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Danelectro DJ-5 Tuna Melt Tremolo Pedal

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Add some trem variations to your sound!

Features controls for speed and depth. A Hard/Soft switch gives you the trems from different '50s amps.

FEATURES
  • Hard/soft switch for '50s-style amp tremolo sounds
  • Speed and depth controls
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DanelectroDJ-5 Tuna Melt Tremolo Pedal
 
4.4

(based on 57 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (33)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (18)
  • Excellent sound quality (18)
  • Responsive (10)
  • Versatile (8)
  • Good selection of effects (7)

Cons

  • Not durable (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (17)
  • Home studio (14)
  • Amateur recording (11)
  • Outdoor events / games (9)
  • Professional recording (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (15), Professional musician (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Dr. J.

I had to write this review as I've made a recent discovery. I bought this pedal about two years to give me some old style tremolo like "Suzie Q" and...Read complete review

I had to write this review as I've made a recent discovery. I bought this pedal about two years to give me some old style tremolo like "Suzie Q" and "Gimme Shelter". It did what I wanted. I have a late seventies Vibro Champ and it is similar. However, I got a new tube amp two months ago and had also bulit a new pedal board and rearranged the pedals. I was getting a noticeable noise just by turning on the amp which was making the drive channel disenchanting. I removed the tremolo pedal and noise gone. I still wanted a tremolo pedal and was looking online at different pedals, reading reviews, dreading maybe paying a lot more than I wanted. I finally came upon a review for a tremolo pedal where the owner said place the tremolo before your distortion /overdrive to eliminate noise. I put the Tuna melt third after my Boss tuner and my Cry Baby and problem solved. So now I'm going tuner, Cry Baby, Tuna Melt,Barber overdrive, chorus, MXR analog delay, amp and no problems. No noise. I still get a very slight volume increase when the pedal is engaged but it is something I can easily adjust with my guitar volume. So, save yourself a lot of money and go with this ,just watch where you place it in your chain

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great sounding tremolo pedal, but cheaply made.

For the money, this pedal sounds great. I bought it essentially for one particular song our band plays and it really did the job well. The bad news, the third time I tried...Read complete review

For the money, this pedal sounds great. I bought it essentially for one particular song our band plays and it really did the job well. The bad news, the third time I tried to use it, I got nothing but a clicking sound from it. When I opened the pedal to repair it, I found what looked like a simple cold solder joint on the output jack. I pulled the board out for a closer look and found the trace had completely separated from the board, which is not something I can repair without replacing the entire board. Needless to say, I'm not going through the hassle of finding and replacing a board on a cheap pedal. It was a fun pedal for the short time it worked though.

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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Dr. J.

By Gunslinger

from Pittsburgh, PA

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Comments about Danelectro DJ-5 Tuna Melt Tremolo Pedal:

I had to write this review as I've made a recent discovery. I bought this pedal about two years to give me some old style tremolo like "Suzie Q" and "Gimme Shelter". It did what I wanted. I have a late seventies Vibro Champ and it is similar. However, I got a new tube amp two months ago and had also bulit a new pedal board and rearranged the pedals. I was getting a noticeable noise just by turning on the amp which was making the drive channel disenchanting. I removed the tremolo pedal and noise gone. I still wanted a tremolo pedal and was looking online at different pedals, reading reviews, dreading maybe paying a lot more than I wanted. I finally came upon a review for a tremolo pedal where the owner said place the tremolo before your distortion /overdrive to eliminate noise. I put the Tuna melt third after my Boss tuner and my Cry Baby and problem solved. So now I'm going tuner, Cry Baby, Tuna Melt,Barber overdrive, chorus, MXR analog delay, amp and no problems. No noise. I still get a very slight volume increase when the pedal is engaged but it is something I can easily adjust with my guitar volume. So, save yourself a lot of money and go with this ,just watch where you place it in your chain

(3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

A real lightweight

By The Slider

from Virginia

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Comments about Danelectro DJ-5 Tuna Melt Tremolo Pedal:

I bought this pedal new for about 35.00 bucks and now wished I'd paid a little more and gotten something a little more substantial. It's plastic canary yellow housing is pretty wimpy, kinda cool looking. The insides arn't much better as the inlet jack has broken with minimal use. As some of the other reviews have stated there is a slight cut in volume which needs to be accounted for when switched on. Another pain in the butt feature to the Danelectro mini pedals the whole base has to come off to get a 9V battery in. On the plus side you can get some decent trem sounds if you mess with it awhile.The trem on my multi-effects pedal does sound better though.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It's a TREM!!!

