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Danelectro Fab Echo Guitar Effects Pedal

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The stripped down FAB Echo Guitar Effects Pedal is made with Danelectro's famous fun attitude. The stripped-down FAB Echo pedal has everything you ne...Click To Read More About This Product

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The least expensive cool-sounding echo in the world.

The stripped down FAB Echo Guitar Effects Pedal is made with Danelectro's famous fun attitude. The stripped-down FAB Echo pedal has everything you need and nothing you don't. Mix and repeat knobs give you plenty of signal control while a big button lets you punch it in and out. The FAB Echo effect's Cool retro-futuristic design is tough and small with nonskid rubber base. Runs on 9V battery or optional 9V DC adapter.

FEATURES
  • Rugged and sharp design
  • Mix and repeat controls
  • Large, springy button
  • 9V operation, battery (not included) or optional adapter
  • Rubber base
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DanelectroFab Echo Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.4

(based on 78 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (48)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (29)
  • Excellent sound quality (22)
  • Responsive (21)
  • Good selection of effects (11)
  • Versatile (11)

Cons

  • Limited selection of effects (7)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (23)
  • Amateur recording (18)
  • Performances (15)
  • Outdoor events / games (11)
  • Professional recording (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (24), Professional musician (11), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good Pedal, No Customer Support

I bought this pedal purely out of curiosity, and because I love delay pedals. It's probably not a true delay, as it has no delay time control, but it does produce a slap-back...Read complete review

I bought this pedal purely out of curiosity, and because I love delay pedals. It's probably not a true delay, as it has no delay time control, but it does produce a slap-back effect. If that is what you are looking for, then it is without a doubt the biggest bang for your buck. I had reservations about it being made of plastic, but the enclosure is quite rugged, with a heavy metal base plate. You would have to abuse it to damage the housing. It has only two control knobs, and tiny ones at that. Mix is on the left, and repeat is on the right as you look down at the pedal with the FAB Echo logo facing you. There are no numbers to indicate knob directions, and the "instruction sheet" doesn't tell you either. Turning the knobs clockwise when oriented as above increases the effects. Besides lacking knob numbers, the knob pointer marks are all but invisible in low light. I suppose some white paint would solve the problem, if you don't mind modifying your new pedal. The on/off switch is big enough to find with your foot, and seems to work as intended. It has a bright LED to let you know that the pedal is engaged. I noticed no noise, it's a quiet pedal. It is powered with a 9 volt battery, or a power adapter. The sticker on the base plate tells you not to use a power source which exceeds 300mA. This just doesn't make any sense to me. So are they saying not to put it on my pedal board and power my pedals with a 1 Spot (1700mA) or similar power source, or you will fry the pedal? With my limited understanding of electronics, I always thought that a pedal only consumed as many mA as it needed to operate. So being curious, I spent the next hour and a half trying to contact Danelectro customer support. This is where it got interesting. Apparently they are owned by the Evets Corporation in California. They list no phone number or email address on their internet site. After a thorough search on the web, I found several phone numbers, some disconnected and some with recorded messages. My question is, do I really want to buy pedals from a company that is so elusive? The FAB Echo seems to be an inexpensive, good pedal for slap-back (and not much else). I guess the company expects their customers to shell out the money, don't ask any questions about their product, and just throw it away and buy another one if it breaks. I do believe that I have bought my last one...

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

DECENT PEDAL

For the price, not a bad pedal at all. As stated in other reviews, it makes a nice reverb effect. If you are looking for that "awesome" piece of gear...Read complete review

For the price, not a bad pedal at all. As stated in other reviews, it makes a nice reverb effect. If you are looking for that "awesome" piece of gear you might want to invest a little more cash. This pedal is what it says it is...nothing more, nothing less.

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(9 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good Pedal, No Customer Support

By JimmyJ

from Way Up North

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Pros

  • Affordable
  • Compact Design

Cons

  • Limited Selection Of Effects
  • No Customer Support

Best Uses

  • Back-up Pedal

Comments about Danelectro Fab Echo Guitar Effects Pedal:

I bought this pedal purely out of curiosity, and because I love delay pedals. It's probably not a true delay, as it has no delay time control, but it does produce a slap-back effect. If that is what you are looking for, then it is without a doubt the biggest bang for your buck. I had reservations about it being made of plastic, but the enclosure is quite rugged, with a heavy metal base plate. You would have to abuse it to damage the housing. It has only two control knobs, and tiny ones at that. Mix is on the left, and repeat is on the right as you look down at the pedal with the FAB Echo logo facing you. There are no numbers to indicate knob directions, and the "instruction sheet" doesn't tell you either. Turning the knobs clockwise when oriented as above increases the effects. Besides lacking knob numbers, the knob pointer marks are all but invisible in low light. I suppose some white paint would solve the problem, if you don't mind modifying your new pedal. The on/off switch is big enough to find with your foot, and seems to work as intended. It has a bright LED to let you know that the pedal is engaged. I noticed no noise, it's a quiet pedal. It is powered with a 9 volt battery, or a power adapter. The sticker on the base plate tells you not to use a power source which exceeds 300mA. This just doesn't make any sense to me. So are they saying not to put it on my pedal board and power my pedals with a 1 Spot (1700mA) or similar power source, or you will fry the pedal? With my limited understanding of electronics, I always thought that a pedal only consumed as many mA as it needed to operate. So being curious, I spent the next hour and a half trying to contact Danelectro customer support. This is where it got interesting. Apparently they are owned by the Evets Corporation in California. They list no phone number or email address on their internet site. After a thorough search on the web, I found several phone numbers, some disconnected and some with recorded messages. My question is, do I really want to buy pedals from a company that is so elusive? The FAB Echo seems to be an inexpensive, good pedal for slap-back (and not much else). I guess the company expects their customers to shell out the money, don't ask any questions about their product, and just throw it away and buy another one if it breaks. I do believe that I have bought my last one...

