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Danelectro DJ-3 BLT Slap Echo Pedal  

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DanelectroDJ-3 BLT Slap Echo Pedal
 
4.0

(based on 29 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (5)
  • Excellent sound quality (4)
  • Responsive (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (5)
    • Home studio (4)
    • Amateur recording (3)
    • Professional recording (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (4), Professional musician (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    MVP- Most Valuable Pedal!

    I originally picked this pedal up to use with my practice amp, a 15 watt solid state tweed that had no Reverb circut. It was perfect for that use, and the sound it...Read complete review

    I originally picked this pedal up to use with my practice amp, a 15 watt solid state tweed that had no Reverb circut. It was perfect for that use, and the sound it gave that little tweed was amazing! I knew right away that this little pedal was going to serve me well, but then it gave me a lesson in versatility. Here are a couple of examples. One night at band practice, I grew tired of the horrible vocal sound from the practice PA with a broken reverb circut. So I grabbed my BLT and hooked it up to the board. Our vocals sounded so good that our Drummer went out and bought his own BLT to permanently affix to the practice PA where it will remain forever. He was going to buy a new PA but instead saved himself hundreds! My next convert was a Karaoke DJ at my favorite watering hole. Her equipment had the most horrible vocal sound, with an "echo" setting that sounded like you were singing into a tin can. I ran home and grabbed my BLT. It took about 3 seconds of listening before she tried to buy it from me on the spot. I explained to her that it was readily available at many local music stores and quite affordable. She has since bought a new system, but she STILL uses her BLT for a great vocal sound. But back to what this baby was made for...making your guitar and amp sound amazing. Remember that little tweed I told you about? For a few years I actually made that my only stage amp. It started as a bet. A friend didn't think that it would cut it at a gig. I told him that I would not only use it at a gig, but I would use it at a very large venue. I was being mic'd anyway, right? Not only did I get compliments from the crowd on my tone and sound, but the Soundman actually THANKED me for using that amp and told me that he wished more guitarists would do such a thing instead of blowing the mix out with overbearing stacks. He told me that it was much easier to regulate everything when the guitarist wasn't twice as loud as evcerything else. If not for my Danelectro BLT Slap Echo, I never would have tried doing such a thing. I ended up using that little solid state tweed for 5 years at every gig I played, with my BLT the only pedal in my arsenal that never got changed. It has been 10 years and my BLT is still in my pedalboard. It has served me well and issue free for longer than any pedal I have owned and at a much smaller price. I still have that little tweed, but now it is back to being a practice amp. I have a new 16 watt tweed tube amp as my stage rig now. And even though it has an amazing reverb circut, I still use my BLT for a lot of things in my set. I love that little pedal, I recommend it to every musician I discuss effects with. And I will use it for the rest of my life. The BLT Slap Echo is my MVP! Most Valuable Pedal!!!

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    Doesn't live up to the reviews.

    Everyone was writing this up as a great little rockabilly unit to get a good Scotty Moore/Cliff Gallup sound. I disagree. It's a bit of a slap, but it's more like a...Read complete review

    Everyone was writing this up as a great little rockabilly unit to get a good Scotty Moore/Cliff Gallup sound. I disagree. It's a bit of a slap, but it's more like a reverb unit, which isn't really tape echo, but it's kind of springy/metalic sounding. I bought a Line 6 Pod a week before, and although not adversised as such, it's really got a warmer sound for rockabilly, plus you can change the delay time. You can't change the delay time with this, only the intensity. If it were a straight tape slap sound, I wouldn't mind, but it's not. I'm disappointed, but it was a stupid deal of the day. No big loss.

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    5.0

    MVP- Most Valuable Pedal!

