AD9 Analog Delay review by Ibanez

logo Ultimate Guitar
  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Ease of Use: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.5 Superb
  • Users' score: 5.3 (23 votes)
Ibanez: AD9 Analog Delay

Price paid: $ 252

Purchased from: Nova Glazbala - Croatia

Sound — 10
Setup: G&L ASAT Special Tribute guitar with large singlecoils -> Marshall JackHammer JH-1 O/D -> Boss BF-3 Flanger -> Ibanez AD9 Delay -> Edirol UA 25 soundcard -> PC with two JCM900 emulations (stereo). Not noisy at all, and always sounds lush, not sharp. Only 300ms of delay limits the sound to slap-back, echo or reverbish, but boy does it sound good! If you tweak the unit, I hear you can get 500ms, haven't tried it. When you tweak the time knob it gives this classic wierd feedback of an analog unit.

Overall Impression — 9
I play creative music with mixture of clean and overdriven sounds(Faith No More, Tool), but also more of a classic rock sound(Cult, Dave Navaro). This sounds great on clean sounds and on distrosions, and yes, I can hear the difference compared to digital Boss DD-3 for example. But it is quite expensive, I could get two Ibanez DE7 Delay/Echo units for this price, and have a lot of room to experiment. But somehow, I feel it will pay off in my mixes.

Reliability & Durability — 10
Really feels sturdy and gives you confidence. Stomp is responsive, yet hard, so I feel it can go the distance. No backup needed.

Ease of Use — 9
Three knobs: time, repeat, level. Dead easy. Battery has a latch, not a screw, so it is easily replaced. Mono or stereo output. Delay time must be fitted by ear, no tap tempo, this is the simple delay/echo unit.

13 comments sorted by best / new / date

    I am in the market looking for a delay pedal.. and this was of one the top ones i picked out... great review i think ill get teh ibanez ad9! thanks.
    lol delay pedals burn a hole in your wallet, and so does any other musical gear. Take a shot at $252.
    boss dd20 gigadelay is quality for the price. It's only 20 dollars more than the dd 6 (which is basically a dd 3 with a bunch of extra shit.. with no extra knobs to set them). the dd 20 gives you an led read out, two footswiths (tap tempo as well) and up to 24 seconds repeat time. It's basically a high quality delay and loop pedal in one. It's 180 i think.. check out
    Hi guys, here in Croatia its 263 US dollars actually (correct exchange rate), I know, it is silly price, in US it's usually almost half that. Same goes for my guitar, G&L ASAT. As a comparison, new Boss DD20 costs 350 dollars here. I thought about it, but somehow went for a simple quality solution... I don't have a girlfriend at this time, that's where the extra money is from...;
    fenderdude0071 wrote: dude i got this 50$ brand new
    probably not the same model
    omg dude i bidded that pedal for buckin ebay and i didnt know wat it ****in did