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Danelectro DJ13 French Toast Octave Distortion Pedal

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It faithfully re-creates the Foxx Tone Machine from the early '70s, the best 'octave up' effect of all time. For piercing, shrieking, scalp-searing solos, you NEED this machine.


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Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
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It faithfully re-creates the Foxx Tone Machine from the early '70s, the best 'octave up' effect of all time. For piercing, shrieking, scalp-searing solos, you NEED this machine.

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DanelectroDJ13 French Toast Octave Distortion Pedal

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(20 of 29 customers found this review helpful)


Look elsewhere...

By coolwhip

from Dallas, TX

Comments about Danelectro DJ13 French Toast Octave Distortion Pedal:

If Boss pedals are built like tanks, Danelectros are built like Ford Pin. The first day I bought this, I was adjusting the knobs, and I heard something funny...kinda like the radio. I found that if I touched the metal switch, I could actually make out what they were saying on a local station. This thing is made of plastic, so NO SHIELDING whatsoever. Plus, it sounds really terrible. Heck, even Danelectro makes much better pedals, like their regular overdrive. For $40, your money is best spent on a different pedal.

(7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)



By StratAttack226

from Cary NC

Comments about Danelectro DJ13 French Toast Octave Distortion Pedal:

This danelectro octaver/fuzz pedal is awesome! It can give you a wide range of sounds many of which are reminiscent of the music of Jimi Hendrix, it can also give you very different fuzz sounds to make all your own. It is a very cool pedal and not very expensive, it is next on my to buy list.

(5 of 9 customers found this review helpful)


Muddy sound

By Jimbo

from Reno, NV

Comments about Danelectro DJ13 French Toast Octave Distortion Pedal:

I own several Danelectro effects pedals, and I have been impressed with the others. The French Toast Octave Distortion was not that impressive, however. The distortion lacks the drive that I like and you can hardly hear the octave in the mix. It mostly just sounds like a muddy distortion. If you are looking for an octave/distortion mix, buy the Danelectro Chili Dog Octave pedal and mix it with a good distortion pedal. This is definitely not Danelectro's best pedal.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


A wonderful sounding octave fuzz

By DerHorizon

from Amherst, MA

Comments about Danelectro DJ13 French Toast Octave Distortion Pedal:

The fuzz from the French Toast is fantastic. I was shooting for the fuzz tone in George Harrison's "What Is Life?" and this gets me much closer than most pedals in the same price range (I went through an Ibanez FZ-7 and a DOD Flashback Fuzz, but neither sounded very natural, or good, to me). I don't use the octave effect much, not because it doesn't sound good, which it does, but because I don't have as much use for it. Every once in a while I'll flip it on to give a little edginess to my solos (although I wish they'd given it a more robust switch so I wouldn't have to worry about breaking it when I try to switch it with my foot). Construction could be better; the housing and footswitch both don't seem like they'll take a lot of abuse, and it would be really nice to have an LED, but overall I really can't complain about it. As with most of the other Mini series pedals, I think Danelectro really got this one right.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Great little fuzz pedal

By Andy

from Madison, Wisconsin

Comments about Danelectro DJ13 French Toast Octave Distortion Pedal:

This pedal is definitely a good one for the price. you can put the EQ down and the Distortion up for a cool low fuzz, or put the EQ all the way up and turn on the octave for a very Jack White-sounding guitar solo. If money isn't an issue, one would be better off getting the Electroharmonix P.O.G. but if your looking for a bargain, this is definitely a B+ pedal.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Screaming Distortion! *NOT* an octave pedal though.

