Boss FDR-1 Fender '65 Deluxe Reverb Amp
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Boss FDR-1 Fender '65 Deluxe Reverb Amp

FDR-1 Fender '65 Deluxe Reverb Amp, Guitar Amp Simulation Pedal from Boss.

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moosers 25/07/2010

Boss FDR-1 Fender '65 Deluxe Reverb Amp : la opinión de moosers (content in English)

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The Boss FDR-1 Fender '65 Deluxe Reverb Amp is a unique pedal that aims to model the Fender amplifier of the same name. I guess that this is a collboration between Boss and Fender, although I'm not sure what the rolls were for each of them in the making of this pedal. The FDR-1 has the standard make up that you'll find on all Boss pedals, with 1/4" connections for input and output and both a 9 volt battery compartment and jack for powering the pedal. It isn't rackable in any way...

UTILIZATION

The Boss FDR-1 is an easy pedal to use regardless of if you are familiar with the make up of a Fender '65 Deluxe Reverb. Although it does share the main parameters found on this amp, everything is more or less self explanatory on it's own. It's got two, two tiered knobs, with the first one controlling both level and gain, and the second one controlling your vibrato and reverb effects. You can also set the vibrato speed by holding the pedal down for two seconds and using the same parameter. It also has treble and bass tone knobs. I haven't seen the manual for the FDR-1, so I can't speak to it's make up.

SOUND QUALITY

While I can't say that the Boss FDR-1 Fender '65 Deluxe Reverb Amp is an exact emulation of the classic Fender amp, it's about as good of an emulator as you're going to find in pedal form. Don't expect the pedal to transform your solid state amplifier into a warm tube amp, but with the FDR-1 you do get some control and effects that are usually found on Fender amps. Setting the gain/level knobs up will definitely give you some nice sounding overdrive, and both the reverb and vibrato effects are very realistic and true to the original Fender Deluxe Reverb sound. You're certainly not getting too much control over the effects, but it does stay true to the original amp in this fashion...

OVERALL OPINION

I'm definitely a fan of the Boss FDR-1 Fender '65 Deluxe Reverb Amp, but I don't own one myself since I already have a Fender amp. So obviously, if you already have a Fender amp, the FDR-1 isn't really necessary for you. If you're looking for either a reverb or vibrato pedal to use primarily for either effect, I'd recommend looking elsewhere, but if you just want a taste of each, this is a great pedal to have around. The price is maybe a tad much, but the build is as sturdy as any pedal, being that it is a Boss. Get the best of both worlds with the Boss FDR-1, with a classic Fender sound in a modern Boss build!