Review: Billionaire by Danelectro Big Spender Spinning Speaker Pedal

(Image credit: Danelectro)

So, it seems Kylie Jenner — part of the inescapable fame-chasing Kardashian Empire — will soon become a billionaire with her wildly successful cosmetics company. What does that have to do with this review? Well, nothing (I’m just frustrated I didn’t buy stock here). But, it reminds me that Danelectro is capitalizing on their esteemed brand with a wealth of new pedals — called Billionaire by Danelectro — that not only sound pretty damn good, but also offer a lot of bang for the buck. I decided for this review, I’d take out the Big Spender Spinning Speaker pedal for a whirl.

The Big Spender is a rotary speaker effect in a compact and rugged die-cast housing, and is true-bypass. Each control on the pedal is perfectly conceived to offer the most amount of versatility for the Leslie-type effect. Unity gain on the volume knob begins at nine o’clock, and as you increase it, it can either clean boost the signal or clip into overdrive. The treble knob doesn’t alter your tone but as you turn it up, it brings in noticeable sparkle. The speed control sets the fast and slow range of the spin, and in combination with the ramp footswitch, it gradually accelerates or decelerates from where you set the speed. It takes roughly ten seconds for the effect to ramp up from slow to fast and vice versa, indicated by an LED that blinks from green (slowest) to red (fastest) until it flashes solid where the effect remains. The pedal runs on a 9V battery or can be powered by a 9-volt AC adapter.

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Paul Riario

Paul Riario has been the tech/gear editor and online video presence for Guitar World for over 25 years. Paul is one of the few gear editors who has actually played and owned nearly all the original gear that most guitarists wax poetically about, and has survived this long by knowing every useless musical tidbit of classic rock, new wave, hair metal, grunge, and alternative genres. When Paul is not riding his road bike at any given moment, he remains a working musician, playing in two bands called SuperTrans Am and Radio Nashville.