Fender Dual Marine Layer Reverb and Duel Pugilist Distortion review

Fender scales up two of its pedalboard favorites and presents players with some seriously tweakable stompbox essentials

Fender Dual Marine Layer Reverb and Duel Pugilist Distortion
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Guitar World Verdict

The Dual Marine Layer Reverb and Duel Pugilist Distortion double up on the control set of their original namesakes as 2-in-1 stompboxes with exceptional tones and versatility.


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    The Duel Pugilist offers a unique blend of overdrive and distortion.

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    It's hugely versatile, too.

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    The Dual Marine is a superb option for everyday reverb.

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    Hardy builds.

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    Expanded feature sets.


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    Soundscape artists might want a more niche reverb.

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    Metal maniacs might want a more crazy high-gain distortion.

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    They are quite large pedals.

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Once you discover the bevy of stompboxes Fender has brought to the effects party since 2018, you may wonder, where was my invitation? Well, I say it’s never too late to get in on the action, because two of them – the Marine Layer Reverb and the Pugilist Distortion – seem to have noticeably struck a chord among many players in the know.

But now Fender has decided to take a “more the merrier” approach to this shindig by releasing the Dual Marine Layer Reverb and Duel Pugilist Distortion. Both duplicate the original pedals’ control sets (combined with unique options and special features) for two independent settings or voicings that you can footswitch between in a single dual-format stompbox, proving it’s much better to double your pleasure.

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Paul Riario

Paul Riario has been the tech/gear editor and online video presence for Guitar World for over 25 years. Paul is one of the few gear editors who has actually played and owned nearly all the original gear that most guitarists wax poetically about, and has survived this long by knowing every useless musical tidbit of classic rock, new wave, hair metal, grunge, and alternative genres. When Paul is not riding his road bike at any given moment, he remains a working musician, playing in two bands called SuperTrans Am and Radio Nashville.