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Modelling Combo Guitar Amp from Fender belonging to the G-DEC series.

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  • pentaminorpentaminor

    Fender G-DEC 3 ThirtyPublished on 02/17/06 at 01:44
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  • BitozarBitozar

    The Swiss army knife of amps

    Fender G-DEC 3 ThirtyPublished on 06/13/12 at 22:42
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    It's a modeling amp of 30W. It has characteristics making it very practical to learn the guitar and practice:
    - A reader mp3 and midi files
    - A loop recorder
    - The connection to the sound editing software, for managing the files and presets
    Connectors for:
    - A panel guitar input, 1 input for a second skyscrapers behind
    - A front-panel headphone output
    - 1 x line out as 2 mono jack behind
    - 1 input for footswitch
    - 1 x USB
    The régaglages are done via the menus, clearly visible on the screen. Through the PC, you can access settings most complete. In two cases the type of amp, the gain, EQ, various effects (compressor, chorus, flanger, phaser ...) are available.
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    It's a modeling amp of 30W. It has characteristics making it very practical to learn the guitar and practice:
    - A reader mp3 and midi files
    - A loop recorder
    - The connection to the sound editing software, for managing the files and presets
    Connectors for:
    - A panel guitar input, 1 input for a second skyscrapers behind
    - A front-panel headphone output
    - 1 x line out as 2 mono jack behind
    - 1 input for footswitch
    - 1 x USB
    The régaglages are done via the menus, clearly visible on the screen. Through the PC, you can access settings most complete. In two cases the type of amp, the gain, EQ, various effects (compressor, chorus, flanger, phaser ...) are available.
    AmpliTube Fender LE software Ableton Lite e are also provided.
    For 250 €, this is a package impressive! Only the footswitch must be taken in supplement if needed (50 €). Unfortunately, no expression pedal.

    UTILIZATION

    Say it right now, this amp can put off those accustomed to an amp like "I connect, I turn and it sounds". The sound editing is done either by the amp via the menus or via the PC. A geek, however minor, should get out safely.
    The basic manual is zero. Besides, I do not need. You can download a more complete version but geek inside, I did not need either.
    Each preset can be associated with an mp3 or midi file. For example, you create a sound ACDC and you associate the file luis mp3 "black in black" (you have imported yourself via USB cable or SD card). You run the bazaar and you can repeat the song needing only the amp.
    It also works with MIDI files. Admittedly, the sound is less good but the immmense advantage to select the tracks you want to hear (you must do on your PC). For example, you have the midi file of black in black. You want the party bass / drums and the guitar part to very low levels. You set this in your midi file, you import it and aa rolls ...
    To find a good sound requires a little tinkering the settings at the beginning. Once caught on the amp types and their settings, use is intuitive.
    There is a function to change the tonailité or speed of an audio file. In theory, it is convenient to repeat at slower speeds. In practice, once you activate the function, even with a speed barely reduced, the sound of the audio file is pourrave, unusable. Paf, in the face of the final grade!

    SOUNDS

    This amp is super versatile. It's normal, what is its purpose. He can be accused of lacking character precisely. Full range of light to heavy distortion is covered. I love the clean sounds and the sounds rock types 70-80. The rest is correct.
    Equalization lacks a bit of aggressiveness: the settings on his play but I would have liked more control and dynamic variations.
    The factory sounds and audio files provided (100) are unequal. It allows to improvise on different styles (country, rock, hardcore, jazz ...) but you get tired quickly. They will gradually be replaced by my own presets and songs.
    By pushing a little volume, it shows the limits of the amp. It gets a little messy. But it does very well what I expect of him in my office, not far from the PC, I can enjoy myself and say what I want.

    OVERALL OPINION

    This amp has an excellent value for money. For € 300 (including the footswitch), you access a working amp containing all that is necessary for single player. The are are okay, not great ... but correct. By pushing a little volume, one can even seek to repeat as a group if there is molo drummer. And if you do not have a drummer, go hop ... an audio file with drum loops or midi file. The bass player is not there? It adds a bass.
    I played with a lot of tube amp. I have not done so by lack of space and because they are too heavy. I also had a Vox AD60 (modeling) which was very good (better in sound) but he dropped me. I now have this thing at 300 € and that's enough to make me happy.
    Beware, however: those who swear by "I connect, I turn and it sounds" should look elsewhere. A minimum of geek attitude to use the machine. I confess that although I belong to this category of musician, I sometimes regret the use of a single panel with only the knobs to turn.
    In short, an amp with a great price, decent sound, a tool that can do everything ... but not ecstatic either. A good Swiss Army knife.
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  • 26jerome7526jerome75

    Ho hum ...

