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Danelectro D-2 FAB Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal  

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Danelectro puts the D-2 FAB Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal in your hands without wiping out your financial portfolio. History was made in 1975 when a...Read More

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Coveted overdrive sounds in a fab little pedal.

Danelectro puts the D-2 FAB Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal in your hands without wiping out your financial portfolio. History was made in 1975 when a mom-and-pop store in California commissioned the production of just 200 of what is perhaps the best guitar overdrive effect ever. Unlike any other effects unit, that pedal authentically simulated the breakup that occurs when a tube amp is run at full volume. You will occasionally see an original in the stage rig of a major artist. IF you could find an original offered for sale, you should probably sit down before inquiring about the price . . . The Danelectro D-2 FAB Overdrive pedal features Level, Tone, and O.D. controls.

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  • Realistic tube overdrive
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Seriously saturated tube amp tone in a sweet Dano box. How can you go wrong? Order the D-2 today!

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DanelectroD-2 FAB Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.5

(based on 82 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (56)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (19)
  • Excellent sound quality (17)
  • Responsive (15)
  • Versatile (6)
  • Good selection of effects (5)

Cons

  • Limited selection of effects (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (14)
  • Amateur recording (12)
  • Performances (10)
  • Outdoor events / games (7)
  • Professional recording (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (13), Professional musician (6), Novice (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

One Year Later :~)

This is by far the very best OD pedal I've ever used - but only with tube amps.

With Solid State Amps - not so good - Noisy, Hissy,...Read complete review

This is by far the very best OD pedal I've ever used - but only with tube amps.

With Solid State Amps - not so good - Noisy, Hissy, Crackly... (not the pedal's fault, as I am of the opinion that Danelectro may have made the D-2 FAB pedal specifically for/to drive tubes).

But pushing "Tubes?" - Ooooohhhhhh yeah...!

BTW - Was thinking of swapping out the pups on 2 of my guitars before getting this pedal in order to get a hotter tone/sound. But with this little baby, that is no longer necessary I am very happy to say :~)
Exactly what it should have, which is exactly what I needed, delivering it all in supreme style.

Feel free to call it a "Steal of the Century" at this price.
Not made of metal, but the plastic is stout and sturdy, the controls taut, but fluid.

I hope for it to one day to be made of metal so I can get a couple more if so (they are definite keepers).
I use this pedal on my Carvin MTS-3200 100W Tube Head loaded with JJ ECC83's / E34L's. Not only does it push these tubes terrifically, but with zero noise and mud, with absolute, stellar clarity, no matter the settings.

How great is that...?

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

I don't get it

Yes, it's cheap. Yes, it adds some overdrive vibe. Maybe I just don't get what overdrive is. The problem is that I'd need to use an outboard eq after the D-2...Read complete review

Yes, it's cheap. Yes, it adds some overdrive vibe. Maybe I just don't get what overdrive is. The problem is that I'd need to use an outboard eq after the D-2 to keep it from drastically altering the tone. I like the fuzzy quality of an overdrive but I don't want to lose the high end sparkle that I lose when I use this. Any guitar amp that has an overdrive channel is going to do a better job of keeping your tone where you want it. But in a pinch this will do. To get an idea of what I mean compare this to just using a tube preamp and you can tell right away how much the D-2 changes the overall tone.

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4.0

Seriously,.....only twelve coconuts

By exautoshopowner

from Phoenix, AZ

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Danelectro D-2 FAB Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

      Seriously ?? only twelve bones for this one. Yes, it is just a basic overdrive, (not a distortion pedal), and that's exactly what it does,....simple. Much better than I was expecting.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Satisfied

      By Nurseboy

      from Pulaski, TN

      About Me Novice

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events

        Comments about Danelectro D-2 FAB Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

        This was purchased to use inline with my Ibanez Gio 6 string bass. While it is designed for standard guitar, the pedal produces the desired effects that I was looking for, even in the lower range. I was pleasantly surprised with how well it performed. The level knob is a little more touchy than I would like, but it's an inexpensive pedal, and I'm sure the more expensive and higher end pedals are more tunable. The product does well considering the price and build. I would definitely recommend it for someone just wanting to play around with effects sounds on their instruments.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Outrageously excellent for the money

        By JG

        from Spokane, WA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Responsive

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Danelectro D-2 FAB Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

          Does good for many uses.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Hands Down The Most Bang for Your Money

          By SteveD

          from Rochester, NY

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive
          • Versatile Od Pedal

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Danelectro D-2 FAB Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

            This OD pedal is very versatile. If you want to add just a little boost and tube-like breakup on blues solos, it's in there. Or if you prefer a more over-the-top, hard edged, thick 70's kind of tone, that's easily dialed in too. I recommend you place it in the beginning of your effects path, but after your wah pedal. You will be amazed at how responsive this pedal is and how nice the two effects sound together. I use a Snark power supply for my pedal board, so noise or hum has never been a problem. Bottom line, you can spend a lot more money on an OD pedal, but why would or should you??? It's reliable, durable and most importantly it sounds great. And at this price anyone can afford it... It's a "no brainer", Buy it, you won't be sorry.
            I have been playing professionally for over 35 years.

