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Danelectro DD-1 Fab Tone Distortion Pedal  

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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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    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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    Great at what it does

    By Kieran Martin

    from Philadelphia, PA

    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.

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

    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.

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    Killer tone I've been looking for...

    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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    Great value distortion

    By Seahawk79

    from Des Moines, IA

    I have had this pedal forever. It's my 2nd one, I sold my DS-1 and decided on the fab tone. The fab knob when turned up gives a ripping distortion. Sometimes I back off the fab for a less brutal tone. Great for metal. If you are a blues player, I would recommend the daddy-o instead. It is a step down from the fab tone. The fab tone picks up where the daddy-o leaves off. I play an ESP M-100 and an MH 103QM through a peavey special 130. I am quite pleased with the fab tone, as I have had it over 10 years. It's less expensive than a metal zone and nearly as good. For metal this is a great pedal!

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    Unlease your solo potential

    By Matthew-nxdm5

    from Selby, OH

    The Danelectro Fab Tone isn't the be all end all of distortion pedals, but it is part of it. Singing sustain, heavy chunk-ka-thunk. Oh ya. Don't be fooled by the groovy cool styling of the heavy metal beige case, put a couple hundred watts of speakers in front of it and let it fly.

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    Great Pedal

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    I got this pedal as a "throw in" when I bought a used guitar. I didn't expect to use it, but thought I would plug it in to see if it worked. I was amazed at what I heard when I stepped on the button. Great distortion and great tone. I don't really think of heavy metal when discussing danelectro, but this pedal produces a very raw but clear distortion. I just bought a vypyr with all the "great" hardcore amp models. I find myself on a clean fender twin setting using the fab tone as my source to melt faces. Check it out!

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    Great Little Pedal!

    By Mr. Mazoe

    from Athens, GA

    I bought this pedal at my local music store just as something to play around with... I was (and still am) very surprised at the number and range of tones you can squeeze outta this little thing. It's a heavy duty pedal too! NOT plastic! I use it mainly for solos, which it delivers thick, creamy, and LOUD. Enough controls to easily find your tone but not so many that I gets confusing... I also use it in conjunction with other distortion pedals to get instant squeals and feedback for some songs. GREAT pedal for the price!

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    Fab Pedal!

    By Rick-vY2ZT

    from Long Island, new York

    I have used too many distortion pedals to mention and this one offers simplicity, a great killer sound, ease of use and good looks. It is also very sturdy. It does not have too much flexibility, you will get a fat crunch tone without too much range but it is a winner.

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    Fab Pedal

    By Metal Dude

    from Fort worth Texas

    Don't get me wrong its a nice pedal gets kind of British type tone but depending on the guitar and kind of pick ups you have the lead tones can be kind of thin. Which means to fatten up the tone you would need some extra EQS to fatten it up. Overall its a Descent pedal but it lacks with out an EQ boost in the lead tones plus it needs a mid Control.

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    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.

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