Fender MTG Tube Distortion review

Tube time

  • £159
  • €155
  • $199
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Our Verdict

A tube-equipped distortion pedal that's great at high-gain, but not as refined as its boutique rivals.

Pros

  • Great high-gain sounds
  • Boost footswitch
  • Three-band EQ

Cons

  • Struggles to compete at this price

Many drive pedals claim to be ‘tube like’, whereas the MTG has a real tube, in this case a NOS 6205 preamp tube, at its heart. 

With a three-band EQ and a tight control, there’s plenty of scope for tone shaping, too. The higher-gain settings shine, but we also found usable blues tones with the gain and tight control pulled back, on the neck pickup of a Les Paul. 

Though it sounds good, at this price, Fender is competing with the likes of Amptweaker pedals - which the ‘tight’ control alludes to - and boutique offerings like the Hamstead Odyssey, and against these the MTG doesn’t hold its own quite so well.