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Danelectro D-1 Fab Distortion 

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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.

FEATURES
  • Warm vintage distortion
  • Responsive
  • Versatile
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DanelectroD-1 Fab Distortion
 
4.4

(based on 132 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (88)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (28)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (27)
  • Excellent sound quality (23)
  • Responsive (17)
  • Good selection of effects (13)
  • Versatile (12)

Cons

  • Limited selection of effects (3)

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (18)
  • Performances (18)
  • Home studio (16)
  • Outdoor events / games (15)
  • Professional recording (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (14), Experienced (11), 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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(5 of 6 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.

(5 of 6 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 23 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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      Verified Reviewer

      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 HUDSON, FL.

        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

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          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.

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