    By Face 4 Radio

    from Knoxville, Tennessee

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Mobile DJ
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Danelectro DJ-3 BLT Slap Echo Pedal:

      I originally picked this pedal up to use with my practice amp, a 15 watt solid state tweed that had no Reverb circut. It was perfect for that use, and the sound it gave that little tweed was amazing! I knew right away that this little pedal was going to serve me well, but then it gave me a lesson in versatility. Here are a couple of examples. One night at band practice, I grew tired of the horrible vocal sound from the practice PA with a broken reverb circut. So I grabbed my BLT and hooked it up to the board. Our vocals sounded so good that our Drummer went out and bought his own BLT to permanently affix to the practice PA where it will remain forever. He was going to buy a new PA but instead saved himself hundreds! My next convert was a Karaoke DJ at my favorite watering hole. Her equipment had the most horrible vocal sound, with an "echo" setting that sounded like you were singing into a tin can. I ran home and grabbed my BLT. It took about 3 seconds of listening before she tried to buy it from me on the spot. I explained to her that it was readily available at many local music stores and quite affordable. She has since bought a new system, but she STILL uses her BLT for a great vocal sound. But back to what this baby was made for...making your guitar and amp sound amazing. Remember that little tweed I told you about? For a few years I actually made that my only stage amp. It started as a bet. A friend didn't think that it would cut it at a gig. I told him that I would not only use it at a gig, but I would use it at a very large venue. I was being mic'd anyway, right? Not only did I get compliments from the crowd on my tone and sound, but the Soundman actually THANKED me for using that amp and told me that he wished more guitarists would do such a thing instead of blowing the mix out with overbearing stacks. He told me that it was much easier to regulate everything when the guitarist wasn't twice as loud as evcerything else. If not for my Danelectro BLT Slap Echo, I never would have tried doing such a thing. I ended up using that little solid state tweed for 5 years at every gig I played, with my BLT the only pedal in my arsenal that never got changed. It has been 10 years and my BLT is still in my pedalboard. It has served me well and issue free for longer than any pedal I have owned and at a much smaller price. I still have that little tweed, but now it is back to being a practice amp. I have a new 16 watt tweed tube amp as my stage rig now. And even though it has an amazing reverb circut, I still use my BLT for a lot of things in my set. I love that little pedal, I recommend it to every musician I discuss effects with. And I will use it for the rest of my life. The BLT Slap Echo is my MVP! Most Valuable Pedal!!!

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      This is for those who do rockabilly

      By RockerDuck

      from Marietta, Ga.

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      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Danelectro DJ-3 BLT Slap Echo Pedal:

        This pedal does the rockabilly and surf music that sounds like the old records are recorded with. It does need reverb to go with it for more of the effect. I recreated Ventures and Dick Dale just fine with it. Best pedal made for this music. Hear with your ears and not with your eyes. You don't need expensive pedals to do Rockabilly and Surf.

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        For When You Just Need a Slap.

        By Tubehed

        from Westminster, CA

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        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality

        Cons

        • Limited Selection Of Effects

        Best Uses

          Comments about Danelectro DJ-3 BLT Slap Echo Pedal:

          Just about any delay pedal-digital or analog-will allow you to dial in a decent rockabilly style slapback sound as long as you go for a short delay time and one, maybe two, repeats. However, a cool thing about this little box is that you can nail that sound pretty much wherever you have the knobs set. Think of it as a hillbilly specialist.

          The BLT does echo well. While it is digital, it has the rolled off high frequencies of a vintage tape delay. Playing a Bigsby-equipped Gretch Silver Jet through my Fender Vibroverb and using only the BLT (or, in conjunction with the amp's built in reverb and tremolo), I can get authentic Scotty Moore, Cliff Gallup and Luther Perkins tones. Swell!

          Build quality is about as good as I imagine it can be for a pedal that costs as little as this. You expect a metal case, Switchcraft jacks and a 3PDT switch for that price? If you don't abuse it, it probably won't fail on you.

          If you need a delay pedal for slapback AND longer delay times, look elsewhere. It isn't that the longer delay times sound bad. It's that there ARE NO longer delay times with this pedal. It does one thing and does it well.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Is what it is

          By -jim

          from NY & Nashville

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          Pros

          • Cheap
          • Does the job

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Performances

            Comments about Danelectro DJ-3 BLT Slap Echo Pedal:

            A slap-back is a short delay, usually about 100ms, if you've played a room that had a wall 50 feet across from the stage you probably noticed the slap-back echo coming off the wall. That's what this pedal does and it's cheap. Yes, it's a plastic case so it won't take abuse, but if it breaks just buy another one.

