Best Fender "Amp in a box" pedal

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SnazzyGeezerSnazzyGeezer Frets: 26
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Whats the best Fender 'amp in box' pedal
youve played, or heard
And is the there one that does the Tweed and Silverface in one enclosure.
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  • WhitecatWhitecat Frets: 3251
    Crazy Tube Circuits Falcon...
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  • shaunmshaunm Frets: 1240
    I was going to suggest the Effectrode Tube Drive. 
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  • monquixotemonquixote Frets: 11054
    Tech 21 Blonde is decent.
    AMT F1 is pretty good. 

    I didn't like the Wampler ones. 

    The main problem with all of them is they lack clean headroom and clip much easier than a real amp.
    Handsome_Chris said: Like white Nile Rodgers. 
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  • NeuroneNeurone Frets: 28
    Iridium deserves a mention.
    Trading feedback here
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 48626
    Expensive - Effectrode Blackbird

    Cheap(ish) - Boss FDR-1

    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone." - Walt Kowalski

    "Just because I don't care, doesn't mean I don't understand." - Homer Simpson

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  • FunkfingersFunkfingers Frets: 6665
    edited August 1
    I had a BOSS FDR-1 pedal. I found that it could be driven into nasty digital clipping very easily. (The BOSS VF-1 half rack was the same.) Active pickups may have been to blame. I sold the pedal.
    Be seeing you.
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  • harryburke360harryburke360 Frets: 652
    I'll probably be in the minority, but I've never liked any of the Fendery amp in a box pedals Ive tried. The Joyo American sound I was disappointed with the headroom in, and it sounded very farty with gain - which to me was the whole point of it. The Boss FDR-1 was good so long as it was used only for its reverb capability. 

    Admittedly, I've not extensively tried any others, but these two were enough to put me off. I got the chance to dial up a Princeton and a Deville in the last 12 months, and it's a sound that simply can not be replicated.
    12:25, 16/01/2019 - Just so people are aware. I have no idea what any of these words mean.
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  • lasermonkeylasermonkey Frets: 1888
    My modified DIY Catalinbread Formula No.5 clone.
    :-)
    My wife asked me to stop singing Wonderwall.
    I said maybe.....
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  • soma1975soma1975 Frets: 3677
    Catalinbread 5F6 and Lovepedal Les Lius are the only two I've ever liked 
    My Trade Feedback Thread is here

    Been uploading old tracks I recorded ages ago and hopefully some new noodles here.
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 48626
    edited August 1
    I had a BOSS FDR-1 pedal. I found that it could be driven into nasty digital clipping very easily. (The BOSS SE-50 half rack was the same.) Active pickups may have been to blame. I sold the pedal.
    Interesting... my one sounded great. It was the functionality that put me off it - no separate tremolo switching, no speaker-emulated output, and the knobs fiddly and in the wrong order/positions. I also sold it.

    I have an SE-70 half-rack and that sounds great too - bought new in about 1992 and one of the few pieces of gear I’ll never sell.

    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone." - Walt Kowalski

    "Just because I don't care, doesn't mean I don't understand." - Homer Simpson

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  • stickyfiddlestickyfiddle Frets: 14821
    Anarchy Gold Class. Properly fantastic little preamp thing.


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  • monquixotemonquixote Frets: 11054
    I'll probably be in the minority, but I've never liked any of the Fendery amp in a box pedals Ive tried. The Joyo American sound I was disappointed with the headroom in, and it sounded very farty with gain - which to me was the whole point of it. The Boss FDR-1 was good so long as it was used only for its reverb capability. 

    Admittedly, I've not extensively tried any others, but these two were enough to put me off. I got the chance to dial up a Princeton and a Deville in the last 12 months, and it's a sound that simply can not be replicated.

    The thing to be aware of with the American sound is it's designed to go into an FX return more than the front of an amp. It also has an always on speaker simulator which can be turned off on the tech21 it's cloned from.

    As a straight overdrive pedal it's fairly terrible.
    Handsome_Chris said: Like white Nile Rodgers. 
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  • stickersticker Frets: 689
    I have a pre-legit Thorpy “Black ‘65” clone that does for all my Fendery needs especially when coupled with a Strymon Flint. 
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  • I love the Lovepedal 65 reverb, but am selling mine as I’m clearing out all my pedals, need wood! 
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  • Sorry, switchable reverb and amp sounds, great range of tones from the main and dirt knobs.
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  • hollywoodroxhollywoodrox Frets: 863
    Lots of people swear by the joyo one , I think it’s called American sound . It’s a clone of the tech 21 
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  • lasermonkeylasermonkey Frets: 1888
    ICBM said:
    I had a BOSS FDR-1 pedal. I found that it could be driven into nasty digital clipping very easily. (The BOSS SE-50 half rack was the same.) Active pickups may have been to blame. I sold the pedal.
    Interesting... my one sounded great. It was the functionality that put me off it - no separate tremolo switching, no speaker-emulated output, and the knobs fiddly and in the wrong order/positions. I also sold it.