    Fender G-DEC 3 ThirtyPublished on 06/10/12 at 13:29
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    This is a 30 watt amp. I have not pushed all the way because I play at home, but it sends a very strong password as soon as 2-3 on the master.

    UTILIZATION

    Well, here it hurts. Everything must be edited with any soft little buttons below the screen if you do not want to go through the PC. It's pretty intuitive, but what it is boring for someone like me who hates being in front of the PC with his guitar. I play upright and frankly, to spend his life with the mouse to add a little overdrive pedal before the amp virtual machin etc., too little for me.

    The looper is a farce. With 30 seconds, nothing is done (and more without external footswitch, you have to press the little button …
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    This is a 30 watt amp. I have not pushed all the way because I play at home, but it sends a very strong password as soon as 2-3 on the master.

    UTILIZATION

    Well, here it hurts. Everything must be edited with any soft little buttons below the screen if you do not want to go through the PC. It's pretty intuitive, but what it is boring for someone like me who hates being in front of the PC with his guitar. I play upright and frankly, to spend his life with the mouse to add a little overdrive pedal before the amp virtual machin etc., too little for me.

    The looper is a farce. With 30 seconds, nothing is done (and more without external footswitch, you have to press the little button and then quickly nab his guitar) and low quality mode (2min30), the sound is really bad, more bass, more acute ...

    I have a Boss RC-3 hundred times better, ok, it's almost the price of the amp, but I also have the multi-effect ZOOM G3, whose 30-second looper and much better than G-December and in addition, you can run up to this one.

    SOUNDS

    Frankly, I do not understand the rave reviews from other users.
    When you plug your guitar, it's true that the sound is very flattering, the cleans sound downright great, but then, expressiveness and dynamic side ... a real misery. We play as a nag or very subtle, the sound is basically the same, we do not, or so little, the extra saturation phenomenon when you attack the strong rope. Again, I am ZOOM G3 which, quite honestly, literally sinking into the G-DEC musicality. The basic sounds are not the best but the dynamic is really that of an amp. Like what you can do very good things in modeling ...

    I honestly think this is an amp for beginners not used to playing and hear real amps. And I say this in all humility for I am far from being a god of the guitar and have tested the ultra expensive amps. But I am of the generation that was 10 years before the teen mp3, I have ears.

    OVERALL OPINION

    Okay, now talk of backing tracks. They sound great, but I found that the mix between the guitar tracks and was never very good, the sound of the guitar seems to be out of the mix, very artificial. And above all, where I had the great disappointment is in the deceleration function tracks. Once you use it, the sound becomes really rotten, it kills all the fun to play with. I do the same thing with my free tracks from CD on my PC with Audacity, and the result is a hundred times better. I was also hoping to find avenues for bass-drums rhythm of work but the backing tracks are just for those who want to do solos ... I find it a little grid steps there ...

    I have at home a Blackstar HT-1R (cheaper than the G-DEC), that I had not connected for some time, lack of time to heat lamps, I saw very little time to play. Right, well when I reconnected, I immediately cried. Dynamics, sound, diversity, everything is there.
    I also have a poor Kustom 10 Watt with BOSS OD-3 and DS-1 before, well, even then, the dynamic is one hundred times better than Fender.

    Conclusion: I sold the G-DEC after 3 days. Believe me: an output from the PC to a hifi to backing tracks, a good old tube amp or transistor drinking with 2-3 pedals in front and you will sound a hundred times better.
    I would add that to register with a backing track, the ZOOM G3 is, in addition to its high above, much more convenient than the G-DEC.
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  • MGR/BillyMGR/Billy

    Fender G-Dec Thirty

    Fender G-DEC 3 ThirtyPublished on 05/24/11 at 15:00
    So you want 100 amps at your disposal but your recording studio is a bedroom? No problem! Well no quite, but Fender built the G-Dec 30 with you in mind. The spent a ton of time in research and development before releasing the amp to the public this year. There goal was to give you 100 amp sounds that you actually love and want to use. We've all tried out that other digital amp where out of 42 presets maybe 3 of them are cool.

    I saw this at a trade show. I had a few hours later to check one out. New the sticker price is $399.99.

