The unit is pretty simple to use, but at the same time it still has a good amount of parameters to control your sound. The pedal has knobs for mix, lo-fi and repeats and then has a few switches - one that allows you to choose between either a solid state or tube tone, and one to put warble either on or off. The pedal also has a slider to choose the speed range in an amount of milliseconds and has two buttons for echo and sound on sound. I didn't have too much trouble figuring out the Danelectro Reel Echo and since it is pretty easy to use, you really don't need a manual if you don't have it already.
The sound quality of the Danelectro Reel Echo is actually pretty good as I was surprised to see it from a Danelectro pedal as they are known usually for making cheaper pedals that don't sound that great. While the sound of this pedal won't blow you away, it is definitely usable and it is a pretty versatile pedal to boot. I use the pedal usually with a Fender Strat and a '76 Fender Twin Reverb, so I get a pretty accurate sound of the pedal sounds like. While I have other options in terms of delay pedals that I would rather use than this, the Danelectro Reel Echo holds its own in the world of tape echo simulators.
I've only used the Danelectro Reel Echo pedal a few times for recording, but whenever I have used it I have liked what I have heard. While not incredibly realistic, it definitely does a good job of simulating tape echo and the wide array of parameters makes it possible to get a bunch of cool sounds. The price of the Danelectro Reel Echo is quite cheap for a pedal of this type which makes it perfect for players on a budget or those looking to get their feet wet with tape echo simulation. All in all, the Danelectro Reel Echo is a nice little pedal but I would recommend that those interested check out all of the tape echo simulators on the market to see what will work best for your situation.
So this pedal, or more like a desktop unit, is a tape/reel echo simulator. Big aluminum knob on the left controls the mix between clean and echoed signals. in other words, between wet and dry. Big knob on the right is our feedback, or repeat as it’s labeled here, control. Delay time is controlled with a huge slide potentiometer, and the time ranges from zero to 1500 milliseconds. These three are the basic controls found in almost every single delay/echo effect. What happens with the rest of the controls, that’s where things get interesting.