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Danelectro Free Speech Talk Box

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Don't just play it, SAY it!

Everybody from Joe Walsh to Peter Frampton has used this fantastic effect, now you can have the same effect in a simpler, more economical form. It's wild, it's groovy, it's cool, it's so retro it hurts! No need for an external mic or for connecting to the back of the amp. This little unit does it all.

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  • New mic-free, plug and play technology
  • Groovy retro look
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DanelectroFree Speech Talk Box
 
3.9

(based on 41 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (8)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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  • Home studio (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

This is a GREAT Buy for Rookie Talkbox Users.

I was weary at first when I bought this because of all the bad reviews with feedback and volume. I solved these issues within the first few minutes of recieving my talkbox. If you...Read complete review

I was weary at first when I bought this because of all the bad reviews with feedback and volume. I solved these issues within the first few minutes of recieving my talkbox. If you have your amp on a distortion channel you're going to get feedback, there is no way around that. turn your amp on a clean setting because the talkbox has built in distortion and that solves your feedback problem. Then, if you have problems hearing yourself, try a new microphone.These mics aren't very good. Those are the only problems I hear about with this talkbox and I don't have them. This is a great buy for anyone interested in using a talkbox!

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unusable

While the price attracted me to this unit I have to say it didn't perform even to a minimum degree of usability. The feedback was unstopable when played through the amp. The volume was...Read complete review

While the price attracted me to this unit I have to say it didn't perform even to a minimum degree of usability. The feedback was unstopable when played through the amp. The volume was way too low to use through the PA.Subsequently I purchased the Banshee 2. It is the real deal. Save your money and get the real thing. Its worth it.

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This is a GREAT Buy for Rookie Talkbox Users.

By Don Hull

from Undisclosed

Comments about Danelectro Free Speech Talk Box:

I was weary at first when I bought this because of all the bad reviews with feedback and volume. I solved these issues within the first few minutes of recieving my talkbox. If you have your amp on a distortion channel you're going to get feedback, there is no way around that. turn your amp on a clean setting because the talkbox has built in distortion and that solves your feedback problem. Then, if you have problems hearing yourself, try a new microphone.These mics aren't very good. Those are the only problems I hear about with this talkbox and I don't have them. This is a great buy for anyone interested in using a talkbox!

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Pleasantly Surprised

By Guitar_Hy

from New York City

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Comments about Danelectro Free Speech Talk Box:

I always wanted a talk box but didn't have the money for an expensive one, so I bought this Dano Free Speech model a few years ago. It does feedback, especially when I put it in my Vintage Series Encore 65 Peavey amp, but moving myself in a different spot fixed that. As far as playing it on stage, I don't really do that any more, so it works well in my situation. In my opinion, it's a great pedal and worth the money. A great deal, too. I can actually talk through it, and there's no problem hearing the words. It makes a great wah sound, too. Everyone who hears it is impressed. Even though I was a little embarassed at the beginning (thinking it wasn't a "pro" pedal), I felt much better when I saw the great reviews and heard the sound clips. I have other Danelectro effects pedals as well - digital delay, vibrato, flanger, slap echo, etc. I think they're a great company. I say get this thing! It's great!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Buy it, you'll like it!

By Jeff Tauri

from WisConSin

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Comments about Danelectro Free Speech Talk Box:

Once you get the hang of it. You'll use if more then your wah, and I have a nice wah pedal.
It takes a while to get the hang of it. I read the complaints about the feedback. Just turn the volume and growl down on the unit. One song I play is clean except when I'm in talk box mode so there's no problem. When I have to use it with the gain on my amp turned up, I turn the volume down on the unit. It's a minor hassle for the result you're looking to achieve. Sure beats having to have an extra channel on the board and running your guitar sound through the P.A.
I thought it was goingto be a piece of plastic btu I was suprised it was cast and built well.
For the price and ease of use. It's worth it!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good for the price

By Greyback

from Ypsi, MI

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Comments about Danelectro Free Speech Talk Box:

I was looking for a talk box to get up on the techniques. This is an affordable unit and it's a great practice talk box, as well as playing loud. I've had this for about a year and only had to replace the mic and mouth tube once, using it a lot. Just watch out for the feedback. For recording, I went directly into a laptop from the pedal and it worked like a charm, nice resonation in the mix.If you want a tank-built pedal and don't mind spending a little every six months for a new tube, this is priced reasonably enough.Getting words to be understandable wasn't too difficult for me, and it's fun to mess with.

