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Danelectro DJ-9 Surf and Turf Compressor Pedal   

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DanelectroDJ-9 Surf and Turf Compressor Pedal
 
3.9

(based on 24 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

My Absolute Favorite...

I've been playing for over 30 years and as strange as it might sound, this compressor is the best sounding pedal I've used. I've tried MXR, Milkbox, Line Six Constrictor, Route 66,...Read complete review

I've been playing for over 30 years and as strange as it might sound, this compressor is the best sounding pedal I've used. I've tried MXR, Milkbox, Line Six Constrictor, Route 66, and Vox Snakecharmer,and several multi-effects processors among others, but this cheap little pedal sounds the best for my purpose. I want clean sustain with a little boost and this just does it.

It's not shielded well, so it may pick up noise now and then, but I plan to shield the enclosure to completely eliminate it (though not a big problem). If I had money out my ears I might spend 300 or so to try a keely, but for great sustain without squash, I've come back to this pedal after 3 years of trial and error with others. Dano got this one RIGHT.

I use it onstage regularly and never worry about a backup.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

A decent compressor

It is a decent compressor and works for its intended purpose well, but has some issues.

It is a very noisy pedal. None of my other pedals, including a Danelectro...Read complete review

It is a decent compressor and works for its intended purpose well, but has some issues.

It is a very noisy pedal. None of my other pedals, including a Danelectro EQ, produce any noticeable noise. This one is the hummingbird in my rig.
The tone controls on the pedal hardly have any effect on the sound. Maybe I just got a lemon, but when I crank the knobs all the way up or down, there is little discernable difference. I am a tone freak and pay attention to sublte nuance, but it's just not working for me.

Much like other Danelectro pedals, it is in a plastic housing and is somewhat fragile. Be careful and don't stomp on the button - use your big toe or the tip of your shoe to switch it on and off.

The conpressed sound is very good, but I hardly use it because of the noise it creates. My best friend fell in love with this pedal and decided to get one, but ended up buying a Boss compressor/sustainer instead. He's much happier with his compressor than I am with mine, but I also spent much less. It's a compromise, for sure.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My Absolute Favorite...

By Wayne

from Texas

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive

Cons

  • Not shielded

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Performances

Comments about Danelectro DJ-9 Surf and Turf Compressor Pedal:

I've been playing for over 30 years and as strange as it might sound, this compressor is the best sounding pedal I've used. I've tried MXR, Milkbox, Line Six Constrictor, Route 66, and Vox Snakecharmer,and several multi-effects processors among others, but this cheap little pedal sounds the best for my purpose. I want clean sustain with a little boost and this just does it.

It's not shielded well, so it may pick up noise now and then, but I plan to shield the enclosure to completely eliminate it (though not a big problem). If I had money out my ears I might spend 300 or so to try a keely, but for great sustain without squash, I've come back to this pedal after 3 years of trial and error with others. Dano got this one RIGHT.

I use it onstage regularly and never worry about a backup.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nice Compressor, Does inject some noise however

Comments about Danelectro DJ-9 Surf and Turf Compressor Pedal:

What I like? The price-point obviously. However, I don't play in a band setting any more. (What I don't like), If I did play in a band or used a compressor on a regular basis, I might consider something else. This unit (at least the one I have), injects a noticeable amount of hum noise when the unit is engaged. When by-passed, the noise is gone. I tried it through a Marshall VS8240 & a Fender Champion 300 and though it sounds nice, the added noise to me, is noticeable and something I wouldn't want to hear if I played as previously mentioned. Believe-it-or-don't, there is a set of instructions that came in the box and these instructions appear to address the proper operation of all of their effect pedals. It has the knobs shown in the instructions and where best to position the knobs to get the best sound. If you don't up the controls tremendously the noise is negligible but still noticeable, but not a deal-breaker. I'm not trying to sound negative, I do like the pedal. However, I also have a Vox VT-30 and it has a builit in compressor effect and I don't hear any added noise with that amp and with that amp's effect engaged. And however again, the Vox amp has its own noise floor when the amp is on with nothing plugged into it and I can live with that. And no, I don't use the Dan Electro compressor withthe Vox VT-30. Hmnm...I might try it though. I heard Roger McGuiunn plugged his 12-string into two (not this compressor), compressor units plugged directly into the recording studios mix board or something like that to get his sound. Anyway, sorry for the sidebar/sidetrack but from what I understand and from what I have experienced, the use of a compressor is desired when playing an electric 12-string guitar as it does seem to add to that ding-dang jingly-jangly sound so-to-speak.
It has 2 control knobs to make the sound adjustments.
The unit seems sturdy. The button does not make your usual "click" sound when it is pressed. It is more of the silent type but I'm ok with that.
Unit appears to be a good value. Just type the word "compressor" into a music store web site search box and see all the really expensive choices it brings up. And like all other things-musical, do we really need 32 choices of compressors or fuzz-tones or wah-pedals etc...You'd think there'd be some duplication in there somewhere...And completely off the subject, but years back prior to the evolved technology of stamped-out computer made circuit boards, weren't most all amps and effect pedals hand-wired? And now we pay a ton of money if we choose an item that's "hand-wired". Go figure...

