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Danelectro DE-1 Dan-Echo Guitar Pedal

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The warmth of 'all-tube" echo and the convenience of a pedal.

The Danelectro DE-1 Dan-Echo Guitar Pedal offers you the warmth of "all-tube" echo and the convenience of a pedal. Hi-cut control cuts the highs on repeats to perfectly simulate the tone of a 60s-era tape echo. The Dan Echo pedal is studio quiet. Powered by 9V battery (included) or optional DA-1 power supply.


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DanelectroDE-1 Dan-Echo Guitar Pedal
 
4.7

(based on 46 reviews)

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (8)
  • Good selection of effects (7)
  • Responsive (6)
  • Versatile (6)
  • Compact (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (6)
  • Home studio (3)
  • Professional recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (5), Experienced (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great pedal at a decent price

I bought my Dan Echo (DE-1) in '96 and haven't looked back since. At that time, they released this pedal, the Fab Tone (Distortion) and the Daddy-O (Overdrive)....Read complete review

I bought my Dan Echo (DE-1) in '96 and haven't looked back since. At that time, they released this pedal, the Fab Tone (Distortion) and the Daddy-O (Overdrive). I bought all three, but immediately returned the Fab Tone, as it had too heavy of a midrange presence, and wasn't versatile enough.

I still have the Dan Echo and the Daddy-O, and until recently both were in my pedal board. I had to finally remove the Dan Echo because it was adding a high-pitched noise (think tinnitus) to my signal chain. The echo still sounds great, but I seriously though I had a preamp tube going out on the amp at first.

I'll definitely buy another one of these, when I get the chance, because it is a solid pedal that works well, and really gives that vintage analog/Echoplex-ish sound.
Standard delay pedal setup - mix, regeneration, speed and high frequency cut. Works well, easy to adjust your tone, and sounds amazing.
Quality is pretty high. Metal case has held up for 15 years now, with only minor scratches in the paint. The pots and jacks are plastic, but I haven't had one break on me yet, and I'm pretty hard on pedals. This pedal has been gigged countless times, and survived ~10 years of weekly practive/jam sessions.

My only complaint is that after about 10 years, it started to develop a high-pitched overtone (whether the effect was active or not) that took a little while to track down (At first I thought I had a preamp tube going out in my amp). I eventually started removing pedals one at a time, and when I removed the Dan Echo, the noise went away. I've noticed that other reviewers appear to have experienced something similar. I got 10+ years of use out of this before it started acting up, so I really can't complain, given how little these cost.

I haven't attempted to trace the circuit to see where the noise is coming from, but after I buy a replacement (and I plan to), I may try to work on the original, as I really like it, and it would be a shame to just throw it away.
I bought my Dan Echo (DE-1) in 1996 and it has served me well for almost 15 years or hard abuse, both in the studio/practice space and at gigs.

I still have the Dan Echo and continuously used it until I had to finally remove it from my pedalboard because it was adding a high-pitched noise to my signal chain(see above). The echo still sounds great. Very "Edge-like" in texture. It has a bit of that vintage "warble" built in, to emulate the old tape echo units.

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Had this pedal for 2 weeks and liked the sound and the design. The next week it turned on but it didn't work. I looked up inside the output connector and it was...Read complete review

Had this pedal for 2 weeks and liked the sound and the design. The next week it turned on but it didn't work. I looked up inside the output connector and it was broken. It seems that Danelectro has a weak link in their pedals designb because I returned this one and got another one of their pedals the cool cat chorus and after two weeks the same thing happened. If Danelectro would just change out the plastic jacks for metal ones they would have great pedals.

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great pedal at a decent price

By SDB Guitars

from Coeur d'Alene, ID

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Comments about Danelectro DE-1 Dan-Echo Guitar Pedal:

I bought my Dan Echo (DE-1) in '96 and haven't looked back since. At that time, they released this pedal, the Fab Tone (Distortion) and the Daddy-O (Overdrive). I bought all three, but immediately returned the Fab Tone, as it had too heavy of a midrange presence, and wasn't versatile enough.

I still have the Dan Echo and the Daddy-O, and until recently both were in my pedal board. I had to finally remove the Dan Echo because it was adding a high-pitched noise (think tinnitus) to my signal chain. The echo still sounds great, but I seriously though I had a preamp tube going out on the amp at first.