(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

unusable

By Redmann

from CT

Comments about Danelectro Free Speech Talk Box:

While the price attracted me to this unit I have to say it didn't perform even to a minimum degree of usability. The feedback was unstopable when played through the amp. The volume was way too low to use through the PA.Subsequently I purchased the Banshee 2. It is the real deal. Save your money and get the real thing. Its worth it.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great value in a box that makes a real statement

By Esteban-7cnyb

from Lexington, KY

Comments about Danelectro Free Speech Talk Box:

Our band at church was given the assignment of recreating a 1987 feel to our service at our 20th anniversary. I chose Bon Jovi's song "Living On a Prayer" as a song to get the crowd going. None of our guitarists owned a talk box, so I went shopping and bought this because of the price. The "Free Speech" performed quite admirably. We got the sound we wanted at a great price, and the crowd went crazy. We did have some issues with feedback, since we had quite a lot of stage volume. Who doesn't when dealing with a new piece of equipment? But, we worked them out with the A/B switch idea, sending the signal directly to our sound system, and it worked perfectly. Buy it and be prepared to get creative with your routing in your individual band setting.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great practice talk-box

By Thy Holy Cheesus

from Kingsport, Tn

Comments about Danelectro Free Speech Talk Box:

I just got this in today and its a whole lot of fun. Out of the package, you get: the Danelectro Free Speech Talk Box, which is built like a tank, and long tube, and some little plastic mics.Its a good way to experience a talk-box if you've been wanting one with out the head aches and the big price to pay. Just spending time with this thing is fun, probably the funnest effect out there.Now the bad things. Well, its not very loud, and its not a good idea to use any louder than it gets. I didn't get much of a feedback problem as these other people,but it was still there, and turning and the "volume" and "growl" knobs doesn't seem to do a thing.SO basically, this is a pretty sweet practice talk-box you can use until you can afford a much louder one.

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

amazing

By jimmy doom

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Danelectro Free Speech Talk Box:

this is an amazing pedal for this price!!!! is great for intros. background sounds. and solos! but i bought this pedal you really gorey sounds. and it gets the job done! there is some feedback but after you screw around with it you should be good

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Works for me

By semi-gloss

from Texas

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      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Danelectro Free Speech Talk Box:

      Using the included microphones doesn't produce that great of a sound. It's best to use this like other talk boxes. Mount the tube on a mic stand with a real microphone that goes into your sound system. For practice, just play with the tube in your mouth, and no amplification. Sounds great to me.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Pedal

      By JDNRecords

      from Bismarck, ND

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      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Durable
      • Easy to use
      • Excellent Sound Quality

      Cons

      • Drains Batteries Quickly

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Danelectro Free Speech Talk Box:

      Unbeatable talkbox for the price!

      This pedal is built like a tank! Nice metal case, thick rubber on the bottom, durable looking plastic button and knobs. Will probably last forever if taken care of.

      The pedal sounds just like the audio samples. The growl knob is labeled pretty accurately turn it up to get a more "Kickstart My Heart" solo sound, keep it low to get a "Do you Feel Like I Do" kind of sound.

      The mic input is just an 1/8" stereo jack. Others have found that you can increase the quality of sound by plugging higher quality mics (like 57's or 58's) with an adapter into the pedal, but the mic included is not bad.

      The noise and feedback many people complain about is due to the speaker in the pedal, and microphones used to create the effect. Treat the pedal like a microphone; don't put it right in front of speakers and it should behave. Once you do that properly your amp should be able to drown out the pedal noise well enough without feedback.

      The pedal came with a battery but drained it in about 2-3hrs of playing. If you unplug the input when you aren't using it you can maybe get a little more life, and the pedal will be extremely quiet/won't work if the battery is low, so a power chord is my recommendation.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Christmas Present!!!

      By RR lives in are hearts

      from Indianapolis, IN

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio

        Comments about Danelectro Free Speech Talk Box:

        I need to find an inexpensive talk box for my son and this was a perfect fit.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        HAVING TOO MUCH FUN!!!

