All user reviews for the Boss FDR-1 Fender '65 Deluxe Reverb Amp
iamqman's review "Legend Series"
This pedal has Volume, Gain, Bass, Treble, Reverb, Vibrato Speed and Vibrato Intensity. The origianl amp did not have a gain setting and it had two inputs for the vibrato and the regular channel. This one only has one input but you can have it on vibrato or not. So this is a little more handy and modernized.
Controls: Level, Gain, Treble, Bass, Vibrato, Reverb
Connectors: Input, Output, AC Adaptor
Current Draw: 40 mA (DC 9V)
Weight: 440 g (1 lb.)
Nominal Input Level: -20dBu
Input Impedance: 1MOhm
Nominal Output Level: -20dBu
Output Impedance: 2.2kOhm
Recommended Load Impedance: 10kOhm or greater
Recommended AC Adaptor: PSA Series
The sound of this pedal is going to sound like a pedal. It obviously won't have that push that tubes get in an amp but the voicing is pretty much dead on. The tone of the pedal has a nice vintage vibe to it that is sort of addictive in a low mild rock sort of way.
I like most fender amps or these types of pedals with a Fender Straocatser. I find that I refer the voicing and tone of their amps/pedals and the guitars of a Strat seem to mix perfectly. Perhaps it is because so many musicians use it in this setup that my ears are adapted to this combination or setup. It is a cool pedal and if you don't want to throw down the money for a real amp this is a decent alternative.
At new these pedals come in at around $119, which isn't a bad price for this pedal. This will get you the right voicing and will sound god in front of a Fender tube amp. The price is right and is much cheaper than an original or a reissue of this amp.
The Boss FDR-1 is an easy pedal to use regardless of if you are familiar with the make up of a Fender '65 Deluxe Reverb. Although it does share the main parameters found on this amp, everything is more or less self explanatory on it's own. It's got two, two tiered knobs, with the first one controlling both level and gain, and the second one controlling your vibrato and reverb effects. You can also set the vibrato speed by holding the pedal down for two seconds and using the same parameter. It also has treble and bass tone knobs. I haven't seen the manual for the FDR-1, so I can't speak to it's make up.
While I can't say that the Boss FDR-1 Fender '65 Deluxe Reverb Amp is an exact emulation of the classic Fender amp, it's about as good of an emulator as you're going to find in pedal form. Don't expect the pedal to transform your solid state amplifier into a warm tube amp, but with the FDR-1 you do get some control and effects that are usually found on Fender amps. Setting the gain/level knobs up will definitely give you some nice sounding overdrive, and both the reverb and vibrato effects are very realistic and true to the original Fender Deluxe Reverb sound. You're certainly not getting too much control over the effects, but it does stay true to the original amp in this fashion...
I'm definitely a fan of the Boss FDR-1 Fender '65 Deluxe Reverb Amp, but I don't own one myself since I already have a Fender amp. So obviously, if you already have a Fender amp, the FDR-1 isn't really necessary for you. If you're looking for either a reverb or vibrato pedal to use primarily for either effect, I'd recommend looking elsewhere, but if you just want a taste of each, this is a great pedal to have around. The price is maybe a tad much, but the build is as sturdy as any pedal, being that it is a Boss. Get the best of both worlds with the Boss FDR-1, with a classic Fender sound in a modern Boss build!
The FDR-1 is packaged in the standard BOSS stompbox casing, which are always pretty sturdy. It would blend in like a regular stompbox on your pedalboard. It has your standard 1/4" input and output, and ac adapter input.
The controls on the FDR-1 are very similar to the actual amp it seeks to emulate. It has Level, Gain, Treble, Bass, Vibrato and Reverb. Other than to full understand how to tweak the vibrato effect, its very self-explanatory and I didn't even need the manual.
As far as the amp model, it is fairly good. I have played modelers that attempted a Deluxe Reverb sound like Line6 and Digitech. This pedal comes a LOT closer to replicating actual Fender sound than any other modeler I've heard. Its got sparkle, spank, and even grit that get pretty darn close to the real thing, without actually BEING the real thing.
As far as reverb, its good. Probably as good or better as the reverb on many amps people will plug this into. Sadly its not nearly as good as ACTUAL Deluxe Reverb reverb. It starts getting cheesy sounding in the upper range, so getting super drippy reverb like you can from the actual amp is not a reasonable expoectation to have. I still can't fault it much though.
The vibrato is great, very usable, and gives a fairly wide range of tweaking possible. I wasn't disapointed.
I played this stompbox by putting it in front of my low end tube amp; an Epiphone Valve Special. It added a new dimension to the already decent clean sound, so I can't imagine the miracles this pedal could work for a lackluster Solid State amp's clean channel. I was also able to use it to push my tube amp into a bit more grit and sustain. They interacted nicely.
