Danelectro Eisenhower Fuzz
The Danelectro Eisenhower Fuzz, is based on one of the greatest octave fuzz pedals ever built, but now with amped up gain and simple Volume, Fuzz, Bass and Treble controls, with a dynamic range that extends from a mild juicy crunch, subtle grind, to over-the-top compressed ‘splatty fuzz’. But The Eisenhower is not just an awesome, big sounding fuzz pedal with a massive boost, there’s an analogue thing happening here with overtones of ring modulation mixed with the on-board upper octave circuitry.
Like The Breakdown, Eisenhower has silent switching, true bypass and a large status LED. Controls are again kept to a minimum and with just a 2 band EQ, Eisenhower’s tonal range is massive, from fluidy-smooth neck pickup sonics to razor sharp, edgy bridge delivery.
That upper octave effect is so apparent on long sustaining chords and ‘held’ solo notes….a revelation in itself. This pedal sounds like a wall of angry amps through clean or overdriven amp channels at any volume. It’s hard to resist leaning back pointing to the sky as that long bend is blessed with that top octave, sure, make it look like you did it all yourself.
Guitar players who are brave enough to play Parisienne Walkways Gary Moore style, often struggle with that iconic 30 second solo note feedback mid-song. During sound checks Gary Moore would mark the floor so he knew exactly where to stand for that 2nd string bend on the 15th fret, and of course, a few zillion watts of power certainly helped.
Older guitar players will recall thigh tightening moments back in the 60’s, standing on tip-toe willfully hoping guitar and amp would feedback as they attempted the intro to Foxy Lady in small clubs with volume issues. Jimi made it look so easy, how did he do it without the Eisenhower? He did of course have pedals of a similar design, but again with a ton of watts. Eisenhower has endless sustain and instant smile’ability when it slaps on that top octave.
And Metal players will adore the Flat-Sculpt mini-toggle switch which scoops out all the mids and boosts the low end lower than a snake’s belly, superb for fat, metal enforced rhythms.
Danelectro ‘THE EISENHOWER FUZZ’ pedal
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Danelectro vintage inspired Eisenhower Fuzz and The Breakdown
As a brand, Danelectro has always been a cult favorite amongst musicians who today, can enjoy modern adaptations of original, classic Dano guitars. Guitars that replicate so many inspirational guitar lines from a company that dates back to the 1950’s, when Sears approached Nathan Daniel to make an affordable electric guitar.
The rest as they say….really is ‘history’ and Nat’s original hollow bodied guitars constructed with Masonite board, were unquestionably a major contribution to the birth of rock and roll.
Far from resting on their laurels, Danelectro have continued to listen to what players really want from guitars, pickups, amps and effects. The Eisenhower Fuzz and The Breakdown Gain/Boost, are from a new line of vintage inspired stand-alone pedals that follow the highly successful Billionaire Series released during 2018.
Unlike the Billionaires, with their clean modern look, the Eisenhower Fuzz and The Breakdown, look like they’ve been on a pedalboard since the late 60’s. The aged cases and controls have a road worn, heavily smoke stained look (why was the extractor fan always behind the stage back then?), effortlessly delivering memorable guitar sounds from that period, whilst also remaining a total inspiration for younger players.
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