    The software used to connect the amp and your computer to create and edit loops and patches really is the easiest I've seen. In a few minutes I was tweakin…
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    So you want 100 amps at your disposal but your recording studio is a bedroom? No problem! Well no quite, but Fender built the G-Dec 30 with you in mind. The spent a ton of time in research and development before releasing the amp to the public this year. There goal was to give you 100 amp sounds that you actually love and want to use. We've all tried out that other digital amp where out of 42 presets maybe 3 of them are cool.

    I saw this at a trade show. I had a few hours later to check one out. New the sticker price is $399.99.

    The software used to connect the amp and your computer to create and edit loops and patches really is the easiest I've seen. In a few minutes I was tweaking knobs and building a playlist of sounds.

    There are no outstanding negative features. I didn't fall in love with the sounds as I would if I had a Fender Twin Reverb and a few effects pedals, but this amp holds its own well.

    It is the same Fender look you are used to just a little more hi tech. Apparently there are a few limited edition colors and this amp comes in, but mine was classic black and silver.

    I was a little nervous by the lack of knobs as they were replaced by the LED screen. My only concern is if the screen goes down so does your amp.

    Fender packed plenty of amp sounds into one box. It's up to you to put it all together.

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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  • nickname009nickname009

    Fender G-DEC 3 ThirtyPublished on 01/28/12 at 19:14
    30W power
    10" Special Design speaker
    Teacher input on rear panel
    Easy recall of guitar tones
    Special effects
    85 preset drum loops plus metronome
    100 Performance Presets (50 factory, 50 user)
    Special Composition Mode
    Internal synthesizer with MIDI
    MIDI song file storage
    Guitar tuner
    CD or MP3 device input
    28-second Phrase Sampler with overdubs
    Future software upgrades loaded via MIDI
    Optional footswitch allows remote access to select features
    Left and Right line outputs with speaker-emulation
    External speaker output
    19.5 lbs.
    17"W x 15-3/4"H x 8-1/4"D

    This basically a guitar teacher's perfect amp…
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    30W power
    10" Special Design speaker
    Teacher input on rear panel
    Easy recall of guitar tones
    Special effects
    85 preset drum loops plus metronome
    100 Performance Presets (50 factory, 50 user)
    Special Composition Mode
    Internal synthesizer with MIDI
    MIDI song file storage
    Guitar tuner
    CD or MP3 device input
    28-second Phrase Sampler with overdubs
    Future software upgrades loaded via MIDI
    Optional footswitch allows remote access to select features
    Left and Right line outputs with speaker-emulation
    External speaker output
    19.5 lbs.
    17"W x 15-3/4"H x 8-1/4"D

    This basically a guitar teacher's perfect amp for teaching a student as far as I know. I wouldn't think it's really meant for anything else like good tone or a live gig etc as most of the features are not live-gig oriented.



    UTILIZATION

    Pretty simple to use in terms of a guitar amp. There are actually less knobs for the guitar amp part of this amp than there are other knobs that do other things.

    However it's quite easy with the big display in the middle and the scroll knobs that would help you scroll through songs/tones etc.



    SOUNDS

    I don't think anything sounds particularly good but I don't think anything sounds particularly bad either for what it is, a practice amp or a teacher's/student's amp for learning. If you think about it that way, then yes it's quite alright. I don't think it sounds better than my 80's peavey banditt that I once had for practice but that's just from memory. However these amps almost all sound the same at this price point, there really isn't much difference aside from features, of then which also depends on the purpose of the amp.

    OVERALL OPINION

    The G-DEC, while intentionally marketed towards teachers/students/just learning guitar players or not, this amp is definitely built for that. There's a lot of presets and a lot of built in songs to play around with and learn with, however these aren't full songs, they're more like loops. Though you can upload your own songs I believe. Overall it's quite easy to use and it has drum sounds as well so you can get that full band feel when practicing, which is always a good thing, everybody wants a full band feel all the time don't they? I know I do!
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  • millezotlamillezotla

    Fender G-DEC 3 ThirtyPublished on 08/20/05 at 04:24
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    15 Watts amplifier transistors with virtually all the connections you need, except Bafle externally.
    Many effects and amp modlisations

    UTILIZATION

    Trs easy to use, intuitive trs.

