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Fat and warm vintage distortion, priced for players.

In the late '70s a tiny effects maker in Japan produced a small quantity of what many believe is the definitive distortion box. It had delicious tonality and was highly responsive and versatile. Recently, a boutique pedal maker reissued that box at $300+. Danelectro offers you the D-1 Fab Distortion as a sonic equivalent to the prized original. It's equipped with Level, Tone, and Distortion controls. You'll adore it.

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Warm vintage distortion 
Responsive
Versatile
Level, Tone, and Distortion knobs
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DanelectroD-1 Fab Distortion
 
4.5

(based on 135 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (91)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (28)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (29)
  • Excellent sound quality (26)
  • Responsive (19)
  • Good selection of effects (13)
  • Versatile (13)

Cons

  • Limited selection of effects (3)

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (20)
  • Performances (20)
  • Home studio (18)
  • Outdoor events / games (16)
  • Professional recording (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (14), Experienced (13), Novice (11)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Must have for all players!

These Fab pedals do exactly what they say. No complications, No learning curve, Just sound and a wholelotta fun!!!
Could not believe the sound from this little pedal! I...Read complete review

These Fab pedals do exactly what they say. No complications, No learning curve, Just sound and a wholelotta fun!!!
Could not believe the sound from this little pedal! I have been playing many years and I now use 10" powered JBLs for both vocal and guitar. (I'm older and they're lighter.) I use an Alesis' mixer with T C Helicon Touch. I needed a slap back echo so I ordered the Dan Fab echo. I didn't want to be cheap so I through in a D-1. I mean come on for $!!!!! The slap back is great but with the D-1 It's a power house. The D-1 adds a boost, I use it before the Echo. I use very little Distortion but more for thicking the sound. Also they are nice and heavy, not cheap plastic as I thought. For beginners, or Pros. The AC adaptor is quiet and a must have. Enjoy and have fun!!
Seems good, time will tell..Treat things with care and they will last
Check out the price and shipping, No brainer.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Ehh

Let me just start off by saying that you get what you paid for. This is a very inexpensive pedal, but there's always a catch.-FeaturesThe Features are adequate with level, tone,...Read complete review

Let me just start off by saying that you get what you paid for. This is a very inexpensive pedal, but there's always a catch.-FeaturesThe Features are adequate with level, tone, and distortion knobs. It's a simple stomp-and-play. When all three are turned up you get great metal sounds but that comes along with blistering feedback, and even when you switch to a pick that has the volume turned all the way down, you are still met with an annoying fuzz. The back wasn't that hard to unscrew to replace the battery, so that I was happy about.-QualityThe quality was decent. I bought it about four months ago and it still works perfectly fine. No scratches, dinks, dents, or blemishes of any kind. The only major-and this is a big major-downfall is that the battery is sucked up pretty quick, so be sure to buy an adapter because this pedal doesn't come with one (which I was disappointed to find out)-ValueAs I said before, you get what you pay for. For the price, the value is above average and the pedal works if you need a quick boost for a solo or lead riff, so I can't say it's all bad. But if I were you, I'd go the extra mile and get a different pedal.

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(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best distortion I've used

By Donnovan Hodge

from Sumter, SC

Comments about Danelectro D-1 Fab Distortion:

Danelectro makes some of the better pedals I've used, almost every single one of my effect pedals are Danelectro. They provide nice tones, this distortion gives me the perfect boost for rock, and some blues rock, and just make a couple tweeks n its perfect for metal songs also. I trust Danelectro for all my pedals.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Must have for all players!

