NAMM 2018: New Fender Effects Pedals Announced


A huge range of new Fender Effects Pedals have been announced ahead of NAMM 2018, including the Pugilist Distortion, Mirror Image Delay and more!

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Fender have announced an all-new range of highly versatile effects pedals ahead of NAMM 2018 including some lush overdrives, distortion, reverb, delay and more. We take a closer look at these new fender Effects pedals landing on UK shores very soon.

Fender Marine Layer Reverb Pedal

Fender Marine Layer Reverb Pedal

The team at Fender know a thing or two about reverb, having created some of the best reverb amplifiers the world has ever seen such as the Fender 68 Custom Twin Reverb Guitar Amplifier Combo and the Fender '65 Deluxe Reverb Vintage Reissue Guitar Combo, so when we heard that Fender were releasing a new reverb pedal, to say we got excited was an understatement.

The Fender Marine Layer Reverb Pedal has been designed in-house at Fender by their team of geniuses and features an all original circuit to provide players with a new level of control over their reverb effects.

In this hard-wearing little box, you have a world of classic reverb effects such as Hall and Room as well as newer additions to the reverb family such as Shimmer and the new “Special” reverb from Fender. The cool thing about this pedal is that each reverb effect has been designed to ensure a smooth and natural decay when you turn the pedal off as tails continue after you mute the pedal.

In addition, you also have a huge amount of control over your sound thanks to Reverb Time, Damping, Pre-Delay and Level controls, plus the ability to add filters and variations to your sound via toggle switches.

The Fender Marine Layer Reverb Pedal has also been crafted with a durable anodized aluminium chassis – so it’s essentially tank-proof! The LED backlit knobs are also a nice touch, allowing you to make changes in low light with ease. The pedal can be powered via a 9-volt power supply, but we love the magnetically latched 9v battery door, which is easy to get to in a hurry.

Fender Mirror Image Delay

Fender Mirror Image Delay

The new Fender Mirror Image Delay effects pedal is jam-packed full of awesome delay effects ready to take your music to new heights. In this sturdy box you get some of the most beautiful Digital, Analog, and Tape modes—each with two voicing variations, that you could hope to play with.

You have a huge array of sonic options at your disposal including the option to add a dotted-eighth note to your playing as well as the ability to adjust depth, rate, feedback, time and level. In addition, the Fender Mirror Image Delay tails continue when you mute the pedal which ensures a clean and natural transition.

Again, you have a tough anodized aluminium chassis Amp Jewel LED light and LED-backlit knobs so you can see what’s going on at all times. By far a highlight from the new Fender Effects Pedals range announced at NAMM 2018.

Fender Santa Ana Overdrive Pedal

Fender Santa Ana Overdrive Pedal

Fans of Fender amps know just how beautiful the natural overdriven tones of a Fender amplifier can sound, so you’ll undoubtedly be as excited as us to get your hands on the Fender Santa Ana Overdrive Pedal from the new 2018 Fender effects pedals range.

Fender have brought their expertise in crafting overdriven tones to stompboxes here and armed this awesome pedal with FET technology, allowing you to dial in a wide variety of overdriven tones. Go from slight distortion to all-out, saturated and thick as hell overdrive at the turn of a knob and even use your guitar volume knob to clean up the pedal - just like Fender’s famous amplifiers!

You have 2 voices to choose from, a level and drive boost as well as the ability to adjust the bass, middle, treble and presence. An impressive addition to this range.

Fender Pugilist Distortion Pedal

Fender Pugilist Distortion Pedal

The Fender Pugilist Distortion Pedal adds some serious heavyweight distortion to your rig, offering up knockout tones that are versatile, fiery and flexible. Yeah, we’re going to make as many boxing puns as possible.

This all new design from the engineers at Fender features dual gain engines, each with their own tone controls, allowing you to create multiple distortion variations that are entirely unique. This versatility ensures that the pedal sounds great in any and all rigs. In addition, a Series/Blend switch lets you stack channels – a great option for those who don’t want to have to run two pedals together, made all the more appealing by a Bass Boost switch which fattens up the bottom end of your tone and really thickening up your sound.

You also have the ability to blend the two channels of distortion via the Blend control so you can create entirely unique sounds, whether you want bone crushing riffs or smooth, creamy rock.

Fender The Bends Compressor Pedal

Fender The Bends Compressor Pedal

Controlling the dynamics of your sound has been made easy with the all new Fender The Bends Compressor Pedal. Those horrible volume spikes and are now effortlessly tamed without your tone being altered any way, allowing you to enjoy all the subtle nuances of your playing.

You have Drive and Recovery controls that allow you to dial in your ideal amount of compression and extend the sustain of your notes. In addition, the Blend control lets you mix in your dry signal so your pick attack remains in the mix. This is not your average compression pedal but a great addition to the Fender Effects Pedals range.

Fender Level Set Buffer Pedal

Fender Level Set Buffer Pedal

If you’re using a large selection of pedals in your signal chain and a longer that 18.5ft guitar lead, your tone is going to suffer slightly. In addition, if you’re swapping between humbucking pickups and single coils in your set, the signal output can vary dramatically. This is where the Fender Level Set Buffer Pedal really comes in handy!

The Level Set Buffer Pedal from the new Fender Effects Pedals range is a fantastic buffer pedal that both allows you to swap guitars in your set without it negatively affecting your tone and also brings your signal back up to optimal level – ideal for those who run a large selection of pedals in their chain.

You have everything you need to bring your tone back to life including the ability to manipulate Level, Hi-Freq and Load controls to adjust the signal. There’s even a Main Mute footswitch for silent tuning and a nifty tuner output that lets your tuner be always on without your signal path being affected.

If you swap guitars, use a lot of pedals or use a large guitar lead the Level Set Buffer is a great choice especially if you value your tone!

Shop a full range of Fender Effects Pedals over at PMT Online today or call in to your local PMT store to see try some out for yourself.

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Check out all the new gear from NAMM 2018 over on our blog.

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2 Comments on “NAMM 2018: New Fender Effects Pedals Announced”

  • Paul
    27th January 2018

    Just wondered if you know when they are going to be in the shops or available to buy online (not pre order) in the uk.

    • Admin
      29th January 2018

      Hi Paul no release date as of yet we're afraid!

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