            Bottom Line: if you are looking for a general delay pedal this is not it but if you know what a slap-back is this will do it.

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            5.0

            A nice, subtle effect

            By Lalo

            from Gardner, Co.

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            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Responsive
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Danelectro DJ-3 BLT Slap Echo Pedal:

              This little box is a great addition to my effects. Does just enough to perk up the ears of the audience. Sort of a "What is that sound" thing. Not over-bearing.

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              (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Doesn't live up to the reviews.

              By stag

              from Cleveland, OH

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design

              Cons

              • Poor Sound

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio

              Comments about Danelectro DJ-3 BLT Slap Echo Pedal:

              Everyone was writing this up as a great little rockabilly unit to get a good Scotty Moore/Cliff Gallup sound. I disagree. It's a bit of a slap, but it's more like a reverb unit, which isn't really tape echo, but it's kind of springy/metalic sounding. I bought a Line 6 Pod a week before, and although not adversised as such, it's really got a warmer sound for rockabilly, plus you can change the delay time. You can't change the delay time with this, only the intensity. If it were a straight tape slap sound, I wouldn't mind, but it's not. I'm disappointed, but it was a stupid deal of the day. No big loss.

              Comment on this review

              (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Meh

              By L26265

              from Phoenix, AZ

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Inexpensive

              Cons

              • Sounds Phony

              Best Uses

              • Paperweight

              Comments about Danelectro DJ-3 BLT Slap Echo Pedal:

              I don't care for the sound of this unit. Pretty much any analog delay can do at least as well at slap back as this unit. Bet hey, at least it's very limited in what it can do.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Cheap and it gets the job done.

              By AngryJay

              from Boston MA

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Doesn't color your sound
              • Nice vintage sound
              • Responsive

              Cons

              • Breaks Easily
              • Eats 9V batteries

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about Danelectro DJ-3 BLT Slap Echo Pedal:

              I have used one of these for years as part of my live rig. Cheap. It sounds great with an overdriven tube amp. Good for rockabilly/psychobilly stuff. It doesn't color your sound to much. I have a rocktron short timer as well and it tends to add more high end than i would like.
              I have a Gretsch power jet and a LP with p90s.

              The down side is they're cheaply made. I think I have been through 3 of them over the last 8 years, but it beats putting wear and tear on my Roland echo.

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              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Surprising quality for such a cheap unit!

              Comments about Danelectro DJ-3 BLT Slap Echo Pedal:

              This is a slap echo, it is a very limited effect, barely more than a deep reverb.I'm taking one point off for the plastic case, seems sturdy now, but I can see it cracking eventually. But for such a cheap item, the electronics are remarkably quiet. I just bought the CoolCat package as well and with the exception of a bit of line noise introduced by the Transparent Overdrive (hey, it's bumping up the signal and any noise associated), I can switch all these effects on at once and still experience a tolerable level of hiss.

              This is a specialized effect, but I can see getting good use out of it for certain songs

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              (4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Not a very convincing pedal

              By George-qOhc6

              from San Francisco

              Comments about Danelectro DJ-3 BLT Slap Echo Pedal:

              I play a lot of surf music and Stray Cats/Brian Setzer type of rockabilly old school music. Ive been working on getting that tone, and you really cant beat the price of the Danelectro Slap Echo pedal, but now I reailze that the truth is you get what you pay for. This pedal looks like a fisher price toy and unfortunately it sounds like one too. The pedal sounds, in my mind, dirties your clean sound a bit. Not a distorted sound but makes you sound like your using a little practice/portable 10w amp inside a small bathroom. (granted its what its supposed to do). But I wouldnt call it perfect for surf/rockabilly. Your better off sticking with a good Fender amp and cranking up that reverb knob.

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