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Two Notes Le Clean review

A little Fender flavouring...

  • £219
  • €295
  • $350

MusicRadar Verdict

Fender flavour in a versatile package for direct recording or at the heart of your rig.

Pros

  • +

    Pristine channel A tone.

Cons

  • -

    Lack of complexity from the in-built switchable speaker sim.

Designed to deliver the sort of tones associated with Fender amps, the pedal outputs pristine clean tone from channel A.

It's a sweet sound that you can focus in nicely with the bass and treble knobs and is just crying out for a touch of spring reverb.

The in-built switchable speaker sim does a decent tone-shaping job for headphone monitoring or direct recording, but it doesn't have the range or complexity of the IR-based Torpedo C.A.B. Channel B cranks things for a nice bit of natural-sounding breakup, while both channels together in Cold fusion mode offers some useful blends - clean with a bit of grit, or raunch with clarity.

Now, it may be named Le Clean, but the pedal can get a bit dirty, too, in Hot Fusion mode, as channel A boosts channel B and can come across like a blackface Deluxe turned all the way up with careful juxtaposition of gain and Fusion knobs.

Trevor Curwen has played guitar for several decades – he's also mimed it on the UK's Top of the Pops. Much of his working life, though, has been spent behind the mixing desk, during which time he has built up a solid collection of the guitars, amps and pedals needed to cover just about any studio session. He writes pedal reviews for Guitarist and has contributed to Total Guitar, MusicRadar and Future Music among others.