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Danelectro DJ-24 French Fries Autowah

Friday, August 23rd, 2013


What is it?
Danelectro DJ-24 French Fries Autowah. Mini series design in a standard plastic mini box.

As the designs in the mini series go, this is one of the ones you probably want. At heart, it is basically a EHX Doctor Q, with a tweak for smoother sounding envelope. Where the original Dr.Q may have some issues to high frequency swish, this one stays fairly quiet on those excess frequencies.


So yeah. One dual opamp and a transistor. How can it get simpler than this? Switch is there to tweak the range of frequencies that get to the  driving part of the opamp making it pretty much verbatim to the old EHX design. The envelope trigger seems to be the same too. Even the values are on spot with the two schematics found online – except for one resistor.


If you’re interested, schematics for both, EHX Dr.Q and this can be found online. When compared, the only difference is 390K resistor that is 470K in Dr.Q. So one could pretty easily make Dr.Q better by swapping one resistor. Maybe even come up with appealing name and sell the mod service for a lot of money. Bigger companies ripping each other off makes me smile.

One thing to consider. This is about the half a size of Dr.Q’s nano version. Sound is better, and the price is also about a half as used unit. Yeah. It is plastic, but you could also rehouse this in 1590B enclosure, take the trimmer outside etc. You’d still have better autowah than Dr.Q for about the same price.

How does it sound?
Good. If i was to give out stars, this little thing would definitely get 4.5 on scale from zero to five. It may not be the greatest autowah out there (and it’s not), but it is responsive and clean. Swapping one resistor value does make a difference. While it smooths out the swish, it does bring the overall output level a little lower. Is it noticeable? Some people on the internet seem to think so. For me, i hadn’t noticed it until i read about it. I’m glad i got one of these.

Danelectro DJ8 Hash Browns Flanger

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Let’s post up two flanger boxes today….


What is it?
Danelectro DJ8 Hash Browns flanger. This series of mini effects was made from around ’99 to 2007 or so. Not much dating information around, maybe because of the super low price and massive volumes manufactured in china.

First, i’ve been surprised about Modtone Minimod Flanger and this. I bet you can’t squeeze a flanger in to much smaller enclosure. And still have a slot for a battery. Think about EHX flangers. Those are about 12 times the size and do they really sound that much better? Or better at all? How much do you use a flanger in your pedal board? Once in a blue moon? Once in each set you play? Even more often? For me, the room on my compact board is quite limited. If i needed a flanger on the board, i’d definitely be looking at this, Minimod, or Ibanez FL5. All are good sounding, working flangers with reasonable footprint for pedal boards.

Like most of the effects in this series, this one is praised for its tone as well as Tuna Melt Tremolo and Milkshake Chorus. Still disliked by “pros” due to super plasticky box.


Didn’t feel like tracing the unit to see what the circuit has eaten. Maybe i one day will. I do find the pots intriguing, as those are basically trimmers with knobs glued on top of them. To add, this is one of those that could be nice rehousing/TB’ing project. There are a lot of detailed projects around the web for rehousing a Dano mini effect, like this one. Google should give you a thousand more. I’ll just wait until all of the existing minis are rehoused. That’ll be the only way the value of these will rise over $20/20€.

How does it sound?
Does not sound too far from Ibanez FL5. It’s really good basic flanger. Almost surprisingly good. Even the bypass buffering doesn’t suck as in some highly praised boxes *cough*bosses.