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Fiery sounding and flexible, the Pugilist Distortion is ready to add some heavyweight gain to your rig. This original design features dual gain engines - with independent tone controls for each - letting you select multiple variations of distortion, ensuring this pedal will play well with any rig. Series/Blend switch lets you stack channels for thick, cascading distortion, while the Bass Boost switch fattens up your tone. The Blend control mixes the two channels to get the best of both worlds, crafting a sound just for you.

The chassis is crafted from lightweight, durable anodized aluminum, and the Amp Jewel LED gives your pedalboard the classic Fender look. The LED-backlit knobs show your control settings on a dark stage at a glance, and swapping batteries is quicker and easier than ever with Fender's exclusive magnetically latched 9V battery door.

Ranging from brutal to subtle, the Pugilist Distortion can satisfy all your distortion needs.

Features:
• Effect Type: Distortion
• Controls: Tone A, Drive A, Tone B, Drive B, Blend (A/B), Blend/Series Toggle, Bass Boost Toggle (On/Off), Output Level, Bypass Footswitch
• Inputs: 1 x 1/4" Instrument
• Outputs: 1 x 1/4" Instrument
• Power Requirements: 9-Volt Battery or DC Negative AC Adaptor
• Power Consumption: 22mA
• Input Impedance: 1M ohm
• Output Impedance: 1k ohm
• Material: Anodized Aluminum

GREAT PEDAL - BLOWS MY DS-1 AWAY0 of 0 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreNew Minas, Nova Scotia
This is a great distortion. Seems to sound best in series mode, very clear, open and amplike cascading distortion. I use it with a Mexican Strat and a Marshall origin 20 combo. Such a versatile pedal, my main setting is in series with even tone and each gain stage cranked up to about 3/4. Still got lots of playing around to do. Did an extensive side by side comparison with my boss ds-1, the pugilist is much more real sounding with better sustain. Makes the ds-1 sound fizzy and fuzzy and artificial. I was torn between this and the JHS Andy Timmons which is twice the price and my amp already has a footswitchable boost anyway. The way the pugilist sustains and the aggressive sharpness of the notes with lead tones is just great. Can't go wrong with this one!
Posted by Allan on Dec 23, 2020
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The next Distortion you get will be made by Fender....0 of 0 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreMarkham, Ontario
Haha yea right you'd say...fender can't make pedals that rock or can be considered classic, like Boss etc . Yea I would have said that, then this line came out! They are beautiful, so well made. Built like Tanks! Led lite knobs that u can turn on and off! Brilliant. I can see better in my dark room or on stage! The sounds that are unleashed out of this beast are truly as awesome as it's design. I play outta a super reverb and either a Jazzmaster or Epiphone Les Paul custom, as my weapsons of choice. Stacking the circuit really pushed my amp well. It's not a over the top distortion but boy it's still huge sounding. I can get very Marshall like Tones as well... The A series has wonderful overdrive tones that border on Vox tones as well. Lots or wonderful tweaking can be done with this Beast. Id love to try the Full Moon pedal next. Keep on rocking in the Free World.
Posted by Oreius_The_Ram on Oct 18, 2020
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Great distortion pedal1 of 1 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreCalgary Chinook, Alberta
Well designed pedal with features that will appeal to players of any skill level. Takes an hour or two of experimenting and knob-tweaking, but that's part of the fun. The pedal has two modes; "Blend" and "Series". Blend mode separates the two drive signals and allows you to isolate or blend A & B together. Series mode sends the signal through each drive circuit consecutively, "stacking" the distortion. The Blend mode is good for situations where you want an overdriven sound and the Series mode is great for high-gain. I mostly play punk and classic metal (Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Metallica, Bad Religion, Nofx) and I enjoy the sound the pedal produces. I'm currently running through an Orange Crush 20 on the clean channel, with either a Strat(w/HumBucker) or LP. For the price, it's worth at least checking out.
Posted by KC on Oct 11, 2020
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Pedal Made me love my amp0 of 0 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreWinnipeg (Henderson Hwy.), Manitoba
This pedal made me love my amp. Hated the gain channel. Bought this. And wow. Can’t get enough - love the distortion sounds i get from this.
Posted by Dave on Jun 28, 2020
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Must-Have Pedal0 of 0 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreLondon North, Ontario
Bought this to replace an old Danelectro Fab-Tone, best decision possible. The old pedal had plenty of distortion, but the Pugilist adds clarity that I couldn't get before. My issues lie in the Bass Boost switch not being particularly strong, and that the gain falls a bit short of what I'm after, lacking the strong Jimmy Page-esque treble. Might be more to do with my cheap Fender Acoustasonic amp.
Posted by Jon Howard on Feb 21, 2020
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Closest StoreWinnipeg (Pembina Hwy.), Manitoba
Punches way above it's price point! I'd grab one before they raise the price. Quality tones that are extremely adjustable. The pedal sounds excellent on any settings. Took me a while to figure out the full scope of the pedal but the most significant and easiest thing to remember is for ultimate high gain switch it to series. It's an ear opening experience to blend the two gain channels together. I'm usually balls to the wall, full on distortion, but I must admit that I appreciate the element the cleaner distortion of A brings blended into B. I would have never considered Fender pedals before. They just released more at Summer Namm 19. Thanks L&M for the quick shipping to Thunder Bay (Purolator)
Posted by Jan Patrick Lucas on Jul 24, 2019
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Organic Tone, Tweaks for Days1 of 1 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreScarborough, Ontario
Jammed with a buddy on this pedal for hours through a Fender Excelsior amp. Super Strat sounded fat and full of character, pedal maintained the guitar tone and boosted it, you could tweak it into natural grit or get nasty. Fantastic tone! Cons: switch is loud and super mechanical, battery door is cool, but hard to put the battery in and you might break something in there...
Posted by Colin on May 28, 2019
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Closest StoreBedford, Nova Scotia
This pedal sounds great. Lots of tone shaping options. Love it
Posted by Matt on Jan 10, 2019
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Excellent stomp box0 of 0 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreToronto (Bloor St.), Ontario
This pedal dials in perfectly with my rig. Don?t let the affordability trick you into thinking this thing doesn?t rule. It saves you room on your pedalboard. I usually stack drives and distortions, but this baby took two other pedals off my loop. Sounds good with a little dirt, but also boasts a huge and saturated distortion sound. Easy to tweak to your liking. Definitely looking into some of the other options on fenders new pedal line up.
Posted by Chris A on Dec 30, 2018
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