        By BILLYGOAT

        from Whitehouse, OH

        Comments about Danelectro Free Speech Talk Box:

        I bought this product wanting to cover some talk-box songs, and bought it on past customer feedback. WOW!!! I am having too much fun, and having trouble setting my guitar down. This is the best pedal I have ever purchased. As some past posts have mentioned it can feedback, BUT just like a microphone it needs proper placement.Buy it and you won't be disappointed!!!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        NO problems at all

        By Brandon-XJP.9

        from Undisclosed

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        Comments about Danelectro Free Speech Talk Box:

        I saw this talkbox here and was kinda wondering about purchasing it after reading the reveiws. After Hearing some sound demos off the internet i ordered it immediately. when i first plugged it in i was able to make sounds like peter frampton and sound like "Iron Man". You can have a feedback problem but with a nice amp and guitar you should be fine. I have a fender fat strat and a marshall 250DFX MG series. I have had NO feedback problem with this set up. although i have not cranked it. The main problem is getting the sound from the tube to be picked up by the mics. But this comes with PRACTICE. This is an overall GREAT! pedal and i would recommend it to anyone who knows how to use one.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Talk Box!!!!!!

        By The Great Zandini

        from Your Basement

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        Comments about Danelectro Free Speech Talk Box:

        The Danelectro Talk Box is an awesome buy for only $***! You don't need a separate mic amp and you don't have to worry about blowing your head up! If you do get feedback, either lower than volume, and/or move the talk box further from your amp.duh! I don't get any feedback at all! One thing new buyers should do, move the two mini mics closer to the end of the tube! One awesome talk box, Frampton once used this pedal. You can really come up with some creative stuff with this pedal. This pedal works best last in your chain of pedals, you can try the fx loop if you want, I didn't like in it there. If you don't wanna spend an extra $** on the other talk boxes, go for this one! You don't need a separate mic amp and all that other stuff for this one. You can really impress others with this pedal!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Nice toy

        By My guitar owns me

        from indianapolis, IN

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        Comments about Danelectro Free Speech Talk Box:

        Great concept at an outstanding price, but this pedal really needed a little more research and testing before it was put on the market. The tube mounted mics are way to sensitive for live performance applications, and I don't see the point in having to buy other pedals to correct this problem. If an EQ is needed put one in the unit itself instead of expecting your buyers to spend extra for it. All in all a nice toy to play around on at home, just don't expect it to perform well in a live performance, you will be disappointed. If I can muffle these mics somehow I would love to use this on stage.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Review

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Danelectro Free Speech Talk Box:

        I'v had the free speech for about a 3 weeks and I love it. It has a great price and great sound. I can play alot of Frampton hits on it but some words you just say get out very well. It was well worth it.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Feedback? What feedback?

        By The Joe-q.0Fk

        from Jasper, IN

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        Comments about Danelectro Free Speech Talk Box:

        People are complaining about feedback that doesn't exist. I think that people are trying to use the talkbox in distortion, which is not needed. The talkbox already has distortion built in. If you turn on any distortion pedal while you are already in overdrive on the amp, of course it will sound horrible. When I am in clean I can't even make the talkbox have feedback. When you use the talkbox some of the sound is lost, but none of the volume. However, it still sounds much better than any wah pedal.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        It is the best deal of the year!!

        By doug powers

        from roanoke ,va.

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        Comments about Danelectro Free Speech Talk Box:

        After seeing the product, reading about it, and then hearing it I'm blown away. This is just another great, great effect by DANELECTRO. I will buy one!

        (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Do Not Buy This Unit!

        By John

        from Alexandria, LA

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        Pros

        • Compact Design

        Cons

        • Difficult To Use
        • Poor Sound Quality

        Best Uses

          Comments about Danelectro Free Speech Talk Box:

          Do Not Buy This Unit if You are a Serious Guitar Player! I've been playing for over 30 years and ordered this just to use in my garage. I was excited to open the box and hook it up to my Les Paul. Then it happened! Talk About Disappointment! Little or no output to my amp and Tons of Loud, Squealing Feedback! The only positive was that the CSR at Musician's Friend was very apologetic and attentive! It's going back today! Well that's my story and I'm sticking to it!

           
          1.0

          Review

          By Zonnie

          from Atlanta, GA

          Comments about Danelectro Free Speech Talk Box:

          I bought this talkbox about a year ago, practiced a lot with it, so far I have not been able to regenerate anything close to the sounds of some of my favorite talk box users such as Chuck Garvey from MOE., or Peter Frampton. It sound pretty much like a wah pedal. I have not bought any other kinds of talkboxes since but I am looking for a rocktron banshee sometime soon. Also, the mics for the amplifier have to pretty much be INSIDE your mouth for them to give proper levels, so if you own it, don't use them, just use your PA. I played a couple live concerts with this pedal and got some of the only negative reactions I have ever had at a live show. Buying this for anything more than amatuer use it a BIG Mistake.

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