I'll definitely buy another one of these, when I get the chance, because it is a solid pedal that works well, and really gives that vintage analog/Echoplex-ish sound.
Standard delay pedal setup - mix, regeneration, speed and high frequency cut. Works well, easy to adjust your tone, and sounds amazing.
Quality is pretty high. Metal case has held up for 15 years now, with only minor scratches in the paint. The pots and jacks are plastic, but I haven't had one break on me yet, and I'm pretty hard on pedals. This pedal has been gigged countless times, and survived ~10 years of weekly practive/jam sessions.

My only complaint is that after about 10 years, it started to develop a high-pitched overtone (whether the effect was active or not) that took a little while to track down (At first I thought I had a preamp tube going out in my amp). I eventually started removing pedals one at a time, and when I removed the Dan Echo, the noise went away. I've noticed that other reviewers appear to have experienced something similar. I got 10+ years of use out of this before it started acting up, so I really can't complain, given how little these cost.

I haven't attempted to trace the circuit to see where the noise is coming from, but after I buy a replacement (and I plan to), I may try to work on the original, as I really like it, and it would be a shame to just throw it away.
I bought my Dan Echo (DE-1) in 1996 and it has served me well for almost 15 years or hard abuse, both in the studio/practice space and at gigs.

I still have the Dan Echo and continuously used it until I had to finally remove it from my pedalboard because it was adding a high-pitched noise to my signal chain(see above). The echo still sounds great. Very "Edge-like" in texture. It has a bit of that vintage "warble" built in, to emulate the old tape echo units.

(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Spaaaaceeeyyyy!

By Mad Matt Ike

from Tri-Sate Area, Ohio

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Comments about Danelectro DE-1 Dan-Echo Guitar Pedal:

DE-1 Dan-Echo Guitar Pedal

PROS:
- It's pink.
- Very solid metal construction
- Spacey echoey sounds created are very retro, yet also very modern.
- More than just "delay" or "echo" if you like to actively tweak while playing.

CONS:
- Range isn't VERY long. Long enough, but I like wide-open delay.

I've owned mine for a year, and its definitely worth what you pay for it.
Bear in mind: I use a Deluxe Player's Strat, and a Hot Rod Deluxe III for my amp.

Four knobs and a rate toggle to vary the speed thresholds before using the speed knob. Knobs are very tight, and won't budge if you accidentally kick or stomp them. Pretty pink paint job OOZES retro! Very solid build.

I tend to use THIS PARTICULAR echo pedal more for active, spacey feedback sounds rather than as a true delay pedal. It does both jobs very well, though. tighten up the speed and you can get that Led Zeppelin tape-echo thing goin' on, EASY. OR, do what I do... In-line with a compressor before it, angle the guitar's pickups almost perpendicular to the speakers and start bending/curling one string (preferably on a natural harmonic). As it begins to feedback, use your free hand to vary the speed knob a little bit and it begins to bend your pitch and create these weird UFO sounds xD If you flick the toggle from one side to the other while the feedback repeats, you sometimes can coax a phaser gun sound out it. This method is used in the beginning of one of my original songs, and it really tripped people out! they wanted MORE!
Docking it by 2 points simply because the speed thresholds are sometimes not long or short enough. This is more of a vintage echo than a full-blown delay pedal. If you need a very moderate amount of delay, this will do the trick admirably. One thing I have noticed is that your tone definitely gets a bit damper and darker whether the pedal is in use or not. It's not enough to really be considered "tone-sucking", though. I kinda like it.
GREAT VALUE! You should definitely at least try this thing out. This is a pedal that kinda needs to grow on ya for a couple weeks before you really see how useful it is. Just would've liked a tad bit more range for the money.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great vintage sound for cheaper

By Skitch-a2t.y

from Salt Lake City, Utah

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Comments about Danelectro DE-1 Dan-Echo Guitar Pedal:

This is surprisingly one of the better, vintage sounding delays out there for a fraction of the cost of others with fewer features. I wouldn't go so far as to say it has a great analog sound but it does a dang good job of recreating a vintage tape delay sound. It is good for live use if you run it through an effects loop. Straight in the amp the effect gets a bit too powerful and blown up. My favorite feature is the toggle switch that allows you switch back and forth from long and short delay times. It's not built as tough as boss pedals so be careful with the plastic knobs. GREAT for rockabilly slapback!!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

great delay - but noisy

By dragos

from los angeles

Comments about Danelectro DE-1 Dan-Echo Guitar Pedal:

