Boss í65 Fender Deluxe Reverb (FDR-1)† - Review
Having recently purchased a Blues
Junior Valve amplifier, Iíve had an itch to build a pedal board
to go with it. My usual gigging rig for my cover band simply
consists of a Line 6 Flextone III Plus and a FBV Shortboard,
so this new setup is quite a departure for me.
The FDR-1 seemed like at interesting unit and one of the to
Fender/Boss pedals now available from the new Legend series
the other being the í59 Bassman Pedal. The hype since before launch has been pretty
high and a lot of customers where eagerly awaiting these units
The pedal emulates a Fender Deluxe Reverb amplifier as it would
have sounded in 1965, a well known and cherish tube amplifier
with a great overdriven tone.
The controls on the unit mirror those on the original amplifier
which are: Level, Gain, Treble, Bass, Vibrato and Reverb.
The idea is to use this pedal in front of your usual amplifier
(if already overdriven so much the better) to add the flavour
of the Deluxe Reverb to your amp.
Construction and quality is up to the usual Boss tank like
standards. The unit is finish in textured black which presumably
emulates the usual Fender amp cover.
Sound wise the pedal lives up to its namesake with a responsive
gritty overdrive available as can be heard in the samples below.
The only gripe I would have with this pedal is the lack of
an external footswitch connection to turn the vibrato on and
Otherwise an excellent purchase.
By Ernest H Slade