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Daphon E20OD Overdrive

 
The E20OD incorperates 3 variable analog control knobs to fully adjust the tone of your Overdrive effect. - - Level Knob - This is the volume control for the pedal. - - Tone Knob - Controls the tone or equalization of the sound. Keep it low for a bass heavy sound or turn it up bring out the treble. - - Drive Knob - Controls the amount of overdrive, enabling a wide range of possible distortion sounds. - - Pedal Information: - - Suitable for Guitar and Bass - Runs on a 9v Battery that is included - Can also run on a 9v ac adapter (please check our store) - Single Input and Output (1/4" Jack) - Heavy duty metal casing - Rubber sole to prevent slipping - - Although these pedals are designed for electric guitar, their analog design makes them compatible with most other electric instruments, including microphones.


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Surprisingly good cheap overdrive featured

Ease Of Use Daphon are probably not the most well known company out there, but chances are many have played their gear without actually realising it. They have built effects pedals for Ibanez in the past (remember the Soundtank series), and I believe they still are with the Tone-Lok series. The Daphon effects also come with other brand names occasionally like Livingstone.

The E20OD is extremely simple to use, with three controls, Level, Tone, and Drive. It took me a matter of seconds to dial in a wonderful overdrive setting to push the dirty channel of my Blackstar HT-5 in to glorious high gain crunch and grit.

The pedal switch is nice and easy to engage and disengage too. No issues what so ever with using it at all.


Sound Being that Daphon have built Ibanez effects one would think the E20OD may be very much like a Tube Screamer. It in fact uses the same chip as a TS-9 Tubescreamer, but it doesn't quite sound like a Tubescreamer.

The E20OD uses an asymmetrical diode setup, whereas the Tubescreamer is a symmetrical setup. This makes it quite similar to a Boss SD-1 Super Overdrive.

In fact, when you take a look at the pedal's PCB and compare it's components with a Boss SD-1 PCB you realise that the E20OD pedal is pretty much almost an exact clone of an early Boss SD-1!

So yes, it sounds oh so much like a Boss SD-1, but at a much cheaper price.

It is nice and easy to dial the E20OD to provide transparent overdrive that doesn't colour the tone of your amp too much. Dial the Tone knob to 12 o'clock, and adjust the Level and Drive knobs to taste, and you can get a really sharp attacking tone with no real flab at all. Even with the Level and Drive knobs right up the tone stays nice and sharp.

The great thing with the E20OD is that it doesn't get too noisy unless you really turn the Level and Drive knobs right up. I was quite surprised by this as cheap pedals typically use low quality electronic components that just make tonnes of noise when the pedal is engaged.

When the E20OD is turned off it also seems to leave a nice clear path for your guitar straight to your amp. The pedal doesn't seem to bleed any nasty noise into your signal like some cheaper pedals do.

Overall the E20OD is an amazing pedal with major bang for buck. It may very well put a lot of other similar pedals in higher price ranges to shame.


Reliability The E20OD is built really solid. In fact the casing I believe is far more heavy duty than Boss pedal cases! The switch mechanism feels nice and solid, and there is a distinct 'click' from the mechanism.

It has proper pots installed for the controls, not the cheap surface mounted type like you might find in many Behringer pedals. They look like fairly reasonable pieces of equipment, and have a nice solid feel when adjusting them.

The only part that looks a little flimsy is the PCB, but it is securely housed in the sturdy casing, so it's probably nothing to worry about.

It also comes with a standard Boss style 9Volt socket, so you can use your usual power supply chain to power the effect.

Overall I think this pedal could easily stand up to the rigours of gigging with flying colours, unlike a lot of cheap effects.


Customer Support I have not had to deal with the company


Liked about it Fantastic tones out of a dirt cheap pedal.
* Extremely solid heavy duty casing and construction.
* Easy to operate.


Didn't like Pedal is pretty ugly looking.
* PCB looks a little flimsy, but it's probably not much of a worry when cased in such a sturdy enclosure.


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By LonePhantom
Mar 25, 2010
 
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