Wassup with Wasabi from Danelectro? Especially Chorus + Tremolo

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  1. mbratch

    mbratch Member

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    I was looking for a new chorus pedal and also interested in adding tremolo to my pedalboard. And I ran into a Danelectro WASABI Chorus Tremolo pedal. But, there's no mention of the WASABI pedals on Danelectro's site.

    Has anyone had experience with this particular pedal? What do you think of it?
     
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    Those Wasabi pedals get good reviews, but Danelectro never marketed them. I think it was the result of internal politics.
     
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    I just sold one on eBay. The chorus was alright, but nothing to write home about. I thought the trem was really good.
     
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    I haven't played anything from the Wasabi line, but if it's like the rest of Dano's stompboxes, it's probably hit or miss. I've got a number of dano's in my setup (2 eq's, a french toast, pbj, backtalk, and fabtone) that sound great and stand up to some pretty rough treatment. But I've tried a bunch of their other pedals (danecho, blt, daddyo) that I thought sounded like garbage. ymmv.

    Danelecto has a seperate website for the Wasabi line. I never understood why they felt the need to divide these from the rest of the product line...

    Wasabi website
     
  5. mbratch

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    Thanks for he website link.

    I used to have an 18v version of the Danelectro Cool Cat (DC-1). It sounded very good. I sold it in favor of an Ibanez CS-9 I have, but it was a close call as far as which one I liked more. The CS-9 won out because it had more clarity in the low notes. My CS-9 needs replacement now, and I started to look at the Cool Cats again when I stumbled upon the Wasabi stuff.

    I listened to the sound clip on the Wasabi site. Hard to tell if the chorus is good from that clip. They just used one setting of speed/depth and it sounded average.

    Danelectro's normal line has two branches: the cheapy small ones, and the better built larger ones. I wonder what circuit they based the Wasabi from? I'd suspect the smaller ones, in order to fit two effects into the pedal perhaps.
     
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    The new Cool Cats are 9v. I don't know if they have the same mojo as the old 18v ones.

    Daniel
     
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    Yep, I'm aware of that. I'm not sure about the mojo issue either. I had the 18v unit previously and it sounded pretty good. I haven't had the opportunity to try a 9v unit, and haven't heard of any side-by-side comparisons.
     
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    Music123.com has the Chorus/Trem for $60. I just ordered one. I hvae the rock-a-bye od/delay pedal and like it alot.
     
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    Hey, thanks for the tip bluescube. If you wouldn't mind posting a couple of lines of comment after you've had a chance to try it out, I'd appreciate it.
     
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    The Rock-A-Bye was a steal at $39.99. Great tape-echo delay sound and the overdrive is nice too. I am using the OD for low gain break-up.

    You also get a free POS Danelectro Fab-Metal pedal when you order a Wasabi too.......
     
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    Just got the Chorus/Trem. Very good pedal. Chorus can get warbly real quick and the concentric knobs are hard to adjust. Compares well with a Boss CH-1 sound. The Tremolo is first rate.
     
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    The Wasabi has a [large] spot on my pedalboard! Yeah, the concentric knobs are a pain cause if you turn one the other turns too. But once you get it set it sounds great. I think its a tuna-melt circuit for the tremolo, and the chorus can do a nice subtle vibrato too! In and out of a bypass loop I hear no tone suck either.:aok
     
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