#1
How good are Danelectro pedals? They're kind of cheap, but do they sound good? Anyone here have some experience with them?
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#2
no, they pretty much sound like crap, and if you step on them too hard, you'll break them.
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#3
nobody likes them. too bad i bought the black coffee distortion before i knew how bad they were. they drain 9v batterries in like 4 hours of playing too.
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#4
Ive heard great things about the Fish 'N Chips, but nothing first hand. Anyone know anything, cause Id really like to know as well.
#5
i think theyre made of plastic and they break easily. on top of bad tone. dont expect too much from a $20 pedal.
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#6
They're only $20 so if you don't like it you're not out much. I've been thinking about picking up one of the Sitar Swami ones just for kicks.
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#7
theyre ok but they are cheap and will break
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#12
Fish n Chips is nice for the money.

I have one, I'm going Guitar>dano>amp with it.

It makes a difference, but not a ton. I hear it works wonders when it goes through the FX loop, which I don't have on my amp... (cube 60)

But, it doesn't sound bad, or distort your sound at all. It's great for the price, use an adapter, I haven't tried 9v batteries yet.
#13
I bought the FAB Metal by danelectro when i first started playing. I loved it at the time. Its alright, good for the 20 bucks i guess. And yes, i went through at least 20 9v batteries in the first week or 2.
#14
Wow. I'm kinda suprised you don't know all about this, Xenn. You are like the know-it-all around here.
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#15
They are very good for the price. Those who say they break easily obviously like to throw their pedals around a lot.

They will not break if you step on them. They will not break if you use them in the manor they are meant to be used in. I've had good experience with the Uni-Vibe, the EQ and the Phaser. They all sounded good when I tried them out.

I currently own the compressor. I'll admit it wasn't much of a compressor, but it did the job pretty well considering the price. My dad's stereo system rack thing collapsed on it with some other stuff and one of the knobs broke off, but that was an accident and wasn't out of normal use.

So yes, I've had some experience with them but I would recommend only them only for modulation (phaser, univibe, flanger, etc) and not for distortion or anything. The tuner is supposed to be pretty decent as well. They're really good for the price and damn easy to sell secondhand if you dont like it much (especially since they're so cheap in store that people don't realize it.)
#16
Some are great, some suck, but all of them are pretty good for the cash.
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#17
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i have their overdrive, and for the price you cant beat it

dont expect rackmount quality, but its worth a try

and btw xenn, hows that pedal problem going?



Bah...I returned the thing and had to get another one (no receipt=no money back ever) and it's doing the same thing. I don't know what's causing it. I'll play around with it tomorrow and try to figure it out.

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Wow. I'm kinda suprised you don't know all about this, Xenn. You are like the know-it-all around here.




I know a lot about guitars and some amps, but guitar pedals is a weak spot in my wealth of guitar knowledge.

I'm trying to gain a bit of info on some so that I don't ever make the mistake of buying another pedal like my Lyon by Washburn Distortion pedal.
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#18
The Fish n Chips EQ gets very good reviews, comparable in tone to the Boss GE-7, but less noise. The negatives are the plastic body and some units will squeal.
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#19
^ Mine squeals when I have it plugged into the amp without an input.

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#20
I've heard the squeal comes from mismatched power (?). Danelectro says using a battery instead of power supply fixes the squeal, unverified.
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#21
i own a dan echo.
it does its job. i dont stomp on it much, its a secondary effect. im gentle when i do however.
#22
The higher end ones are pretty good pedals.
Don't get one of the 20$ ones though, they're shit.
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#23
I got a FAB chorus for free with my Vox wah \m/ and it sounds pretty great. Really shoddy construction, and the in/outs are on the top so you need patch cables and not the little hard offset adapter things. The switch is too small to. And it's made out of plastic. Haven't used it more than 10 minutes though, so I don't know about battery consumption.
#24
I have a distortion and it works fine. It hasn't broken, probably because I don't throw it in a boiling pot of magma like some of these people do. I have had it for a week I use it everyday and the battery has yet to wer out. It's a great pedal.
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#26
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#27
I'd imagine that since the casings suck, you could take the gut and and install them in your guitar as a kind of 'built-in" effect.
#28
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Wow. How witty.

