These days, there are so many different types of guitar pedals available – pedals you an actually use to improve your sound – that saving pedal-board room became a genuine issue for many players. Therefore, quite a few six-string wielders opted to look for smaller pedals that deliver a punch of a “full-grown” stompbox. And this fella happens to one of them.
Known as Donner Yellow Fall Vintage, this pedal falls into the budget-friendly range, but offers performance of a full-on intermediate gizmo. More details below.
The thing that stands out at first glance is the yellow aluminum casing, or the small size according to some folks. But when plugged in, the majority of users immediately shifts attention to the power of this little dude.
Anyhow, we are looking at a true bypass mono pedal with a single Input and a single Output, powered via 9V battery or through a standard adapter, and also including a LED status indicator and a big ole on/off switch. The controls are simple, and the efficiency is maximal.
Total item weight is just 8 ounces, while dimensions rack up at 4.7 x 3 x 2.5 inches. Finally, the manufacturer made sure to stress that you always use a 5.5- diameter power plug with this one, and that the power for the adapter is OUT-DC 9V- 500mA 4.5W.
As noted, just the basic stuff we have here, although the absolute majority of players won't need anything else. Three knobs in total – Echo, Feedback, and Time. Details below.
Echo – This one is essentially the Mix control, or the knob that adjust the level of delay effect that will be injected into your sound. The more you crank it up, the more delay and less of your clean guitar tone you'll get.
Feedback – This control is similar to the Intensity knob some other pedals have. It determines the number of repeats you will hear at any given tempo.
Time – The Time knob determines the time between each of the repeats mentioned in the previous paragraph.
First and foremost, this is a very clean pedal. You will get the delay effect and delay effect alone. No hum, no distortion, just delay or nothing else. Secondly, the effect itself is quite versatile. With a capability of racking up to 620 milliseconds of delay time, this guy ranks right up with the big boys.
This pedal is easy to adapt to and simple to use. The three knobs are very much on-point, and it shouldn't take you too long to get the idea of what they all do in sonic terms and craft the ideal sound. From sound quality to the ease of use, this item gets nothing but high remarks from us (within this price range, of course).
As we steadily reach the final lines of this review, we will just point out that the yellow Donner fella is a part of a mini-pedal trend that's taking over the world. Small and light, yet incredibly powerful, this guy is showing the world how things are done properly and in style! One of the best items of this niche and price range, that's for sure.
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The only problem I had with this pedal is that there is a distinct volume drop when you engage it. It does it when it is run through your effects loop. Haven’t tried it through the front end though.