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Perfect 50's/60's slapback echo

By Craig

from undisclosed

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Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Danelectro Fab Echo Guitar Effects Pedal:

    This pedal is a whole new level of cheap construction, an impressive and amazing level of cheapness really. That being said, this thing totally nails the 50's/60's slapback echo sound in spades. It sounds incredible. It's a one trick pony, but it does that one trick perfectly. Bang for the Buck personified... just don't look at it wrong... it might break.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Low Cost, a One Trick Pony

    By Smurf

    from Ohio

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    Pros

    • Low cost

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Danelectro Fab Echo Guitar Effects Pedal:

        Case, Switch, Controls, and Jacks are fine. The problem is that this is a One Trick Pony in the broadest sense of the word. For Lap Steel it sounds great, for Guitar it conjurers up the Sun Record days, in spades.

        BUT......with the mods that you can find on the net this thing REALLY opens up, in more ways than one. Once I put the Speed control i it was just as good as the FAB 600, and was as usable as any dedicated delay pedal out there.

        If you can solder & drill a hole, by this. Without the mods it is just so-so...

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        DECENT PEDAL

        By N/A

        from Lufkin, TX

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        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio

            Comments about Danelectro Fab Echo Guitar Effects Pedal:

            For the price, not a bad pedal at all. As stated in other reviews, it makes a nice reverb effect. If you are looking for that "awesome" piece of gear you might want to invest a little more cash. This pedal is what it says it is...nothing more, nothing less.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Good Quality. Purchased 3 for echo on microphones.

            By Butterfly

            from IL

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Danelectro Fab Echo Guitar Effects Pedal:

            Using at a park on the river without electricity for Karaoke. Everything is DC battery powered. Using 9V echo pedal between corded microphones and 9V mixer. Nice improvement on vocals.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Cheap and good

            By scidog

            from Atlanta, GA

            About Me Novice

            Pros

            • Cheap
            • Uncomplicated

            Cons

            • One Trick Pony

            Best Uses

              Comments about Danelectro Fab Echo Guitar Effects Pedal:

              I use this to add a little space to blues playing. If you already have a delayer, this is a great way to experiment with the "cascading effects" of delayers set up back-to-back.

              Just put this pedal in front of your delayer.

              For example: Have this echo set to slap back, and then run that into a delayer set on a longer time period.

              Lots of possibilities, and did I mention that this pedal is cheap.

              ...and it's more than OK as a stand-alone echo to add some heft to your sound.

              I like mine.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              FAB ECHO PEDAL

              By TERRY

              from FLORIDA

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Mobile DJ

                Comments about Danelectro Fab Echo Guitar Effects Pedal:

                GREAT PEDAL. GOT IT LAST NIGHT AND TRIED IT THIS
                MORNING. LIKED IT IMMEDIATLY. WITH ONLY TWO KNOBS
                IT'S EASY TO USE. GOOD REVERB SOUND.

                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Too Bad, So Sad

                By Nero Sagittarius

                from Anesthesia Lounge

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                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Not Responsive

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Danelectro Fab Echo Guitar Effects Pedal:

                    I bought this as an open box deal. MF labeled this as Level 1. The pedal I received was actually Level Doesn't-Work-At-All.
                    I tried two different batteries (both new) and two different power supplies. The light comes on and I can play through the pedal, but it adds nothing at all to my sound or tone. No echo, no reverb, no nothing. I really wanted this pedal to work out but will send it back and spend more on something that will work.

                    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Makes am echo

                    By FiddleGuy

                    from Central Florida

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Studio

                      Comments about Danelectro Fab Echo Guitar Effects Pedal:

                      The pedal creates an immediate echo that mimics a music hall.

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Can't beat it for the money!

                      By Jimbo

                      from Duluth,Mn

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                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Does What It Says It Will

                      Cons

                      • None

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Studio
                      • I Use It With A Mini Amp

                      Comments about Danelectro Fab Echo Guitar Effects Pedal:

                      I use it with a mini amp I built. Good economical reverb!