By Singing Pilgram

from Massachusetts

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Comments about Danelectro D-1 Fab Distortion:

These Fab pedals do exactly what they say. No complications, No learning curve, Just sound and a wholelotta fun!!!
Could not believe the sound from this little pedal! I have been playing many years and I now use 10" powered JBLs for both vocal and guitar. (I'm older and they're lighter.) I use an Alesis' mixer with T C Helicon Touch. I needed a slap back echo so I ordered the Dan Fab echo. I didn't want to be cheap so I through in a D-1. I mean come on for $!!!!! The slap back is great but with the D-1 It's a power house. The D-1 adds a boost, I use it before the Echo. I use very little Distortion but more for thicking the sound. Also they are nice and heavy, not cheap plastic as I thought. For beginners, or Pros. The AC adaptor is quiet and a must have. Enjoy and have fun!!
Seems good, time will tell..Treat things with care and they will last
Check out the price and shipping, No brainer.

(3 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

No 9 Volt Power Supply.

By PHLIP

from Phoenix, AZ.

About Me Novice

Pros

    Cons

    • Not Responsive

    Best Uses

      Comments about Danelectro D-1 Fab Distortion:

      Most Foot Switches Used to Come With a 9 Volt Power Adaptor or a Power Cord. (at Least They Used to Back in The 80's) None of The FAB Switches Come With it. You Must Buy a Separate Power Supply or Some 9 Volt Batteries. None of The Review or Advertising Pages Tells You it Comes Without The Power Supply. I Was Disappointed to Open The Package to Find This Out The Hard Way.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I Love this pedal !!!!

      By Jeffo

      from Woonsocket, R.I.

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Good Selection Of Effects
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Danelectro D-1 Fab Distortion:

        I just got this in yesterday. I had bought it to compliment the Fab Chorus I had bought over a week ago and I have to say that this is one of the best sounding distortion pedals I have ever heard in my 40 years of playing guitar. This sounds much better than the Boss DS-1 and is a mere fraction of the price of that pedal. This pedal can do Blues to Metal and has a nice, clear , tone to it. Highly recommended !

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        D-1 FAB DISTORTION

        By TERRY

        from FLORIDA

        About Me Experienced

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        Pros

        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Mobile DJ
          • Performances

          Comments about Danelectro D-1 Fab Distortion:

          THESE ARE GREAT PEDALS. I CURRENTLY HAVE 5 DISTORTION PEDALS,AND THIS IS MY FAVORITE. I LOVE THE SOUND. THIS IS THE 2ND ONE I'VE BOUGHT BUT IT LOOKS LIKE WIILL HAVE TO BUY ANOTHER. MY NEIGHBOR HAS FALLEN FOR IT TOO AND I TOLD HIM I'D SELL IT TO HIM AND ORDR ANOTHER. GREAT PEDAL.

          (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          great pedel for not alot of money

          By Chris

          from bootheal of Missouri

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          Comments about Danelectro D-1 Fab Distortion:

          this pedel is great it sounds good and is easy to use and the best part is it did not cost an arm and a leg I would recomined it for any one

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great tone and simple to use/adjust.

          By Johnny B. Retired

          from Surprise, AZ

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • No Hiss

          Cons

          • Does'nt Come With Adapter

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Danelectro D-1 Fab Distortion:

          This is probably the best distortion box for your buck (at Musician's Friend price). The "Level" adds a volume punch. The "Tone" knob sets just the right kind of distortion you're looking for. The last knob adjusts the intensity of the tone. (If you set this very low, and the Level knob very high, you can use this box as a volume switch!) Looks great, sturdy, and full rubber grip bottom so it will never slip out from under you.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Fun toy

          By ElderOtto

          from Manito Il

          About Me Experienced

          Comments about Danelectro D-1 Fab Distortion:

          I have this toy since Christmas 2012 and I just love it.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great pedal for little money

          By Jareddakid

          from Jonesboro, AR

          See all my reviews

          Comments about Danelectro D-1 Fab Distortion:

          I really like this pedal You cant get one cheaper. Great tone and drive. I was leary of it being plastic but it has held up great. I would highly recommend this pedal.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Distortion for a portion of the cost.