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great for basic signal compression

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Danelectro DJ-9 Surf and Turf Compressor Pedal:

If you know how compressors works, you can see that it has two knobs: "Level", which will determine the signal output, either louder for boost, equal for only compression, or quieter for whatever reason. "Sensitivity" on a compressor means it will automatically compress the peak signals and boost the quieter signals - the more sensitive, the greater or tighter the compression.This pedal works great for simply that function: transparent compression. Placed right after the instrument and before other effects, it will keep your peaks from blowing or distorting your sound, and it will keep your signal troughs louder so that you don't have to up the volume. The final product is an even, "big" sound, great for both live and recording. Great especially for acoustic.For specific uses like extra sustain or chicken picken, use another compressor that has specific sustain, threshold and attack settings so you can really adjust your sounds. Those who complain it's noisy either have noisy single coil pickups or are using them in the wrong order in an effects chain or just have a lemon.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

A decent compressor

By Pazuzu

from Dallas, TX

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Pros

  • Good sound quality
  • Responsive

Cons

  • Feels Delicate
  • Limited Selection Of Effects
  • Unresponsive Controls

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio
  • Jamming
  • Practicing

Comments about Danelectro DJ-9 Surf and Turf Compressor Pedal:

It is a decent compressor and works for its intended purpose well, but has some issues.

It is a very noisy pedal. None of my other pedals, including a Danelectro EQ, produce any noticeable noise. This one is the hummingbird in my rig.
The tone controls on the pedal hardly have any effect on the sound. Maybe I just got a lemon, but when I crank the knobs all the way up or down, there is little discernable difference. I am a tone freak and pay attention to sublte nuance, but it's just not working for me.

Much like other Danelectro pedals, it is in a plastic housing and is somewhat fragile. Be careful and don't stomp on the button - use your big toe or the tip of your shoe to switch it on and off.

The conpressed sound is very good, but I hardly use it because of the noise it creates. My best friend fell in love with this pedal and decided to get one, but ended up buying a Boss compressor/sustainer instead. He's much happier with his compressor than I am with mine, but I also spent much less. It's a compromise, for sure.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good Deal

By ECwashr

from Melbourne, FL

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Comments about Danelectro DJ-9 Surf and Turf Compressor Pedal:

Used it at gig last night, worked great. Only need it on the clean channel, it does what it is meant to do. Thought it was worth the chance being as the price was right. Only thing bad I can say was during one song I did receive some a CB or radio transmission. Not sure if it was the pedal or my tube amp? But the pedal gives me a really nice clean sound without having to turn the volume way up and hence getting kicked out of the clubs we play...
Simple Compressor Pedal
It does what it is meant to do.
Compression pedal for this price, you can't beat that.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My first Dano - So simple!

By BadToad

from Las Vegas, NV

Comments about Danelectro DJ-9 Surf and Turf Compressor Pedal:

I always thought of Danelectro as "cheap" and always opted for "better" gear. But I bought one of these about 5-6 years ago as a cheap experiment. I quickly realized it worked alot better if I didn't turn it up so much - better to get my sound from my axe and amp, rather than a pedal - and after a little tweaking, I was amazed! I love the subtle boost and sustain without alot of change in sound. And even though it's plastic, it lasted up until earlier this year. Instead of "upgrading" I bought another one! For the prices, Dano quality is surprisingly good. I've been a Dano-Fan ever since!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome

By Tone Seeker-dEoYy

from Churubusco,IN

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Comments about Danelectro DJ-9 Surf and Turf Compressor Pedal:

I bought this pedal to give me more sustain and a little bit more grunge to my overdrive,it does just that and more.I was a little sceptical about it because the price was so low,but don't let that deture you, its worth it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

biggist bang for your buck!

By Old Rock Dog

from North Eastern Calif.

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Comments about Danelectro DJ-9 Surf and Turf Compressor Pedal:

I own the pedal. I use it with my Gretsch 5120. It has fattened up the tone and has given it extra bite and clarity. The best compressor for the money ever! I have used other brands that were more expensive and this unit works better for me.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great smooth compression

By redmunch

from Overland Park, KS

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Comments about Danelectro DJ-9 Surf and Turf Compressor Pedal:

Great for slide guitar playing. Nice, clean compression.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

An Absolute Keeper

By Very Picky Picker-blI7R

from Saint Louis, MO

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Comments about Danelectro DJ-9 Surf and Turf Compressor Pedal:

I bought one of these almost ten years ago, right after they came out, and it still works great. It's a bone-simple box; just level and sensitivity (read "amount of compression") controls. It delivers the sort of "gulpy" compression that a Dyna-Comp does, but for much less money. I like this pedal because the note decay is smooth and natural-sounding, and it does fatten your sound. Basically, it does what a compressor should, albiet with fewer bells and whistles than some more expensive boxes. A far as durability goes, yes, it's a plastic casing, but it's a fairly sturdy one. As long as you don't toss it in your bag to lose a fight with an Ernie Ball volume pedal or stomp it like it owes you money this box should do its job without any problems. Like I said, I've used the same one for almost ten years. I have used mine onstage and in the studio (with several different guitars) and it has been great. It's even a decent preamp for piezo pickups.

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