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Danelectro DJ-1 Pastrami Overdrive Pedal

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Danelectro Brings It

I bought this pedal on the basis of the samples here on musiciansfriend. Not always wise, but these sounds stuck out above all the others I heard. For the price, this was one...Read complete review

I bought this pedal on the basis of the samples here on musiciansfriend. Not always wise, but these sounds stuck out above all the others I heard. For the price, this was one time I was willing to take a chance.I was looking for a dirty, My Bloody Valentine kind of gentle-but-highly-sustained fuzz-sludge, and this pedal sounded the part.I was immediately pleased when I got this pedal to find that: it is a much darker red than the pics indicate, and it's a lot heavier than I expected. It's actually a solid little mechanism.The sound is classic high-quality fuzzy distortion, with a special little dirty edge. It gradually climbs as you turn the distortion knob, until in the highest setting you're dealing with genuinely heavy distortion. Unlike a lot of pedals, this one doesn't instantly shoot up to near maximum distortion as soon as you move the distortion knob just a little bit. It's controllable and linear.In my experience, unless you're going to spend like $300 on a tube-preamp-pedal thing, this is as good as it gets. If you're looking at $100 solid-state pedals, save money and get this. It honestly, truly and completely sounds every bit as good. Compared to the heaviest pedals from Boss, Line6 or Digitech, this is as good as the best of them. With an external EQ, I can pull an overwhelming range of tones and feels from this pedal.Danelectro is my new favorite manufacturer.


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waste of money

I bought the Darelectro DJ-1 Pastrami Overdrive Pedal a few years ago when I was just starting to play guitar. I didn't know much about pedals then, so I bought it because it...Read complete review

I bought the Darelectro DJ-1 Pastrami Overdrive Pedal a few years ago when I was just starting to play guitar. I didn't know much about pedals then, so I bought it because it was cheap. I brought it home and plugged it into my Yamaha starter amp, and wasn't too impressed, but i thought I'd see if it sounded better through better speakers. So I took it to my church and plugged into the Bose sound system there. My guitar is a Yamaha strat, which usually sounds pretty good, but through this pedal, it sounded awful (even through the Bose PA system)! it sounds more like a bad cord than overdrive. Another annoying thing about this pedal is that it picks up radio signals... whenever I stopped playing I could here a local radio station going through the speakers. The pedal is also poorly constructed (mostly plastic)... and the knobs come off super easy because they are only glued in! I really regret that I bought this pedal, and strongly advise other musicians not to. If you are looking for a good solid-state overdrive pedal, buy the Boss Super Overdrive Pedal... it's definitely worth a little extra money!!

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Better For Bass

By Bassit06

from PA

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I run my carvin fretless bass through it and it has a great dirty tone. Not very good for guitar, it made my SG sound Thin and too trebely.

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By Travid Gilstasio

from Milwaukee, WI

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I never wanted this pedal. My sister got it for me for Christmas one year, so to be nice, I put it in my live set up. After the first show I used it at, I loved it. I am in a band that plays originals as well as lots of classic rock covers. This pedal is beginning to define my sound. I use it in most of the set, and I love it. Before I had this pedal, I owned the Digitech Hot Head. I now use the Pastrami for ALL live shows, and sold my Hot Head. As far as it's durability, unless you jump on it, you will be fine. I have had it for two years and it hasn't broken. This is a great buy for any guitar player. I HIGHLY recommend it.


Flying in Overdrive

By T1JNL_Kfe

from Port , WA

This is an inexpensive but good pedal. I found that turning the Level to 10 and putting the Overdrive at 5, while putting your amp gain from6-7 will give you a crunchy, thick tone good for soloing or rhythm.


Good basic pedal

By The guy-mtNJB

from DC

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I like the sounds it produces, but would like more features.


nice pedal for the price

By kyle-7cKIi

from st. paul, MN

this pedal is pretty good for the price that you pay. you can tweak it to sound real good, and for the low price it sounds great. i'm gonna buy this pedal in the near future.


This Pedal is so awesome-i love it!!

By KurtCobainFreak

from Danville,KY

When i listened to it on here-i had to buy it-so i bought it and i played all of my bands songs on it then on my old distortion pedal-between the two-the PASTRAMI was the best-it delivered killer tone-its good for any type of rock! I recommend it to all rockers-Buy this pedal-its awesome-its especially awesome with the Boss DS-2 Turbo Remote Distortion.My old pedal was a Carvin Distortion-It sucked. Again-get the PASTRAMI overdrive pedal.



