Demo: Shift Daddy by Danelectro

Today on Pedals And Effects we have a pedal that is very unique, you might love it, you might hate it, but it's definitely a head turner and not something that you'll come across that often. The pedal in question of course is a Danelectro Shift Daddy pitch shifting delay, and if there's anything you need to know about it, the pedal itself is designed to look like an old 50's Cadillac!

Photo credit: Audiofanzine. 

Photo credit: Audiofanzine. 

For this particular video, Nick takes the reins. I have absolutely zero experience with this Danelectro pedal, but this pedal was once upon a time a favorite of Nick's. His old Shift Daddy was well loved, and got the well toured, well worn, special Nick Reinhart treatment. Nick's Shift Daddy has been busted for a while and has since been replaced by other pedals until one fateful day. Recently, Nick came across a brand new Shift Daddy at Future Music in Los Angeles (shouts out!) 

Photo credit: kirstein.de

Photo credit: kirstein.de

The design of the pedal itself shouldn't come as a surprise to people familiar with Danelectro. Danelectro is super into the 50's Americana aesthetic and the Shift Daddy fits right in.  The pedal came in multiple car-like enclosures, with the new one Nick got looking like it came straight out of Guy Fieri's garage. The effect itself is a slap-back-y type delay that you can then shift with the rocker. The Shift Daddy is a bit of a one trick pony that does what it does well...or not. Let Nick take you through his history of this pedal and then you can hear for yourself.

Does the Shift Daddy deserve its place in the back of stockrooms? Or is it a diamond in the rough? What do you think? Let us know!

-Juan