While Fender has released a number of innovative effects pedals throughout the years—some of which, like the Fender Blender fuzz octave and the Fuzz Wah (which pivots back-and-forth and side-to-side), have found cult followings—the company has made only minor efforts to get in on today's booming effects market.
While boutique manufacturers continue to create unique offerings for welcoming audiences, the company in recent years has stuck with budget-friendly pedals like the Drive and Chorus and utilitarian units like the Micro Compressor and ABY switcher.
Today, Fender announced a new line of six feature-rich and sleekly designed pedals, housed in classy aluminum chassis with amp jewel LEDs serving as their only ornaments.
The Pugilist Distortion has two gain stages with independent controls, which can be used individually or stacked to taste with the blend control. The gold aluminum pedal also includes a bass boost switch to fatten up your tone.
The Mirror Image Delay features analog, digital, and tape delay sounds, with two variations of each, and an additional switch to add a dotted eighth note rhythm if you wish.