Danelectro Shift daddy

Danelectro Shift daddy

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Shift daddy, Octaver/Harmonizer/Whammy from Danelectro.

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  • Manufacturer:Danelectro
  • Model:Shift daddy
  • Category:Octavers/Harmonizers/Whammies
  • Added in our database on: 01/03/2005

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Danelectro Shift daddy user reviews


miconmac's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Danelectro Shift daddy
This is not a wah pedal but a double function: the pedal works as a lever for vibrato guitar and switches on the sides allow you to adjust an effect of echo / reverb that sounds very 50's / 60's .
So, a priori, a typical pedal rockabillly, surfmusic ... But it is ultimately much more versatile than that.
It is a heavy pedal, sturdy and ultimately rather well designed ergonomically.

The finish is gray / silver (no flames as in the photo)
It's an analog pedal with one input, one output, a pedal, switches 10, a hatch for battery 9v power supply and socket for standard ext.


The coolest thing about this pedal is small switches that are on the sides: the right choice of 4 posts slapback ranging from very short to a sort of infernal reverberation, left four settings ranging mix of "discreet" to "effect only". It has good flexibility and all that may set foot: no need to bend down to turn the knobs and even without TIAG it happens quite easily switch it all of a recovery half-volley - )
The thing a little weird at first, is the pedal that does not react completely as a vibrato lever: you can not hold the detuning: it can only boost (more or less strong) that will effect . But you soon realize that the benefit of this system is that it can have a "vibrato" full manual: speed and depth can be adjusted continuously under your foot!
By exploring this functionality, we gradually left the field to get into the rockabilly sound of the universe "on SergaentPepper" pinkfloyd the beginning ...


The pedal does not have his food: it has to do with the stuff of good quality.
Like all Danelectro pedals I know, daddy's shift offers a warm palette of sounds good. The effects of Echo-reverberation are really beautiful: there would be elsewhere in the ShiftDaddy components 2 mini-pedals: the BLT-Slapecho people and those of Corned Beef Reverb.
One thing is certain: there are two simultaneous effects: Can not reproduce these effects with a single pedal Danecho, for example.

Interestingly, the most extreme position mix can cut the sound completely original, keeping only the effect: we can - by playing two amps on one side, keep an original sound, and have only the effect on the other amp.

The effect of detuning is very natural as there will be smooth. It's a pedal that we must learn to master, just like that of a Wah.


I use you for 6 months and I can not get enough. I admit it took me a little time to take stock of the capabilities of this machine. On the other hand, we will immediately find all the "moods" of Hypertypical surfmusic or rockbilly: playing vibrato, pushing the echo, we enter into sounds that certainly resembles the soundtrack of the films of Tarantino.
So long as we do not look enough is enough effect type 50's, and when we look a little more, there are more sounds and 70's and 60s and finally very current (including Radiohead)

ddn's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Unusable"

Danelectro Shift daddy
A type of adjustable delay on foot, the pedal is used to modulate the pitch of the delay, supposed to give the impression that we have added a tremolo guitar. There's a delay and more, I just said, which is supposed to be "interstellar" according to the instructions ....

Well that, that looks attractive that's why I bought it.

Ben I never got to use it. The delay is flat and short, think about a slapback or a very short echo, pitch shift effect is difficult to master and sounds very artificial non-musical sense of the word.

Big disappointment!


The config could not be simpler: four buttons on each side, a foot of very poor quality with a rack in plastoc cheap, and you plug banco.

The book is funny, the box is pretty, the design of the pedal in the shape of 50s American car is nice.


The sound ... See above: unusable for me - yet I like the effects very experimental and very typical, but it is strangely ben wise and also a bit strange: two, whatever. it would be an effect of space is not even one meter above ground)


I got it three months before selling.

Manufacturing quality lamentable.
Great idea, bad execution.

Too bad, eh, but I am a big fan of Danelectro anyway!

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Danelectro Shift daddy
As indicated on the sticker applied to the rocking of the pedal: this is not a wah-wah.
But what then? A pitch binder. Understand manual vibrato, like a guitar, but the foot. It is also associated with a mandatory response.

- Analog
- Tip rack
- Switch on / bypass
- Vibrato switch direction (towards the treble or bass to)
- 4 mini switches the balance of the effect
- 4 mini switches for feedback echo
- Input / output jack at the front lights!
- Activation and control of the vibrato effect at the rear lights!
- 9V battery power or mains

The design of the pedal is very original. The build quality is poor: I bought this pedal new. Upon opening the box, I noticed that the rack was broken. Now I bought a Danelectro Dano Wah previously used and that the rack was also broken at the exact same place. I put it down to its status as second-hand pedal a little abused. But now I know he is in fact a construction defect: the stem attaching the rack to the rocker is actually too large for the opening of the rack. This weakens or even breaks the rack at the point of attachment to the rocker. This defect is easy to repair, but I still have 2 pedals Danelectro on a rack 3 having broken that I had to repair and strengthen.

For this very unpleasant and unacceptable I put a nice 5 / 10 as the pedal is very successful elsewhere. But this raises the question of its reliability and quality of construction on the remaining items!


Using this pedal is very simple, in fact the manual is printed on the underside of the pedal, and it is quite sufficient.
Here, no fine tuning and complex for the two onboard effects, only 4 possibilities, but it's good enough.
In addition, each setting is accessible by foot. The ergonomics are well thought out, the rocker is comfortable, its course is short, which is voluntary. However, we can lengthen it by simply unscrewing the 2 pads that limits the amplitude of deflection for a more dramatic effect yet.


Echo is just like vintage and be short and unique (slapback) or prolonged and "space" for a record or psychedelic rockabilly.
The vibrato is quite special: By pressing the lever is triggered vibrato, but once you stop the rocking, it immediately returns to the original note, you can not "hold the bend." This pedal thus requires learning time, but then it is easy to achieve vibrato at the foot bends or transient.
The effect can sound vintage, years 50-60 typed, but also very modern as it is original. To you to do what you want, after all it is a fact exceptionally heard.

An amazing sound effect the result. Effect separately.


Therefore propose here a Danelectro pedal to the original design and the effect is surprising. She begs to be experienced to sound amazing results.

This remains unacceptable construction defect which earned him a 7 / 10. Too bad, this pedal is really special and deserves better treatment by their manufacturers. The value for money may seem great at first, but finally the build quality is less than the price, yet content.

Moreover it is a true collector, like its sister wahs Danelectro: it is very difficult to find. This I discovered by chance really.

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