What I like most about this is that it seems like they worked very hard to replicate the Fender sound. I can only fault them for the limitations of modeling technology, not for effort. I'm not sure how enthusiastically I can reccomend this pedal as expensive as it is (150 or so), but it is a fairly cheap option compared to buying an actual Fender amp if you only want this sound periodically. The most realistic I can see people getting out of this product is to dress up the clean sound they get from their pre-existing setup. Face it, even if you had a Deluxe Reverb, you wouldnt be happy with the overdrive if you're like me, so its easier to pair this up with your amp of choice. Or it can bring new life to your super cheap tube amp, like the Valve Junior that so many people love for its simplicity. This pedal would make up for the lack of reverb that many lower end tube amps suffer from.
livingroom-studio's review (This content has been automatically translated from French) " Strange indeed ..."
a two-band EQ, a reverb, gain, volume, and it is gone, it is inherently less complicated than amp, but the buttons are smaller, and if it moves even just a little is the galley, while the sound has changed.
In the loop of an amp, it's a small effect. Front, if we go back another preamp, the result is uneven. In a fender hot rod, it can go on a transistor is screaming fast (lamps do much in his fender, besides their transistors models are damn zero).
After, as all these effects, if a pedal 100 balls was the same as amp 2000 we would stop breaking your back to hang!
I had bought for the reverb, which is not bad, but worse than a pedal dedicated to this purpose. In short, a seller has confused me, but all that to say that cete pedal has many potential uses, but none are transcendent.
I used 3 years, until I buy a real reverb. I dirias that is good for a home studio or playing at home, but for the rest it's complicated. It will make a good preamp for the horse, if you ever want to not hang a big combo, if the room has a baffle and any head with an effects loop, voila. It is expensive for what it is I think.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
sustain01's review (This content has been automatically translated from French) " A good use"
I was fortunate to have the amp in question a few years ago (and unlucky not to have it) and I was delighted to see the great similarities in the sound from this pedal.
on the other hand must take the time to read the documentation and start from the examples provided. It should go easy on the settings, but once you dip in the thing, and adjust the pedal to the amp and his guitar then there it quickly becomes indispensable. (Strato peavey classic 50 + 410).
I use it rather clear sound. Once I found the key there more.
Very good condition to comply with the use of this pedal, it is not a distortion, it is not a reverb. For me, it really helps to refine the basic sound, and beautify. It fills the sonic space.
This is a very good pedal, I do not regret my purchase and I can not do without really. When I take it off I find her bland, too direct.
A bit like going from stereo to mono to stereo.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
SlapKid's review (This content has been automatically translated from French) " Worse than the current deluxe reverb, a perf ..."
The idea was to use it as a preamp or power amp loop on paper more reverb eq preamp was more attractive to a format as nice without menus and co.
The battery compartment is too tight to put a 9v battery, not serious since the conso consistent we will use a transformer.
I tried it before in the 63 series reverb and it's really not the same type of sound quality.
It is easy to agree, but once we found that the reverb is right away plocs absolutely undesirable and unpleasant even to 8hrs ...
the gain setting goes from inaudible to dirty without a clean state ...
the equalizer type vox, namely the treble when you are going up the bass and vice versa ...
the tremolo is not triggered at the foot ...
in fact it is very complicated, it will never actually.
Another oddity, this pedal reacts differently to the material to which it is connected in a loop return marshmal head it does not sizzle but that power in a bandit today is good. Powermixer it goes on of course, but before kustom defender limit is 5 level issue.
The sound that comes out of this box is weird, cold and dark / metallic bleak.
The only case was fair or what was in the input power in a bandit today.
Out of curiosity I set up a digitech RP70 pti as the boss, and the difference in sound quality is downright sidereal.
It's simple, I think I've never had a worse product between the legs in recent years.
Well, the amp is supposed to emulate it is poor in its current execution (no matter how built, cheap to possible) and abysmal in its price / quality ratio, but still, it was not worth doing as bad Mr. Boss!
Out on the amp up comparing huh ...
What I do not understand is the fundamental failure of equalization (when you put on the fender deluxe bass treble does camp do not care ...) and reverb (plops the afternoon c 'would have been cool, but not permanently).
As already mentioned we will not throw the baby out with the bathwater, boss pedal '63 spring reverb sounds great, we'll say that boss has just picked up serious on this one.
4 of 9 people found this review helpful
abbekan's review (This content has been automatically translated from French) " I confirm .. the bluff ..."
Breath, breath, breath
The reverb is zero? Drop effect upon reaching the first third.
The tremolo is however very well if it was not ruined by the preamp blows like a stormy day ...
Fender name is sullied by this pedal parrait good order.
I played the amp in question and the reverb is 100 billion times better than this ersatz electronics.
