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Just got one for curiosity a few weeks back: http://www.amazon.com/Danelectro-DJ-5C-Tremolo-Effects-Pedal/dp/B0002CZR3G Got it used for 20 bux. Tiny pedal, kinda wonky, but I'm really diggin' the tremmy swirliness. It lives in the smaller of my 2 pedal boards for now, and adds a nice edgy effect to the O/D and dist pedals in there. Seems to add a touch of clarity somehow. Cool little unit!
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Just got one for curiosity a few weeks back: http://www.amazon.com/Danelectro-DJ-5C-Tremolo-Effects-Pedal/dp/B0002CZR3G Got it used for 20 bux. Tiny pedal, kinda wonky, but I'm really diggin' the tremmy swirliness. It lives in the smaller of my 2 pedal boards for now, and adds a nice edgy effect to the O/D and dist pedals in there. Seems to add a touch of clarity somehow. Cool little unit!

 

Love tremolo, and love great cheap deals on cool pedals!

 

The red Danelectro FAB D-1 Distortion and silver FAB D-2 Overdrive- both discontinued and thus deeply discounted- are surprisingly great sounding and feeling with Fender-style single-coil pickups- and they can be found brand-new for well under twenty bucks... ! Not as good for humbuckers, unless they're particularly bright, zingy, thinnish medium or low output humbuckers. Quite good with Strats and Teles, though, RIDICULOUSLY good for the money! (I can't say anything either way about any others from that line, not having tried them.)

 

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Just got one for curiosity a few weeks back: http://www.amazon.com/Danelectro-DJ-5C-Tremolo-Effects-Pedal/dp/B0002CZR3G Got it used for 20 bux. Tiny pedal, kinda wonky, but I'm really diggin' the tremmy swirliness. It lives in the smaller of my 2 pedal boards for now, and adds a nice edgy effect to the O/D and dist pedals in there. Seems to add a touch of clarity somehow. Cool little unit!

 

Love tremolo, and love great cheap deals on cool pedals!

 

The red Danelectro FAB D-1 Distortion and silver FAB D-2 Overdrive- both discontinued and thus deeply discounted- are surprisingly great sounding and feeling with Fender-style single-coil pickups- and they can be found brand-new for well under twenty bucks... ! Not as good for humbuckers, unless they're particularly bright, zingy, thinnish medium or low output humbuckers. Quite good with Strats and Teles, though, RIDICULOUSLY good for the money! (I can't say anything either way about any others from that line, not having tried them.)

 

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Yep, I've got one of the OD's and it's surprisingly usable.

 

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There are some cool pedals in that DJ series. The BLT Slap Echo gives you a nice Surf/Rockabilly 'tape echo' sound, and might be a good partner for the Tuna Melt.

 

If you love truly nasty Fuzz, you have to try the Grilled Cheese Distortion. I can't really describe it, it's just fugly.

 

The French Toast Octave Distortion is supposed to be a clone of the original Foxx Tone Machine - Steve Ridinger, who made the Tone Machine, is, or was, involved with DanElectro when they released the DJ Mini Effects series, and he swears it's the same circuit in a smaller housing. I have one, and the noise floor is unbearable, even with HB's. You have to have a Decimator, or some kind of Noise Gate in your signal chain to tame this beast.

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There are some cool pedals in that DJ series. The BLT Slap Echo gives you a nice Surf/Rockabilly 'tape echo' sound, and might be a good partner for the Tuna Melt.

 

If you love truly nasty Fuzz, you have to try the Grilled Cheese Distortion. I can't really describe it, it's just fugly.

 

The French Toast Octave Distortion is supposed to be a clone of the original Foxx Tone Machine - Steve Ridinger, who made the Tone Machine, is, or was, involved with DanElectro when they released the DJ Mini Effects series, and he swears it's the same circuit in a smaller housing. I have one, and the noise floor is unbearable, even with HB's. You have to have a Decimator, or some kind of Noise Gate in your signal chain to tame this beast.

