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Danelectro Cool Cat Series CD-1 Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal   

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The Cool Cat CD-1 Distortion from Danelectro gives you a metal stomp box for the price of a plastic one. If you're finicky about tone, the Cool Cat w...Read More

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The Cool Cat CD-1 Distortion from Danelectro gives you a metal stomp box for the price of a plastic one. If you're finicky about tone, the Cool Cat will have you purring.

  • True Bypass (3PDT)
  • Metal case
  • Metal jacks
  • Controls:
  • Level
  • Treble/Bass

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Could Be Better

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I currently use two Dano pedals for distortion, the older Fab Tone and the Wasabi. Both of these pedals seem to duplicate the overdriven preamps of some of the earlier Marshalls such as the JCM800.If you work with these pedals you can obtain a natural distortion. When I bought this pedal I think my expectations were a little high. When I plugged it into a Strat and a Hot Rod Delux on clean I put the gain at 12:00 and it sounded so-so . After 12:00 it was mud city and a little fuzzy. I worked with the level and tone but they only made it worse. This thing has a poor mid response and although it is trying to replicate the brown sound it aint cuttin it.I did realize though if you set the gain below 12:00 around 10:00 or so you can obtain a nice overdrive tone. Apart from that I guess I'll stick with the former.


Great Chord Distortion Pedal

By TheGreatGuitarFinatic!

from A state

I own the pedal, it's not bad for a $40 dollar pedal if u play with an overdriven amp u can stick this in front of it an it is out of this world! its a little muddy for me so i use it as a overdrive, i turn the volume up and drive down. Great pedal buy It!!!


Nasty little bugger!

By Lil Ang

from Lawrenceburg, TN

I picked this little beauty up from my local music shop, which deals almost exclusively in Dan-o stuff. Anyway, I got this to replace my Danelectro FAB Distortion. I got 'er home, ran my Peavey Generation into the pedal, ran the pedal into my Marshall MG10 MKII, and went to work! Right off, with all the knobs set to 12 o clock, I was impressed. I've also found that the pedal sounds just fine with the EQ knobs pointed straight up. If you're looking for a good, heavy Marshall-esque dirt box, check one of these out!


Cool Cat CD-1 Distortion

By amped up

from Southern Indiana

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I love this distortion pedal, great price great distortion. Built like a tank. Keep the gain and level controls below the 12 o'clock position and you get plenty of distortion tone without a lot of noise. above 12 o'clock positions you start getting some static noise, not bad but you can definitely hear it. Another great Dano pedal.


On second thought ...

By Shuttlesdude

from Oakland CA

... So, I wrote an earlier review of this pedal that was not very positive. In the meantime, I've changed my mind. After lots of experimenting with different amp (Laney LC15R) settings and combinations with the CC Distortion, I've come to really like this pedal. Works great with single coils. With the CCD you can get a warm, tube-y 70s-style crunch. Kind of a Marshall in a box thing (several online forumites say it's a pretty close copy or maybe even a clone of the Marshall Guv'nor). When I turn up the bass, mid, and gain, and turn down the treble, on the amp + turn up the bass and turn down treble and gain on the CCD, it can do a decent imitation of a Zen Drive. I don't really like the concentric knobs, and when engaged, the CCD is a little noisy. But an excellent crunch box overall.


Amazing Sound!!!!

By stratmatt

from Nashville TN

When I first plugged this in i was like wow.. i have used many distortion pedals and this is the best sound you can get.


Best pedal for the money

By Lee-O_GeM

from Arizona

I've tried several distortion type pedals including the Boss DS-1 as well as the Big Muff. Neither of these gave me that classic sound that I was looking for. The Cool Cat gives me that Zeppelin / Deep Purple sound that I wanted. I run it thru a Blackheart BH-5 tube head (usually kept at 3 watts) and a Blackhead 12" speaker. In my opinion, don't waste your money on a Boss - just get this one - you won't be disappointed. PS: It also pays to get a power supply.


Crushes pedals 3x the price!

By Brad G.

from Waukesha, WI

I've used my fair share of good distortion pedals and I've used even more bad ones. I run this into my clean tube amp to get some classic rock grind. The controls are responsive and the pedal will can give you a fair range of tones. This is my go to rhythm/less gain pedal. I don't turn the gain past 50% and run it into my Russian Big Muff for mind-blowing leads. The pedal stomps upon anything in its price range and, to me, sounds better than some really high end Maxon/Ibanez distortions. Great value.


This crunchbox is a keeper...

By Donny Danger

from Austin, Tx Y'all!

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Provides a beautifully rich "bread & butter" cruncheriffic 80's Marshall sound when you step on it... what else do you want for your rhythm guitar parts? Better built and clearer/warmer/less snarky sounding than the previous similiarly-hued but plastic Dano FAB distortion which I am also a fan of, (plus this one doesn't play havoc with my Planet Waves tuner). A great pedal at any price, but for under $40? fuggettabowdit!! Get one today!



By fry9700

from Ohio

Great value. Sounds nice and smooth, with plenty of range. Separate bass and treble is nice. True bypass. Looks plastic-y in the photo, is is not. Very weighty and solid all-metal construction. The switch is also heavy-duty, and gives you a very satisfying *CLICK* when you step on it. Well worth your $$ here, highly recommended.

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