    I have an SE-70 half-rack and that sounds great too - bought new in about 1992 and one of the few pieces of gear I’ll never sell.
    I like the SE-70 so much I bought two. It may not have some of the more modern effects such as shimmer reverb or backwards echo, but what it does it does brilliantly. Analogue front-end, too.

    I won't be parting with mine either.
    My wife asked me to stop singing Wonderwall.
    I said maybe.....
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  • dilbertdilbert Frets: 139
    Lots of people swear by the joyo one , I think it’s called American sound . It’s a clone of the tech 21 
    Not sure that I'd claim to swear by it, but I think it does a credible impersonation of Blackface and Champ style amps. I use a couple of pedals before and after it, straight into the power amp side of a Crate Powerblock and then directly into the cheapo 8" speaker of a Park/Marshall R15D and it actually sounds pretty good particularly at social distancing, i.e. from 'er indoors, volumes.

    I tried a similar setup directly into a mixing board some years ago while I was looking for an standby amp solution for gigging,  and into my PC for recording and yep, there are better solutions around but considering I had all the kit mentioned anyway, it was a bargain and the inverted snob in me has really taken a shine to it  =)        
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  • builttospillbuilttospill Frets: 410
    Crazy Tube Circuits Stardust Blackface for beautiful blackface tones. I miss mine
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  • BlueingreenBlueingreen Frets: 1420
    I have the Flyrig 5 and the Sansamp section gives a good Fender sound.  I disagree that it needs to go into the effects loop, I think it also works well into the front of an amp - you can't switch off the amp sim on the Flyrig version. It does feel "stiff" compared to a valve amp but that's not necessarily a bad thing IMO.
    I’m just on the borders of DTs darling, and I’ve wasted some of my tremendous love for you on a lank redmouthed girl with a reputation like Hell. The Love Letters of Dylan Thomas
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  • bbill335bbill335 Frets: 1051
    boss frv1 into the joyo/harley benton. sounds great DId for recording
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  • shaunmshaunm Frets: 1240
    Sorry to derail the thread a little bit I used to think it was harder to find a Fender in a box than say a Marshall but now I’m not sure. All the Marshall in a box pedals seem to be high gain type things based around one specific Marshall sound. I’ve not heard a convincing SLP plexi sound as it’s quite clean. 


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  • SassafrasSassafras Frets: 19633
    AMT F1.
    More convincing than Tech 21.
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  • JayGeeJayGee Frets: 682
    Lots of people swear by the joyo one , I think it’s called American sound . It’s a clone of the tech 21 
    You can pay a hell of a lot more and not get more for your money. It’s certainly way better than it has any right to be at the price and way better than just “good enough”...




    Don't ask me, I just play the damned thing...
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  • rze99rze99 Frets: 569

    The American Sound is very very cheap and very very good.
    It's so good my second guitarist stopped bringing in his Fender amp to rehearsals because he could just plug that in to any amp and sound like a good Fender amp through whatever they had at the studios. 

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  • munckeemunckee Frets: 5676
    I have an american sound and did have a FDR1.  The American sound works great to make an amp sound more like either a tweed sounding amp or a blackface amp depending on how you set the voice control.  I only ever use in front of an amp and I really like it.  Too much gain doesn't really work unless set to maximum tweed.

    The FDR1 I really liked, I only sold as I was using it as reverb and tremolo and the tremolo isn't brilliant.  The FDR modelling is good and can be used as a straight overdrive pedal and sounds really good driven.
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  • UnclePsychosisUnclePsychosis Frets: 7882
    Princeton Reverb. 

    I mean, its a Fender amp, in a box...

     On a serious note the Joyo one is great as per everyone else's comments. The Catalinbread 5F6 sounds really good, but mine broke. Twice. I don't know if I could recommend one of their pedals now. 
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  • Ive been looking at loads of different pedals
    I like the wampler 57 and the catalinbread 5S6
    But they have too much gain,even with the gain dailed right back on the Wampler it still has a hair.
    if the gain could be reduced by 30-50% it would be great.
    Maybe theres a mod out there ?
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  • rze99rze99 Frets: 569
    Ive been looking at loads of different pedals
    I like the wampler 57 and the catalinbread 5S6
    But they have too much gain,even with the gain dailed right back on the Wampler it still has a hair.
    if the gain could be reduced by 30-50% it would be great.
    Maybe theres a mod out there ?
    You can set the American Sound perfectly clean. Anything from there to filthy tweed. Dirty it gets mushy and noisy. But it it is at its best as a low gain pre-amp type shaper platform rather than a dirt pedal. 
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