this is my favorite guitar effect pedal, the danelectro pb & j delay. i bought it in the early 2000s, and have used it on about a billion recordings since.
a delay is used to create reverb, echo, repeats- the jangly, spacey, “waves” of guitar sound that you hear in a lot of my recordings.
the pb & j delay is an analog effects unit featuring the old-fashioned tactile controls that i have always been so fond of- buttons to push, knobs to turn. digital stuff has its place, but i think there’s a lot of serendipity that happens with the control functions on a piece like this.
as much as any guitar or recording console, the pb & j is a part of my sound- and not just for guitar work. i’ve used it on everything: guitars, bass, piano, drums, synth, vocals. you name it. i’m not sure why i like it so much, but i think it has to do with a sort of “softening” of the sound- it takes the edges off and sort of creates a space in between for sounds to bounce around.
i don’t think they make this one anymore, so i’m really glad it continues to hold up, and still works amazingly well. hard to find reliable equipment, but the pb & j has been about as reliable as they come for me.