          By rljmusic13

          from In a trailer park by a cornfield in Iowa

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Pros

          • Affordable
          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Good Selection Of Effects
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • ZERO CONS

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording
          • When you need distortion

          Comments about Danelectro D-1 Fab Distortion:

          I love these Danelectro pedals.If you are rockin out and need some distortion remeber this. Danelectro was there at the beginning of Rock and Roll and Danelectro made it possible for a kid on a shoe string budget to rock. I have recorded and played with many a product by Danelectro since 1982. I have many a good memory of how these simply constructed products work and i hope you will try them. the FAB series pedals are very affordable and often known as entry level products but you can tour with them too. IF Link Wray and a few other rockers used Danelectro and got good sound I know you will too. I have 2 FAB pedals. This Distotion pedal and I have the Echo pedal and I love both of them. I get the desired results from these pedals/ If you are building a pedalboard on a budget, this should be your first choice for pedals. Lots of fun for a little money. YES, i will buy more Danelectro pedals. BTW they make some fairly decent axes. i recorded an entire album with a Danelectro longhorn bass and the sound was amazing. Get your self one of these pedals even if it is just to have it. WHY? Because it's rock and roll that's why.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Basic distortion and affordable and it works

          By rljmusic13

          from In a trailer park by a cornfield in Iowa

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Good Selection Of Effects
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Danelectro D-1 Fab Distortion:

            I was looking for a distortion pedal and got this one. Danelectro makes a lot of cool stuff. They make a variety of distortion and overdrive pedals. This is a cool pedal for straight up in your face distortion on a budget. you might need to dial in the controls to find your sweet spot but once you find that sweet spot you are ready to play. add it to some other overdrive or distortion pedals for some added flavor to your sound. I like this pedal for the price and its size and it fits on my pedal board. I use a SNARK power supply with a daisy chain so i can hook up to 15 pedals and that saves money on 9 volt batteries. I use the live wire cords to hook up all my pedals. these have 90 degree plug ins and you can order these all from Musicians Friend. If you are playing punk rock or classic rock this is a cool pedal and for you country pickers looking for a little added drive, this is your pedal.

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Sounds good but....

            By Steve

            from Metro Detroit

            About Me Novice

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Good sound

            Cons

            • Breaks Easily
            • Short Lifespan 4 Hours

            Best Uses

              Comments about Danelectro D-1 Fab Distortion:

              Liked the sound and the price but it stopped working after about 4 hours of playing.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Can't beat them for the price.

              By dmvksv

              from Grand Rapids, Mi.

              About Me Novice

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              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Good Selection Of Effects

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio

                Comments about Danelectro D-1 Fab Distortion:

                You can't beat the Fab series pedals for the price. I don't gig out , I only play for a hobby for my own entertainment. I don't need to drop a fortune on effects, the Fab series give me what I need. Sure they are plastic,but it's a high impact plastic,and they are actually very durable.I started with the Fab Overdrive, then added the Fab Distortion, then decided to buy the whole series, as well a a Fish n Chips eq and a Cool Cat tremolo. As with any pedal you have to dial them in to find it's sweet spot, but they all have a legitamite function on a pedal board. In order of what I use the most, it's the Chorus, then the Delay, then the Overdrive, then the Distortion. The EQ is always on. The Distortion definetly gives you a nice, useable crunch and I use it mainly to darken my tone when I'm playing a guitar that is on the bright side or an amp setting that's too bright. I have it dialed in a little lower in tone than both the Fuzz and Metal pedals to give me a nice variation between the three. It's a lot of pedal for a little money.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Must Have

                By The Other Guy Recording & Sound

                from Barrington, NH

                About Me Professional Musician

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                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Excellent Sound Quality
                • Good Looks
                • Good Sounds
                • Responsive
                • Small Foot Print

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording
                  • With My Fab Echo

                  Comments about Danelectro D-1 Fab Distortion:

                  I do not like to spend lots of money for a pedal.
                  This pedal give me what I want a great price point.
                  I own a FAB Echo pedal.... love it.
                  Just what I needed.

