Fender Trapper Bass Distortion review

Why do they call it the Trapper? Who can say, but it has two distortion circuits to give options to those who need some low-end growl and thunder

Fender Trapper Bass Distortion
(Image: © Fender)

Guitar World Verdict

A top-quality dual distortion that offers bass players a wide range of dirt tones and won't break the bank.


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    Sub-bass boost.

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    Affordable way to combine drive.


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    Hard-to-read control text.

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Why take two bass distortion pedals out when you can take one and save precious pedalboard real estate? The Fender Trapper (how did it get that name?) is a simple but versatile unit. It offers bassists two individual or stacked drive tones, and asks for significantly less of your taxed income than similar units, such as Ashdown's John Myung Double Drive.

Then again, it’s nowhere near as tough in construction, it lacks the VU meters, and it hasn’t been developed in conjunction with a bass-playing legend.

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Joel McIver

Joel McIver was the Editor of Bass Player magazine from 2018 to 2022, having spent six years before that editing Bass Guitar magazine. A journalist with 25 years' experience in the music field, he's also the author of 35 books, a couple of bestsellers among them. He regularly appears on podcasts, radio and TV.