Fender Pugilist Distortion, Marine layer reverb and Mirror image Delay
Because it’s called the Pugilist you might expect it to deliver brutal distortion, but while it can definitely do that there’s a subtler side to this pedal. What it offers are dual gain engines (A and B) linked to a Blend knob so you can have 100 per cent A or B or a mix of both. This is a brilliant feature as there’s a wide variation of tone available from blending the two channels especially as each has its own adjustable Gain and Tone.
Channel A offers a slightly milder distortion than B so you can use a touch of A with brightened tone to add clarity and pick attack to the saturated sound of B or have a mixture of both reminiscent of playing through two amps. You can also choose to run the two engines in series where full-on high-gain sound with rich harmonics is pretty much guaranteed. The Pugilist is also capable of raunchy overdrive at lower levels of gain. Verdict Providing plenty of variation on the distortion/drive theme, a pedal with two engines at this price is a steal
ORIGIN: China TYPE: Distortion pedal FEATURES: True bypass CONTROLS: Tone A, Gain A, Tone B, Gain B, Blend, Level, Series/Blend switch, Bass Boost switch, LEDs On/Off switch, Bypass footswitch CONNECTIONS: Standard input, standard output POWER: 9V battery or 9V DC adapter (not supplied) 88mA DIMENSIONS: 100 (w) x 125 (d) x 62mm (h)