                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Do not waste your money

                  By Johny Ringo

                  from Marietta,GA

                  About Me Professional Musician

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                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Poor Sound Quality

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Danelectro D-1 Fab Distortion:

                      Between the excessive feedback and the constant electrical buzz produced by this unit, it's not worth using.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Good Pedal for the Price

                      By Mackenzie

                      from Cheyenne, WY

                      About Me Novice

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Excellent Sound Quality
                      • Price

                      Cons

                      • Limited Selection Of Effects

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording

                      Comments about Danelectro D-1 Fab Distortion:

                      I'm a novice, and this is my first pedal. I have a decent Line 6 amp with built-in effects, but I wanted a pedal that would give me more control, and the ability to switch while playing. I don't doubt that there are much better pedals out there, and I'm looking forward to exploring that world in the years to come. But for a first pedal, it gives me everything I want. I'd recommend this for someone interested in their first pedal, but I can't say anything beyond that.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Distortion Deluxe

                      By ''WINGS''

                      from Ashland, OHIO

                      About Me Professional Musician

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                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Excellent Sound Quality
                      • Good Selection Of Effects
                      • Responsive
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Events
                        • Home Studio
                        • Performances
                        • Professional Recording
                        • Use It In Church

                        Comments about Danelectro D-1 Fab Distortion:

                        Like all FAB pedals the quality is really nice. I use high grade batteries in my own effects and have never had any issues with them.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Fun little pedal

                        By Goldtop Sam

                        from Arlington, Tx

                        About Me Experienced

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                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Easy to use
                        • Good tone
                        • Good value
                        • Not Too Noisy

                        Cons

                        • Jack Broke
                        • Knobs Go Scratchy

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Recording
                        • Jamming
                        • Live Use

                        Comments about Danelectro D-1 Fab Distortion:

                        This is a great little pedal. I must have got one built on a Monday, lol. After a short while the level knob went way scratchy and the indicator LED went out, so I couldn't tell when it was on. But it had great tone, so, since they are inexpensive I got another one. It has lasted just fine. The plastic holds up pretty well, even when stomped on fairly hard. Has a metal baseplate, maybe that's why. Now, these aren't boutique, or as I call them booty-q pedals, lol, but the Fab Distortion, Overdrive and Chorus are on my board.They have decent tone, and if no one sees your board, they will be impressed when you tell them what you spent for the awesome tone you put out. They are easily replaceable if one breaks. I have not had one die on stage. It broke at home. And it broke very soon after purchase, which tells me it was just defective. The replacement unit has taken a beating and working fine. Good job, Danelectro.

                        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        2.0

                        AVERAGE, AT BEST, TONE AND DISTORTION

                        By DHS

                        from Glendale, AZ

                        About Me Professional Musician

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • Inexpensive

                        Cons

                        • Sub-average Distortion
                        • Sub-average Tone

                        Best Uses

                        • Inexpensive For Beginners

                        Comments about Danelectro D-1 Fab Distortion:

                        This device had sub-average to average tone and distortion capabilities. For me, the Danelectro D-1 Fab Distortion did not produce the tone and distortion needed to be a professional stand-alone distortion pedal.

                        Additionally, the battery cover screw-in post is made of plastic. The first time I opened it to put a battery in, I could see some plastic shavings from removing the screw. Overtime, this would eventually result in the screw closure failing.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Can't beat it

                        By dman_chief

                        from DC

                        About Me Professional Musician

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                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • Excellent Sound Quality
                        • Good Selection Of Effects
                        • Responsive

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Events
                          • Performances

                          Comments about Danelectro D-1 Fab Distortion:

                          For the price, you cannot beat this distortion pedal. It took a beating underneath my heavy foot. Have to hand-adjust the gain until your clean and distortion volumes are the same, but once you've got that dialed in, it is good and reliable.

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