I loved this delay for years, but it's not the best pedal for preforming. I run this pedal on a mesa boogie mark iv and a 1967 fender bassman. After thorough investigation, I come to find that this pedal was the main culprit of my noise issues, whether it was on or off! I loved it for years, and I will continue to use it for recording or other low volume applications. But for live (loud) situations, it's been booted from my effects chain.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Warm analog delay

By Joe

from Southeastern US

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Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Excellent Sound Quality

Cons

  • Odd Shape
  • Plastic Parts

Best Uses

  • Permanent Part Of My Sign

Comments about Danelectro DE-1 Dan-Echo Guitar Pedal:

My amp's built in reverb, a Boss TR-2 trem pedal, and the Dano DE-1 are my only effects. Just bought my second DE-1. The first one broke (bad pot) after 6 years of light use. I tried to replace it with a Boss DD-3, which is more durable, but the DE-1's sound is way better for what I do (chickin' pickin', slapback, tape emulation), so I bought a new DE-1. The DD-3 may be more versatile for some things, but there's no comparison between the DE-1's warm sound and the DD-3's sterile, digital output. A big plus for the DE-1 is the Hi-Cut control that tones down the treble on the repeats. On the negative side, I wish the'd use a conventional rectangular case with the jacks on the side. Also, although the case is heavy cast metal, the pots, jacks, and switch are plastic (the part of the switch inside).

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Built Like a Tank

By terrygh

from Kansas

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Pros

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

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

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

Comments about Danelectro DE-1 Dan-Echo Guitar Pedal:

I ordered this unit to use as a special effect for my theremin going straight into the PA mixer and to eliminate using an amp onstage. The sounds that this unit produces are excellent. I use the space echo setting with the speed regulated to give the theremin a really cool repeat and fade out effect. I also tried it on my guitar through an amp and, it sounds super there too, so I've got a two for one effect that I can use for any occasion. Great unit that definately has that retro tube effect delay and echo sound. Highly reccomended.

(2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great sounds!

By terrygh

from Kansas

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Pros

  • Analog delay and echo
  • Compact Design
  • Easy to use
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording
  • Use for special effect

Comments about Danelectro DE-1 Dan-Echo Guitar Pedal:

I purchased this unit to add some special effects to my Theremin. I also tried it on my guitar and, very nice sounding analog delay and echos, would be Great to use for any lead guitar work.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

amazing tone and features but not durable

By gibararadin dedin

from Arizona

Comments about Danelectro DE-1 Dan-Echo Guitar Pedal:

This is my favorite pedal of all time, because it has such a great sound. You can do so much with this pedal, even use it on vocals. It has become a huge part of my live sound when I play electric guitar, whether rhythm or lead.The downside is that it's noisy and it breaks--I've gone through several. Also, it will boost your signal a bit, so be warned about that.This pedal is like a drug, though. Once you become accustomed to using it, it's hard to live without it. I tend to keep it on about 80% of the time and just adjust the blend and speed knobs from song to song to give me what I want.Using this pedal will change your sound in ways that will effect your playing and send you off in new directions. It's awesome.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

For analog sounding echo effects, this IS the best

By Bobtec-TiBfX

from Redlands, CA

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Comments about Danelectro DE-1 Dan-Echo Guitar Pedal:

If you want a cold sounding digital echo effect, this is not the one to buy. Danelectro never claimed to be quiet. But if you want the warm sound of an analog tape machine, without the bulkiness or huge price, this is the end of your search. It is also the most versatile echo effects peddal that I've used. With the right settings, you can even make a 6 string electric sound like a 12 string. I've been able to do everything from Dick Dale, to Pink Floyd & YES with this pedal. Playing scales at the maximum echo settings makes it sound like a fantasy (like something out of Steve Howe). With shipping, mine came to $**, and it's the best ** I ever spent.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Danelectro Dan-Echo DE-1 Stomp Box

By Steelpicker1158

from Orlando, Florida

Comments about Danelectro DE-1 Dan-Echo Guitar Pedal:

Have used this pedal for many years with my Emmons pedal steel. It really fattens up the sound once you get it "dialed-in" to your taste. Easy to transport, but really needs the a-c adapter because it is a battery hog.One of the best sound enhancement purchases I've ever made.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

cool delay

By the Geezer-SWYQm

from farmington, NM

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Comments about Danelectro DE-1 Dan-Echo Guitar Pedal:

I have used the Dan-echo scince 1999, and when it failed to operate in 2005, I sent it back to Danelectro to fix it. They sent me a new one. You can't beat that with a stick.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

best for the cash

By shumakert

from NC

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Comments about Danelectro DE-1 Dan-Echo Guitar Pedal:

i bout an original 96 dan echo from my local pawnshop for 15 bucks after reading noel gallagher uses 1 when i picked it up and used it i felt the heavey duty metal casing as well as the high quality pots and when i plugged it into my peavey xxl it sounded like a very expensive delay only concern is plastic jacks but they have lasted 15 years

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This is the second one I bought in 10 Years...It's GREAT!

