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DanelectroDJ-3 BLT Slap Echo Pedal
 
3.9

(based on 33 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (9)
  • Excellent sound quality (6)
  • Responsive (6)
  • Versatile (4)

Cons

  • Limited selection of effects (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (7)
  • Performances (7)
  • Amateur recording (6)
  • Outdoor events / games (4)
  • Professional recording (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), 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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Not a very convincing pedal

By George-qOhc6

from Huntington Beach, CA

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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.

(5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Promises very little...delivers just that.

By dingwafflesdone

from Dallas, TX

Comments about Danelectro DJ-3 BLT Slap Echo Pedal:

If you're looking for an echo/reverb/delay pedal (and you don't know how to use a soldering iron), do not buy this. It is a highly specific piece of equipment and delivers one simple effect that can be tweaked very little. However, it delivers that effect very well and with great consistency. If you're a guitar player and you're going for that vintage surf/rockabilly sound, this pedal is for you.On the other hand, if you make electronic music/noise, this pedal is severely limited. The slap back sounds pretty good on synth and drum sounds that have very high attack and decay. It can make your drum beats sound like some of that delicious experimental electronic tape stuff from the late 70s and early 80s, but that's about it.With a little tweaking, however, this thing can be turned into a full blown delay pedal that sounds as good as just about anything on the market. If you're into circuit bending, this pedal makes a great project at a great price.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Slap Echo!!!!

By brett304

from west virginia

Comments about Danelectro DJ-3 BLT Slap Echo Pedal:

Just got the pedal tonight and started it up... It hit just the spot for me... I'd been looking for a good slapback sound... I decided to read the reviews afterwards and they kinda made me mad... First off, it doesn't claim to be an echo pedal... If you do not know what slapback is, then look it up... Its a mix of echos and reverb but is not really either... Do not expect this pedal to be either by itself... There may be more versatile slapback boxes out there and there may be higher quality, but this thing hit the spot for me!! I'm really excited... If you're looking for a very natural sounding tone than this is a GREAT start... I may find that I'm totally content to never add another echo or delay box to my setup... My reverb on my amp and this bad boy may be all i need! For twenty bucks, I'm totally elated!! Give it a shot for rockabilly goodness!!!!

(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.

    (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Doesn't live up to the reviews.

    By Gorgo!

    from Cleveland

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    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.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    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!!!

      (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.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A classic.

        By Mental Hop-InSMQ

        from Collingdale, PA

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        Comments about Danelectro DJ-3 BLT Slap Echo Pedal:

        I like this pedal because it's sturdy (believe it or not) and fits to the kind of music I like to play. It is the perfect pedal for classic country and rockabilly. It sounds just like the early Elvis with Scooty Moore. Definitly a worthwhile pedal for the rockabilly fans. And this thing is pretty sturdy. I've had it for over a year now and I only broke one of the dials off tonight after I accidently slammed the wah pedal on it. But it was an easy fix because the bottom of the dial has a little cross on the bottom of it and it fits in directly to it's former spot and just added a touch of super glue to ensure it's immobility from going anywhere anymore. For the price, this pedal rocks, and if it wore 20 bucks more, I'd buy it again. Although you must buy a wall wart for this one because it will eat a battery or two until you get one. A lot of people harp on Danelectro for not being quality but they can say all they want and buy more exspensive equipment and miss out on a good deal that is worth every penny. As for it ruining tone, I haven't encountered that. I bought this pedal to change my tone. To get a shower room type sound, something that would sound like those old recordings and that's what I got. If that's ruined...then I guess that's what I like. This pedal sits right in between a Tubescreamer and a Crybaby and I couldn't be more proud of my Dano baby.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        if you love awesome, islandy sounds, GET THIS!

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Danelectro DJ-3 BLT Slap Echo Pedal:

        i was a little skeptical at first because all of the slapback sound i'd heard before this were all crappy. but when i plugged this baby in, i was sold! when turned all the way up, it creates a BEAUTIFUL reverb/slapback that can't really be described. when turned down, it's simple echo sounds great for blues. it sounds wonderful on an electric violin too! it sounds better than other higher priced pedals that i've played. if you play surf, island or blues, get this pedal.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Always On

        By Kuznit

        from Yucca Valley CA

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        Comments about Danelectro DJ-3 BLT Slap Echo Pedal:

        I got one of these several years ago, I mike woodwinds thru it, and there is only a rare occasion when it is not turned on when playing. It gives me the sound I love so well with all my instruments. The knobs are plastic and snap off easily (I use my feet to control things)and glue back together just as easy. It could use a lil more delay, but I love the concert hall sound. Use it all the time.

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