Strymon Flint VS Fender Tre-Verb: Which one?
We recommend the Strymon Flint
We get a little weirded out when a company tries to do too many things at once. For as good as Fender is on guitars and amps, we haven't really embraced what they're doing on the pedal front. Plus, we're pretty loyal to Strymon (a pedal-only company). For those reasons, we'll take the Flint and feel good about it.
In this comparison article we're looking at two tremolo/reverb combo pedals, the Strymon Flint and the Fender Tre-Verb. Both of these pedals are setup with a similar interface, combining two sets of controls for tremolo and reverb, along with three algorithms for each effect.
Moreover, they both cost exactly the same.
So what are the differences between the two pedals?
Which one is better for you?
We'll do a quick and simple comparison to show you where the pedals differ and which one might be more ideal for your particular situation.
As we often mention when comparing Strymon pedals, they tend to win out over the competition rather easily.
Strymon just makes really good pedals.
Fender's work in the guitar pedal market is still fairly new and it's certainly not going to overtake what Strymon has accomplished, even if they do put forward a pedal with comparable specs. So while we like the Tre-Verb, brand loyalty plays a huge role in this one for us.
We'll take the Strymon Flint based on that factor alone.
Strymon Flint VS Fender Tre-Verb (comparison tool)
This is a simple comparison tool allowing you to see the Strymon Flint and the Fender Tre-Verb side-by-side. It includes pricing and a simplified specs sheet. Use the compare buttons see the two pedals together.
Strymon Flint Tremolo/Reverb
Fender Tre-Verb Tremolo/Reverb
In this section we've included demo videos for each pedal, so you can get a feel for how they both sound. Personally, we like the tone of the Strymon Flint a little better than the Tre-Verb.
Specs for Both Pedals
Other than slightly different i/o profiles, the two pedals are built essentially the same, right down to the three tremolo and reverb algorithms in each pedal with corresponding controls. Note that the Strymon Flint actually has secondary functions for each knob, which you can see on the Strymon Flint user manual.
1 x 1/4" switchable to TRS Stereo
2 x 1/4" (L/Mono, R)
2 x 1/4" (L/mono,R)
2 x 1/4" (L/Mono, R)
PRS TCI-tuned 85/15 Humbucker
Burstbucker 61R Humbucker
Intensity, Mix, Speed, Decay, Color
Level, Rate, Depth, Blend Tone, Dwell
1 x master volume, 1 x master tone + 5-way blade
Opto/Bias/HM and '63/'65/Plate
1.75" x 4.8" x 5.1"
Summary of Comparison
Both these pedals sound fantastic, and it's hard to make much of a distinction between them without knowing the brands ahead of time. They're also nearly identical in terms of their control scheme.
We like the Strymon Flint's tone a little better. We'd also rather have the pedal from a brand that only makes pedals (Strymon) as opposed to a brand like Fender that seems to make a little bit of everything these days.
If your brand loyalty is different, the Tre-Verb is certainly a decent alternative.
But we'll stick with Strymon as our official recommendation.
Do you have questions about the Strymon Flint or the Fender Tre-Verb?
Maybe you have questions about our testing and comparison process.
If so, feel free to drop us a line in the comments section below. We check those and answer regularly, so it's a great way to improve these articles and provide more content for readers in the future.
We'll see you there.