American dealer CME has accidentally leaked a set of new Fender effects pedal releases due to be announced at NAMM 2019. The four new pedals carry on from where their effects line-up left off last year and introduces new Phaser, Chorus, Distortion and Bass Multi-effect pedals.
Fender Lost Highway Phaser
According to the leaked information, Fender’s Lost Highway Phaser revives the sounds of the 1960s and 1970s. Fender adds two footswitchable speeds, each separately adjustable in rate and depth. There are also controls for Blend, Feedback and Sens as well as switches for 4/8 phases and sine/triangle.
Fender Bubbler Chorus
The structure of the Bubbler Chorus is very similar to the Phaser. There are two footswitchable speeds with each rate and depth while the controls for Level and Sens are global. A lever switches between sine and triangular vibration. Incidentally, the output is stereo (dual mono).
Fender MTG Tube Distortion
This pedal, we understand, was co-developed by Bruce Egnater and is not an emulation, but a 6205 preamp with NOS tube stuck. There is also a 3-band EQ with additional Tight controls. Level and Gain are global. Another footswitchable boost has its own level and boost controls. It works only via a 9V power supply because of the valve.
Fender Downtown Express Bass Multi-Effect
At first glance, everything that a bass player needs is here. Everything can be switched on separately: Compressor, Overdrive, EQ and Mute. Each section has three controls: Overdrive with Level, Tone and Drive – unfortunately without Dry / Wet control – Compressor with Blend, Gain and Threshold and Equalizer with Bass, Middle and Treble.
There is also a master volume control and a lever that switches the order of overdrive and compressor. On the rear, you also get a DI-Out.
You can google the names of each pedal, but they’re not visible on the main Fender site yet. They’ll no doubt be at Fender’s NAMM booth to try out!