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I was just kidding. Calm down, man.

I wouldn't use Danelectros for distortion or overdrive, modulation are usually alright.
#29
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I'd imagine that since the casings suck, you could take the gut and and install them in your guitar as a kind of 'built-in" effect.


I've seen a lot of people go and remove the guts and put them in your standard sturdy aluminium enclosures. Some have even gone and made the things true bypass. Modding anything else is hard since they use service mounted devices but for the price they go for you can't really complain too much
#30
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I've seen a lot of people go and remove the guts and put them in your standard sturdy aluminium enclosures. Some have even gone and made the things true bypass. Modding anything else is hard since they use service mounted devices but for the price they go for you can't really complain too much

But could you install one right before the output jack and put holes in for the controls and on/offswitch?
#31
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But could you install one right before the output jack and put holes in for the controls and on/offswitch?


also possible, but the pedals are actually made in 2 parts.

1 circuit board contains the actual effect and is unique to each of them, the other board contains the bypass circuit and is the same in all of them. And if you're a purist you may want to get rid of that bypass board. Though leaving that board in there with the effect turn permanently on and adding an external switch is also perfectly doable.

This guy is making some kind of rack system out of them: http://www.beavisaudio.com/Projects/FABRack/
#32
I've heard Behringer has really good pedals for the money too.
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#33
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I've heard Behringer has really good pedals for the money too.


The thing with Behringer is that their pedals are blatant ripoffs of other ones :/
#34
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also possible, but the pedals are actually made in 2 parts.

1 circuit board contains the actual effect and is unique to each of them, the other board contains the bypass circuit and is the same in all of them. And if you're a purist you may want to get rid of that bypass board. Though leaving that board in there with the effect turn permanently on and adding an external switch is also perfectly doable.

This guy is making some kind of rack system out of them: http://www.beavisaudio.com/Projects/FABRack/

Whats the bypass board do? Is that the one that creates artificial bypass?
#35
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Whats the bypass board do? Is that the one that creates artificial bypass?


its basically a fancy electronic bypass system...instead of a more industrial mechanical switch. It works pretty well really, plenty of people used pedals with a similiar system without much problem.
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its basically a fancy electronic bypass system...instead of a more industrial mechanical switch. It works pretty well really, plenty of people used pedals with a similiar system without much problem.

So you're saying that instead of using artificial bypass, I can just take out that board, leave the pedal on all the time and just bypass it with switch, it'll sound better and be easier to wire?
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So you're saying that instead of using artificial bypass, I can just take out that board, leave the pedal on all the time and just bypass it with switch, it'll sound better and be easier to wire?


If you're really picky about your bypass and want 100% truebypass (when the pedal is switched off its like if it weren't even in the signal chain) then yep.

Not sure if it'd be easier to wire though, as you'd probably have to remove the jacks and do some other stuff.


though looking at a pic of the pedal there, it seems like only 4 wires go to the actual effect board and my guess is that they are ground, +9v, the input of the circuit and the output of the circuit.

actually, you could create an external bypass box/chain thing and hook up all your pedals to it http://www.singlecoil.com/tb-strip/tbstrip.html
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#38
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I've heard Behringer has really good pedals for the money too.


yea I've got the TU100 pedal tuner and its great and alot cheaper than the BOSS pedal tuner and prob just as good. Casing is like plastic or something but if your not a reckless idiot it'll last you.
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#39
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If you're really picky about your bypass and want 100% truebypass (when the pedal is switched off its like if it weren't even in the signal chain) then yep.

Not sure if it'd be easier to wire though, as you'd probably have to remove the jacks and do some other stuff.


though looking at a pic of the pedal there, it seems like only 4 wires go to the actual effect board and my guess is that they are ground, +9v, the input of the circuit and the output of the circuit.

actually, you could create an external bypass box/chain thing and hook up all your pedals to it http://www.singlecoil.com/tb-strip/tbstrip.html

That's pretty cool. I'm thinking of installing a French Toast (octave up) between my killswitch and my output on my "DJ" guitar.
#40
there is one pedal by them, called the Black Licorice i think. It actually sounds awesome. It's like a really thick and funky kind of distortion. Plus it's danelectro so it's cheap. Probably made bad though :-(
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