waylon jennings

There’s much more to this analog phaser than outlaw country swirl.

An inexpensive, rangy phaser with fun, interactive, and easy-to-use controls

Some whistle-like overtones in treble-heavy peaks

$129

Fender Waylon Jennings Phaser, $129 street

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When I was a kid, my mom got a cassette of Waylon Jennings’ Greatest Hits, which went into heavy rotation in her Cutlass Supreme’s tape deck. Much was striking about that introduction to Waylon Jennings—not least that voice and the frank, plain-spoken narration. Just as arresting, though, were the swirling guitar sounds that popped up on “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way” and “Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love).” They didn’t sound like the Buck Owens or Patti Page I would hear on oldies stations, or, for that matter, George Harrison’s version of Don Rich’s “Act Naturally” lead. In fact, as a Beatles obsessive, “Luckenbach, Texas” struck me as bearing a certain resemblance to the arpeggios in “Dear Prudence.” Those phaser sounds helped make me a Waylon fan for life. So, I’m tickled to see Fender honor the effect that opened up one very strange corner of my musical mind with the release of the Waylon Jennings Phaser.

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Fender honors country pioneer Waylon Jennings with a limited-edition Telecaster and Phaser pedal.

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An outlaw country king is honored with a full-featured phaser that dishes his signature swoosh and many more modulation moods.

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