Danelectro DC-1 Cool Cat Chorus

Single-Effect Pedal

Made by Danelectro

Description Beautiful sounding, easy to use, solidly constructed chorus pedal.
Posted By Ward Moeller (4849)
Directory Equipment: Effects
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On 5/3/2006, Chris Bontrager (535) posted:
Overall Rating:
If it were lost or stolen, I would just go buy another chorus pedal, maybe the EH Small Clone or some boutique one. Decent pedal, but could be better.
Price: $0.00
Where Obtained: Gift from father
Features:
Very simple. Two knobs. Speed and Depth. It uses either a 18V power adapter, or 2 9V batteries (which do not last very long). It has a stereo output.
Sound Quality:
The sound quality is good. Compared to other chorus units this one is nice, but lacks more features.
Ease of Use:
Two knobs. If you cant figure this pedal out, quit playing guitar.
Durability:
Heavy duty construction. Should survive any gig.
On 10/24/2005, Kent Minagawa (387) posted:
Overall Rating:
This is a wonderful chorus for the money you pay (I recommend looking for a used one, as they are dirt cheap). It's definitely of professional quality and extremely versatile. One of the richest, lushest choruses I've used. It makes you look twice to double-check that this is a Danelectro. It's a great quality pedal.
Price: $35.00
Where Obtained: Ebay
Features:
It has some pretty straightforward controls: a knob for the speed of the modulation and one labeled "chill" which has more to do with the depth of the chorus. This is the 18v model, so it takes 2 9V batteries, though I opt just to use the 18v adapter. It also has a handy stereo out.
Sound Quality:
I was plesantly surprised when I first switched this chorus on. I mean, this thing is impressive! For a $35 ebay Danelectro pedal I expected something of pretty mediocre quality compared to the Boss CE-2 that I'd been using for years. Yet this pedal's tone is COMPARABLE to the CE-2! In fact, I feel it's more versatile than the CE-2, in terms of it's wide range of chorus settings that can be accomplished with the knobs. It provides such a lush, rich sound!
Ease of Use:
Very straightforward: a knob for the modulation speed and one for the depth of the chorus. All that's left to do is stomp on it and let the the sweetness begin!
Durability:
It's built like a tank! Heavy, metallic casing. Considering I bought this used, it works great. I don't think I'll ever have to get a new one, as I don't think it'll ever break.
On 6/10/2003, Randy Combs (6529) posted:
Overall Rating:
I bought this Cool Cat after reading many reviews.I have always loved chorus on a guitar and have had many chorus units.This one is as good as any.It could not get any better in my opinion.The tone is the best attribute of this pedal.I hope that Danelectro does not discontinue this pedal.I will buy another eventually just in case,it is that good.
Model Year: 2003
Price: $79.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Musicians Friend
Features:
Just Speed and Chill controls.Less is sometimes better.It is both 9v battery and AC with a 18v adapter which is an optional which I purchased because I read it eats batteries and it's going on my board so it'll be powered up at all times.It is a stereo pedal.It is a great pedal,simple and sweet.
Sound Quality:
I use a 1975 Gibson Les Paul and a 2002 Fender Stratocaster w/EMG DG-20 pickup assembly,The David Gilmour Model.This unit will go through my Marshall JCM-800 and Roland BC-30 amps.I play all types of music.I gig for a living and do all kinds of clubs,festivals and events.This chorus,the Cool Cat is a beautiful sounding effect pedal.I absolutely love the sound.It's not harsh and exagerrated like some chorus pedals.Dead Quiet,I believe being 18volt has alot to do with it being quiet.
Ease of Use:
Straight up easy.Just Speed and Chill controls,making it very easy to get the one you want,which isn't hard with the Cool Cat,I haven't found a bad sound yet.
Durability:
Built like a tank.The switches seem durable.I will find out,this pedal is going on every gig I do from now on.I love this pedal.
On 8/19/2001, Terry Jacobson (1651) posted:
Overall Rating:
If stolen i would buy another
Price: $50.00
Where Obtained: e bay
Features:
Ac power unit came with it.stereo.speed and chill control knobs.
Sound Quality:
S470 ibanez,601 marshall.us it mostly on clean channel.
Ease of Use:
Easy to program. lots of different tones.
Durability:
Built verry good.heavy duty. seems to be bullet proof
On 7/25/2001, Chris Jacobson (329) posted:
Overall Rating:
Great, looks cool, sounds cool.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $79.00 (new)
Where Obtained: RIT Music, Saginaw, MI
Sound Quality:
Very cool, very straight forward chorus but very high quality sound. It's easy to take an effect like this for granted. Highly recommended.
Ease of Use:
Super easy, nothing new here.
Durability:
Seems to be built very well. Very heavy duty.
On 3/8/2001, KJ Leichman (1446) posted:
Overall Rating:
This is the mother of stomp-box chorus pedals. It's simple to use, has an amazing tonal range, and weighs as much as a light guitar. This is the stuff classics are made of. Unless you're in the rack-mounted world, this is probably the best chorus pedal around.
Price: $40.00
Where Obtained: eBay
Features:
Two knobs: Chill (Depth) and Speed (Rate). Powered by 2 9V batteries or an AC adaptor. Unless you can get 9V batteries cheap, the adaptor pays for itself quickly. One input, and stereo outputs.
Sound Quality:
I use this with my Hamer w/ a Duncan classic stack and JB model. It's got beautiful clean tones, and can really emulate everything from Nirvana (Come as You Are), to Metallica (Sanitarium), to any other chorus sound you've ever heard. I've even used this pedal with an acoustic guitar plugged into an electric amp. Sounds really good...
Ease of Use:
Danelectro understands that less is more. With only two knobs, you can produce any kind of chorus you want, but the lack of "customizability" only means that its simpler to use.
Durability:
I once dropped my guitar on this tank-like pedal. Guess which one was left with a permanent ding...
On 1/12/2001, Tim Floto (6151) posted:
Overall Rating:
Unlike all my other pedals this one takes an 18v power supply that I bought from the same source. This is a handsome easy to use and great sounding pedal.
Price: $45.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Ebay
Features:
This is a solid pedal. It delivers good chorus with a minimum of hassle and knobs. The manual is great with some suggestions to get particular styles out of it.
Sound Quality:
This is real clean. There's no hiss or other funny noises generated. Just this very lush chorus.
Ease of Use:
Two nobs - easy.
Durability:
This is all steel construction and takes a beating with no problem.
On 5/24/2000, Ward Moeller (4849) posted:
Overall Rating:
i love this pedal. compared it to a Boss chorus and it was much more lush. easy to set it, easy to use, solid construction. my only problem is - i'm so addicted to the sound, i cant ever shut it off!
Model Year: 1999
Price: $80.00 (new)
Where Obtained: American Musical Supply
Features:
two knobs. easy to dial-in. light indicates its on. bware though, uses 18v power.
Sound Quality:
this thing is beautiful. lush! full, sweet sounding. adds real sparlkle and brilliance to your tone. i set both dials between 12-1:00, and its like my guitar is an orchestra!
Ease of Use:
two knobs, i like simplicity. dial-in the tone, step on it, it goes.
Durability:
these things will easily make it to their vintage years. solid, heavy construction.
On 4/5/2000, Keith Hart (82) posted:
Overall Rating:
It looks cool and sound awsome great pedal
Model Year: 1998
Price: $89.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Tarpley Music Pampa tx
Features:
simple design, rate and depth- no level knob which is the only draw back on the controls
Sound Quality:
The best sounding chorus made, Fat lush and warm, very analog. It goes from a slow lush sound to a vibrato/tremelo sound and witha little tweaking you can get a decent leslie sound. great for getting that dual guitar sound or for crystal sounding clean parts
Ease of Use:
Two knobs simple man
Durability:
The thing looks like it was once a part of a '57 chevy and its steel housing makes it weigh just as much