By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

it's not that smooth of an overdrive, but for this price, you can't beat it. i use it to get that cheap distorted sound that underground punk bands use.


Excellent Intro Pedal

By Eljay

from South Korea

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This was my first Overdrive pedal, and it's really come through for me. It was quite worth it. I'm still going to pick up something a little more high end and variable soon, but for my first Overdrive, the Pastrami was really all i could ask for.



By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I hated it at first, because I use it over the clean channel of my amp. I gave up this pedal for a year or two.Just now I use it again, over the drive channel of my amp.It works good as a booster for solo, providing little sustain and noise.


Great Overdrive!

By Peter Criss Rocks

from SLC UT

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This is the best overdrive pedal out there next to the Boss SD-1. I use it everytime I play. I use it in combo with my Marshall G10 MK.II amp. I also use the Danelectro T-bone Distortion pedal. This set up is great and I recommend it highly.


Budget tunnel screamer!

By Brian Kamras

from Sherman, TX

I played one through a simple Randall amp and it sounded quite nice. The construction seems a little flaky (thus the lowered rating) but that's really the only thing that I don't like. It has the token danelectro sound, quite unique, sort of like throwing your guitar through a tunnel. If you had an equaliser that muted out some of the highs, it would no longer be tinny and would be awesome.


Just what I was looking for!

By Stratman34

from Mass

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This pedal is really nice. I have a Fender frontman 212R and my pedal board is a Holy Grail Reverb, Electro Harmonix Little Big Muff, Digi Tech Bad Monkey Overdrive, and a Vox Wah pedal. I wanted something in between the Big Muff and the Bad Monkey. And this is deffinatly it. But dont let the Overdrive name on this pedal discourage you from buying it, even if your looking for a Distortion pedal. Because this thing can get some really over the top sounds too. It covers a lot of ground from Blues to Hard rock. And for the price you can't beat it!!!!


Sounds like crap

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This pedal sounds nothing like tube overdrive, it just sounds like a fuzz box that's been thrown against the wall a couple times.



By Will-d25E.

from Ridgeley, WV

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I think for the price you pay it is an ok pedal. For some reason mine picks up foreign radio channels and place then through my amp. My friend has the same pedal and told me hers does the same thing!


Very good

By Les Paul monkey

from Lynwood, CA

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My cousin has this pedal. It's so amazing. I think it sounds better than pedals three times the price. Great sounding overdrive for it's price range. I recommend it for people in a budget!


Cheap Reliable Distortion

By Christian Rocker

from Round Rock, TX

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I play a '98 Squire Strat on a 35 watt Fender combo amp and bought the Danelectro DJ-1 Pastrami Overdrive as an inexpensive alternative to my amps internal overdrive. Overall it is well built but does not offer much in the way of versatility. The controls are limited and are very difficult to adjust if you are looking for a particular sound. The one positive is that it allows for a very edgy distortion that is quite unique. It is also compact and very durable. Overall a good investment considering the price, however you may have to step up to another model if you want much flexibility in your sound.


Fuzz Distortion pedal, not a Stomp box!

By TelegramSam

from Los Angeles, CA

Got this Dano Pastrami brand new for $4 from a music warehouse where I picked up in person. Ahh, eBay is great. It's more of a Distortion than an Overdrive. It's a great Fuzz Distortion sound. Great for some 60's rock, 70's Glitter and real Punk rock. I must say this pedal sounds so much better with humbuckers. Nice amp boost this pedal provides as well. A cool little red light underneath the plastic cover is sensitive to your playing and pulses when you pick or strum. Quality seems adequate, if you don't abuse your equipment. I believe Danelectro never intended these mini-pedals to be stomp boxes, but more of switch/pedal to turn on the effect. Later..


Decent OD Pedal

By OP13

from BIllings, MT

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I recently bought this from a local music store and found it to be quite nice. I own a Line 6 Spider III 30W amp, and I use this pedal with the Clean channel. It gives nice distortion that I can't get from the Insane or Metal channels on my amp. It is plastic, but it feels quite durable, and it would take quite a bit of intense stomping to break it. Get it if you want some nice distortion that you can't get from your amp.


The Pastrami

By soloshredder

from Rocky Mount, NC

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I have only been playing for one year but I know my pedals. This is in my opinion an excellent overdrive for beginners.


this is a great pedal for the price!

By antcliff

from Columbus, Indiana

I love the price of the pedal, of course good prices are expected from musicians friend.

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