By Mike K

from Bay Shore, NY

Comments about Danelectro DJ13 French Toast Octave Distortion Pedal:

The French Toast pedal has distortion that cuts like a knife. It puts out a ton of treble and the distortion it does is very old-school, which is a plus if you're into that sort of thing (and I know I am!) Flipping down the Octave switch will turn on the "Octave up" effect, which makes the tone even more piercing and gives it a bit of a more synthetic sound. The octave up effect is cool but it's mixed in a lot lower than the dry signal, so it's not at all like something you'd get from using a Digitech Whammy Pedal or an Electroharmonix Micro POG. Basically it's just a distortion pedal. That being said, it's a really cool distortion pedal, it's dirt cheap, and I highly recommend it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


those seeking sonic adventure

By kyle fredrickson

from Boston, MA

Comments about Danelectro DJ13 French Toast Octave Distortion Pedal:

I became interested in buying a fuzz pedal mainly because I was getting tired of having two overdrive/distortion pedals which didn't offer enough contrast. Granted, there was a difference, but when playing live it really just sounded like I was using "drive, and more drive". I realized that what I needed was something that actually sounds drastically different in order to convey a contrast in sound when performing. By itself it might sound a little bit disgusting to some players, when cutting through the mess of a live situation, it actually makes sense to have something sounding a little weird in order to stand out. Now, as far as the pedal itself. I find it very versatile tonally. The "tone" knob changes the sound from super thick, to thin and raspy and all places in between, you will find a spot that works. The octave mode actually tracks notes well, and when playing chords and intervals gives you a really radical, out of control, almost ring modulated sound which is great for freak out noise generating fun! Unlike other vintage modeled fuzz pedals, which I think some people won't like, is the fact that it's not very touch sensitive and doesn't "clean up" well when rolling down your volume knob. It just works best cranked up. The pedal's gain range is more in the heavy end of things, but you can get some less maxed out sounds at the very beginning of the gain range. the more obvious things about this pedal are that it's cheap and cheaply made and probably won't survive as long as more expensive pedals due to it's fragility. That of course is also it's appeal because you won't have to pay much to get the sounds of a vintage fuzz box!


A great fuzz...with the right amp.

By dH

from Cheltenham, PA


  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive
  • Versatile


    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Danelectro DJ13 French Toast Octave Distortion Pedal:

    I have two of these, for both my guitar and my organ, and though it acts completely different on an organ than a guitar, most people will probably use this for guitar. This pedal has enormous fuzz potential if used with the right amp. I have all solid state amps, and all but one are clean no matter how high you crank them up. I found that the sound of this fuzz was lacking in character through all those clean amps and sounded much more like a beefy, sort of fuzzy distortion--not at all like that classic fuzz sound I wanted. But when I finished putting together my own solid state amp, which breaks up naturally and sounds good doing it, I plugged in this pedal into the treble-boost channel and turned up the gain of the amp to where it starts breaking up and that's when the fuzz magic happened--sputtering, saturated, creamy, pulse-wave glory! It did not sound as wonderful on the darker channel of the amp, but still sounded so much more alive than on a clean amp. So if you have an amp that breaks up naturally and easily, and also has a treble-boost option, then this pedal is amazing. But if you plan to run this into a purely clean amp, you will be disappointed. The only exception I've found with this pedal and clean amps is to run it before a wah and turn the wah on with the toe down and the tone of the pedal set to about 9 o'clock--that is a killer lead sound on its own!

    The octave on this pedal sounds great, but like other analog octave-up effects, it sounds best with the neck pickup. The tone is a little harsh when the tone control is set at its brighter levels, but sounds much better when it's rolled back. It cleans up fairly well for a silicon fuzz and with your guitar volume rolled back some it will give you a nice tube-like overdrive sound. Overall, it is a very rich fuzz with a nice bit of compression and sag. Experiment with this pedal--use all the controls on your guitar, amp and on the fuzz! This pedal has a lot to offer--just not on a clean amp!


    Great Pedal and Great Look

    By Jeff Barragan

    from California

    Comments about Danelectro DJ13 French Toast Octave Distortion Pedal:

    I got this pedal from a friend pretty cheap and he hadnt used it yet. The minute i plugged this pedal in I fell in love with it. I was gonna get as Boss DS-1, but this pedal is pretty great. Its my first pedal and so far i really dig it. I would recommend it. Ill most likely look into purchasing some more Danelectro Pedals.

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