Danelectro D-1 Fab Distortion

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Fat and warm vintage distortion, priced for players.

In the late '70s an effects-maker in Japan produced a small quantity of what many believe is the definitive distortion box. It had delicious tonality and was highly responsive and versatile. Recently, a boutique pedal maker reissued that box at $300+. Danelectro offers you the D-1 Fab Distortion as a sonic equivalent to the prized original. It's equipped with Level, Tone, and Distortion controls. You'll adore it.

Features
  • Warm vintage distortion
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

It's red, cheap, and sounds like a million bucks. Do you need another reason? Buy it today!

 

D-1 Fab Distortion Specifications:

  • Type: Distortion
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DanelectroD-1 Fab Distortion
 
4.6

(based on 13 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (3)
  • Responsive (3)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur recording (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    The pedal has a great variety of sounds and is great for its price!

    My pedal came with a manual, and a 1 year warranty. The pedal has 3 different nobs:tone, Distortion, and Level. It has a very luminous LED that lights up as a...Read complete review

    My pedal came with a manual, and a 1 year warranty. The pedal has 3 different nobs:tone, Distortion, and Level. It has a very luminous LED that lights up as a violet color when the pedal is activated. It has input and output jacks at the back. The pedal also has a battery compartment, and a place to plug in an adapter. The footswitch is rather small, but if you want to use it during a concert, keep your foot on it because there is a chance of accidently missing it! Overall, plenty of features.The pedal has its unique sound. The pedal can go from blues to metal distortion. It is never fuzzy, it's smooth at a bass tone setting, and is very metallic at higher distortion levels at a higher tone setting. However, when the pedal is on high distortion mode, the distortion gets suppressed when adjusted to the bass tone level. Thats why I tend to use my amps gain and tone with this pedal. The pedal is surprisingly quiet. In addition, it doesn't produce that much crackling noise at a high distortion level. It is very strong and durable. It's made of very hard plastic, and the bottom is made of rubber and metal. The nobs seem like they will stay on. In addition, this pedal is great for travelling!I never regretted buying this pedal. And I will always use it because of its versatility. Other pedals you can get are Fab Metal, and Fab Overdrive. This one deserves a high 5!!!!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    pretty good

    I play an Ibanez gax30 guitar (upgraded with a gfs dream 90 bridge pickup) into a vox vr30 with reverb. This pedal produces some nice tones but can be a little harsh if...Read complete review

    I play an Ibanez gax30 guitar (upgraded with a gfs dream 90 bridge pickup) into a vox vr30 with reverb. This pedal produces some nice tones but can be a little harsh if you're not careful. the 3 knobs it provides allows for plenty of tweakability ranging from a vintage fuzz to total distortion. It is definitely a solid-state sound so don't buy this expecting to get the warmth that a tube or tube-emulation pedal would provide. Otherwise, a great stompbox.

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    4.0

    on a budget

    By Jason

    from west palm bch fl

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Limited Selection Of Effects

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about Danelectro D-1 Fab Distortion:

    The fab distortion pedal is great for beginners on a fixed income .

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    5.0

    Simply Great !

    By Jeffrey Osgood

    from Woonsocket, R.I.

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Danelectro D-1 Fab Distortion:

      I just got this yesterday to compliment the fab Chorus pedal that I bought from here, and needless to say, I am not disappointed . this pedal blows away the high and mighty Boss DS-1 and is a mere fraction of the price. I've been playing for over 40 years, and this is without a doubt, probably one of the best distortion pedals I have ever heard. It can go from Blues to full blown Metal and has a nice, clean , tone to it without any of the muddiness. Danelectro should be commended for making such a fine product for the consumer who is on a low budget. Kudos !

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      4.0

      Learning to love it

      By GuitarDan

      from Canon City, CO

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Jamming Your Butt Off

      Cons

      • None that I have found

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Sweating Your Balls Off

      Comments about Danelectro D-1 Fab Distortion:

      This was the first pedal I ever bought. I just used my amp to dial in any tones I wanted before getting any stomp boxes. That of course limited my range of tones. I bought this just to learn how to use a stomp box. I figured if I screwed it up, the small price was not to high of a price to pay to learn on. But the dayum thing sounds great! I am not getting rid of it. It will have a place in my set up from now on, a stomp box costing over ten times more might sound a little better, but for now I an using this one as I don't think the one selling for 200 buck will sound ten times better!!!!!

