Danelectro CTO-1 Transparent Overdrive
Danelectro CTO-1 Transparent Overdrive

CTO-1 Transparent Overdrive, Overdrive pedal from Danelectro in the Cool Cat series.

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LordRiffenstein 04/04/2011

Danelectro CTO-1 Transparent Overdrive : la opinión de LordRiffenstein (content in English)

"Fantastic little pedal"

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The Transparent Overdrive is a great boost and overdrive. I don't know the technology behind it but it works great. It's very straightforward to use. It has a great look, some people might not like it, but I like how it's different from the usual square box.


The pedal is straightforward, all the dials work well. The treble/bass control can be hard to deal with as you easily can turn both at the same time so it takes some practice. The gain control starts to add gain from about 9:00 and goes from a little edge to enough crunch for some classic rock. The volume control can give this pedal a serious punch, it has a lot of output so it works great as a boost. The on/off switch feels different than most pedals but underneath it is a standard switch that should last a long time.


I got this pedal as a beta as I was doing tests for Danelectro. It was a homerun for sure and I love the tone. I have yet to find a situation where it does not work stellar. I use it as a booster most of the time and you can use it to clear-up a darker sounding amp or to tighten up an amp with a loose low end. It delivers in every situation. As the name says, you can really dial this in to be extremely transparent to your base tone. The tone controls work really well. With them set at 12:00 you get a bit of TS-style mid-boost but with the use of low and high, you can even out the sound of the pedal. When I use it as a boost, I run the treble a bit higher so it cuts through the mix nicely. Works like a charm.


Killer pedal, I use it a lot. I know that it was discovered to be a copy of a well-known pedal which is a big no-no and Danelectro changed the Transparent Overdrive. Still, this won't stop me from enjoying it.