The Pinwheel Demo | Effects Pedals | Fender


– Hi, this is John with Fender,
I’m here with Stan Cotey from our Pedals team. We’re checking out the
Pinwheel rotary speaker pedal. So what you heard up top is
the Pinwheel going through two 68 custom deluxe reverb amps. So there’s a lot to talk about
with this pedal, let’s jump right in, Stan if you
wanna take us through. – Thanks John, so this is Fender’s rotary speaker emulator pedal. And as you know, rotary speakers
have typically been used with organs for a very long time. There are different types of
rotary speakers from 122 type, 145 type which have a separate
rotating high frequency horn and a low frequency drum. To Fender’s own Vibratone
speaker in the 60’s made famous by a lot of blue’s guitar
players and that just uses a single rotor. So this pedal can do all
three types of those things. The way we went after it in
the pedal is it’s divided into two sections, in the case of
the organ speakers, the 122 and 145, they have a two power
amplifier in there that provides a really rich character
and when you get into it, when you drive it hard
it has a really lush, beautiful harmonic distortion. So, part of this pedal, these
three knobs are set up to be able to emulate that. So there’s a drive control,
a tone control and a level control just for the power amp. It can go from completely
clean to kind of a soft grindy distortion. And then on the other half of
the pedal is dedicated towards the mechanical speaker portions. So there are controls for fast
and slow speeds, there’s a ramp time control to get
from one to the other. There’s the type switch that
goes 122 at the top, 145 in the middle and vibratone at the bottom. And then there’s our dynamic
sensitivity control that allows the pedal to switch speeds
automatically from your playing. Below that, there’s a foot
switch for manually changing it from slow to fast. And of course, a bypass
foot switch and the beautiful Fender amp tool. – Absolutely, and then we have
stereo inputs and outputs. – Yeah, true stereo input
and output, on the back there are switches for turning the
LED’s on and off, there’s a voicing switch, which is cool
because it sets it up to make the pedal sound better in a
guitar rig kind of context or in a keyboard rig kind of context. So, it changes the voicing. There’s a dynamics on, off
switch and then lastly there’s an expression pedal jack on the
side and you can plug in to it either an expression pedal
or a one button foot switch, there’s a little switch on the
back that determines which of those things it is. In the case of an expression
pedal, you can manually vary the speed of the pedal by where you set the expression pedal. In the case of a foot-switch,
you can just toggle it from fast to slow. – So I think all that’s left
to do now is to hear the pedal so why don’t we get
everything set up we’ll run through some sounds. – Sounds great. – All right. – So there’s your look at
the Fender Pinwheel rotary speaker simulator pedal. It’s great for guitar players,
great for keyboard players, true stereo in and out, a lot
of fun sounds in a small box. – I agree, so you can check
out the Pinwheel in the full line of Fender pedals at
Fender.com you can stay tuned here for more videos but for now
I’m going to play you out. (groovy music)

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