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Danelectro DJ13 French Toast Octave Distortion Pedal 

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It faithfully re-creates the Foxx Tone Machine from the early '70s, the best 'octave up' effect of all time. For piercing, shrieking, scalp-searing s...Click To Read More About This Product

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Gives a new definition to the word "SCREAM"!

It faithfully re-creates the Foxx Tone Machine from the early '70s, the best 'octave up' effect of all time. For piercing, shrieking, scalp-searing solos, you NEED this machine.


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DanelectroDJ13 French Toast Octave Distortion Pedal
 
3.7

(based on 44 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (7)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Best Uses

  • Home studio (4)
  • Amateur recording (3)
  • Performances (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

JIggawhaaaaaat???!!!

This pedal is simply amazing. Although you can drive the distortion and EQ to create an almost electricity-surging sound, I choose to keep them both low to get a deep, warm, HUGE fuzz...Read complete review

This pedal is simply amazing. Although you can drive the distortion and EQ to create an almost electricity-surging sound, I choose to keep them both low to get a deep, warm, HUGE fuzz sound.

Flip on the octave switch for that Hendrix tone with the same settings and your guitar will literally scream through your amp, simply amazing.

If you look at my Cons bar, you'll notice I said "Almost too much insanity." To clarify - The pedal has such an outrageous range of distortion and tone that when you flip on the octave switch, chords become undistinguishable static.
However, that is not ENTIRELY bad. Personally, I could see myself using that noise for experimental parts in the studio, but not live shows. The octave switch is a very powerful poison, one that must be used strictly for one note at a time solos or riffs. Unless you're playing octaves, two harmonies will completely clash because the extra octave the pedal adds almost sounds like a ring modulator at that point.
Regardless of this fact, the octave switch has proven to be one of the best features on this pedal and I adore it all the same.

It says distortion, but trust me, it's a fuzz, and a great one at that.

Put the EQ at about 9 o' clock, as well as the distortion level, put the level knob up to about 2 or 3 o'clock, turn your volume knob down on your guitar to about 7 and be amazed at the warm crossroads-esque fuzz.

Literally, this is my favorite pedal I have ever owned. I've been eyeballing it for quite a few months, but I finally paid the money and bought it and it has literally exceeded all the expectations I had prior to listening to it in person. I heard a few recordings and demos of it, but none of them did this pedal justice.

Simply put - it's a gem. Definitely keeping this one for as long as it survives the road, and I may even consider putting it in a metal case, but the seafoam green is almost too gorgeous to not use.

My youtube name is "hotgluefingerboard11." I haven't put up a video in a while, but be watching out for an extensive review on this pedal as well as some other Danelectro pedals that I love. Cheers!

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Horrible pedal!

French Toast is a 100% waste of your money. The tone is horrible, and just sounds like one constant kksssshhhhhhhhhhhhhhghghfhg sound that has NO flexibility. Flip it to octave up and your ears...Read complete review

French Toast is a 100% waste of your money. The tone is horrible, and just sounds like one constant kksssshhhhhhhhhhhhhhghghfhg sound that has NO flexibility. Flip it to octave up and your ears hurt with the very trebley akksshshdhghfd. It drives me up the wall. I have a crust band, and a grunge/punk band, and this pedal is completely useless, and I'm asuming unless you want one constant, never changing "sound", it will be the same for you. Don't waste your money on this, go with the Fab Tone. French Toast sounds ok when you're playing it quitely with no sounds with it (ie. just you and your guitar, no band), but as soon as you turn it up or put another sound with it, the sound just goes to ****. Stay away.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Budget emulator

By Misterspockyall

from Midwest USA

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Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Bedroom
      • Home Studio

      Comments about Danelectro DJ13 French Toast Octave Distortion Pedal:

      My dad had a 70s Fuzz pedal that I loved (which shall remain nameless, but it's covered in actual fuzz). This pedal is a very affordable emulator of said pedal.

      I'm sure the cheapening of the internal parts has compromised the sound from the original, but it gets you into a very very close ballpark.