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            5.0

            D-2 FAB OVERDRIVE

            By TERRY

            from HUDSON, FLORIDA

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            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Good Selection Of Effects
            • Responsive
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Danelectro D-2 FAB Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

              THESE ARE GREAT PEDALS. I HAVE ONE ENTIRE PEDAL
              BOARD SET UP WITH THESE FAB SERIES PEDALS IN ONE
              OF MY STUDIOS AND THEY SOUND AS GOOD AS PEDALS
              COSTING MANY TIMES MORE. I KNOW I HAVE THOSE PEDALS ALSO. I DO NOT USE THEM FOR GIGGING BUT
              I HONESTLY BELIEVE THEY WOULD HOLD UP.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Danelectro Pedal!

              By JoeKroll57

              from Dayton, OH

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              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Excellent Sound Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Danelectro D-2 FAB Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

                  A lot of the music I play is 70's classic hard rock. As I've developed as a guitar player I've realized that using straight ahead distortion is the wrong sound for certain songs. I realized that what I needed to add to my arsenal was a nice overdrive sound that gave me some breakup and boost but without crossing the line into distortion territory. Since I already own two Danelectro pedals (the FAB Distortion and FAB Chorus-both of which are awesome pedals, BTW) I decided I would buy the FAB Overdrive. This pedal was exactly what I was looking for. This pedal gave me some great classic rock tones when used with my Epiphone G-400 and Epiphone Les Paul Special I. (This pedal along with the P-90's in my Les Paul are an especially tasty combo!) All of the Danelectro FAB pedals are made of a tough plastic which I have found to be very durable. I see no need to jump down on and try to smash my pedals when I hit the footswitch as some other people must do, so I have never had a problem with the shells of these pedals breaking or cracking. I also like the bright LED lights on the Danelectro pedals. They leave no question as to whether or not the pedal is on. All in all I highly recommend this pedal if you are looking for a nice overdriven classic rock sound. For that matter, I recommend all of the Danelectro FAB pedals. They sound great and are affordable to boot. What more could you ask for?

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                  5.0

                  Nice Crunch

                  By Todd

                  from Verona, WI

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Excellent Sound Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Studio

                    Comments about Danelectro D-2 FAB Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

                    I bought this for my son to learn with. I didn't want to spend a lot of money, but wanted something that would give a good crunch. The D-2 Fab met both criteria! For the price you really can't go wrong. I may buy some other effects from Danelectro. Nice product.

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                    4.0

                    Does What It Should for a Modest Price

                    By Casino Boogie

                    from Annapolis Maryland

                    About Me Novice

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Inexpensive
                    • Responsive

                    Cons

                    • Breaks Easily

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Studio

                    Comments about Danelectro D-2 FAB Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

                    I bought this to warm up a small solid state practice amp and it does that nicely. It would be no substitute for a better OD pedal on a more powerful amp. It's really, really cheap but made of plastic rather than metal.

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                    5.0

                    Great O/D pedal

                    By patt murphy

                    from Florida

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Ask me a question

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Performances

                      Comments about Danelectro D-2 FAB Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

                      I bought this for boosting leads with a minimal amount of O/D. It turns out that when the gain is turned up, it delivers a nice heavy classic rock midranged sound.

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                      (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      1.0

                      Unusable

                      By The Big Dipper

                      from SLC

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

                      • METAL
                      • Super Noisy

                      Cons

                      • Noisy
                      • Poor Sound Quality
                      • Super Noisy
                      • Unusable

                      Best Uses

                      • Gag Gift
                      • Holding Down My Papers
                      • Holding Down Papers

                      Comments about Danelectro D-2 FAB Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

                      Bought this during the Memorial Day sale 2014 when it was marked down a lot. Instead of returning it, I'll just take the loss. Maybe I'll take it apart and try to get it to work.

                      It is ridiculously noisy and unusable.

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