#1
So apparently, the Dano Cool Cat series of pedals are actually quite good.

And I was looking at some of the schematics for some of the pedals on another forum and some of them look eerily similar to some other rather well respected stompboxes. IE. outside of literally 1 or 2 components, the fuzz is a clone of the Frantone peach fuzz.

I think I'm going to order the and see what the fuss is about. I mean, $25, can't really go wrong, if for no reason than to just give it a try.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69CCq8TLA48
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXxIp9CYnp8 (this one is really quite impressive)
#2
Seems like all the Cool Cats are a clone of something. The prices are a steal if they are even close to what they are accusing of cloning.
#4
Well the Fuzz is most certainly a clone, dunno about the Drive pedal though. Tbh, in ways I think it sounds better than the Fulltone, more brightness, less compression, but midrange definitely isn't as warm. But seriously, $24?
#6
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Sounds like a fun project... Just replace those few componets and you have yourself a high dollar pedal...

well they already have these on ebay.

moded and everything for 55$.

if your ganna spend money on "cheap" OD pedal look into those man.
#7
How Danelectro gets away with selling these is beyond me. The Fuzz is quite literally a Frantone Peach Fuzz.

http://www.dolphinstreet.com/video_clips/video-65.php

Incredible. Though the Peach Fuzz isn't really your typical run of the mill fuzz tone. It's really halfway between a fuzz and a distortion/overdrive.
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#11
I have the cool cat fuzz. It's not a bad little unit, a bit noisy, but that's excusable at this range. I usually ran it with the fuzz low and the volume high into my FD2. Nice singing lead tones. It wasn't as noisy on it's own, but still not very quiet either. Even if you hate it you're only out 30 bucks. I could even sell you mine if you want. Just pay for the shipping and I'll get it to you.
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#14
Also word is Cool Cat Transparent Overdrive = Timmy OD. Comparisons for that on Youtube too.
#16
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Also word is Cool Cat Transparent Overdrive = Timmy OD. Comparisons for that on Youtube too.


The word is fact! They're supposed to be revising the circuit soon.
#17
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well they already have these on ebay.

moded and everything for 55$.

if your ganna spend money on "cheap" OD pedal look into those man.


Well then I guess my assumptions were right... Thanks for the info

And im not looking for one, I actually have to many od's at the moment lol.
#18
I really love my CM-2 pedal.

but if i feel i want some new flavour in my rig im definitely ganna get a modded danelectro.
#19
AFAIK the CC Distortion is actually quite close to the MI Audio Crunch Box

>_>

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#20
I heard that the CC Distortion was similar to the MI Audio Crunch box and that the CC Drive is a clone of the OCD and CC Transparent Overdrive is a clone of the Paul Cochrane Timmy OD.
#21
Yep Drive = OCD. Not sure what the Distortion is based on. I know the Crunch Box is based on the Marshall Guv'nor which the Danelectro Daddy-O is a clone of so...
#22
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I heard that the CC Distortion was similar to the MI Audio Crunch box and that the CC Drive is a clone of the OCD and CC Transparent Overdrive is a clone of the Paul Cochrane Timmy OD.

uhh..yeah, that's what i meant...distortion, drive - what's the difference

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#23
Ya I just got the fuzz last week, phenomenal... but noisy as hell. I can't get turn the volume up at all without it tripling the output of my amp. BTW any suggestions for getting all my pedals on my board to a similar level, I've already done it pretty well, just wondering if there are any "secrets." So don't be a smart ass and say "adjust till theyre the same." Smart ass.
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#24
i've heard that they're meant to be quite good too, but haven't tried them either. they're nor as cheap as that here, though, they're more like £30-£50.

have you seen tonerider's range of stompboxes, by the way? bit more money, but they're meant to be really good as well.
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#25
The Cool Cat series is really intriguing to me. If they didn't look so silly, I'd fork over the $35 (CAD) it takes to buy one.
#27
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Anyone played the Cool Cat Chorus yet? I think of getting one. More control than a Small Clone, cheaper, true-bypass, metal housing, can't go wrong can I?

The cool cats aren't plastic??

EDIT: nvm; the Cool Cat chorus isn't part fo the Cool Cat series, it seems.
#30
^the "real" thing always sounds a tad better to me - it might be biasing of my ears, but still...

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#31
Even though I already have one Danelectro fuzz, if you say it's based off the Peachfuzz I might just get a Cool Cat.

Their chorus pedal is quite good too.
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#33
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That's what I said But the chorus is part of the Cool Cat series, as seen here http://www.thomann.de/nl/danelectro_cool_cat_chorus.htm

Dano used to have another chorus called the "Cool Cat Chorus," but it wasn't part of the same cool cat series that is out now.

Anyway, I picked up two of the cool cat pedals this week, I found a place online that had the Transparent Overdrive in stock and I picked up the CC fuzz as well (thanks Kevin). I got a chance to diddle around with the two of them for a few minutes this afternoon on someone's Blues Jr. and the Transparent Overdrive sounds really good. And I mean, REALLY good, I could actually see it becoming a permanent fixture (it's ugly for sure and I'm not so sure about the durability of the switch) if I can't find the cash for a real Timmy. It is super transparent, put the volume at unity, turn the gain down and if you the turn the pedal on and off and you can't even tell a difference. Bass doesn't get mushy like a TS, and no mid hump.

As for the fuzz, I can't really tell, its the first fuzz pedal I've owned, you can get some strange sounds out of it, but I can definitely get some nice, wool-y grind out of it and can find some use for it.

If anyone is looking for a good overdrive/clean boost and doesn't want to spend a lot of cash, look at the Dano cool cat transparent OD. Superior to just about everything else in it's price range imo. I prefer it to my tubescreamers as well. I want to try using it on my own rig which is in need of a good clean boost, but that will have to wait until the NCAA tournament is over (for UNC at least).
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