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guilhem001 12/08/2013

Fender Performer 650 : guilhem001's user review

"Not bad, but it has some defects"
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Tube/solid state hybrid
2 channels (1 clean / 1 drive)
65 watts
Reverb
12" speaker
Footswitch to toggle channels and for the reverb

UTILIZATION

Easy setup
Clean channel: 1 volume bass treble
Drive channel: 1 gain, 1 volume, bass mid treble

SOUNDS

Clean channel is classic Fender: Very good clean sound, which doesn't crunch even at high volumes

Drive channel: It distorts quite a bit right away, so you can't get a nice crunch
The EQ has a big effect on the sound.
Not bad, but not good either...Far from a tube amp (despite the presence of a tube)

OVERALL OPINION

Bought it secondhand to use it in my apartment and...you can forget about it: The sound level increases very fast, as is usually the case with Fender.
Another defect: You have either a very clean or a very distorted sound...so the sound palette is quite limited, IMHO.
It's a pity, because it certainly has some advantages: The clean sound, the reasonable weight, the apparent sturdiness.
It is probably very good coupled with a pedalboard, but it's somewhat delicate to use on its own.