1982 Ibanez AD9 Analog Delay
1982 Ibanez AD9 Analog Delay

Model Description:

Here we have a vintage Japanese Ibanez AD9 Analog Delay pedal, made by Maxon in the early ‘80s. The AD9 replaced the now rare and desirable Ibanez AD80 in about 1981/82. There does seem to be something very special about vintage analogue delays (a.k.a. echo pedals) and I am talking here about solid-state effects, rather than the temperamental, high-maintenance tape-based units that were popular until the late ‘70s, such as the Roland Space Echo or the WEM Watkins Copicat. I admit that I am biased – echo pedals are my favourite effects, especially when sensitively combined with others like fuzz, flange or envelope filters to create whirling, other‑worldly aural textures. While the Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man is my all‑time favourite echo, the Ibanez ADs and BOSS DM-2 are not far behind.


Pedal Description:

This ‘shocking pink’ Ibanez AD9 Analog Delay is a good one – warm, organic, dynamic and great for creating complex rhythmic grooves. Don’t expect very long delays because the AD9 only extends to 300ms max. The dating is approximate to around 1982, based on the serial number and the silver ‘Made in Japan’ label. Unlike many examples out there, it is in very good condition with only a few signs of light use. Echoes are complicated effects that were pricey when new, and this is reflected in values on the vintage market, with examples now reaching scarily high prices for mint collector-grade items. In my opinion, though, usable ones are well worth tracking down before they become too rare. Good vintage analogue echo stomp boxes like this Ibanez AD9 can’t be beaten and, when used properly, are SO, cool, cool, cool, cool, cool…


  • The ‘Delay Time’ knob controls the interval between the original note and the delayed note
  • The ‘Repeat’ knob controls the number of echoes, from a single echo to overloaded feedback
  • The ‘Delay Level’ knob controls the volume of the delayed note compared to the original note
  • LED indicator light to show when the effect is in use
  • Ibanez treadle footswitch turns the effect on and off
  • ¼” single input and dual output (stereo ‘dry’ and ‘out’) jack sockets
  • DC power supply input or 9V battery
  • Silver ‘Made in Japan’ label on the base of the pedal
  • ‘Maxon’ battery compartment cover
  • No box or instructions

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