By HarrO

from California

Comments about Danelectro DJ-5 Tuna Melt Tremolo Pedal:

OK, I've owned this bad boy for over 10 years. NO issues. Definitely one of my "go to" peddles. BUT, it's a trem. Set it and forget it. Nothin fancy. I don't get the complaints here. I don't jump up and down on my peddles with cowboy boots on, and this thing has been great!!! It does exactly what a trem does, no more, no less. Fogerty, Gilmore, Tommy James, Keith Richards - all those tones come out of this cheap little box. Batteries seem to last forever (DON'T leave cords plugged in when not in use, will drain battery) So I figure this thing has cost me about a $1.50 a YEAR since I have had it and it still plays like out of the box. Try this one first!!!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome for the price

By Jesse-hTa71

from NC

Comments about Danelectro DJ-5 Tuna Melt Tremolo Pedal:

I got this pedal b/c I wanted a tremolo but didn't want to shell out an awful lot for one. It's perfect for what I use it for! The only complaints I have are that it's made of plastic and it does noticeably affect my signal, but not drastically. I would def. recommend it to anyone looking for a cheap but decent tremolo!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

GREAT BUY

By Keith

from Idaho

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Danelectro DJ-5 Tuna Melt Tremolo Pedal:

    I've been playing for 30+ yrs. 13 of those years with Toby Keith. This is a great little pedal. Granted I use it at home and not on the road but that doesn't mean it's not a good pedal, cause it is. Honestly for the money is a great buy. Does everything a tremolo pedal should do. If I did have a complaint it would be that it is a little small. That's really not a problem though. If your looking for a good tremolo pedal that doesn't cost an arm and leg, this is it

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    A No-Frills Trem That Does The Job

    By Artie Fisk

    from New Paltz, NY

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality

    Cons

    • Some settings not really useable.

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Performances

    Comments about Danelectro DJ-5 Tuna Melt Tremolo Pedal:

    Yes, it's in a plastic housing. Yes, the switch is one of those soft-touch ones. Yes, it comes in a blister pack. But tremolo is a pretty simple effect, and the Tuna Melt is the bang-for-the-buck winner in the tremolo category.

    There are controls for speed and depth, as is typical for tremolo. The Tuna Melt also has a mini-toggle that allows you to switch between triangle wave and square wave tremolo. The triangle wave is far more useful than the square wave, at least for me. I don't generally do the choppy trem style, so I tend to keep it on the triangle side. And it does that traditional style of tremolo very well. It does not seem to add any noise to my signal chain, and it adds the warble that I needed (the amp I'm using right now doesn't have trem or reverb). The pedal doesn't particularly add any color to the sound, either. There is the expected slight perceived volume drop when engaging the pedal, but that's what happens with tremolo. For this price, I'm not too broken up about not having a volume control to combat that. This pedal does a basic tremolo very nicely. And it didn't break the bank.

    I don't think there's really anything to worry about with the plastic housing or the switch. Just because they're often referred to as "stomp boxes" doesn't mean that you actually have to "stomp" on them. I treat all my pedals gently because that's how my momma raised me.

    I don't necessarily expect to keep the Tuna Melt on my board forever, but for now, it's definitely a keeper. With the right OD before it and the right reverb after it, it does exactly what I generally want right now. You could pay five times this much (or more) on a tremolo and yes, you'd get a slew of extra features and options, but since I'm a "set it and forget it" sort of player for the most part, all those controls on a trem would just get in my way. I would recommend this pedal to anyone who needs a simple tremolo for an amp that doesn't supply it.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best in Class

    By Rockerduck

    from Marietta, GA

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Danelectro DJ-5 Tuna Melt Tremolo Pedal:

    You can't buy a better tremelo for the price, and this one sounds as good as the best.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome pedal

    By Xaaron1377

    from Boston, MA

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Recording

      Comments about Danelectro DJ-5 Tuna Melt Tremolo Pedal:

      Nice little pedal for what it does. There are more expensive ones out there but this one gets the job done right. I can't justify spending 100+ on something like a tremelo pedal. Danelectro pedals are a great value and have yet to let me down.
      Some people complain about plastic casing on these Dano pedals but that hasn't been a problem. I have an older version of the pedal (which is essentially the same, only there is a switch for the hard/soft instead of a knob) which I recieved second-hand. The guy gigged with it for several years and I have been using it regularly for a few years now, and it still holds up perfectly. No complaints here.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A great trem for the cash

      By TimbRocks

      from Fort Lauderdale, FL

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      Comments about Danelectro DJ-5 Tuna Melt Tremolo Pedal:

      This is a pretty inexpensive piece of gear but it sounds just as sweet as the expensive versions, so if you are looking to save some cash and still get a decent trem, I would recommend this one.It's not built as solid as a BOSS but how could you complain at the price? I've been recording with it at home and it sounds great. Dane stuff seems pretty reliable to me. Works fine with no problems so far. I've owned mine for about 6 months.

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The Only Pedal I Regret Selling

      By NotMozart

      from Austin, TX

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      Comments about Danelectro DJ-5 Tuna Melt Tremolo Pedal:

      I used one of these for years and then got on a true-bypass kick. While true-bypass does sound awesome, I wish I had kept this pedal just for when I only play through my amp and don't bring my pedalboard. This little thing is a great tremolo pedal for the price. Good 50's and 60's vibe. I highly recommend it, I'm going in to see if I can work a trade for some amps today and I'm going to make sure that one of these is part of the deal. This is a great pedal for the price.

