june 2019

The little brother in the Fender solidbody line impresses with chiming tones and silky smooth playability.

 
 

Ratings

Pros:
Zingy, even, and articulate pickups. Slinky playability. Vibrato is relatively tuning-stable.

Cons:
Pickups may sound comparatively flat for fans of vintage Fender voices. Three-way switch positioned inconveniently for aggressive strumming.

Street:
$1,099

Fender American Performer Mustang
fender.com


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Filthy delays—when regular analog dirt just won’t do.

Samples recorded using a Ron Thorn SoCal S/S guitar with TV Jones Classics (aka Filter’Tron) pickups, into the clean channel of a Friedman Small Box head and 2x12 cab.
The first section repeats the same phrase four times, using the both-pickups setting on the guitar, first with the Dirty Delay off, then on with Dirt knob at minimum, then Dirt knob 50%, then Dirt knob 100%.
The second passage (at 0:53) is on the guitar’s neck pickup, with more moderate Time, Reps and Blend settings, and 0% Dirt.
The third passage (at 1:26) is on the guitar’s bridge pickup, with the Dirty Delay set for slapback, and about 40% on the Dirt knob.
 

Ratings

Pros:
Characterful analog delay cleverly designed to enhance the distortion inherent in classic tape echoes. Well built and simple to use.

Cons:
Less dirt at lowest settings would expand potential. Advanced dirt knob settings get hairy fast.

Street:
$199

Daredevil Bootleg Dirty Delay
daredevilpedals.com


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