The Danelectro Clone List

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  1. Stick&LeafTrap

    Stick&LeafTrap Member

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    I think it would be handy to assemble a list of all of the Danelectro pedal models and what they are clones of. I figured a lot of other people here would find this useful as well, and I was hoping y'all could help me out. I'd like to do the discontinued ones as well, since they're all so easy to come by, generally. I'll kick it off, and I'll update the OP as more info comes in.

    Supposed Clones
    Transparent OD v1 - Paul C Timmy
    Daddy-O Overdrive - Marshall Guv'nor
    Cool Cat Drive - Fulltone OCD
    Fish n Chips - Boss GE-7 (?)
    Dano French Toast Octave Fuzz= Foxx Tone Machine- (possibly same pedal designer for both, according to Bluedano1)
    Dano Cool Cat Fuzz V.1 = Frantone Peachfuzz
    FAB 1 Distortion - Boss DS-1
    FAB 2 Overdrive - Nadine Overdrive
    FAB Tone Distortion - Boss MT-2

    *Edit* - Added the (hopefully) complete list of Dano effects from the Wikipedia page as an easy reference. If you see something on the list that is a supposed clone and not already noted above, let us know!

    Original effects
    Daddy O. Overdrive
    Cool Cat Chorus
    FAB Tone Distortion
    Dan-Echo Simulated Tape Echo
    Dan-O-Matic Tuner

    FAB effects

    FAB 1 Distortion
    FAB 2 Overdrive
    FAB 3 Metal
    FAB 4 Echo
    FAB Flanger
    FAB Chorus
    FAB Fuzz
    FAB Delay

    Mini effects
    Pastrami Overdrive
    T-Bone Distortion
    BLT Slap Echo
    Corned Beef Reverb
    Tuna Melt Tremolo
    Hash Browns Flanger
    Pepperoni Phaser
    Milkshake Chorus
    Surf and Turf Compressor
    Grilled Cheese Distortion
    Pedal Tuner
    Chili Dog Octave
    Fish and Chips 7-Band EQ
    Chicken Salad Vibrato
    French Toast Octave Distortion
    PB&J Delay
    Rocky Road Spinning Speaker
    Black Coffee Metal Distortion
    French Fries Auto-Wah
    Black Licorice Beyond Metal

    Vintage effects
    Reel Echo
    Spring King

    Paisley effects (discontinued)
    Blue Paisley PureDrive
    Black Paisley Liquid Metal

    Wasabi effects
    Wasabi Overdrive
    Wasabi Distortion
    Wasabi Rock-A-Bye
    Wasabi Forward-Reverse Delay
    Wasabi Chorus-Trem

    Miscellaneous effects
    Shift Daddy
    Trip-L Wah
    Dan-O-Wah
    Free Speech Talk Box
    Psycho Flanger
    Sitar Swami
    Back Talk Reverse Delay

    Cool Cat effects
    Tremolo
    Vibe
    Metal
    Fuzz
    Fuzz V2
    Drive
    Drive V2
    Transparent Overdrive
    Transparent Overdrive V2
    Distortion
    Metal II
    Chorus
     
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  2. stratchamp57

    stratchamp57 Member

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    Dan electrode fish n chips- Boss Ge-7?
     
  3. enocaster

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    I've said it a 100 times -- I A/B'd the Timmy and TOD v1 and the sound was quite different. :horse
     
  4. Stick&LeafTrap

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    I guess the way I'm using the word "clone" here is more for the purposes of intended design than accurate result. If you build a pedal attempting to replicate something else, and it doesn't turn out to be a dead on replacement for it, it's still a "clone" in the way I'm using it here.
     
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    "Cool Cat Drive" is an OCD clone

    and I saw a guy in the emporium listed a "Cool Cat Distortion" as a Crunchbox clone, but I can't verify that.
     
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    Hasn't it been determined (even by Paul C) that the two can be made to sound like each other? Also, I even remember reading in a TOD vs.Timmy thread ( a few years ago) where someone stated he had both, liked the TOD tone better than the Timmy, but liked the layout of the Timmy box/controls better etc. and Paul C even recommended a component swap for the Timmy to sound more like the Dano.
     
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    The Cool Cat Fuzz is a clone of the Frantone Peach Fuzz.
     
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    guitarpkr67 Supporting Member

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    Neat. Doesn't change the fact that they are almost the same circuit.
     
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    Other Dano clones:

    Dano French Toast Octave Fuzz= Foxx Tone Machine- (same pedal designer for both I think)
    Dano Daddy-O = Marshall Guv'nor OD/Distortion
    Dano Cool Cat Fuzz V.1 = Frantone Peachfuzz
     
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    I get that, and there are certainly many implications related to circuit copying.

    BUT, I think it's vitally important to mention what I did because gear is ultimately about making a certain sound. Circuit originality, cosmetics, build quality, ergonomics, price, etc. are all factors, but if the sound isn't happening they are moot. In stock form, the 2 pedals in question sounded quite different to my ear -- to simply say one is a clone of the other without noting this does a disservice to both the builder and consumer. Say someone is interested in buying a Timmy. They get a chance to try a friends Dano TOD v1 and don't care for the sound -- why would they buy a Timmy after that? They'll miss out on a different sounding pedal that may be just what they are looking for.
     
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    great thread.......I've actually wondered about a "list" for a while.

    What is the Fab Distortion (red one) based off of?
    What about the Rocky Road?




    Please dont turn this into a clone debate. Just say "supposed clone"......we get it.. There are already enough of those threads. If that happens to this thread, I suggest that the OP just nuke it and start over.
     
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  12. Stick&LeafTrap

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    That's a fair point, and it's good that you made it in a thread like this. But I don't want to derail the thread too much. I started it out of curiosity rather than to assemble a list of cheap alternatives to other people's circuits. Additionally, some of Dano's purported clones are of vintage circuits that are out of production anyway. And for what it's worth, I have a Timmy and not a TOD v1, and I'm really glad I do. It's one of the best pedals I've ever played.
     
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    I remember when the Dano FABs came out and they were reviewed by the British "Guitar and Bass" mag (I loved this mag, but it just cost too much now), I think the reviewer mentioned (just passing on the Dano press blurb) that the silver Dano FAB Overdrive was a "clone" of a "NADINE", an obscure dirt pedal made in the '70's for a NYC Music Store...and there was a similar story about the red FAB Distortion (which I own)
     
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    actually, if you take the chip that's in the tod and put it in the timmy. . . they'll sound quite the same. . . .

    dano just changed the chip.
     
  15. Stick&LeafTrap

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    I added a complete list of Danelectro pedals to the OP for easy reference. I knew there were a lot of them, but I was still surprised when I saw the list. Surely these are not all original designs - any more clone info out there?
     
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    when the originals were released I read in sme magazine that the cool cat chorus was a boss ce2 design
     
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    I saw that too and felt like saying something but TGP rules prohibit us from keeping people from being deceived by BS claims. Since the Crunch Box doesn't have a bass control that would obviously not be the case. I reversed about half the circuit a while back and what I saw of it was definitely not a CB clone.
     
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    Hoping some one will chime in with the circuits the Cool Cat Vibe and Tremelo are based on.
     
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    It's probably good that you shouldn't. I got a warning one time for commenting on somebody's thread kinda sarcastically like that. First time and a mod put a freaking warning on me that I think is still in effect (and said "incident" happened over a year ago). Ridiculous.
     

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