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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....Click To Read More About This Product

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It's screams. It's crunches. It holds a note forever. It's Danelectro!

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


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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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alright pedal

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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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.


Not bad.

By TheDarkMusician

from Longview, Washington

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First off, let me say this pedal is rather specific in its sound. It may work for you, it may not. TRY IT BEFORE YOU BUY IT.That being said, this pedal seems to work pretty well with my rig. Brings outa lot of the tones that my rig had been missing, giving me a more even sound than I had before. I now prefer it over my DS-1, which was getting a decent sound, but didn't have quite the right frequencies boosted/dropped to help even my tone out. This pedal does. But I must iterate the fact that you should try it first.And it's also great if you're low on cash and need a decent distortion, although I would also try some of the FAB and Cool Cat pedals that Danelectro has.Overall, not bad, works great with my rig, works terrible with my friend's rig. TRY IT FIRST.


More like a fuzz pedal.

By Joe-p97wh

from Pennsylvania

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My pedal was purchased in 1999, so I don't know if anything has changed on the pedal since then. This pedal is more of a fuzz pedal than a distortion pedal. You really don't get a heavy metal sound out of this pedal, which I like since I don't really play that much metal. Overall, it's a good pedal for the price.


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 $


Not worth it

By Magoogatron

from CT

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This thing sounds pretty bad. Tons of feedback, fuzzy, shrilly, and not enough bottom end. The only way I would justify buying this pedal would be as a gift for a young kid who probably won't stick with guitar. Otherwise just buy a digitech grunge, it's only 20 dollars more and sounds infinitely better, and it's also made out of metal instead of plastic. If you've got a little more skrilla I would go for the boss metal zone. If the previously mention child DOES in fact stick with guitar, he's going to be pissed that you bought him this instead of a metal zone or a grunge.


not really a heavy metal sound

By some guy-6196l

from Selah, WA

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I've had this pedal for over a year now and I have to say that I was pretty impressed with the sound you get out of it. But it's not really good for good throwdown metal. Great for thrash like early metallica and some megadeth. In fact, I also use line 6 effects but the danelectro pedal beats the soundout on thrash. The only problem that I have with it is that it doesn't give off good harmonics, it just sounds kind of scratchy. Also, the level knob controls the volume too much. When you turn it up or down, the volume goes along with the level of the distortion (the knob also just fell off one day for no apparent reason). But all in all, it is a pretty good pedal for the price that you pay. Danelectro did a pretty good job. I wouldn't reccomend this for experts though...if you want real quality, go with line 6 for a lot more money.



By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This pedal is great for its value. It does have some static but it still sounds good. I bought this pedal to replace my old one. I didn't think I would sound to good because of how cheap it was but I was wrong. The pedal only has three knobs a treble, level, and a bass. Its small but it can get very hard sounding. I wound agree that this is a metal pedal and a darn good one too.


Very Good Pedal..But Not For Heavy Metal

By Nick Mcquaid92

from Proctorville OH

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I bought this pedal....And here is what I think, Its a good pedal, if you are playing hard rock. But it just lacks the chug and crunch that its supposed to have. I love the pedal because I play some softer and not so heavy metal, but if you are looking for a good pedal for metal, I recommend the Boss Metal Zone.


Good...for a while.

By Guitar Demi-god

from Orange, VA

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I used this with my Traynor Reverb Mate 40 and it was okay for about three months then BAM. For no apparent reason the thing puked. Originally the pedal produced a constant stream of feedback but, the tone was not to awful, then the feedback stopped. After that you could not hear higher pitches,also the sustain disappeared and the distortion a horribly crackling mess. Oh, well. It was fun while it lasted.



By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This was the first pedal I ever bought, and the only reason I bought it was to make my cheap fender-style amp sound better. As soon As I turned the thing on, I got so much static that I thought my amp was going to explode. The sound was muddy as hell, It barely sounded like metal at all. I would recommend the digitech death metal to beginners who are attracted to the price because it is a way better pedal for only a little bit more

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