It’s another Vintage Pedal of the Week entry! It is in a way, very much in a way a Throwback Thursday where we take a look at vintage and discontinued pedals. Normally on Thursday we’d do a Throwback Thursday post, and we still will! We’re just switching it up with some new content that gives readers a chance to check out some of our favorite vintage, hard to find, or discontinued pedals. Today’s discontinued pedal is the Digitech PDS 20/20 Multiplay!
“I was introduced to this pedal by Jonathan Hischke. I bought one, then another, then another…I own four of them because they fall under the “dont make them anymore”t category. I have made several youtubes where you can see this pedal in action. It is a sampler and a delay but the interesting part of this pedal is that you can manipulate your sample in the delay section.” – Juan
Digitech Ad from 1987. Scan Credit: effectsdatabase
The Digitech PDS 20/20 Multiplay was one in a series of eight Digitech double pedals (labeled the PDS series) that included an Echo Plus Delay/Sampler, a programmable distortion, a dedicated delay, a dedicated sampler, a reverb pedal, a MIDI pedal and a stereo chorus and flange! The Digitech PDS 20/20 Multiplay is a combination digital flanger, chorus and delay that also comes with a basic looping function. The flanging function of the pedal can get pretty gnarly and the chorus is pretty basic, but if you turn the wet signal all the way up you can get a “faux” vibrato sound. The Digitech PDS 20/20 Multiplay boasts a whole two seconds of delay with an infinite repeat function as well!
The beauty of this pedal is the looper in conjunction with the delay setting, you can set a loop and then manipulate the timing of the loop and really stretch it out and get it slow and very low pitched like some OG hip hop tunes. Or you could speed it up and get it really high pitched, it’s really something you need to try and get your hands on. If you’ve ever worked with an actual tape delay, it’s similar to manipulating a tape delay slider. You can get some really lush sounds out of it as well as manipulating the time so it sounds like a vinyl record playing at an angle. Of course if you want those crisp pristine digital delays, it can accommodate those needs as well.
Photo credit: Premierguitar
The construction of the Digitech PDS 20/20 Multiplay leaves a bit to be desired, the pedal is one of the earlier double pedals to be introduced to the market and the switches can be a bit delicate. They’re also really close together, so people with big feet beware! The Digitech PDS 20/20 Multiplay also has the battery pack of the pedal front and center, the plastic covering isn’t as durable as the rest of the pedal so if you manage to find this pedal on “used” marketplaces you’ll see that the battery cover can sometimes be either missing or damaged.
While the Digitech PDS 20/20 has long since been discontinued, they are available for a relatively affordable price on the used market. You can keep an eye out for them on Reverb, eBay or Craigslist, but be sure to keep an eye out for pawn shops or your local mom and pop shops as well.
That concludes this week’s entry of Vintage Pedal of the Week! If you think you’ve stumbled onto a one of a kind pedal that no ones heard of, or if there’s a vintage pedal you want to hear more about, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org