 

Apparently the quality and component-value-tolerances are all-over-the-place inconsistent with that line of pedals; seems to be a crap-shoot (a dice-roll, kids! ;):D ), either ya find a good one, or a really, REALLY noisy one.

 

Michael Patrick- "The Pedal Pimp"- seems to have found a good slice of CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP Danelectro French Toast fOXX tONE mACHINE cloning in this tongue-in-cheek demo vid:

 

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I've had both the Chili Dog Octave and the Chicken Salad Vibrato on my board for many years and both perform well when needed. The Chili is also a bit of a beast, but can be brought into line with some tweaking. The vibrato pedal works well for some Hendrix/Trower vibes. Definitely good pedals for the money.
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The Chicken Salad Vibrato sounds better than a number of more expensive pedals. The only bad thing I've heard about any of those lower price Dan-o pedals is they aren't exceptionally durable.

 

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The Chicken Salad Vibrato sounds better than a number of more expensive pedals. The only bad thing I've heard about any of those lower price Dan-o pedals is they aren't exceptionally durable.

 

Yup - my Fab O/D has already gone down once. My buddy found the minor issue and fixed it. I like its sound better than my TS....

 

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The Chicken Salad Vibrato sounds better than a number of more expensive pedals. The only bad thing I've heard about any of those lower price Dan-o pedals is they aren't exceptionally durable.

 

Yup - my Fab O/D has already gone down once. My buddy found the minor issue and fixed it. I like its sound better than my TS....

 

Yeah, it's definitely a TS flavour. Mine has been reliable, although it's been on and off my board a bit....mainly because it's rather noisy with a power supply but ok with batteries. That said it's probably my PS causing the noise.

 

How'd you get a blue one?! Mine's stock silver.

 

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I only have one Dano Chorus pedal from the same era as Harveys. It's all metal and built like a brick sh*t house. It uses an 18volt power supply so it puts an extra wart on my pedal board. It's one of the best chorus pedals out there and it's stereo, I just don't use it anymore. If you find an older quality Dano, they are well worth it...
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The Chicken Salad Vibrato sounds better than a number of more expensive pedals. The only bad thing I've heard about any of those lower price Dan-o pedals is they aren't exceptionally durable.

 

Yup - my Fab O/D has already gone down once. My buddy found the minor issue and fixed it. I like its sound better than my TS....

 

Yeah, it's definitely a TS flavour. Mine has been reliable, although it's been on and off my board a bit....mainly because it's rather noisy with a power supply but ok with batteries. That said it's probably my PS causing the noise.

 

How'd you get a blue one?! Mine's stock silver.

 

 

Dunno if mine is a discontinued model or what....had it about 8 or 9 years....

 

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There are some cool pedals in that DJ series. The BLT Slap Echo gives you a nice Surf/Rockabilly 'tape echo' sound, and might be a good partner for the Tuna Melt.

 

If you love truly nasty Fuzz, you have to try the Grilled Cheese Distortion. I can't really describe it, it's just fugly.

 

The French Toast Octave Distortion is supposed to be a clone of the original Foxx Tone Machine - Steve Ridinger, who made the Tone Machine, is, or was, involved with DanElectro when they released the DJ Mini Effects series, and he swears it's the same circuit in a smaller housing. I have one, and the noise floor is unbearable, even with HB's. You have to have a Decimator, or some kind of Noise Gate in your signal chain to tame this beast.

 

the french toast is the same circuit as the fox tone machine (a rip off of the tycobrahe octavia, which was a rip off of roger mayer's earlier octavia) and sounds great.

 

i have a hash browns flanger on my live board, as well as a french fries autowah, both of which are killer.. the french fries is a secret weapon.

 

the chicken salad vibe is good, but would have been better in a treadle.

 

the rocky road is a great leslie sim once properly modded with a glob of solder so you can turn the drive all the way down.

