Fender Soundette Echo Reverb Unit

The instrument

In 1967, Fender offered a small echo device called the Soundette, which was originally developed by Dallas Arbiter under the name Sounddimension. Production was discontinued after just one year.


Like the Fender Echo-Reverb from 1966, the Soundette works without a tape, with a magnetic drum that rotates over four playback heads, controls for adjusting the number of echo passes, the sound mix and the volume as well as three pushbuttons for delay times. The drum can be seen rotating through a tinted window. The push buttons can be used to combine several delay times in parallel, resulting in a pulsating effect.