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      5.0

      Awesome sound!

      By dirtbag

      from hell paso TX

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Good Selection Of Effects
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Danelectro D-1 Fab Distortion:

          got one in early 07, without knowing anything about it, and was floored by the sound, used it (heavily, many gigs, many practices, and i am hard on my gear) with no problems until late 08. then i quit playing for a while and gave it to a friend who was just learning, and i totally regretted it. i had a boss me-50 and none of the dist it had could touch the d-1. so i got another one, 15 months ago, zero defects on this one also. fast ship, great serv from m123, i plan to buy and store a couple more so i will always have one in my rig. ive used and owned a lot of gear (many dist pedals incl boss me, ds1, tube screamer, tube driver, boss metal z, and the d-1 puts them all to shame, believe it or not the only one that was close was an old zoom multi that i had in the mid 90s), and this is the sound for me combined with a good tube amp (although it sounded wicked through a couple of different small 70s solid state combos i used to have also)...its like the sound i hear in my head when i think of so many classic recordings. dont let the price or plastic fool you, this pedal is IT!

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          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great product, sound, and price.

          By Doug-yX4Fk

          from Oregon

          Comments about Danelectro D-1 Fab Distortion:

          I got this pedal about a week ago and I am happy with my decision. The sound that this thing produces is amazing, I play a 1968 Gibson SG and it sounds great with the distortion between 2 and 4. I was originally introduced to it by a member in my band but I found this pedal really affective to the tone that the guitar produces, and if you like metal, blues, rock or all the other sounds this produces, I suggest getting this. Also the reasonable price, Ive had about 5 other effects pedals and none of them worked as good as this one.

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          (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Sounding Pedal

          Comments about Danelectro D-1 Fab Distortion:

          I got this pedal a few weeks ago, it was also my first distortion pedal, andits going to be the only one I ever need. AMAZING sound for an unbeatable price. I personally like the sound when you turn the tone and distortion just a little past halfway, it gived you a very rich crunchy, 50's sound. I also reccomend the Danelectro FAB Metal Pedal, great screeching sound and it only adds more distortion, and who doen't love more distortion?

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          (23 of 46 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          pretty good

          By jared-5Xg-M

          from chittenango, NY

          Comments about Danelectro D-1 Fab Distortion:

          I play an Ibanez gax30 guitar (upgraded with a gfs dream 90 bridge pickup) into a vox vr30 with reverb. This pedal produces some nice tones but can be a little harsh if you're not careful. the 3 knobs it provides allows for plenty of tweakability ranging from a vintage fuzz to total distortion. It is definitely a solid-state sound so don't buy this expecting to get the warmth that a tube or tube-emulation pedal would provide. Otherwise, a great stompbox.

          Comment on this review

          (16 of 32 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          This pedal rocks

          By Kevin-T-ca7

          from Wisconsin

          Comments about Danelectro D-1 Fab Distortion:

          This pedal rocks. I am a beginner on the guitar, but for the price, this pedal distorts all you want. I am having a blast with it. A huge value. Plus my order arrived in 2 or 3 days. Thanks 123.

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          (39 of 62 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Forget about Boss, get this

          By Edmund

          from california

          Comments about Danelectro D-1 Fab Distortion:

          The title says it all. I owned both Boss distortion pedal and this one and I don't hear any difference. Only difference is that these little things are made of plastic (you won't be able to break it if you're less than 500 IBS) Do yourself a favor and DON"T pay 5 times or more money... I can't believe how affordable these things are!!!

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          (44 of 77 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Groovy!

          By SoberLesPaulGuy

          from Springfield, MA

          Comments about Danelectro D-1 Fab Distortion:

          This puppy is the elite among the bargain priced boxes. It'll crunch, warm up or scream even at low volumes. A little noisy but easy to clean up. It's sturdy enough if you're acting grown up.

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