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Danelectro DD-1 Fab Tone Distortion Pedal  

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Danelectro pioneered tube amps in 1947. This hot little box delivers the definitive vintage distortion. Its tonality covers a range far superior to m...Click To Read More About This Product

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Fab distortion from the Tube Pioneers.

Danelectro pioneered tube amps in 1947. This hot little box delivers the definitive vintage distortion. Its tonality covers a range far superior to most popular distortion units. 2 tone controls offer infinite variation. Powered by 9V battery (included) or optional DA-1 power supply.


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4.4

(based on 66 reviews)

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Attack of the chainsaw!! Killer 4 METAL RHYTHM

This pedal gives the type of sound that reminds me of power tools, particularly a chainsaw....and it's built solid enough to take one on! Cast iron and it even has room...Read complete review

This pedal gives the type of sound that reminds me of power tools, particularly a chainsaw....and it's built solid enough to take one on! Cast iron and it even has room for an extra battery. Stomp box?Sure, stomp like an elephant!It sounds very much like the DoD Death Metal pedal only it lacks the midrange control but does have an adjustable gain. Wicked rhythm tones, but not quite what the majority of lead players desire. When used with BOTH my heads, it bleeds the strings/notes together when playing chords and lacks the type of definition needed for most lead playing/players....Summing it up, killer pedal if you have a wimpy amp overdrive or simply an amp that has a poor gain tone. Just before the point of maxing out, the bass and treble control suddenly give MASSIVE frequency gain and overdrive. The problem is that even with the treble and gain set at a minimum, the treble is too brittle and over driven with my heads.My bet is that this pedal was designed more for use with smaller combos. Say a single 12 or under, it has A LOT to give. It was great with my old cheapy Rogue 60 watt single 12... excellent, in fact. Sounded like a rectifier. It is just too much for both my heads and I would bet most any others...

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Well, it might work for you.....

This pedal sounds a lot like the Death Metal Pedal but has a bit more range and rectifier like voicing. The sensitivity of the controls is a bit odd in function and useful but...Read complete review

This pedal sounds a lot like the Death Metal Pedal but has a bit more range and rectifier like voicing. The sensitivity of the controls is a bit odd in function and useful but I never cared for the voicing this pedal adds. There is this rectifier like vibe but it's just far to coloring. So far I'm not impressed by Danelectro pedals. I guess possibly they work great with tube amps but so far all I'm seeing is heavy sawtooth distortion and a rectifier like voicing that is a bit overly processed sounding. SS sawtooth distortion and tube amps seem to be a popular team.....

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5.0

Killer tone I've been looking for...

By Twenty Years too Late

from Hawaii

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I've tried just about every distortion pedal out there...in vain...and about gave up hope when I found this little gem. It is the "brown sound" kicked up a notch or three. ONLY complaint is that it is not that flexible, you get a killer distortion on all settings...but it is so worth it. I use it for my hard rock/metal stuff for which it is superb, and a vintage Ibanez tube screamer for blues/rock. Great combo. This pedal is KILLER and will cut through the mix. Buy it.

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2.0

Either mine has some sort of a hot rob mod to it...

By Patrick Hermsen

from KC

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Not a bad price if you're looking to play balls to the wall metal....or every review that says you can get a nice mild overdrive out of this is lying through their teeth. I'll go with the former, but I know this thing has had no mods to it. Puzzling. Even with the gain turned all the way down, it gives a hash Metallica or Slayer tone. I'm not really into that, but if that's your thing, this is the pedal for you.
Not a bad price if you're looking to play balls to the wall metal.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great at what it does

By Kieran Martin

from Philadelphia, PA

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The durability is there and it offers a sound unlike any other pedal and the cost is low. One thing I have to mention though is different amps will take this pedal differently. It seems to sound really good on my old peavey classic vt but terrible on my line 6 spider. I know the peavey is the better amp in the first place but none of my other pedals sound goes so drastically from great to terrible depending on the amp.
Its pretty simple and doesn't have a wide range of tones but it has a certain super high gain distortion sound that I haven't heard from any other pedal.
This was the first pedal I ever owned and it still works and gets used from time to time, however the volume pot is rather scratchy and if the jacks get pushed slightly it will buzz. Considering I got it when I was about 13 or 14 in 1998 and didn't take any real care of my equipment its held up pretty well.
Considering the cost of most quality made pedals if you like the sound of it its a steal. but definitely try (or at least hear) before you buy.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

FAB TONE

By StratRocker23

from Minneapolis, MN

I picked this pedal up from a local piano store expecting a nice bluesy tone. That was not the case. This pedal gives almost too much distortion. I've tweaked with it a little and it sounds the best if you turn down the treble.

 
1.0

This pedal blows!

By metallica58266

from Undisclosed

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i just got this pedal and it sucks! ive also had other danelectro products like thfe flanger and reverb and even those suck. So I bought a DOD death metal pedal, the tone, the power, the features, everything is just better. also one piece of advice to starters never buy danelectro products, not only do they sound bad they break so easy. If you want a good distortion pedal buy DOD, digitech, or Boss.

 
5.0

amazing...thats all i have to say

By jake-ItHmm

from ohio

This is the best distortion money can buy. you can turn the gain up all the way and get MAD distorstion, and even if you play a full bar chord you can hear every single note in it. it amazes me. it sounds just like a fuzz face...but like i said, you can hear every little thing. amazing.

 
4.0

Great pedal, until it breaks

By JRPapollo

from Shrewsbury, PA

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I have played the Dano Fab Tone for about a year. The pedal offers good tonal range (Smooth overdrive to screaming). I use the pedal and the lowest ?fab? (drive) level for Nirvana and Marilyn Manson songs. So, before buying this pedal, realize that it offers a range from tons of distortion to insanely excessive distortion. I gave it a low quality score because of some recent problems I have been having. One is the stomp button; it sticks or doesn?t activate the pedal. I have noticed that if I am careful to press the button at the right angle this doesn?t happen, but it is still an inconvenience. The other, more troubling problem, is the input and output jacks. They are extremely cheap and difficult to maintenance. My dano started making a horrible buzzing noise. I figure the contacts are bad so I opened it up. I have never seen such a crappy design for jacks in my life. They are housed nearly completely in plastic so maintaining them yourself is just about impossible. The pedal is currently un-usable. I?m going to try and fix it myself, but if I can?t I?m gunna get the DOD 250 overdrive. It was great for a year; I hope I can fix it.

 
4.0

not too shabby

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I've owned this pedal for about 4 years, and I've yet to have any problems with it. It's pretty versatile. However, if you plan on rockin' some serious thrash or hardcore w/the gain cranked, you should definitely consider picking up a noise gate; otherwise, you'll get some ass-nasty hiss, which is usually not a good thing. All in all, it's not such a bad pedal.

 
5.0

Would use no other distortion.

By Tweeter

from Grand Forks, ND

Best pedal I have ever heard. Have owned it for 7 years.

 
5.0

Fine pedal

By Acbaman

from Pensacola FL

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This is a great pedal! It has four controls to give you the range of distortion that you want. It works well with the amp overdrive and when you need to boost into a screaming solo you have a separate volume control. It is well built, but like all other music gear you have to take care of it. It gives the sweet upper register violin like sound distortion when you increase the fab & the treble controls. It does one thing well and that is to set your guitar apart from the mix when you kick it in.

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