Review: Fender Full Moon Distortion and The Pelt Pedals

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I usually anticipate writing a review of a new distortion or fuzz pedal the way a restaurant reviewer probably looks forward to tasting a new hamburger or pizza. Almost everyone makes them, and most are usually good, but many offer little more than slight, subtle variations that make one stand out from another. However, on a few rare occasions a new product comes along that completely renews my faith in just how great and truly different a new distortion or fuzz pedal can be. Fender has achieved exactly that with two new pedals: the Full Moon Distortion and a fuzz box called The Pelt.

FEATURES The Fender Full Moon Distortion is a high-gain distortion stomp box with a versatile EQ section and a separate boost function. Like Fender’s other new pedals introduced recently, it’s housed in an exceptionally sturdy case with an anodized brushed aluminum face plate and features a very convenient pivoting spring-loaded battery compartment door on the front edge facing the player. Controls consist of high treble, treble, middle and bass EQ knobs, level, boost and gain knobs, a pair of mini toggle switches for texture and bite settings and individual bypass and boost footswitches. A large blue LED indicates effect or bypass mode, and a smaller blue LED illuminates when the boost mode is engaged. The control knobs can also be set to illuminate via the LED switch on the back.

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Chris Gill

Chris is the co-author of Eruption - Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. He is a 40-year music industry veteran who started at Boardwalk Entertainment (Joan Jett, Night Ranger) and Roland US before becoming a guitar journalist in 1991. He has interviewed more than 600 artists, written more than 1,400 product reviews and contributed to Jeff Beck’s Beck 01: Hot Rods and Rock & Roll and Eric Clapton’s Six String Stories.