"That otherworldliness comes from very tight rhythm playing": Kevin Shields on hiding music inside his new Fender pedal, his Jazzmaster setup secrets and what guitarists overlook about his technique

Kevin Shields with his new Fender Shields Blender pedal
(Image credit: Anna Meldal/Fender)

As a guitarist whose radical effect experimentations changed the sound of guitar playing forever, My Bloody Valentine's Kevin Shields is a man who knows a thing or two about fuzz pedals. It's no surprise, then, that his expanded reissue of the Fender Blender, the Shields Blender, sold out its limited run almost instantly.

Shields added two key features to the Blender: footswitchable sag and octave circuits. The octave circuit, in particular, makes sense thanks to Shields' prolific use of the Octavia.

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Alex Lynham

Alex Lynham is a gear obsessive who's been collecting and building modern and vintage equipment since he got his first Saturday job. Besides reviewing countless pedals for Total Guitar, he's written guides on how to build your first pedal, how to build a tube amp from a kit, and briefly went viral when he released a glitch delay pedal, the Atom Smasher.