Fender Pugilist Distortion Pedal Review (December 2023)


Last updated on December 1, 2023 5:06 am Details


In this review post, we’re going to be discussing the Fender Pugilist Distortion Pedal, including an overview of its unique features.

Product Description

Fiery sounding and flexible, the Pugilist Distortion is ready to add some heavyweight gain to your rig. This original design features dual gain engines—with independent tone controls for each—letting you select multiple variations of distortion, ensuring this pedal will play well with any rig. The series/Blend switch lets you stack channels for thick, cascading distortion, while the Bass Boost switch fattens up your tone. The Blend control mixes the two channels to get the best of both worlds, crafting a sound just for you.

Product Features

  • Dual gain engines
  • Discrete tone controls per channel
  • LED-backlit knobs
  • Fender Amp Jewel LED
  • Magnetically latched hinged 9V battery door
  • Lightweight durable anodized aluminum construction

Pros & Cons


  • Strong build
  • Affordable
  • Incredibly trustworthy
  • Favorable consumer testimonials
  • Worth the investment
  • Terrific sound quality
  • Ideal for studio recording and live performance


  • Designed mostly for high-gain gamers

Fender Pugilist Distortion Pedal Demo

Our Verdict

A pedal with 2 engines at this price is a value, providing a lot of variation on the distortion/drive theme.

Fender’s new series of effects pedals impresses with its utilitarian functionality, distinct tones, useful and inventive new features (especially the magnetized battery compartment door), and, most importantly, their extremely low costs.

Where to Buy

The best place to buy this product has to be Amazon, due to their competitive pricing and fantastic customer service.

Fender Pugilist Distortion Pedal

as of November 18, 2023 12:58 pm

Pricing History

Price History for Fender Pugilist Distortion Pedal


Current Price $119.99 November 18, 2023
Highest Price $119.99 June 26, 2023
Lowest Price $119.99 June 26, 2023
Since June 26, 2023

Last price changes

$119.99 June 26, 2023

as of November 18, 2023 12:58 pm
Last updated on November 18, 2023 12:58 pm

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Additional information

Item Weight

1.3 pounds

Product Dimensions

5.45 x 4.85 x 3.25 inches

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1 9V batteries required. (included)

Is Discontinued By Manufacturer


Date First Available

January 23, 2018

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