Danelectro D1 FAB Distortion

Distortion ground effect deviceDanelectro has been known in the field of flooring for years for cheap and original ideas, both in terms of design and sound. With the FAB series, again there are interesting pedals (at the mini-series) at incredibly low prices. The FAB Distortion is a ground distortion that produces the distortion sound of the legendary 70's. Not quite as smooth as classic overdrives, but also not the solidity of modern metal aggregates; But sensitive to dynamic finesse and subtle overtones - like the Japanese model from the later seventies. And if anyone doesn't believe that you can produce something sensible at this price, you should get the sound samples on the Danelectro homepage and see for yourself!

  • The distortion with the legendary 70's sound
  • Colour: Burgundy Red
  • Controls: Level, Tone / Gain
  • Power supply optional (Thomann NT AC / PSA, 409939)
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  • Blues
  • Metal
  • Rock

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Overdrive No
Distortion Yes
Fuzz No
Metal No
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Better than you would think

nuferom, 14.08.2017
This has sometimes been called a DS-1 clone, but I think that's not quite fair. The FAB may have the plastic casing (surprisingly sturdy at that!) and the annoying bright blue LED, but (to my ears) it leaves considerably more low and lower-mid frequency content intact than the Boss. A huge plus.

With the 'Dist' knob at the absolute minimum, the pedal is basically a clean booster. Turning it slowly further, you will find quite a pleasant overdrive (unless the 'Tone' hasn't gone to extremes already). Either way, the pedal provides an extra gain stage to whatever you might be going for.

Finally, with both 'Tone' and 'Dist' going into their extremes, you're in rock territory. Could recommend this as your first pedal, but see if your little practice amp doesn't already provide all this already.
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Surprisingly good

Roshan B., 25.07.2015
It is well-built, feels like it could take some punishment and has a fairly small footprint.

Was surprised by the sound. Managed to get some very pleasant tones out of this with very little effort.

If I was being very nitpicky (which I am) I'd say that I wasn't in love with the placement of the knobs. It's in no way a deal-breaker. And, let's face it, you're probably going to find a tone you like and never touch the knobs again.

For the money this pedal is a no-brainer.
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