DJ-14 Fish & Chips 7-Band EQ Review

manufacturer: Danelectro date: 03/11/2014 category: Guitar Effects
Danelectro: DJ-14 Fish & Chips 7-Band EQ
The Fish & Chips is possibly the smallest EQ available. Graphic EQ for stage or studio use and noise free. Level control for boost or cut.
 Sound: 9.2
 Overall Impression: 9
 Reliability & Durability: 8
 Ease of Use: 8.8
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overall: 9.3
DJ-14 Fish & Chips 7-Band EQ Reviewed by: exileguitar, on february 15, 2007
3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Price paid: $ 29.99

Purchased from: Musicians Friend

Ease of Use: To get a good sound out of the Fish & Chips can take some time. Once you find a setting that you like you probably wont change it too much. This pedal is self-explanitory and the manual is pretty much useless. The Fish & Chips adds so much to the sound it sounds wimpy without it. // 10

Sound: I use the Fish & Chips with an Epiphone G-310 and some DigiTech and Danelectro pedals into a Crate amp. This pedal isn't very noisey at all. This pedal always sounds awesome. If you have the highest and lowest frequencies maxed out with some good distortion you can get a good Dimebag kind of sound. // 9

Reliability & Durability: I take the Fish & Chips back and forth with me to band practice/friends house whatever and it does just fine. But if I was playing a gig I would probably use a backup just incase I stepped on it the wrong way or something. I can see this pedal lasting me a long time because I don't stomp on my pedals to hard. If you do hit your pedals pretty hard I would recommend getting 2 or stepping up to maybe the Boss EQ. // 8

Overall Impression: I play classic rock to metal and this pedal is a really good match. I have been playing for about 3 years and own a few other pedals, a bass, and 2 guitars. The only complaint that I have about this pedal is that the button to turn it on seems flimsy and is kind of small. If this pedal was ever lost or stolen I would buy another one or even 2 in a heart beat. // 10

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overall: 9.5
DJ-14 Fish & Chips 7-Band EQ Reviewed by: TJM2482, on january 22, 2008
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Price paid: $ 30

Purchased from: Amazon

Ease of Use: This effect is a straight forward 7-band EQ. Pretty easy to use. Just EQ your amp how you like it, and start fiddling with the EQ pedal. Just slide the sliders up or down until you fix whatever you dislike about your tone. I'm not sure if they've changed their pedals in the past, it's only a cheap little $30 EQ pedal, not much to change. It comes with a little booklet with some presets to try, but you might as well just fiddle around with it since most amps don't sound the same with the same given settings. // 10

Sound: I'm running this in the effects loop in my Peavey XXX Super 40. It's not very noisy, which is nice since this pedal is on 100% of the time for me. Using this pedal I can get a wide variety of sounds. For example, I could never get enough gain/power out of my crunch channel (granted it's a crunch channel), but with the pedal I was able to EQ it so it sounds like Testament, a thrash band. It's very versatile and can fix most "problems" with your regular tone. // 10

Reliability & Durability: I would gig with it, but some people complain about it's plastic shell. I would say it's pretty durable, since it's fallen off my amp a few times, but onto the carpet below. I guess I would prefer a metal casing, just for peace of mind. I don't play gigs, just bedroom play, but I would be a little careful if I were gigging with it, but since it's in the loop I just sit it on top of my amp and turn it on. It's on all the time. // 8

Overall Impression: I play most styles of music, so this thing really comes in handy. I've been playing guitar for about two years, running an Ibanez S470 into a EHX Holy Grail, into my amp. This pedal is in the FX loop. If lost or stolen, I would go out and buy it again. Best $30 I've ever spent on guitar gear, a real important piece of my rig. I really wonder how I was able to play without one, it's great. // 10

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overall: 9.3
DJ-14 Fish & Chips 7-Band EQ Reviewed by: unregistered, on january 12, 2009
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Price paid: $ 25

Purchased from: guitar store

Ease of Use: It's a standard eq pedal. No added frills or anything. Everything works like it's supposed to. It was very easy to get a nice mid boost for some blues and a nice treble bump for some twang. Not every single possible setting sounds good, but that's to be expected, obviously. // 9

Sound: I'm running two fish and chips pedals with a 74 silverface twin reverb and a compressor, and playing a Saga strat which I customized with GFS pups and locking tuners. Here's where I sorta branch off from the normal way in which an eq pedal is used. While I was experimenting with one pedal, I realized that it just as easily doubled as a very nice Overdrive, by just putting the mids to the max and having a bit of a volume boost. Then, I took the other pedal and basically put it to the same settings and ran em both together. The result was blues heaven, pure and simple. I've read all sorts of stuff about how twin reverbs are hard to naturally Overdrive without distortion effects, but it was extremely easy for me to go from a blues tone like SRV, Clapton (perfect woman tone) or BB King, to even a Rock Tone like Zeppelin, The Who, or Black Sabbath. The sound can be a creamy and subtle Overdrive to a harsh, chugging barrage. All with two eq pedals. // 10

Reliability & Durability: The pedal(s) is made of plastic. However, it's still really durable. I depend on it, but one of the reasons is probably because I have no money for a backup, Overall, it's pretty dependable, but it would have been nice if it was metal. then again, the price would have probably gone up, so overall, I'd say it's very reliable for the price. // 8

