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Danelectro DJ-21 Black Coffee Metal Distortion Pedal   

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If you're looking for real metal distortion without a hint of restraint, this pedal will leave you wide-eyed.


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3.7

(based on 59 reviews)

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It's cheap, it's durable. it screams,and go buy it

When I purchased this pedal I bought it because my other pedal wasnt working and I needed something that would be cheap because I was planning on fixing the other pedal that I have....Read complete review

When I purchased this pedal I bought it because my other pedal wasnt working and I needed something that would be cheap because I was planning on fixing the other pedal that I have. When I saw this thing online I was a bit skeptical because of the size and the fact that it was made out of plastic. Well when I recieved it in the mail I hooked it up (batteries come with it) and played around with it for a little while and was hooked instantly. I was thinking about buying a Fender amp that I liked but the distortion on this little baby blew the fender away. I think that this is a great deal and I am comparing it to the exspensive pedals. The plastic seems to me that it is very durable because it is so thick that I thought it was actually metal, and it has of course treble and bass controls along with a volume control. You can get so many different types of sounds out of this little wonder and I have but one complaint that is very fixable. When you stand close to your speaker it picks of some kind of high pitch signal. All I had to do is stand about four or five feet away from the amp. I also don't care for the way it hums, but the Danelectro company also sells adapters that doesn't all cost that much to eliminate this problem. I found one for as low as $7.99 on ebay brand new! So it has great sestain, great sound, it's portable, doesn't take up too much room witch is great for storage, cheap, looks pretty sweet, and now I don't need to fix my other pedal because this little one blows that thing away. And the only problems are that you have to stand about four feet away from your speaker because the guitar will act as an antenna, and it hums. I recommend that when you buy this, buy a 9v hum free adapter along with it, and put the pedal away when your done playing so that nobody can step on it. GO BUY IT RIGHT NOW!

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I bought this about a year ago after i playd it in a local music shop. It sounded alright through a little practice amp there and for the price, it seemed like a good...Read complete review

I bought this about a year ago after i playd it in a local music shop. It sounded alright through a little practice amp there and for the price, it seemed like a good deal so i bought it. when i brought it home i realized i had wasted my money. through a bigger amp this thing sounds really bad. it has so much feedback and it picks up radio stations. the pedal itself is plastic and the knobs fall off really easily. it's not very durable. it's really hard to take the battery out to change it because you have to take the whole back off. the distortion itself sounds really fuzzy and doesn't even sound like a metal distortion to me. if you want a good metal distortion pedal go with a boss or a digitech. they're not plastic and have a way better sound and are easier to use and don't pick up as much sound.

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4.0

Pretty cool

By Great-O8z2H

from clermont, FL

I bought this pedal about a month ago and when I first put it in I was amazed. The thing sounds pretty good but theres no gain control in it, just treble and bass. It's good for beginners. The thing takes a 9v battery and uses it fast but overall I think it's pretty good.

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1.0

Horrid

By taylo234

from Orange County, CA

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Well, if you just LOVE the sound of feedback overpowering your tone, then this is the pedal for you! Do not buy this, its terrible, the knobs fell off within a week, and it worked for 2 months. I used it once. Waste of money.

 
5.0

Worth the......Wait, it's cheap too!!!

By Brandon-usEdn

from Wichita, Kansas

I must say its got a lot of bang for the buck. It is great for all sorts of metal distortions and has a wide range. Suggestion on this one - keep the level low on the pedal, and use your amp volume or you may start to get a sloppy sound. Quality is fine except the battery wires came off, but with a little soldering they were good as new. I got it used, so it could have taken a lot of damage from the original owner(s). Definitely a good buy.

 
5.0

This Pedal Will Blow You Away

By Cameron Wier

from Vittoria Ont. Canada

If you're looking for a pedal that has a super heavy sound and still keeps a good tone this is it. I listen to bands that are tuned into drop C on guitar and bass and this pedal was almost too heavy for my liking.

