DJ-21 Black Coffee Metal Distortion review by Danelectro

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 7
  • Ease of Use: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.8 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.5 (26 votes)
Danelectro: DJ-21 Black Coffee Metal Distortion

Price paid: $ 10

Purchased from: eBay

Sound — 10
People rate this pedal down in the sound category, but think about what this is. It's a $20 plastic stompbox by Danelectro. I've tested this against Ibanez, Boss, and a Foxx Tone Machine, and liked this one the best. You can get some crunchy metal grind out of this, but it's more classic, like Sabbath type stuff. My band plays stoner, classic rock, and Grunge, ie Queens Of The Stone Age, Zeppelin, Hendrix, and Soundgarden. Easy Hendrix/Josh Homme tone: plug in everything, then set your pedal and amp EQ the exact same. For me (Pyramid StudioPro) this is treble at 1 o'clock and bass around 3:30. Powerchords and main riffs are pretty tasty, and have a sick little fuzzy bite to them... but solo up around the 12th fret and watch stuff change colors. A little bit heavy for most mainstream stuff, but really good and pretty ambiguous if you get it right.

Overall Impression — 9
Perfect for stoner rock and heavy rock/metal. I would buy it again, cos it beats out most pedals for 1/3 the price. You really can't go wrong for a 20, but if boutique pedals are your schtick, by all means go blow your money on the same circuitry in a prettier box.

Reliability & Durability — 7
Never caused me a problem before, but the first one I bought was a dud. It's plastic, so although rather sturdy, it's pretty cheap. I would have a backup just in case, but for $20, why not? The knobs on the EQ and volume pots can fall out, so be careful!

Ease of Use — 9
Three knobs and a stomp switch, if you can't figure this one out, you probably shouldn't be driving or using fire. There's no manual, but it's pretty self explanatory. Finding "your sound" takes a little while, but mess with your EQ with your neck pickup on.

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