Fender has been a trailblazer in the art of guitar and amplifier craft for over seven decades, but until recently, the most famous guitar company in the world was relatively quiet when it came to pedal offerings. That was until NAMM 2018, when it revealed the first batch of its all-new stompbox range, releasing a varied line that was designed in California with the help of musicians, producers and industry stalwarts alike.
This calendar year has seen the pedal wizards at Fender reveal six new offerings – and we’re giving you the chance to win the new MTG Tube Distortion, Tre-Verb Digital Reverb/Tremolo and Lost Highway Phaser.
You can read our in-depth review here, but in the meantime, here’s the skinny: the MTG Tube Distortion makes use of a fully functioning vacuum tube in the form of an NOS 6205 preamp valve, while also sporting a three-band EQ and a switchable boost with its own independent control knobs.
Fender’s tremolo-and-reverb combination pedal, the aptly named Tre-Verb, features three modes per side. Tremolo modes include a 60s-inspired optical voice alongside bias and harmonic vibrato options, covering small power-amp tremolo and vintage Brownface-style wobble, too. It also features three reverb settings, two of which are rooted in the 60s, with a ’63 and ’65 setting respectively. The third option comes in the form of a plate reverb, delivering a smoother and more spacious studio-style sound.
Finally, the Lost Highway Phaser is an all-analogue four- and eight-stage phaser, adding simple and luscious modulation to your ’board in a small form factor. Included are rate and depth controls, a slow/fast switch plus a toggle that switches between sine and triangle waveforms, adding even more depth to your tonal options.
All three are made with Fender’s sleek, anodised-aluminium enclosure and feature LEDs on each knob, to ensure you know exactly where you are no matter how dark the stage.
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