 
5.0

It's cheap, it's durable. it screams,and go buy it

By Jimmy Fingers-eP0XG

from Nowhere, USA

When I purchased this pedal I bought it because my other pedal wasnt working and I needed something that would be cheap because I was planning on fixing the other pedal that I have. When I saw this thing online I was a bit skeptical because of the size and the fact that it was made out of plastic. Well when I recieved it in the mail I hooked it up (batteries come with it) and played around with it for a little while and was hooked instantly. I was thinking about buying a Fender amp that I liked but the distortion on this little baby blew the fender away. I think that this is a great deal and I am comparing it to the exspensive pedals. The plastic seems to me that it is very durable because it is so thick that I thought it was actually metal, and it has of course treble and bass controls along with a volume control. You can get so many different types of sounds out of this little wonder and I have but one complaint that is very fixable. When you stand close to your speaker it picks of some kind of high pitch signal. All I had to do is stand about four or five feet away from the amp. I also don't care for the way it hums, but the Danelectro company also sells adapters that doesn't all cost that much to eliminate this problem. I found one for as low as $7.99 on ebay brand new! So it has great sestain, great sound, it's portable, doesn't take up too much room witch is great for storage, cheap, looks pretty sweet, and now I don't need to fix my other pedal because this little one blows that thing away. And the only problems are that you have to stand about four feet away from your speaker because the guitar will act as an antenna, and it hums. I recommend that when you buy this, buy a 9v hum free adapter along with it, and put the pedal away when your done playing so that nobody can step on it. GO BUY IT RIGHT NOW!

 
5.0

alter ego

By moe-cWpX3

from Mexicali, Mexico

I initially bought this pedal coz it was cheap, I used it for a couple of years and you can believe me, this pedal has a great sound, much more than you could think for what you paid. It's versatile, gives you from a alternative like warm overdrive, to shiny chill dist, and metal boost if you know how to use it. You can play alternative rock, hard rock, punk or metal perfectly, coz this baby reaches high levels of dist, without sound like a noisy vacuum. It gives a great feedback if you want it, if you don't, it can be a negative point, however, you can use a smart gate, or simply switch it off when you're not playin' with it. Of course, it will never give you a crunch or a tube soft clipping or any soft drive or dist, remember its name, it was made to give a wide range of dist, enough to blow out heads, and it does perfectly. Its only deffect, cheap plastic buttons, it can be broken easily if you don't take care when you step on. i've used and abused it in a several gigs and it never broke. CONCLUSION: if you're looking for a great dist, and don't go broke, buy this danno, there's so much more expensive pedals than this, and just a few of them can equate the vintage power and quality sound of this baby

 
4.0

Not bad for the price

By Rocker from M

from Sunnyvale, CA

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When I bought this pedal I was afraid that it would look like a toy. When I received it I understood that I was almost right. Its made out of plastic, the knobs are small and they look like they came of a chinese made toy(oh wait, this IS chinese made, but it does seem pretty durable, which is kinda surprising. Now, enough about the looks, lets talk about what this thing is intended for-sound. I was not blown away by it, but it was not as nasty as I was expecting it to be. Pretty quiet. It did sound bad with my les paul, but I was able to get some interesting sounds out of my stock 65 mustang ri. Now, the main question I got about this pedal: why is it called metal, if it sounds good only with single coils? And I am not the first person to wonder about it. So, if you are new to the world of pedals, your guitar is a cheap strat, go ahead and get it, you gonna be able to sound like early Metallica(minding the recording quality too haha). But if you are a more intermediate player with some hi end equipment-dont bother, you can get the same sound, but with better quality out of other things.

 
3.0

Nasty distortion

By Kaymen

from Tulsa, OK

This is an overall good pedal, with a real trashy sound thats great for punk. It does, however have lots of feedback and is not real good for technical speed metal riffs.

 
4.0

Decent Fuzz

By Hog

from Somerville, MA

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I have ahd this pedal for a few years. I didn't like it at first because it doesnt produce a "metal" sound I was looking for. It does however do a pretty good job as a fuzz. Watch out for te level knob as it drastically changes volume. Overall decent hard/fuzz pedal, cheap $

 
3.0

Pretty wicked

By Rockguitar1

from West Virginia

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It is pretty good when you turn the Level down a bit. I play it with a Fender Strat with a humbucker at the bridge and it sounds pretty good. It is the best with tap solos. It sounds kind of sloppy when you have the level turned up. It is a pretty good distortion for its price. It sounds pretty good with all the right settings. It is not good for Sabbath style music. It is more of an 80's shred style sound.

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