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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
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DanelectroFab Echo Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.3

(based on 73 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (44)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (24)
  • Responsive (18)
  • Excellent sound quality (17)
  • Good selection of effects (10)
  • Versatile (10)

Cons

  • Limited selection of effects (5)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (18)
  • Amateur recording (15)
  • Outdoor events / games (10)
  • Performances (10)
  • Professional recording (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (22), Professional musician (8), 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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(8 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good Pedal, No Customer Support

By Jimmy J

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)

     
    3.0

    DECENT PEDAL

    By GregS

    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)

         
        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...

            (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)

             
            5.0

            FAB ECHO PEDAL

            By TERRY

            from HUDSON, FL.

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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 Steven

              from undisclosed

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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)

                     
                    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.

                      (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!

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