Boss DD-3 Digital Delay

Boss DD-3 Digital Delay

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DD-3 Digital Delay, Delay/Echo/Phrase Sampler for Guitar from Boss.

24 user reviews
Prices starting at $140 Average price: $140

Boss DD-3 Digital Delay tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Boss
  • Model: DD-3 Digital Delay
  • Category: Delays/Echos/Phrase Samplers for Guitar
  • Added in our database on: 04/18/2004

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Boss DD-3 Digital Delay user reviews

Average Score:4.3( 4.3/5 based on 24 reviews )
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Mythrandir1's review"Proper Boss quality"

Boss DD-3 Digital Delay
Being a fan of Tool and other such progressive metal bands, I needed to look for a good quality delay pedal which offered me all the functionalities that I require, while also being at an affordable price.
After spending weeks of doing research and watching a lot of review videos, I decided to stick with the Boss brand.
I am not saying they are the best, but to me personally, they offer high quality, reliable products at affordable prices, without braking the bank.


The DD3 delay pedal, like many Boss pedals, is very user-friendly and simply easy to adjust to your liking.
It has 4 knobs, for effect level, feedback time, delay time and delay mode. You can replicate any delay effect to match your favorite songs, whether you're an Adam Jones or Tom Morello fan or if you simply want to play the intro to 'Tears don't fall'.
It takes a bit of practice to get to understand how to tweak the settings finely, in order to get the proper effect you require, but all in all it is easy to use.

Sound/quality of effect

Great sound quality, the echo is clear and sharp, not muddy and you can get any desired type of delay from it. I have tested this pedal with both a tube amp and a solid state amp and even though a lot of people will say you can't get a quality effect when used with a solid state amp, especially a practice amp, they are quite wrong. Yes, the quality isn't the same like when used with a tube amp, but it is still well worth it, the effect is clear and precise and you can get the desired effect.


It's a Boss pedal, and if you aren't familiar with this brand, you should know that they build their pedals to survive an apocalypse. I have personally, dropped a Boss pedal (not this one, but the casing is usually the same) from the second floor of a building, on concrete (long story...). Not even a single dent on it, just scratched a bit of paint, and it continued to work perfectly like nothing happened.
If you want it for gigs, it's great that you don't have to worry about stomping it to pieces when you are "in the zone", you can just step on it with a lot of force and the pedal won't even "feel" it.

Overall opinion

I would highly recommend this pedal to anyone. It is simple to use, the digital delay is more than good enough to use for gigs or recording, you get a good value for its price, it's indestructible and I simply can't find anything wrong with it. I am more than happy with my DD3.

MGR/Billy's review"Boss DD-3 Digital Delay"

Boss DD-3 Digital Delay
The Boss DD3 is probably the most well known in digital delay pedals. Its merits aren't without being well deserved, this pedal does it all: Short delay, long delay, it can repeat something once or it could repeat something eternally!

I bought this used for $40. As of 2010 I believe Boss charges about $120 for one of these new.

It is simple to use. No manual needed, just plug and play. I bought it specifically to get a nice, clean slap back delay like my, at the time guitar hero Brian Setzer. Sure new pedals come out and I give them a shot, but the DD-3 will always be a staple for my delay sounds.

In a perfect world this pedal would have a cleaner, quieter bypass as well as a tap tempo, but if I want the that or the tap tempo at least I'll have to upgrade to the newer DD-7.

Boss builds great pedals that can take the abuse of years of non-paying sweaty rock clubs. My DD3 has never shown up late for practice or got too drunk to perform at gig.

Great, simple to use delay pedal. Unless you need a delay time of 5 1/2 weeks, I'd check this pedal out. It's good clean fun!

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MGR/Anonymous's review"Boss DD-3 Digital Delay"

Boss DD-3 Digital Delay
I never bought it because it sucked, basically.

It's good if you like slow, sharp volume swells that turn out being unbearably loud and then just suddenly cutting out.

It doesn't take what you're playing and repeat it over and over, it's almost like it's trying to interpret what you're playing and purposefully trying to f*ck it up. Sounds like you're trying to do a volume swell with a MT-2 at full gain and a wah pushed almost all the way forward and using a volume pedal to do a swell... It's that bad.

It was falling apart when I saw it.

Do not buy this pedal! I'm not gonna tell you what to get but I can only say that an Ibanez Tone-Lok delay that I tried (can't remember the name) worked really well

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MGR/Ryan White02/05/2004

MGR/Ryan White's review"Boss DD-3 Digital Delay"

Boss DD-3 Digital Delay
I ordered it from my local music store, Limelight Music. I needed another delay pedal that could do more. I payed $110 for it.

It hurts my ears. They should give you a huge warning about turning the feedback level all the way up and messing with the knobs. It was amazing though. There are always certain things about analog and certain things about digital, and as a recomendation, check this pedal out. If you're up for exerimentation then buy it. It has ample delay time and it's very quiet.

It hurts my ears, it's a love/hate kind of thing.

It's very sturdy, I've never had a Boss pedal fall apart on me, you can stomp the living crap out of them and they don't budge.

If you're looking for a good average priced digital delay then i suggest you check it out.

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