Danelectro Wasabi Overdrive review

A distortion pedal with a kick

  • £59
  • $119
The 50s stylings won't be to everyone's taste

MusicRadar Verdict

A decent overdrive pedal that packs a kick for soloing.


  • +

    Good value. Pleasing range of tones. Boost function.


  • -

    Not too versatile outside of high-gain.

Why you can trust MusicRadar Our expert reviewers spend hours testing and comparing products and services so you can choose the best for you. Find out more about how we test.

Wasabi is that green stuff that Steve-O snorted up his snitch in the Jackass movie. It's also a budget distortion pedal from Danelectro.

Thankfully, the Wasabi pedal isn't quite as sick as those antics and is infact a pretty decent unit.
While Danelectro's 50s-influenced stylings and silly tailfins will be a love-it-or-hate-it affair, the build quality is decent, with metal casing and rubber grip pad.

What's more it pumps out a range of pleasing vintage and modern tones. We especially liked the selectable boost function that kicked our lead breaks up a notch.

Total Guitar

Total Guitar is Europe's best-selling guitar magazine.

Every month we feature interviews with the biggest names and hottest new acts in guitar land, plus Guest Lessons from the stars.

Finally, our Rocked & Rated section is the place to go for reviews, round-ups and help setting up your guitars and gear.

Subscribe: http://bit.ly/totalguitar (opens in new tab)