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Danelectro D-1 Fab Distortion  

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In the late '70s an effects-maker in Japan produced a small quantity of what many believe is the definitive distortion box. It had delicious tonality...Read More

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Fat and warm vintage distortion, priced for players.

In the late '70s an 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

It's red, cheap, and sounds like a million bucks. Do you need another reason? Buy it today!

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DanelectroD-1 Fab Distortion
 
4.4

(based on 123 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (82)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

81%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (19)
  • Excellent sound quality (17)
  • Responsive (14)
  • Good selection of effects (11)
  • Versatile (7)

Cons

  • Limited selection of effects (3)

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (13)
  • Performances (13)
  • Home studio (12)
  • Outdoor events / games (11)
  • Professional recording (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (12), Novice (9), Experienced (7)

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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5.0

D-1 DISTORTION PEDAL

By TERRY

from HUDSON, FLORIDA

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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:

    THIS IS A GREAT LITTLE PEDAL WITH A GREAT SOUND.
    I HAVE QUITE A FEW DISTORTION PEDALS AND THIS IS
    MY FAVORITE AND I HAVE SEVERAL OF THESE. I DON'T
    GIG OUT AS MUCH AS I USED TO BUT MINE HAVE HELD
    UP PERFECTLY. I DON'T STOMP ON MY PEDALS WITH COWBOY BOOTS BUT THEY ARE PLASTIC SO JUDGE FOR
    YOURSELF. GREAT PRICE SO EASY TO REPLACE. AT THIS PRICE BUY A BACKUP. VOLUME CONTROL IS A TOUCHY.

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    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.

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      (3 of 12 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.

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          5.0

          Good unit at an excellent price

          By Deyroo

          from Madisonville, Texas

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Danelectro D-1 Fab Distortion:

            Good unit that provides a slightly warmer distortion than the D-3 Metal unit. Rich tone and smooth distortion where the D-3 has more sustain and higher tone.

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            5.0

            Great

            By Doug

            from Pawtucket, RI

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events

              Comments about Danelectro D-1 Fab Distortion:

              Very nice tones

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              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.

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                3.0

                OK

                By Gary-gR_gO

                from South Carolina

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Danelectro D-1 Fab Distortion:

                      I like sound of this distortion, but I wasn't able to get enough volume from it. The FAB overdrive has been a much better pedal for me.

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                      4.0

                      Great peddle for the money

                      By pjcruise

                      from Everett, PA

                      About Me Novice

                      Ask me a question

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Excellent Sound Quality

                      Cons

                      • Limited Selection Of Effects

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Danelectro D-1 Fab Distortion:

                        This is my first peddle. I researched it in part by viewing it in action on YouTube. It offers a nice rock oriented distortion. For the money I think it's a great deal. Simple product that still gives out the sound I was looking for.

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                        4.0

                        Nice Distortion Pedal

                        By GregS

                        from Lufkin, TX

                        About Me Novice

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                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • Good sound quality
                        • Responsive

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Home Studio
                          • Practice

                          Comments about Danelectro D-1 Fab Distortion:

                          If you are looking for a decent distortion pedal and are strapped for cash, this is the way to go. Nice pedal for the money.

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                          2.0

                          Wasn't bad while it lasted

                          By Been Around

                          from Columbus, Oh

                          About Me Experienced

                          Pros

                            Cons

                            • Breaks Easily

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Danelectro D-1 Fab Distortion:

                              I bought this to make up for the gain that stopped working in an old amp. It worked well for a while, then started getting a buzz when the distortion was on. Today it stopped working altogether. While it worked, it didn't sound bad.

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