      This is a NASTY sounding fuzz. And that is a good thing. Most pedals don't go far enough with their effects, you will likely dial this one back. I love the tone, it inspires me to play for hours.

      The build quality is cheap. It is also very inexpensive. Keep in protected, or in your home, and it should last just fine. I've had no problems with mine.

      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Crispy...

      By ickysticky

      from Ohio

      Comments about Danelectro DJ13 French Toast Octave Distortion Pedal:

      This pedal can give you some great tones for a great price, but dialing in a sound that won't cut your volume in half while still sounding good is tough. It took me two years to accept the fact that this pedal needs some kind of boost in front of it to get enough drive to even hear the upper octave. The lower octave setting is great how it is but the upper octave is too thin. I recommend an overdrive in front of this pedal to get a little more midrange, or else your les paul will sound like a rickenbacker and your strat will sound like strangling a cat.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      JIggawhaaaaaat???!!!

      By Bernie

      from Merica'

      About Me Experienced

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      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Great Price
      • Responsive
      • Stellar
      • Unique
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Almost Too Much Insanity
      • May Not Withstand Touring

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Bluesfunk
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Live Shows
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Danelectro DJ13 French Toast Octave Distortion Pedal:

      This pedal is simply amazing. Although you can drive the distortion and EQ to create an almost electricity-surging sound, I choose to keep them both low to get a deep, warm, HUGE fuzz sound.

      Flip on the octave switch for that Hendrix tone with the same settings and your guitar will literally scream through your amp, simply amazing.

      If you look at my Cons bar, you'll notice I said "Almost too much insanity." To clarify - The pedal has such an outrageous range of distortion and tone that when you flip on the octave switch, chords become undistinguishable static.
      However, that is not ENTIRELY bad. Personally, I could see myself using that noise for experimental parts in the studio, but not live shows. The octave switch is a very powerful poison, one that must be used strictly for one note at a time solos or riffs. Unless you're playing octaves, two harmonies will completely clash because the extra octave the pedal adds almost sounds like a ring modulator at that point.
      Regardless of this fact, the octave switch has proven to be one of the best features on this pedal and I adore it all the same.

      It says distortion, but trust me, it's a fuzz, and a great one at that.

      Put the EQ at about 9 o' clock, as well as the distortion level, put the level knob up to about 2 or 3 o'clock, turn your volume knob down on your guitar to about 7 and be amazed at the warm crossroads-esque fuzz.

      Literally, this is my favorite pedal I have ever owned. I've been eyeballing it for quite a few months, but I finally paid the money and bought it and it has literally exceeded all the expectations I had prior to listening to it in person. I heard a few recordings and demos of it, but none of them did this pedal justice.

      Simply put - it's a gem. Definitely keeping this one for as long as it survives the road, and I may even consider putting it in a metal case, but the seafoam green is almost too gorgeous to not use.

      My youtube name is "hotgluefingerboard11." I haven't put up a video in a while, but be watching out for an extensive review on this pedal as well as some other Danelectro pedals that I love. Cheers!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Be careful

      By mitchell

      from undisclosed

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      Comments about Danelectro DJ13 French Toast Octave Distortion Pedal:

      The tiny knobs can be a pain. The tone knob goes from murky to way too tinny. I can't imagine this being anyone's main distortion/fuzz sound ..... Does it sound like I'm leading into a neagtive review? Well, I'm not. While this isn't exactly a one trick pony, it is limited pedal - On the other hand it does what it was designed to do quite well: That biting octave fuzz sound!So, be careful - If you understand what this pedal is supposed to do you may have found a gem.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      This is an evil little pedal...

