Fender drop even more effects to satisfy our tonal desires…
When we first caught a glimpse of Fender Effects Pedals all those months ago, we were astounded by the variety of types available and the exceptional quality of effects on offer. However, we didn’t expect them to grow their line as quickly as they are, and all whilst maintaining that customary high standard of quality we’ve come to expect from Fender.
New for Summer NAMM 2019
As we know from previous efforts, Fender are throwing everything into their line of effects pedals with tour-ready build quality combined with professional-level sound quality. Control layout and hardware appointments are immaculate, and each one finished in a unique pastel shade that makes the anodized aluminium chassis shine brightly. Oh, and not forgetting those backlit LED pots either (a gigging guitarist’s dream come true).
Summer NAMM 2019 bestows upon a few more delights in the form of fuzz, reverb, filters, distortion and even acoustic overdrive (yeah you read that correctly). So, without further ado let’s take them all in.
1. The Trapper Dual Fuzz
We all love a bit of fuzz, right? From that subtle undertone bristling with energy to the out of control, raucous spirit of rock ‘n’ roll we can’t get enough of fuzz. Fender’s The Trapper pairs two discrete fuzz voices into a single unit with Tone & Contour controls to sculpt your sound accordingly.
The first voice offers a more subtle character features a switchable high octave, which is ideal for those craving synth-like tones. The second voice is much more abrupt and imposes an edgier quality thanks to an interactive noise gate. A rather tasty offering for those who want a bit of flexibility with their fuzz.
2. Reflecting Pool Delay/Reverb
Another combo pedal of sorts, the Reflecting Pool focuses on the relationship between time-based effects. By marrying them into a single unit, you can readily integrate them into any pedalboard setup. Handling proceedings is some highly sophisticated digital signal processing, which does all the hard work so that you don’t have to.
Whether you’re conjuring a vintage vibe or seeking out pastures new, the Reflecting Pool allows you control your tone with absolute precision. Across the top you’ll find a plethora of control pots dedicated to the reverb and delay sections with corresponding footswitches for each effects as well as a tap tempo switch. Without explicitly naming names, this beauty punches well above its modest price in comparison to some more ’boutique’ offerings.
3. MTG:LA Tube Distortion
The MTG: LA Tube Distortion is exactly what it says on the beautiful anodized aluminium chassis – tube distortion. Based around a genuine, U.S.-made NOS 6205 preamp tube, this ripper gives you that pure, unadulterated joy of cranking out vacuum tube saturated tones of the finest pedigree.
Across the top you’ll find a selection of Tone, EQ, Level, and Gain controls. Not only that but the built in Boost with independent Level and footswitch allows you to crank things up even further. Got a killer lead lick that you need to elevate above everything else? No worries – engage Boost and take the skies!
4. Pour Over Envelope Filter
Auto Wah by any other name? Step up the Pour Over Envelope Filter and its highly dynamic character. Not only does it respond dutifully to your playing and picking dynamics, but it also has a cheeky dose of distortion for you to tease into your tone. Thanks to some dedicated controls and switchable filter options you can focus the envelope filter with greater intensity with the added bonus of dictating sweep direction too.
Whether you’re funking things up or adding a touch of flavour to your solo efforts, get the Pour Over involved.
5. Smolder Acoustic Overdrive
Adding overdrive to acoustic guitar may sound anathema to some owing to unwanted feedback that can occur – not to mention the fact that it can sound horribly artificial. However, Fender take on the challenge undeterred and the Smolder Acoustic Overdrive gets the job done quite nicely.
First of all, they soften the bright attack of a piezo pickup by including a Pickup Compensation control to smooth out the high frequency response. Secondly, the Drive pot attenuates the amount of distortion, which coupled with the 3-band EQ and Filter pots allows you to deftly shape your tone with pinpoint accuracy. Add to that cabinet simulation to add a depth of flavour when plugged into a full-range acoustic amp or PA and you’ve got yourself an absolute winner!
6. Compugilist Compressor/Distortion
Last but by no means least we come to the Compugilist Compressor/Distortion. Now we all know that compression and distortion are common bedfellows so, it makes sense to combine into one unit not only for tone-shaping prowess but also space-saving economics. The unit combines independently switchable all-analogue effects, which means that you can use either effect solo or as a dual force to be reckoned with. Not only that but there’s even a cheeky Bass Boost in the distortion circuit to really give it some oomph when you want to!
Fender Effects Pedals for the win!
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Jon has a passion for inspiring others to get involved in making music. After spending many years playing here, there and – pretty much – everywhere, he joined the Dawsons Music Web Team before progressing into his current role as Content Manager. Favourite things: My LTD MH-400NT, a decent brew, and Ron Swanson.