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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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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
  • Killer sustain
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DanelectroD-3 FAB Metal Effect Pedal
 
4.3

(based on 162 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (100)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (37)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (7)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (17)
  • Excellent sound quality (15)
  • Responsive (13)
  • Versatile (10)
  • Good selection of effects (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (17)
  • Performances (15)
  • Home studio (14)
  • Outdoor events / games (12)
  • Professional recording (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (14), Professional musician (9)

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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(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

works

By brokenFingers

from New Orleans, LA

Comments about Danelectro D-3 FAB Metal Effect Pedal:

They're selling this thing for 15 bucks now. It's worth it. The sound is weird and kind of bad. It really screws up the harmonic frequencies in a strange way. It's nearly impossible to get a usable tone out of it. I play metal/punk and this thing has more than enough gain, but the sound goes from either super-muffled to annoyingly fizzy. There's a bit of middle ground that's tolerable. I say this pedal is worth the price because the price is only 15 bucks now, and while it may not be a good pedal, it does sound VERY weird. So it's good if you want a strange, super-distorted tone for a small section of your song. I just love the strange, horrible sounds that come out of cheapo pedals.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome pedal!

By Thomas Moquin

from New England, USA

Comments about Danelectro D-3 FAB Metal Effect Pedal:

Usually you get what you pay for, but this pedal blows that away!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

D-3 FAB Metal

By dean sciulli

from PA

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Comments about Danelectro D-3 FAB Metal Effect Pedal:

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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Pedal

By Sonofhorror1995

from Kansas

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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!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Worth the Money

    By studioguy

    from Florida

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Good Selection Of Effects

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording

      Comments about Danelectro D-3 FAB Metal Effect Pedal:

      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.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Ridiculously Great Value

      By dean sciulli

      from PA

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      Comments about Danelectro D-3 FAB Metal Effect Pedal:

      A real giant killer. Great searing metal tone with lots of harmonics. Very competant classic rock/80's metal type tones.

      The only significant limitation I'd mention is that there's not much in the way of bottom end with this pedal when used by itself.

      Highly Recommended in any case.
      It's got the basics... Gain, Level, Tone... Enough to give a decent variety of useable tones.
      Better than you could possbily expect at the pricepoint. It's plastic yes, but, it's solid and has fairly nice quality knobs. Unlike the dano mini's, you don't get the feeling that they'll come loose as soon as you mishandle the thing.

      Strangely, the overall build quality of the FAB series seems better than that of the mini series, even though they cost roughly a third to half as much as the mini's. Why?... don't know... can't tell.
      This pedal is a ridiculously fantastic value, and would be at twice the price... I'd give it a 12 if I could.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      d-3 fab metal distortion pedal

      Comments about Danelectro D-3 FAB Metal Effect Pedal:

      This is just the cooooolest thing.
      Thiis has got to be the coolest thing ever and the price is so coooooooool it took the place of my washburn soloist distortion pedal no hum like my washburn but plenty of metal distortion. Good job Dunlop keep up the good work.I'm thinking I might get a couple of more, this just to good to be true.
      The thing is solid you just got learn to take care of tyour stuff.
      To good to be true.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      d-3 fab metal

      By luke walcott

      from jeffersonville indiana

      Comments about Danelectro D-3 FAB Metal Effect Pedal:

      ok so i got this pedal back in 08 and i love it it has amazing distortion. i used a lil 20watt amp and it made it sound amazing it has little low boost so if u want a low end boost turn down the mid and higs on your amp. i use the tone bout half way gain all the way up level half way and i get an amazing distortion its for the metallica / hildren of bodom/ korn type players for shure i say go and get it today people ive been playing for 6 yrs i got this on my 2nd yr of playing and have never gone back on it ive played over 20 diff. metal dist. pedals and none compare to this little affordable pedal deffiently check it out.

       
      5.0

      A Screamer

      By DRBBSLIDER

      from Richland, WA

      About Me Professional Musician

      See all my reviews

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      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Danelectro D-3 FAB Metal Effect Pedal:

        I bought this and tried it out before giving it for a gift. Total surprise for a very inexpensive pedal. Played it through my Epi Jr. amp and it had everything from nice overdrive to screaming demons.

         
        5.0

        Absolutely killer!!!!

        By The Viking

        from Hamilton Ohio

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Practice

          Comments about Danelectro D-3 FAB Metal Effect Pedal:

          For the price of this thing, you can not go wrong. It's an awesome product and I do not regret buying it.

           
          4.0

          A great switch

          By John

          from Grand Junction, CO

          About Me Professional Musician

          See all my reviews

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Danelectro D-3 FAB Metal Effect Pedal:

            The FAB Metal switch is great! I am building a FAB system for my Bass, acoustic and electric guitars, its nice to have one set up for all my instruments.

             
            5.0

            cant beat it !!

            By Bentcloud

            from Pineville la.

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            Pros

            • Excellent Sound Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about Danelectro D-3 FAB Metal Effect Pedal:

              great rock tone

               
              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

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                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 M

                    from Falkville Alabama

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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-3 FAB Metal Effect Pedal:

                      Good tones

                       
                      5.0

                      Good product!

                      By Rick Lubbock

                      from Lubbock, Texas

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                      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!

                       
                      5.0

                      awesome pedal

                      By buck

                      from phoenix az

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                      See all my reviews

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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!

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