Fender has drawn on its The Bends compressor and Pugilist Distortion to create the Compugilist, which puts separately switchable compressor (opens in new tab) and distortion (opens in new tab) in one pedal.
While you don’t get the full feature set here, you do get the essential controls for each.
The compressor side is in the classic Dyna Comp mould, keeping your dynamics even but capable of getting squashier and adding some snap to the start of your note, the nature of which can be dialled in with the Recovery knob, usefully adjusting the compression envelope. Meanwhile, the volume knob is capable of building in a boost.
The distortion has plenty of range, from edgy early break-up drive through to cranked amp, with a Tone knob to adjust the upper-mid presence and top-end, plus a switched Bass Boost for fat low-end.
This pedal offers plenty of practical options, such as using the compressor as a boost for the drive or using both sides to build your overall tone.
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- PRICE: $169.99, £129
- ORIGIN: China
- TYPE: Distortion and compression pedal
- FEATURES: True bypass
- CONTROLS: Tone, Gain, Level, Bass Boost switch, Recovery, Comp, Level, LED kill switch, Distortion footswitch, Compression footswitch
- CONNECTIONS: Standard input, standard output
- POWER: 9V battery or 9V DC adaptor (not supplied) 75mA
- DIMENSIONS: 95 (w) x 125 (d) x 64mm (h)
- CONTACT: Fender (opens in new tab)