We reported from Winter NAMM in January 2008 that Fender would be expanding its Classics range of vintage reissue pedals. We even posted a video of the Phaser´s trippy lightshow in action.
Well it just so happens that in an attempt to prove that Thursdays are second only to Fridays in the best day of the week stakes, a box containing every pedal in the range has just arrived at MusicRadar HQ.
Suckers for the funk, we went straight for the Fuzz-Wah (£112 UK RRP) and bashed out a few sound clips that will give you a feel for what the pedal is capable of.
As usual, we ran the stompbox straight into Line 6´s excellent GearBox plug-in, and used an amp model based on a Vox AC30 with a little simulated spring reverb.
First, here´s a short clip that illustrates the sweep of the wah:
Now here´s a clip that demonstrates the range of control that the treadle´s top plate gives you over the fuzz sound when you move it from left to right and back again:
Here´s the wah-wah in context, with the fuzz disengaged for now:
Here´s the wah again, this time with the lead sound boosted with the onboard fuzz circuit:
Guitarist magazine will be running an in-depth review of all of the new models in its June issue, on sale 8 May.