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Fab Echo Guitar Effects Pedal

                      By Dr. Blues

                      from Down East NC

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                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Excellent Sound Quality
                      • Responsive

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Practice

                        Comments about Danelectro Fab Echo Guitar Effects Pedal:

                        I have several other FAB pedals. I am quite satified with the quality and sound of the FAB products. I bought the FAB Echo specifically to add some depth to the sound of my touch style guitar. It does exactly what I wanted it to do. So far I have only used it in a practice situation and powered by a battery. So, I cannot comment on how it would work live powered by a pedal board. It is very quiet on battery power.
                        At the end of the day, this is a bare bones echo, well built with good sound quality.

                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Awesome

                        By Rosie

                        from Lake placid ny

                        About Me Professional Musician

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Performances
                            • Professional Recording

                            Comments about Danelectro Fab Echo Guitar Effects Pedal:

                            I got this pedal because my little practice combo doesn't have reverb. It's not a reverb pedal, but I had heard that some guys use it that way with good results. It gives me a really cool sound..I play a reissue danelectro pro-1 from '07 iand i use this pedal for my behringer firebird practice amp and this pedal makes a big difference. It can give you that country slapback or if you crank the repeats and go light of the mix you can get an echo/reverb which is what i do mostly.. Comes with a little protective bag which is a bonus i think..

                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            What's there to think about?

                            By PMano

                            from long island ny

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                            Comments about Danelectro Fab Echo Guitar Effects Pedal:

                            I like this pedal a lot. I play Bass and always wanted just a hint of Echo in my sound. Especially on fretless, it can add so much expression. I saw this and couldn't get over the price, the reviews seemed favorable. I like it as much for the value as anything else. It's got a cool retro look, I get some great slap back effects or just a "hint" if I want it. Yeah it can get a little muddy if you let it. Tweak it until you're happy and you'll get some great use out of it. If it lasts a year, it will be worth every penny. I think it would be a good value at double the price. Best $15 I've spent in a long time.
                            Simple and effective.
                            OK, this is on a bell curve due to the price. For $15 the quality is exceptional.
                            Same thing, You're spending $15 and getting some great sounding echo.

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Plan to get other Fab Pedals from Musician's Friend.

                            By Ed

                            from undisclosed

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                            Comments about Danelectro Fab Echo Guitar Effects Pedal:

                            I especially like the fact that the pedal is adjustable. You can get a lot of great sounds out of just one device. This is true of the Distortion and Chorus Fab pedals that I have as well. Great service. I use Musician's Friend for all of my Guitar needs.

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Nice product

                            By LJ

                            from Griffith In

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home Studio

                              Comments about Danelectro Fab Echo Guitar Effects Pedal:

                              Works as reviewed.

                              (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              3.0

                              Good, but not great.

                              By Jas64

                              from San Diego, Ca.

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                              Pros

                              • Compact Design
                              • Good Selection Of Effects
                              • Responsive

                              Cons

                              • Poor Sound Quality

                              Best Uses

                              • Home Studio

                              Comments about Danelectro Fab Echo Guitar Effects Pedal:

                              I use this device in a home studio setting. It has very good effects and the controls are good. The bad things about this device are that it low output. so you must crank up everything else, and the battery setup is poorly engineered. If you leave your cables plugged into it when you finish playing even in the off state it eats the battery. No good. I like the sound through, so I will use it.

                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              WOW

                              By KD8

                              from Northern WV

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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 Fab Echo Guitar Effects Pedal:

                                For the price, just buy it. Thank yourself later....

                                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                3.0

                                Good for the $$

                                By Dvae C

                                from New Hampton. NY

                                About Me Professional Musician

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                                Pros

                                • Compact Design
                                • Compact Design Is Good
                                • Easy to use
                                • Good Sound Quality For Th
                                • Responsive
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                • Echo Effect Is Shallow
                                • More Like A Reverb
                                • Small Repetitions

                                Best Uses

                                • Amateur Recording
                                • As A Reverb Effect
                                • Events
                                • Home Studio
                                • Performances

                                Comments about Danelectro Fab Echo Guitar Effects Pedal:

                                This is a great pedal addition if you are looking for a small repetition echo. It acts more like a reverb effect in that there is no "infinite echo and delay.

                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                4.0

                                Decent pedal for what it is.

                                By Patt

                                from Ocala, Fl.

                                About Me Professional Musician

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                                Pros

                                • Compact Design
                                • Excellent Sound Quality
                                • Responsive

                                Cons

                                • Limited Selection Of Effects

                                Best Uses

                                • Jamming
                                • Playing out

                                Comments about Danelectro Fab Echo Guitar Effects Pedal:

                                Really good value for a one setting echo slap back. The only complaint I have is there is no rate setting. You get the slap back and that's it. You can change the feed back amount but not the delay time.

                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                1.0

                                didn't work

                                By 2old2R&R

                                from manhattan, ks

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                                Pros

                                • Cheap Caveat Emptor

                                Cons

                                • Didn't work

                                Best Uses

                                • As A Prop

                                Comments about Danelectro Fab Echo Guitar Effects Pedal:

                                50% of the time it would cut signal when engaged

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