Updated Jan. 20, 2022

Fender Reflecting Pool

American electric guitar giant Fender has been on fire in the last few years as far as pedal releases go, dropping bundles of new stompboxes at every NAMM show (Winter and Summer!). One of the most intriguing devices unveiled at the SNAMM 2019 show was the Reflecting Pool, a Delay/Reverb that nods at guitar players into shoegazer and ambient music.

This is a digital, multi-mode, stereo, tap-tempo enabled kind of pedal, but its lack of a screen makes the interaction with it very straightforward: all the functions you can access are right in front of you in the available knobs and switches.

Rather than giving us too many options to get lost into, the Reflecting Pool offers a choice of Three Delay Modes (digital, analog, and tape) and Thee Reverb Modes (Hall, Room, and Special), but controls like Quality (as in “vintage factor”) and Variation expand the effect’s sonic character and palette.

Type, Variation and Quality controls make it easy to precisely shape your sound, the Time toggle adds rhythmic subdivisions, and the Tap Tempo footswitch makes sure everything stays in time.

We added this pedal to our article about the best reverb + delay combo pedals and also to the one about the best reverse reverb pedals.

The relationship between time-based effects, like delay and reverb, is critical to operating them correctly. The Reflecting Pool Delay/Reverb pedal combines these two classic effects into one comprehensive chassis, making it easy to integrate into any pedalboard. Utilizing cutting-edge DSP for rich and complex algorithms, Reflecting Pool faithfully recreates classic sounds, while also conjuring otherworldly new ones. Type, Variation and Quality controls make it easy to precisely shape your sound, the Time toggle adds rhythmic subdivisions, and the Tap Tempo footswitch makes sure everything stays in time.

Designed by our in-house team of experts, the Reflecting Pool Delay/Reverb is an all-original Fender circuit. The chassis is crafted from lightweight, durable anodized aluminum, and the Amp Jewel LED gives your pedalboard the classic Fender look. The switchable LED-backlit knobs show your control settings on a dark stage at a glance.

FEATURES

  • Delay/reverb effect pedal
  • Time, Variation and Quality Controls
  • Dedicated Tap Tempo footswitch
  • Stereo inputs and outputs
  • Reversible routing path