Danelectro 3699 Fuzz review

The vintage-loving brand resurrects an octave fuzz classic designed by Danelectro owner Steve Ridinger himself

Danelectro 3699 Fuzz pedal
(Image: © Future)

Guitar World Verdict

An updated revival of a classic pedal from the guy who designed it in the first place, the 3699 offers some hefty but versatile fuzz tones.


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    Very cool old-school fuzz tones.

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    Footswitchable octave effect.

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    Toggle-switched mids boost.


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    Newly voiced octave effect isn't as subtle as the original.

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The aim of Danelectro’s ‘vintage’ pedal range, complete with its distressed housings, is to revive the sounds of certain ‘lost’ pedals. 

So far, with The Breakdown and The Eisenhower Fuzz, the new additions haven’t named specific pedals, instead dropping broad hints as to which long-lost classics are being emulated, which leaves the sleuthing to us. That policy seems to have changed with the latest in the series. 

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Trevor Curwen

Trevor Curwen has played guitar for several decades – he's also mimed it on the UK's Top of the Pops. Much of his working life, though, has been spent behind the mixing desk, during which time he has built up a solid collection of the guitars, amps and pedals needed to cover just about any studio session. He writes pedal reviews for Guitarist and has contributed to Total Guitar, MusicRadar and Future Music among others.