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Danelectro D-3 FAB Metal Effect Pedal   

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Loads of midrange and high-frequency output will take your metal tone to wicked new levels. Unleash harmonic squeals and massive amounts of sustain w...Read More

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Plug into the FAB Metal and hear your tone erupt!

Loads of midrange and high-frequency output will take your metal tone to wicked new levels. Unleash harmonic squeals and massive amounts of sustain with ease. Level, Tone, and Gain knobs provide simple yet effective control.

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  • Level, Tone, Gain controls
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DanelectroD-3 FAB Metal Effect Pedal
 
4.3

(based on 158 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (97)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (36)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (7)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (14)
  • Excellent sound quality (11)
  • Responsive (11)
  • Versatile (8)
  • Good selection of effects (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (15)
  • Performances (12)
  • Home studio (11)
  • Outdoor events / games (9)
  • Professional recording (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (12), Professional musician (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

D-3 FAB Metal

This pedal is a giant killer. As I've had the opportunity to try out other (higher priced) dirt boxes (particulary from boss and other danos), I've only grown to appreciate it...Read complete review

This pedal is a giant killer. As I've had the opportunity to try out other (higher priced) dirt boxes (particulary from boss and other danos), I've only grown to appreciate it more. By itself it doesn't provide a whole lot of low end, but It does pump out searing, cutting mid range and top end, and offers up great harmonics... great for blistering leads. This is definitely a metal pedal, not a grunge pedal, with a grit free, piercing distortion. With the gain rolled back you can also get very competant classic rock and 80's metal tones

It also plays well with other distortion pedals. For a heavier, chunkier, warmer sound, I put a cool cat metal I after it. For a grungier, dirtier, "jar of bees" sound, I put a cool cat fuzz v2 before it.

Overall, I highly recommend it.
It's got the basics... gain, level, and tone... no more... no less.
Yes, it does have a plastic case, but it's solid and the knobs although not particularly heavy duty, are decent quality. Overall, the build quality of the FAB series pedals seems better to my eyes, than that of the higher priced dano mini pedals.
This pedal would be a ridiculous bargain at twice the price.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Worth the Money

You can't beat the price on these. I only use these for writing while I'm sitting aroud so I don't have to turn on my whole ProTools Rig. I own other Fab pedals...Read complete review

You can't beat the price on these. I only use these for writing while I'm sitting aroud so I don't have to turn on my whole ProTools Rig. I own other Fab pedals & I intend to buy more of them.They seem pretty sturdy so they might hold up to the road, I can't comment on that. But for writing at home they're very nice!
As far as the idiot on Youtube that smashes one with a hammer, Grown up Dude! Any pedal is going to break.
All in All these are well worth it. Skip the 12 pack of Budwiser one night & buy one. You can't go wrong! I'm goning to buy more of the other Fab Padels as well.

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4.0

Surprisingly awesome

By Nathan

from Michigan

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Responsive controls
  • Retains clarity with heavy gain

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Danelectro D-3 FAB Metal Effect Pedal:

    I recently joined a progressive metal band and decided to try this pedal out as an alternative to my usual high gain tube sound. I haven't tried other "metal" pedals but I really think this is a great sounded pedal. I used it at practice the other day and it made a noticeable impact on the heavier/ nastier parts of our newest song. For an easy 15, it's definitely worth a try. You will most likely love it.

     
    1.0

    I was looking for crunch... but all i got was hiss.

    By Heavy

    from Ames, IA

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Poor Sound Quality
      • sounded like a transistor radio between stations

      Best Uses

        Comments about Danelectro D-3 FAB Metal Effect Pedal:

        right out of the box it was all hiss. I might have got a bad one, sent it back. I received the fab echo and the fab chorus at the same time and was very happy with them. The cheap Dano's seem to be hit or miss. For the money it was worth a try.

         
        5.0

        works great

        By Michael

        from Cottonwood, CA

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        Comments about D-3 FAB Metal Effect Pedal:

        Perfect for my needs.

         
        5.0

        Forget "Great For The Price" this is just GREAT!!!

        By 665.....Almost Evil!

        from North Hollywood California

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        Pros

        • Brutal
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Great "Mids"
        • Metal Up The Ying Yang!!!

        Cons

        • Knob orientation takes some getting use to.....

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Danelectro D-3 FAB Metal Effect Pedal:

        Love how the "Mids" are set, no scooped mids, but not too much!

         
        5.0

        Just what I needed

        By Robert

        from undisclosed

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        Verified Buyer

        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-3 FAB Metal Effect Pedal:

          Good tones

           
          5.0

          Good product!

          By Rick Lubbock

          from Lubbock, Texas

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • It does what I want.

          Cons

          • No cons

          Best Uses

          • Practice at home.

          Comments about Danelectro D-3 FAB Metal Effect Pedal:

          Great value!

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Pedal

          By Sonofhorror1995

          from Kansas

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Drains Battery Quickly

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Metal
          • Performances

          Comments about Danelectro D-3 FAB Metal Effect Pedal:

          First off, this was the first pedal I actually bought but I have tried tons of pedals before, just remember, it is not a boss or mxr so dont expect perfection, its great for smaller amps and boosts the volume amazingly, i have to keep my amp volume (ibanez ibz10g 10 watt) at 2 to keep from angering the roommates, it serves as a great buzz reducer too, if your pickups sound buzzy then this will help tremendously with preventing unwanted buzz, and finally it is very diverse, you can turn the dials up or down and find the tone you want most, mine is set really heavy with ernie ball sthb strings on a schecter with emg passive pickups and growls, dont hesitate to buy this if your on a budget, great backup if you have something better

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          amazing for its price!

          By buck

          from phoenix az

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          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Danelectro D-3 FAB Metal Effect Pedal:

            its amazing! i went from a peavey valve king stack to a 120 watt rogue combo. this pedal sounds amazing playing with a hellraiser!

             
            5.0

            awesome pedal

            By buck

            from phoenix az

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            Pros

            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Responsive

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Studio

              Comments about Danelectro D-3 FAB Metal Effect Pedal:

              i got this because my 120 watt rogue just wasnt cutting it. this pedal sounds awesome with some emgs. so worth the money!

               
              5.0

              Very good unit for the 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-3 FAB Metal Effect Pedal:

                Not much needs to be said when something does what it is advertised to do. This line of effects are made of heavy plastic but should still perform well with the smallest of care.

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