Stay away ...
I do not even integrates into my gear because I will get rid of as soon as possible.
3 of 6 people found this review helpful
barboiron's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
(I do not note, the pedal is as it is, if I wanted anything I would have bought something else)
No particular difficulty is a Boss brand loyal.
Problem: it is impossible to have a clear if you did use the reverb and / or the tremolo, it is imperative that the gain setting is not zero if its not! So we must of distortion. One dose level playing subtle distortion between the Gain and Level knobs not to mention the volume on the guitar, these three settings interfere.
Want to get here for a Deluxe Reverb is inflated anyway. We are far, far away from his "Fender". On the contrary, the receiver for which I bought this pedal has a sound entirely clear and slamming, and much the FDR-1 gum attacks and shine, it's anti-Fender!
I quite like the simulation, no breath, a nice crunch texture.
Tremolo and reverb are acceptable if you have a light hand. For reverb, 9am knob past is the cartoon (my Holly Grail is 100 times better). The same applies to the tremolo, not to exceed 10.
Settings bass / treble correct.
Tried it with several guitars and amps. The disto respects quite well the character of each guitar and each microphone but does not contribute to a quality amp.
It really does not get the sound for which we try to pass it but I understand that the sounds it produces can agree, they are not inherently bad, it's a good point.
I bought the Boss FDR-1 to give the grain and some air in my little amp Electro Harmonix Freedom Amp only clear and why it does its job quite well. I had a lot of amp simulation (V-Amp, Zoom Gxx, Pandora ...) all go wrong with this amp, they generate a lot of breath "digital" I can not stand, not the problem with this pedal, well done the simulation COSM.
This pedal is well associated with a clear, flat amp which can give a bit of personality.
This pedal is not a wonder but it suits me since I am not naive enough to believe that it will replace a Deluxe Reverb, it fulfills the role that I gave him.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
fed62's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
Very simple configuration, with four knobs 2Double.
the editing is very simple which have 10 fingers and who can turn the knobs, the manual serves only to explain how the vibrato
For those looking to have exactly the sound of the 65 deluxe, the easiest way is to go get one!!
Indeed, one can only approach the original sound, however the range is wide, it is regrettable that if we do not put a clap gain IT IS no sound comes out but it boosts the sound.
her to approach the fender, take the time to set the pre amp to amp, forget your usual settings.
I tried it on a VS100 and a classic 30, with different guitars: ibanez jem, Telecaster and Stratocaster us.
I think it is best to plug it with a Start but it's only my opinion.
I have been using qques me, and I can not get enough.
there the same kind of pedal is the bassman but the sound is quite special.
value for money is excellent since I got to the us new € 95 (shipping included) beat ......
I would do without hesitation that choice but if I was rich I would pay a deluxe 65
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guiscape's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
Battery or mains power
Clear and comprehensive manual.
Only trmolo is ditable and mmorisable.
Rglages the gain and volume are effective.
I play a Gretsch 5125 and a small transistor vox sucks enough ...
I had the chance to try it with my guitar store on the same amp for a good hour.
Both say right now, trying to get closer to the true sound of a fender deluxe prtentieuse is: has only really see anything and that's normal ... Such an amp for 150, should not RVer ...
However, the PDAL other advantages: it provides the most original sounds flat and less than one amp alone. On an average amp lights, the sound becomes crdible trs.
In fact, take the pedals for the effect of rverb works hard and to play with the gain (for crunch sounds). The trmolo is rather anecdotal, I do not know why, but I parat trs "cheap".
Although the relation in the test, I bought this same right pedals because I find it brings a little "extra" on a transistor amp all rotten, and as I ' I needed a small rverb has dropped plutt well.
In short, has nothing miraculous, but remains a honnte pedals.
I've had two months.
The largest default (besides the Anarch ct marketting in which I fell just a bunch of compression that espce littralement the notes are not supported: my style of play trs sometimes rough play often brought me into agreements "enriched" bread rolls, and finally I like a. .. but the pedals crasis compltement this "effect". I remains two solutions: to play or put me unplug the pedals ... cruel!
I had to dpart intend to try the FBM (simu Bassman), who does a standard dception for me (I did not take either the time to the rgler) . I tried the FDR by pure curiosities and comparison frankly help me choose this dernire.
See what it brings my amp so winded, I must report that the reconnatre qualitprix PDAL this is correct. Again, n'esprez not get the sound but it dfend not bad.
I play occasionally with friends in Paris studios that supply the amps, which is super convenient and comfortable even if they are still big marshmall transistor (which I dtest particulirement sounds , DSOL j'apprcie and being able to carry aisment this little device that allows me to get closer to sound less standard.
I do not regret my purchase because I at least understood one thing: to get a real sound, it must afford a good amp lamps, especially with a gretsch ...
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