 

the pbj delay sounds good, BUT can get wonky and oscillate or get "stuck" on or off unpredictably if on a battery and the voltage drops below about 7 v... the 7805 5 volt regulator gets very wonky and the pedal malfuntions. with a wart, it's good tho.

 

the tuna melt is a great little trem.

 

the t-bone distortion is ok, as is the black metal pedal.

 

the pastrami overdrive totally sucks, tho can be improved with a rehouse. this is the worst in the entire series.

the worst period of all danoeffects is the free speech talkbox.

 

the wasabi pedals were very cool... particularly the wasabi delay and the distortion.

 

if you can find the original overdrive, it is the same as the timmy inside. good luck.

 

 

they're a lot more sturdy than most peeps think, i've been stomping them since they were new with no issues whatsoever.

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JImi, which of the OD boxes was the same circuit as the Timmy pedal, the Wasabi version? Used Dano pedals show up at my local GC for throwaway prices, $10-$25, depending.

 

BTW, maybe there were different runs, but my French Toast is a waterfall of noise, no matter where I use it, which guitar, or what power supply.

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the fox tone machine was noisy as hell too wp.

mine isn't bad. that sounds like it's either damaged or you're running the gain pegged and the tone and volume cranked.. try cranking it the opposite way... volume up, distortion down. then you'll get octaves with less noise.. bring the tone control down a little to mellow it.

 

the dano cool cat overdrive, the first one, is the timmy circuit. good luck finding one.

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IT's the Cool Cat Transparent Overdrive that they had to change the circuit of, because it was too much like the Timmy. I had one, and it was pretty neat sounding. Sold it to a guy who needed an overdrive bad, wish I'd kept it. $32 from Amazon back then.

 

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I went and watched a couple of the videos from Gearmandude, where he compared the two versions of the Dano Transparent OD, and also where he compared the TOD V.1 with the Timmy pedal. To be honest, I felt like the longer I watched and listened, the less difference I could hear, although there did seem to be more variation between the V.1 & V.2, than between the V.1 and the Timmy.

 

If I was watching closely, there were times when I thought one or the other sounded brighter, livelier or more responsive, but if I turned away from the screen while he switched back and forth between the pedals, I was never sure which one was on. I can't see where anyone would be able to hear any appreciable difference in a live setting, with a band behind you, and a room full of people around you.

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I went and watched a couple of the videos from Gearmandude, where he compared the two versions of the Dano Transparent OD, and also where he compared the TOD V.1 with the Timmy pedal. To be honest, I felt like the longer I watched and listened, the less difference I could hear, although there did seem to be more variation between the V.1 & V.2, than between the V.1 and the Timmy.

 

If I was watching closely, there were times when I thought one or the other sounded brighter, livelier or more responsive, but if I turned away from the screen while he switched back and forth between the pedals, I was never sure which one was on. I can't see where anyone would be able to hear any appreciable difference in a live setting, with a band behind you, and a room full of people around you.

 

YouTube vids and the like through computer speakers are often poor conveyors of tonal character; and they completely leave out what we think of as "feel", which is not only subjective from player to player, it can change depending on what guitars, pickups, and all the other gear used are- not to mention the player's "touch" (or lack thereof).

 

Sometimes you can hear enough of what you need to in such vids and clips to know if something is or isn't going to work for you or another given player. Especially if you also know what other gear was being used. Sometimes, you can't. :D

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+1, Jimi and Caevan. I would never try to judge a sound, based on little crappy laptop speakers. Still, after what I thought was a fair listen, in my best judgement, it was too close to call. IRL, sitting in a nice pristine studio environment, it's possible that I might hear more subtle differences, but I stand by my assertion that in a live club full of noise, no one else will know.

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anytime you compress guitars to mp3 below probably 256k they sound like doggay poo. you can make an AWESOME demo with pristine sound, and once it's squished into a wma file or mp4 (both lossy as hell) there goes any semblance of high fidelity, and suddenly every thing sounds peculiarly the same.
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