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Decent for Cheap

      By Tyberius

      from columbia, TN

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      Comments about Danelectro DJ-5 Tuna Melt Tremolo Pedal:

      Bought it used from a former bandmate who had no idea how to operate *anything.* At any rate, it's a decent tremolo unit. I don't care for the "Hard" setting, but the "Soft" setting actually sounds pretty good. It does give a bit of volume boost when engaged. This was annoying at first, but I've gotten used to it over the years. Been using it since 2001 with no problems. It has survived countless rehearsals and 100's of gigs. Sometimes you come out pretty good for a few bucks.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Good n cheap

      By Larry

      from Nashville, TN, San Juan, PR

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      Comments about Danelectro DJ-5 Tuna Melt Tremolo Pedal:

      Hey, its not built like a tank like a boss, but with a savings of say.. 60 bucks? Not tap tempo, but get over it. I've played several different pedals, and this is my fav. If it broke, I would buy another. There is a slight volume drop, but the features overcome this. You have two total different settings: 1) sine wave, 2) square wave. Get it! I use it 2 times a week, for a total of 8 hours worth of shows. Hasn't failed me since 1999.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Bang for the buck!

      By Jay Tee

      from Carpinteria, Ca.

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      Comments about Danelectro DJ-5 Tuna Melt Tremolo Pedal:

      I have been using this pedal for about three years now for gigs/practice/recording. I think its pretty freaking good! My only beef is the plastic control knobs/plastic housing. The danoelectro case is a MUST if you use several of these pedals (like myself). I have broken several control knobs over the years. The sound quaility is good. Pretty adjustable. Get it!

       
      5.0

      Tremmmmolo!

      By Jett

      from Tallahassee, FL

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      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performances

        Comments about Danelectro DJ-5 Tuna Melt Tremolo Pedal:

        Hey, I love Danelectro pedals. I have about 9 of them that appear in different combinations, and with other brands, from time-to-time on my secondary pedal board. I recently added the DJ-5 Tuna Melt tremolo to my "arsenal" of Danelectro pedals. It is quickly becoming my favorite of this brand. The sounds it produces are just, umm, tremulous!

         
        2.0

        Great sounding tremolo pedal, but cheaply made.

        By Chris

        from Orange County, CA

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        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality

        Cons

        • Breaks Easily

        Best Uses

          Comments about Danelectro DJ-5 Tuna Melt Tremolo Pedal:

          For the money, this pedal sounds great. I bought it essentially for one particular song our band plays and it really did the job well. The bad news, the third time I tried to use it, I got nothing but a clicking sound from it. When I opened the pedal to repair it, I found what looked like a simple cold solder joint on the output jack. I pulled the board out for a closer look and found the trace had completely separated from the board, which is not something I can repair without replacing the entire board. Needless to say, I'm not going through the hassle of finding and replacing a board on a cheap pedal. It was a fun pedal for the short time it worked though.

           
          4.0

          great little pedal

          By Mike

          from Huntington WV

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          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Danelectro DJ-5 Tuna Melt Tremolo Pedal:

            This is a great Tremolo pedal for the money. Its compact and very easy to use. my only con is the bright yellow color but I'm not a big fan of that color anyway. But it does its job and sounds great

             
            4.0

            Just Fine...

            By Rhodes Driver

            from Boston MA

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            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Responsive

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Danelectro DJ-5 Tuna Melt Tremolo Pedal:

              I was looking for classic tremolo, and this unit delivers just that. I didn't want hiss or distortion added to the signal, and this device does not add either. The Tuna Melt uses optical tremolo, which is the best way to create analog tremolo without adding noise or other artifacts to the signal. For the price it's a great bargain. People note that the unit looks a bit fragile, but I'm using it in a home studio, so that's not a problem for me.

               
              1.0

              Bad quality control at Danelectro

              By Terry R

              from Quakertown PA

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                Cons

                • Breaks Easily

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                  Comments about Danelectro DJ-5 Tuna Melt Tremolo Pedal:

                  Arrived not working due to bad solder joint on the battery connection

                   
                  5.0

                  Great

                  By Keith

                  from Idaho

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                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Excellent Sound Quality
                  • Good Selection Of Effects
                  • Responsive
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Danelectro DJ-5 Tuna Melt Tremolo Pedal:

                    Don't let the price fool you. This is a great pedal. You won't be disappointed. Buy it.

                     
                    5.0

                    LOVE IT

                    By Keith

                    from Idaho

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                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Does what it should
                    • Excellent Sound Quality
                    • Good Selection Of Effects
                    • Responsive
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Danelectro DJ-5 Tuna Melt Tremolo Pedal:

                      One great little pedal. Doesn't take up much room on my board. Great buy, you won't be disappointed.

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