      By Scott Bykowicz

      from Hamburg, NY

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      Comments about Danelectro DJ13 French Toast Octave Distortion Pedal:

      So as my title stated, this pedal is pretty evil... it will not play nice with your amp. The fuzz is pretty harsh and out of control, and with the octave thrown in - you have a weird weird sound. If you're like me though, you dig weird sounds and you can definitely have alot of fun with this pedal. It's quite dynamic in response, meaning if you just start strumming it's going to sound like radio static... i'm still in the process of getting the feel for it, not sure if I'll ever use this in any of my band's songs, but overall, a really fun pedal. If you're into weird sounds, give this "French Toast" a try.
      You have your effect level knob, distortion knob (which even at the lowest setting gives you a hint of crunch), the octave switch (on or off) and your EQ knob which honestly, doesn't have the greatest range (either a ton of low end or a harsh trebly sound). I did play with the EQ for some time to find a "sweet spot" that worked nicely. One big big negative - no LED light to indicate whether the pedal is on or off. However, it's pretty easy to tell...
      Despite how neat they are, they are built rather poorly. I had to take off the back plate and re-tighten it as it was wobbly right out of the box. Despite the build quality, they do hold up nicely - I never understood the complaints about the plastic casing. How hard are people stomping on pedals? I've never hit my Neo Clone like I was trying to kill an ant! The plastic guard is also nice, might be a turn-off if you have big fingers as the knobs are tiny.
      Got it on Black Friday so probably ended up paying less than $29 for it. Won't find something this unique for that price anywhere else.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      totally nasty

      By Craig

      from undisclosed

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      Comments about DJ13 French Toast Octave Distortion Pedal:

      The type of fuzz I had been searching for a while. This (sort of) clone of the vintage Foxx Tone Machine is a tone obliterating buzzsaw fuzz, not mild mannered at all... totally nasty. The build quality is cheap, as all Dano pedals are, but for the money I would buy this again and again.

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Good for price

      By Guitrplayer03

      from West Virginia

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design

      Cons

      • Limited Selection Of Effects

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Danelectro DJ13 French Toast Octave Distortion Pedal:

      For the price what more do you want. Turn the distortion and volume down, find your eq and then drive it with one of your OD pedals. Not a fuzz face. Not a foxx. Not 100-200. Just shut up and get it. 5 star. Btw, I drive mine with a boss dynadrive to a custom vibrolux reverb/mex or AM deluxe strat.

      Oh and it's a decent build. Don't stomp on it, take care of your gear and it will last.

      (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      this pedal is aptly titled

      By nervous jender

      from cathedral city

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      Comments about Danelectro DJ13 French Toast Octave Distortion Pedal:

      this pedal may be a bit too refined for fuzz nuts. it's a distortion. it beats out the fuzz face reissue for sure and beats out anything boss is putting out. does not stand up in sound to my dwarfcraft devices, copilotfx, and noisemaker effects fuzzes.
      oddly enough, this pedal reminds me of my boss hyper fuzz, a sound somewhere between the mode 1 and mode 2 on certain settings. it's more distortion than fuzz with a smooth breakup, no gate or splattery bit sounds here. i bought this when it first came out 'cause i needed a cheap octave up for covering blitz's "someone's gonna die" on guitar. but now that I play bass only, this pedal will still give me cheap nice grit with single coils and a pick with the eq set at 12 o'clock, octave turned off and distortion set at 0.
      keep the knob protector on it and it will last. i broke a knob off on my dano reverse delay accidently, wish that it had a foot guard on it!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      french toast is good

      By volume@10!!!

      from Hutchinson, MN

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      Comments about Danelectro DJ13 French Toast Octave Distortion Pedal:

      The Danelectro french toast delivers some seious dirt. It's distortion and level pack some serious punch. It's eq can make your guitar gofrom grungy to pretty melow. The octave/fuzz switch is the best part though. This pedal sounds amazing and is well worth the money. Iwould reccomend it to anyone who rocks.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great for Bass

      By davidamar

      from Vancouver

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      Comments about Danelectro DJ13 French Toast Octave Distortion Pedal:

      Dont get me wrong, this pedal is extremely mediocre for a guitarist. But, for bass, the french toast is an amazing sounding distortion (with or without the octave.) I play this through a fender geddy lee jazz bass into a Fender Bassman 300Pro and it sounds unbelivable. The knobs are really easy to lose as the fall off fairly easily though. Overall, its amazing for bass and sub-par for guitar.

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