Overall Impression: I play mainly Blues and Rock, and two of these pedals are pretty much all I need. I've been playing for almost 2 years now, and the tones I can get out of em are absolutely perfect for the aforementioned genres. I thought the only way to get those tones I imagined in my head was by dishing out the dough for a tube Screamer or the like, but I was extremely pleasantly surprised by these pedals. I had read all these horror stories about how difficult it was to Overdrive a twin reverb, but I encountered none of that what'soever. I highly recommend anyone Who has a twin to Pick up a couple of these pedals. The cost of two of them is less than most "high quality" pedals, and you will not believe the sounds you can get. If it was stolen I would buy a new one. Immediately. // 10

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overall: 7.3
DJ-14 Fish & Chips 7-Band EQ Reviewed by: patbuck2, on march 07, 2011
0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Price paid: $ 35

Purchased from: Best Buy

Ease of Use: The Danelectro Fish & Chips is a pretty easy pedal to get a good sound out of if you know how to EQ and you know what you want as far as tone. It all depends on what you really want out of it. When I had this pedal, I liked to crank the mids, back off the highs a little and keep the lows around middle. So my settings were an upside-down "v" like this: /\. // 7

Sound: I used this pedal with a Line 6 Spider III 75w and a Vox AC4TV at different times. The first didn't take the pedal or any pedals very well or at all. The Spider did not like this pedal. It worked fine at first, but then it started making screeching noises whenever I turned it on. It worked fine on the Vox when I tried it with it. However, I ended up selling it soon after I got the Vox because I lost interest in it and just stopped using it because I liked the in-amp tone as it was. My only electric guitar I've ever owned has been my Johnson Catalyst. This pedal was noisy on the Spider. It definitely can increase the volume if that's what you want. The farthest right dial is for volume and, if you wanted to just have a volume boost, you could just set the EQ as straight across and put the volume up. It's a pretty prevalent and strong EQ. It's not weak by any means. It really alters the tone of the amp. I mostly used it for lead playing to just make certain parts of songs stand out more. I just used it to boost the mids, and it was alright for that. // 7

Reliability & Durability: I could depend on this pedal when I had it. It never broke down on me and I only had to replace the batteries once. I never gigged with it and I took good care of it, so I can see no reason why it would have broken. It held up fine for when I had it. // 8

Overall Impression: When I bought this, I was playing metal a lot, and I wanted to use this to boost my lead playing to make certain parts of songs stand out more. Eventually I started getting more and more into low-gain classic rock and once I got my Vox, I started to lose interest in this pedal and I sold it. It worked fine for leads when I used it for that. It served its purpose. I've been playing for 3 years. I liked that it did a good job of adding mids and boosting the volume. I didn't really use it for anything else. Overall, I would probably recommend a better EQ, but this pedal is great for the price range. // 7

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overall: 8.5
DJ-14 Fish & Chips 7-Band EQ Reviewed by: FXPenulla, on march 11, 2014
0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Price paid: $ 75

Purchased from: Lyhric Piano & Organ Corp

Ease of Use: This is the area that I see this pedal behind EQ's from known brands like MXR and Boss. The ease of engaging the pedal or disengaging the pedal is really bad compared to other EQ's in the market. With regard to sound, performs as advertised and I believe this EQ is true bypass which is a plus compared to a Boss GE7. This pedal gives you that signature sound by tweaking on the the frequencies until you find the tone you want, you can boost the level of your guitar to allow you to cut through the mix without any hassle of creating any unwanted noise or hum and it comes in a smaller footprint compared to its competitors, so that saves up some pedal board estate for other pedals. // 8

Sound: It gives me a ton of options on how to fine tune my guitar tone. I use diferrent settings on the pedal that give that added punch to my sound. I place the pedal after my dirt pedals (Digitech Death Metal, Electro-Harmonix Little Big Muff). I put it in the "SMILEY SETTING," for that schreeching metal tone with scooped mids, or to increase the trebleness when using the Big Muff. I also use it as a clean boost by setting it flat with the level cranked up. It also allows you to create a LO-FI like sound by cranking up the 3 middle frequencies and the high and the low at zero. I don't hear any tone loss or any noise whether the pedal is on or off. // 10

Reliability & Durability: It has been on my board for more than two years and I've never had any issues with it. It is a pedal that I seldom use so there really isn't any need to carry around a back up for this. I find this pedal important when playing live for the reason that this pedal allows you to get that tone/boost that you want even in situations where the amps on the stage sucks, etc... It is made of plastic but it won't break on you, the switch is kinda small that sometimes I step on the whole pedal just to turn it on or off, or kinda "tip toe" on its tiny switch in fear that I might screw up the settings if I am not careful, and so far that is the only flaw I see on this pedal, but definitely one of the things we consider in a pedal is its ease of use. // 8

Overall Impression: It fits my style of playing. I learned to play acoustic guitar when I was 14, and started playing with bands in high school. I use it with a bunch of other pedals/effects, but here is my main rig, Guitar (Epiphone G-310 or G-400 PRO) - Korg Pitchblack - Morley Power Wah - EHX Little Big Muff - DigiTech Death Metal - Boston Noise GateDanelectro Fish & Chips EQ - Mooer Pitch Box - VS Garagetone Phaser - VS Garagetone Tremolo - Boss CE5 - Ibanez DE7 - Boston M15 Amplifier. If ever this gets stolen or lost I would get the MXR 6 Band EQ because it is made of metal and has a better button. I did not try out other EQ pedals before making the purchase because I was really looking to spend too much on another EQ from Boss or MXR at that time. Overall the pedal has come up to my expectations, and with the price I paid compared to its competitors, there's nothing to complain about. // 8

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