Danelectro FabTone Distortion

Single-Effect Pedal

Made by Danelectro

Description The Fab tone has a very retro looking appearence. Bloodred with a logo and shape that brings you back to the late 50's.
Posted By Lars Engstrm (26)
Directory Equipment: Effects
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On 8/18/2001, Inactive Member posted:
Overall Rating:
I chose this because Metalzones were more expensive, but now that I have a Metalzone, I realize how much better the Danelectro Fabtone is! This is a great, cheap (relatively) distortion pedal with good (for a distortion pedal) flexability.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $55.00 (new)
Where Obtained: KSM Guitars
Features:
Controls: Volume, Highs, Lows, and Fab(distortion) Power: AC or 9 volt The only real problem I see with this is there is no way to adjust the mids. Well built, although the volume knob is REALLY touchy.
Sound Quality:
I use mostly my Kramer with Floyd Rose tremolo. I use an Ibanez Jem555 with Floyd Rose tremolo. My amps are: Peavey Rage 158, Peavey Bandit 112, Marshall AVT50. The pedal sounds good with all three guitars, but sounds really pathetic through the Peavey Bandit. I use the pedal for Metal, Classic-type Rock, Druggie Rockish stuff... it works well for all. If your brand of music doesn't require medium-high gain, then I don't suggest using this. This tends to be really noisy through my Kramer's single coils, but that is in part due to the condition of the guitar. OVERALL, the sound is really quite good - I can get good scooped out crunch, to a nice midrange crisp. The only sound problem I see is that there seems to be a little too much fuzzy deterioration in the distortion... Not quite as sleek as say, a Metalzone.
Ease of Use:
Very easy, four knobs. Once you realize that FAB means distortion, you are on your way.
Durability:
Pretty durable - I treat my pedals pretty rough. The volume knob is my only complaint. It only requires the tiniest of adjustment to make a huge volume difference, and sometimes when footswitching on, you might jar the knob up or down, resulting in a tragic ear-drum explosion. This pedal is all metal, not like those neat little plastic devils that Danelectro puts out.
On 3/19/2001, Mikey posted:
Overall Rating:
Overall very good. I can get good shredder sounds, good hard rock chords with significant low-end, screaming leads (that probably sound SWEEEET with a compressor) and all for an excellent price. The only drawback is the noise (produces very audible "white noise" when unit is on and you are not playing---like a 'shhhhhh' sound) but no buzzing. I hate buzzing.
Price: $59.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Mars Music
Features:
Standard style distortion box with 4 dials: Level, Bass, Treble, Fab (gain). It uses a 9V or standard "boss style" AC jack. I give it a 4 because the treble & bass is better than just a tone dial.
Sound Quality:
Modded Fender Deluxe Strat -> FabTone -> Fender Blues Deville. My only complaint is that it is a bit noisy, and a bit gritty at times, but that's the nature of the beast! A compressor would surely smooth this high-sustain, bad-ass tone. It suits hard rock and metal great, has excellent upper-harmonic tone and sounds great when playing with palm muting. It doesn't really growl (unless my tubes are overdriven), but rather provides that gritty, metallic tone characteristic of Marshall overdrive.
Ease of Use:
Very easy to use, adjust fab and level first, and then dial in your perfect tone (sounds best I think with bass very high and treble at about 9:00). High treble settings can be piercing and harsh.
Durability:
Heavy, steel construction. Dials could be a bit fragile if unit was dropped in the right (wrong!) way.
On 2/26/2001, Jason Hensley (3962) posted:
Overall Rating:
Pretty decent peddal. If my amp didn't have distortion this would be the one I would go and get. If it were stolen I would go buy it again. So this is a pretty good bang for your buck. Worth checking out.
Price: $90.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Recycled sound
Features:
It has a Treble and Bass adjustments......volume and distortion. Its red.......its AC and battery powerd.
Sound Quality:
Sounds pretty decent.....I really like it. I don't use it anymore becasue I have a Marhsall now. It don't sound as good as the distortion on my amp, but I do have to admit it......with my little tube gibson skylark....its sounds pretty narly.
Ease of Use:
Very simple design, easy to dial up your favorite tone. It dosen't take a genious to figure out how to use it.
Durability:
I had it for a couple of months and used it in one band and never was rough with it. Now it must have a short in it or something I just haven't taken time to look in it and see whats the matter. When ever I touch it with my foot it goes off and I have to kick it around to get it to turn back on. I wish it hadn't done that.
On 8/11/2000, Cary Frick (3578) posted:
Overall Rating:
I'm very happy with this ppurchase. I wish I would have gotten it along time ago. One downside, is that it only has bass and treble control knobs. It should have a mids knob too. But I'm completely happy with the performance of this thing.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $59.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Features:
9-volt or AC powered tone factory! Gives me a really nice thick tone!
Sound Quality:
I run this pedal through my Deville 212 using my Hamer and I get a really deep, heavy tone. I love having a deeper bottom end. It's something I hadnt yet experienced with the Fender amps! It can be tweaked very easily to obtain different tones and levels of distortion for just about any style of music you might play.
Ease of Use:
Very simple to use. A minkey could get a good tone from this thing!
Durability:
I havent thrown it of a builong or anything, but it seems to be built solid.
On 7/16/2000, Travis Vonhugenstien (76) posted:
Overall Rating:
Bottom line, its the best bang for your buck and its great for metal {even thoe it doesnt look that way} the looks are pretty bad compared to say the metal zone but the tone is what counts so it wins by far!
Price: $65.00 (new)
Where Obtained: schmidt music
Features:
The fabtone is ac and battery powered to nobs and a switch{very basic}
Sound Quality:
Comparing this to metalzone it schools it by far! I use a 86 charvel with S.D. double hummer and 60watt crate half stack! this unit has a awsome tone especially for the dollar! the metalzone was 120$ and this one {with better disortion} was 65$
Ease of Use:
This unit is extremely easy to use two nobs and a switch!
Durability:
I also have a RP2000 but for most gigs I pull this little guy out its steel contruction and weight keeps it nicely secured to the ground and seems extremely reliable and safe from human error!
On 7/16/2000, Lars Engstrm (26) posted:
Overall Rating:
I tried some other pedals before I decided to buy this one. Brands like Boss, SansAmp, Ibanez. And all of them missed the real treble attack which the Fab tone has.
Price: $70.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Nya Dynesius Musik, Sundsvall, Sweden
Features:
It has one level control, one bass- and treblecontrol. And the drivecontrol is named simply "FAB". It can be powered by batteries or an AC-adapter. I wolud like an Middle control also, but you can get different sounds using only the bass and the treble controls.
Sound Quality:
I use an ibanez RG470 through it into an Marshall 5210 and i play mostly power/deathmetal. The sound is very good when the controls are at max.
Ease of Use:
It's very easy to use, as simple as it gets.
Durability:
It's quite heavy for it's size, so when you are playing live, you won't hace to worry about if it would "tip over" or something.