By bad-habit guy

from Moss Landing, CA

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Danelectro DE-1 Dan-Echo Guitar Pedal:

    I'm a Harp-Player...(harmonica that is...) and the Fat Tone I get from this pedal is all you need to get Great Sound...not that you really need to rely on electronics to get good sound, but the I do like the quality of the Harmonica Sound when using this pedal.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Used and abused, still amused

    By MR_MOJOMAN

    from SUFU SD

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Difficult To Use
    • Short battery life

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio

    Comments about Danelectro DE-1 Dan-Echo Guitar Pedal:

    I bought this pedal used for dirt cheap from a pawn store just to see if I could. It looks like it has taken some abuse in its day, but it still plays like a champ. I have owned some of the cheaper, plastic mini pedals by Danelectro in the past and was skeptical about the quality of this one at first. I was surprised that it was actually made of metal. When I plugged it in I was blown away by the versatility of this pedal. I get all kinds of sounds out of it, from old fashioned slap echo to psychedelic ripples from my mind's abyss. It works as a delay, echo, and reverb depending on how you adjust it. It takes a while to get familiar with it and I wish there was some kind of foot pedal to control speed (hmm, possible future mod??).

    I'm no wine sniffer, but my only real complaint is that this is not an analog pedal. Additionally, I would advise users to invest in a power supply for this unit as well because it eats batteries up pretty fast.

    Some people have made some minor complaints about poor design, but there is an easy fix for most of those issues; Google is your friend.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Be warned

    By Honeychilerider

    from New Orleans, La

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    Comments about Danelectro DE-1 Dan-Echo Guitar Pedal:

    You must know before you buy that this is a vintage simulator, meaning the delays are SEVERELY decayed, having a fuzz tone to them no matter how clean the original signal. If that is OK with you then this pedal does everything its supposed to do fantastically. Great delay and great echo, easy to use.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Dan-o pedal

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Danelectro DE-1 Dan-Echo Guitar Pedal:

    Had this pedal for 2 weeks and liked the sound and the design. The next week it turned on but it didn't work. I looked up inside the output connector and it was broken. It seems that Danelectro has a weak link in their pedals designb because I returned this one and got another one of their pedals the cool cat chorus and after two weeks the same thing happened. If Danelectro would just change out the plastic jacks for metal ones they would have great pedals.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Still slapping

    By MrTwang

    from New York

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    Comments about Danelectro DE-1 Dan-Echo Guitar Pedal:

    The oldest running stomp box in my arsenal is this Dan Echo pedal. Mind you, I had to buy a second almost immediately, but that was five or six years ago. This is a fine digital echo box, and it achieves a reasonable enough analog facsimile. One more thing I should mention is that I actually do not "stomp" on this but Velcro it to the top of my amps and manually turn it on/off. A very big reason it has lasted 6 yrs!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    DE-1 Review

    By Rick-vY2ZT

    from Long Island, new York

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    Comments about Danelectro DE-1 Dan-Echo Guitar Pedal:

    I have been using this for a short time, it is my second Danelectro pedal. Performs great, sturdy, easy to use, very well made...and looks cool. These Danelectro pedals may not be as well known as others, but for the money they are superb.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    up there with the best

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Danelectro DE-1 Dan-Echo Guitar Pedal:

    i have used this pedal for quite some time now, and it has never failed me. it works wonders with guitar, vocals (best vocal delay ever), synth, radios, you name it. this thing is also built like a tank, full metal, awesome. the only reason i gave it a 9 in features is because of a pedal by boss, the dd 6. i have never seen so many delay features, but this pedal still sounds so much better and i would pick it over the dd 6 any delay any day. it's smooth, strong, with a long delay time, and can be used with any thing. GET THIS PEDAL!!!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Definitely a

    By Werewolf Of FL

    from Vero Beach FL

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    Comments about Danelectro DE-1 Dan-Echo Guitar Pedal:

    I've had this pedal for about 10 years now, and it's still rocking! Fairly easy to set up, nothing "mystical" about the use of, just dial it in a rock!

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