Danelectro French Toast Octave Distortion

Single-Effect Pedal

Made by Danelectro

Description A disgusting-looking pedal in the color I hate most.. aquatic green (yeck). Incredibly nice fuzzy/buzzy sound (with an EQualizer switch to get that gritty sound some LOVE).
Posted By James Shen (55)
Directory Equipment: Effects
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Overall Rating: 3.7 (of 5)
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On 5/28/2004, Kent Minagawa (387) posted:
Overall Rating:
If you're looking for something cheap and you don't need it for the stage, then go ahead and buy this pedal. It's a good starter, but don't expect something really great for your money. If I lost this pedal I wouldn't buy another one: I'd just upgrade to a higher quality one. It provides an average, muddy sort of distortion: not really defined. If you have the money then get something better.
Price: $10.00
Where Obtained: A friend
Features:
The controls on this pedal are fairly simple, but perhaps a bit too inconsistant. Sometimes the level knob is very sensitive, and then sometimes it's not (so be careful when turning it on). More often than not it is very sensitive though: requiring just a little turn to jump in level a whole lot. As another reviewer said, it needs a power indicator.
Sound Quality:
This pedal delivers a very muddy sort of distortion: it wouldn't do if you want crisp leads. Also, sometimes when I hit the octave switch it's very inconsistant: sounding extremely dirty one time when I turn it on, and then a little cleaner next time. Maybe this is because I bought it used, but this could also be one of those "you get what you pay for" things.
Ease of Use:
Fairly simple controls: stomp the button for on/off, turn the various knobs for greater level, distortion, and to control the built-in EQ. It's easy to use. . .but I have to keep adjusting it because of how inconsistant my unit seems to be (again, this could be 'cause it's used).
Durability:
If all the problems I have with this pedal are because it was used, then I'm thinking it doesn't have a good deal of durability. You get what you pay for, I guess. If you hadn't read everything else I said about it, then go read it for my qualms about this things function.
On 12/10/2001, Daniel Yourdon (904) posted:
Overall Rating:
I wouldn't replace it if I lost it or it got stolen because I don't have that much use for it. basically to me it was free. it needs a bigger foot switch but then thats counterproductive to being small.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $17.50 (new)
Where Obtained: MusiciansFriend.com
Features:
Level Control knob,Distortion control,knob,octave switch, EQ control knob, Powered by 9 volt battery or power adapter it really needs a power indicator on it I'm trying to figure out how to install my own. compact you could carr this in the pocket of baggy pants.pretty tough little peddle
Sound Quality:
I got this with a set of peddles. I don't really have much use for distortion peddles so it won't get alot of use. it's fun to have if I ever want to get a creative bend going. it will be a disaster if it is ever on when I don't want it to be.I play in a worship team, I think I'll just have to leave it completely out of the box if I can't figure out a way to know if it is on or off. the peddles are often on when you first power them up so you have to look for the lights or play a note to see if this one is on. It does cause a noise in the sound system at our church.it sure cranks up the volume at least the way I have it adjusted.
Ease of Use:
No programing, they tried to stay with simplicity as usual. you know peddles for dummies. has more knobs than the average DanElectro peddle,but just a bit of time and everything can be just the way you like it. have nothing to compare it to so can't really tell you how well it is doing what it is supposed to do. sound like jimmy Hendrix doing the star spangled banner type sound. in fact it would do that real well
Durability:
I use al my other DanElectro peddles live every week they are tough little guys despite the plastic housing. I even put them on the floor and stomp them. I am gentle on them though I wouldn't want to kick the knobs off them. my only complaint for them in live play is they make a small target. You have to look down at hem to hit the button. I'm trying to figure out a way to make a larger foot pad for them. actually the way I use them I could almost set them up on a stand and operate them by hand. they are a great first set of peddles.Unreal inexpensive for the sound. expecially if you buy them in sets.
On 3/8/2001, James Shen (55) posted:
Overall Rating:
I chose this one because it's beefy, gritty, dirty, and it's sweet. I'd probably buy this.. or a multi-effect programmable (ie - DigiTechs). This effect needs a power-light damnit! The best aspect - I love the distortion sound. The worst - the color, it's the most disgusting form of green.. no power light either! This is Danelectro's recreation of a 70's tone pedal.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $49.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Local Music Store
Features:
[Volume] Level knob, Distortion knob, Octave Switch, and Equalizer knob. Can be powered by a 9-volt (300 mA, center negative) AC or a 1x9 Volt 006P Battery. I wish it had a different color (aquatic green.. that's what my old nasty smelling bathroom's color was.. disgusting). And also that little red light that comes standard with most Danelectros.. isn't on this one (wtf?). So you'll need to listen for the distortion to end when you switch it off.. make sure it's somewhere where no-one will step.. and unplug.. yeck.
Sound Quality:
I use a Squier Affinity Strat (soon with an Epiphone Les Paul Classic) and a Frontman 15 amplifier. This pedal is the best pedal Danelectro makes for punk (Grilled Cheese works okay, but this gives you more variety!!!). In fact.. I only use this effect for beefy-ass punk.. I mean real punk too (not emo, ska, and pop-punk). Great beautiful sound.. such a good sound.. of course it's noisy.. but in a good way.. no static. It's better than Grilled Cheese.
Ease of Use:
Not programmable at all. There can be quite an amount of fiddling. Here's a setting I like: Level- 3/4ths of the way around.. nice and loud. Dist. - 1/4 of the way around, just right. Octave - Switched upwards. Equalizer - This you can play with depending on how gritty you want the sound. Now get stompin (when you need to)! It's fairly easy.. it's more complicated than the other Danelectro single-effects pedals.. but it's pretty self-explanatory.
Durability:
I'd use it live! Yes! It's a great distortion! Danelectro isn't KNOWN at all to me.. I don't even know them. I didn't even HEAR of them until I tried out the effect at the music store. It's.. medium-duty.. yeah.. medium.