MTG: LA | Effects Pedals | Fender


[GUITAR MUSIC PLAYING] Hi, I’m Stan with Fender,
and we’re here today with Josh Smith looking at the Fender
MTG:LA tube distortion pedal. The MTG:LA is in our MTG series. We designed it
with Bruce Egnater and it features a vacuum tube
that runs at high voltages. The high voltage
part is important because it gives the
pedal amp like dynamics where you can turn your guitar
down and it cleans up nicely. Feature wise it has
treble and bass controls, it has an additional
tone control that affects the very
highest frequency so you can dial in clarity or
help to tame fizz on an overly bright amp. It has Bruce’s tight control. The tight control effects
the gain on low notes. So how articulate
or tight something is versus how tubby or
complex or how much bloom it might have. There’s a foot switchable boost. The boost circuit
gives you more drive or more output level or both. They’re each
individually adjustable. It’s a true bypass,
all analog pedal. And like all the
pedals in this series it features illuminated knobs. Before we get into the tones,
Josh what are you playing? JOSH SMITH: I’m playing an
American Pro HSS Stratocaster, straight into a 68
custom deluxe reverb. Cool. Let’s hear the bypass
tone straight up. [GUITAR MUSIC PLAYING] Let’s get back to that tone we
had at the top of the video. Right now the pedal’s
set about mid gain. Josh, why don’t
you play through? See what you can do with it. All right. At the top I was exclusively
on the bridge pickup, but I go through
all the positions now and roll my
volume up and down. So here’s neck pickup,
volume down a little bit. [GUITAR MUSIC PLAYING] Here’s neck middle. [GUITAR MUSIC PLAYING] Middle bridge. [GUITAR MUSIC PLAYING] Then back to the bridge. [GUITAR MUSIC PLAYING] Cool. Let’s see what happens
when we turn the gain down. I’m going to turn the
level up a little bit and see what those
tones are like. JOSH SMITH: All right. [GUITAR MUSIC PLAYING] Cool. There’s a lot of tones
in Josh, and also a lot of tones in the pedal. JOSH SMITH: Is really
versatile and dynamic. It cleans up really well and
responds to all your pickup selections and volume and
tone changes, and the way that you play. You know, the
different inflections that you put into it. It kind of reacts very
well to that stuff. STAN: Awesome. Hey, let’s get to the
other end of the spectrum. Let’s crank the gain
on it and see what it’ll do at high gain settings. JOSH SMITH: All right. [GUITAR MUSIC PLAYING] Still cleans up. JOSH SMITH: Still cleans up. Awesome. All right. Let’s look at the
tight control does. I’m going to turn the
gain down a little bit. And maybe for this if you just
play like a palm mute low E. Just chunk. Chunk chunka chunk. STAN: Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. [GUITAR MUSIC PLAYING] Maybe if you could do
some single note stuff around the middle of the neck? JOSH SMITH: Yeah. [GUITAR MUSIC PLAYING] It kind of sounds like
a different cabinet. Like you’re changing speaker
cabinets a little bit. Yeah. What you heard in
the chunk stuff, you heard to kind of get a
little flubby at one end– JOSH SMITH: Absolutely. STAN: But then it got a little
tighter and prettier, kind of. But then on the
single note stuff, I actually liked it where
it was a little bit fatter, because it gets a little more
complex or a little richer. JOSH SMITH: Yeah. Absolutely. Why don’t we walk through some
of the tone control settings, just to get an idea
of what they do? All right. STAN: You play. I’m going to go ahead and
sweep the tone control back. This is actually
a low pass filter, so it progressively
removes high notes. High frequencies. [GUITAR MUSIC PLAYING] This control is
really useful if you have an amp that has a
built in bright switch function or something where
the amp is really bright. It allows you to tame fizz and
make it sound more natural. That’s great,
because then you can have a super clean
bright clean tone, but when you kick on the
drive it can still be warm. Let’s look at the boost now. So the controls on
the boost, there’s an additional gain control that
adds to the first gain control, and then there’s a separate
output level control. So when you kick the boost
on, both of those controls become active. With the output level controls
you get one or the other, so an odd thing
about the boost is you can actually make
it be quieter if you want to make it quieter. But you can actually
make it a bit gainier. So I’ll set the level
controls about the same, so the volumes about the same. And then I’ll just kick it
on and off while Josh plays. You can hear the additional dry. [GUITAR MUSIC PLAYING] Now we’ll go the other way. I’ll turn the
additional gain off and I’ll just give
it more output level. The output circuit
is exactly the same. So the tone isn’t
going to change at all. It’s just going to get louder. JOSH SMITH: It’s nice. It’s almost like you can have
a clean boost or a gain boost, and it doesn’t matter
where it is in your chain. Yeah, yeah, or both at once. [GUITAR MUSIC PLAYING] Sounds good. So that’s the MTG: LA. It’s a high voltage tube
bass distortion pedal. Has amp like dynamics, has
crazy broad range of tones, has a foot switchable boost,
so a lot of flexibility. Visit fender.com for more
information on this pedal as well as the full
line of Fender pedals. Josh, you want to play us out? Yeah. [GUITAR MUSIC PLAYING]