Updated by Bobby
Updated on March 16th, 2023
Added the Electronic Audio Experiments Sending delay pedal and the Champion Leccy Swan Hunter. Both are great finds. Thanks to Bam and M. Hampton in the comments section.
On this page we've pulled together a list of all the delay pedals we could find that house their own effects loop, which might also be labeled send/return. This is not necessarily a ranking or recommendation, but simply a listing of delay pedals that have the effects loop built in.
Read more: Best delay pedals
Finding a Delay Pedal with Effects Loop Capabilities
There are just a handful of delay pedals we could find that have an effects loop included. Most of them are labeled by an additional "send" and "return" input and output jack, allowing you to loop in modulation (or other effects) through a loop in the pedal.
You might also notice a tip and ring send/return like we see in the Seymour Duncan Vapor Trail.
Brands that we most often see including effects loops in their pedals are Electro-Harmonix, Seymour Duncan, and Strymon.
Delay Pedal with Effects Loop: Full List
In this list, we've included several pedals that are not currently in production, mostly as reference for this page. You can use the "Compare+" buttons to see pedals side by side with features and pricing for easy comparison.
If you know of other delay pedals with an effects loop included, feel free to drop us a line in the comments section below and we'll add it to this list.
Electro-Harmonix Memory Boy Delay
Electro-Harmonix Memory Man Deluxe 550-TT
Erica Synths Fusion Box Bucket Brigade Delay Effects Unit with Tube Overdrive
Seymour Duncan Vapor Trail Deluxe Delay
Strymon Timeline Delay
Pigtronix Echolution 2 Deluxe
Red Witch Titan
JHS Panther Cub Analog Delay
EAE Sending (V1)
Champion Leccy Swan Hunter
Conclusion and Recommendations
If you're looking for a delay pedal with effects loop capabilities, you need to have dedicated send/return jacks, not simply an additional input and output jack. We noticed that many of the larger delay pedals have dual i/o jacks, which can be easily confused with a send/return loop.
However, an FX loop should be labeled as such, and should not be confused with a stereo i/o connection.
Of the delay pedals in this list, we like the EHX Memory Boy and Strymon TimeLine the best, giving you one analog and one digital option to choose from.
Read more: Strymon Timeline VS El Capistan
If you're looking for some of the discontinued pedals, we'd recommend checking on Reverb or eBay for used options.
Your Questions and Additions
Are there are any delay pedals that we missed?
If you know of one that would be a good fit for this list, feel free to drop it in the comments section and we'll take a look. If it fits the bill, we'll add it to the table and give you an update credit.
We'll see you there.
Frans Stummer says
Would it make sense for you to differentiate which delay pedal has the send/return in the feedback loop and which doesn’t?
Bobby Kittleberger says
Hey Frans – I’m probably a little too ignorant on this topic to totally understand the difference. Perhaps you can enlighten me?
Frans Stummer says
With the send/return your dry guitar stays dry on the stuff you play (mix knob on the delay) and the echoes run through the send/return to get effected. If it’s one echo, the delay runs through the other pedal once. If it’s three, it will run three times from the delay to the other pedal, back to the delay, a second time through the other pedal, back to the delay .. etc.
So the pedal you have plugged into the send/return will color your echoes more and more the higher your feedback rate on the delay is.
If the other pedal is a pitch shifter and, say, making it got up a semitone, then the first echo will be one semitone up…the second two…the third three. So now you could build a whole chain of filters, chorus, bitcrusher, etc.etc. and put them in your send/return of the delay to make sounds that get as crazy as you want them.
M. Hampton says
Champion Leccy’s The Swan Hunter has an fx loop.
Bobby Kittleberger says
Wow, nice find. Added. Thanks.
The EAE Sending as well. It had a pretty limited release a few years ago but V2 should be coming soon…
Interesting pedal. Added. Thanks, Bam.
Jacob Hamilton says
The JHS Panther Cub has an fx loop that utilizes. TRS splitter cable. It’s a great delay pedal.
Thanks, Jacob – added to the table and gave you an update credit at the top of the page. Much appreciated.