I'm not saying that Delay repulses me, I just think Delay is something best added to some solos, not all, and not most, and when added usually done so sparingly and in moderation.
Where as with Reverb, I feel like some type of Reverb sounds good on a solo ALL the time, EVERY time.
Yes, I think Richie Kotzen is one of the most under rated guitarists of all time, I think he is even better than Stevie Ray Vaughan was, better tone, better vocals, and more original... even though not as Bluesy as SRV, he's way more Soulful.
But back to the Delay, I see Delay more like Wah, in that it needs to be something rarely used. Say a 10 song CD, there should be no more than 2 solos with Wah, otherwise it's going to dilute the music of it. I mean take Kirk Hammett for example, he relies on the Wah WAY too much, he over uses it, he's like a amatuer that tries to cover up sloppy mediocre playing with Wah.
Kind of the same thing with Delay, when you make this huge multi repeating delay that's on all through a instrumental, it kinda becomes like this wall of sound, repeating notes, to where the delays are taking center stage with the actual notes being played and it's kinda like the Wah thing, you put enough delay on anything and it really just has a way to mask poor playing, I mean even if you are a great player I think it detracts from that as well...
I just think liquidy distorted guitar with reverb sounds good without anything else really.
Same thing with Chorus, I don't really care for that wobbly, warbly, detuned, thicker, sound that a Chorus effect adds, I think it takes away from the beauty of a naturally clean tone with reverb.
I mean sure a touch of Chorus on Def Leppards Love Bites is nice as a little extra flavour, or even that Flange effect in Van Halens Unchained intro, but this it what I'm saying, I think that most effects are hardly ever needed, but like the two examples I names, it's nice when they are there, but most songs sound better without them.
I guess even Distortion is a effect just as reverb is, but I like to play with LOTS of Distortion 97% of the time, and a good amount of reverb 100% of the time, I just can't imagine guitar any way other than that.
I watched a interview with JOhn Petrucci today and he said he almost never uses Reverb, but almost always uses Delay.
I'm the opposite, I don't NEED delay, but I NEED reverb.