-2 tape cart to run for 3 months from date of installation only under the following conditions:
1) proof the cart was properly installed on a clean, well-maintained Fulltone TTE or SSTE by making a clear, close-up video of the Tape cart running after the install. Keep this video on file in case of any problems. This video will help us diagnose any other problems as well.
2) The cart must not have been damaged due to user-error. We will make the determination as to what constitutes "user-error."

Batteries: are not Warranty-covered.

Tubes: 3 months

Customer Troubleshooting: Warranty support is entirely dependent on the Customer's willingness to assist in troubleshooting. The customer agrees to furnish a clear video (cellphone video ok) representing the problem at hand, and we have provisions on our website to upload such videos. Refusal to submit such help or a video will result in instant disqualification for repair assistance. 90+% of "My pedal is broken... I want a new one NOW" emails result in the discovery that the item was either plugged in backwards, dead battery, the wrong power supply was used, another pedal in the customer's chain is actually the culprit, or the customer doesn't understand how to operate the device and how it's supposed to sound.

Shipping: Customer is responsible for all shipping costs unless there are extraordinary circumstances and Fulltone decides otherwise. This decision is made only by Fulltone, not the Dealer or Customer. There are no shop visits or drop-offs unless cleared & scheduled in advance. All items must be shipped to Fulltone via FedEx, UPS, US Mail, & DHL. We strongly recommend the customer follow the companies' packing guidelines to assure that they have recourse should the item become damaged during shipment. Fulltone is not responsible for any lost or damaged items during before, during, or after the shipping process.

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