    SOUNDS

    I play with a Fender Stratocaster. We can get all kinds of sound, light, overdrive, fat saturated. We can play all syles. Even when I'm not convinced by compltement sounds. All sounds are factory bours of reverb (too my taste, it can of course change), they are beautiful, but let us even when tank. It lacks a something or other. Maybe a little low, or heat. I have also a micro cube, and the sounds of G in December, APRS have used this little amp Roland, seem a bit bland.
    This opinio…
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    15 Watts amplifier transistors with virtually all the connections you need, except Bafle externally.
    Many effects and amp modlisations

    UTILIZATION

    Trs easy to use, intuitive trs.

    SOUNDS

    I play with a Fender Stratocaster. We can get all kinds of sound, light, overdrive, fat saturated. We can play all syles. Even when I'm not convinced by compltement sounds. All sounds are factory bours of reverb (too my taste, it can of course change), they are beautiful, but let us even when tank. It lacks a something or other. Maybe a little low, or heat. I have also a micro cube, and the sounds of G in December, APRS have used this little amp Roland, seem a bit bland.
    This opinion is only my opinion, it must be testing!
    I put 8 for all options, but what is the sound of the amp, I put only 6.

    OVERALL OPINION

    But the best of the best, it's still the possibility to play with the drums and bass. With a computer that connects to the port MIDI is extra! Regarding the sample is also great. Tuner, and everything, and everything.
    For this extra work, even if at the sound, it lacks a little something!
    Price just lev. He justifies my bill.
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  • ScyllaScylla

    Fender G-DEC 3 ThirtyPublished on 09/21/05 at 05:18
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    Small transistor amp with modeling effects and sequencer (50 pre-recorded sequences), 15W, headphone output and MIDI connection to a PC. In short, everything you need to work at home alone.

    UTILIZATION

    The effects can be reached quickly, the sequences also with a single button. The handling is intuitive and the instructions (simple and French) is not necessary to make it work. The sound quality is not great, especially with pre-recorded effects that can still mofifier easy, but you can still get a nice little sound than enough for what I have to do in my salon. But do not expect a big sound "hard" or a clear sound fabulous. So much for versatility and a little worse for the quali…
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    Small transistor amp with modeling effects and sequencer (50 pre-recorded sequences), 15W, headphone output and MIDI connection to a PC. In short, everything you need to work at home alone.

    UTILIZATION

    The effects can be reached quickly, the sequences also with a single button. The handling is intuitive and the instructions (simple and French) is not necessary to make it work. The sound quality is not great, especially with pre-recorded effects that can still mofifier easy, but you can still get a nice little sound than enough for what I have to do in my salon. But do not expect a big sound "hard" or a clear sound fabulous. So much for versatility and a little worse for the quality of sound that is still very acceptable for domestic use.

    SOUNDS

    It has a wide range of sounds possible with the available effects, and 50 pre-recorded sequences are quite varied. Against in-part, all these sequences are probably not all used because of their variety, and in my case only the blues and rock sequences will be useful, in addition to some other nice for a change of style. And I think it's one of the few if not the only amp of this format to include a sequencer that allows you to play alone, and that's why I chose it, for my entry level this allows s 'cause in rhythm.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it for a week. It has a proper value for money and is therefore especially the blow for the famous séquenceur.Il is very well finished (usually Fender), is relatively small and comes with a strap (handy for making a beef with the boys). A nice little product in fact.
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  • fender_1975fender_1975

    Fender G-DEC 3 ThirtyPublished on 10/15/06 at 11:39
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    Modlisations amp / transistor / 15W - PC Connection noon for connection / Volume / Tone / sequencer / tuner Intgr / loops-bass-drum patterns / display back-light / strong box-type wood imitation leather Fawn Fender and reinforced corners.

    UTILIZATION

    Configuration extremely simple, just be familiar with the menus and submenus / validations rglages.Les sounds produced by the factory presets are absolutely ugly! It is incredible that they did not Fender treats this little amp presets to not looking away trs provides trsralistes sounds.
    Do not rely THE FIRST costs when you plug the amp and play for the first time ... we must seek its sounds, at least other than those execrable ben…
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    Modlisations amp / transistor / 15W - PC Connection noon for connection / Volume / Tone / sequencer / tuner Intgr / loops-bass-drum patterns / display back-light / strong box-type wood imitation leather Fawn Fender and reinforced corners.

    UTILIZATION

    Configuration extremely simple, just be familiar with the menus and submenus / validations rglages.Les sounds produced by the factory presets are absolutely ugly! It is incredible that they did not Fender treats this little amp presets to not looking away trs provides trsralistes sounds.
    Do not rely THE FIRST costs when you plug the amp and play for the first time ... we must seek its sounds, at least other than those execrable benefits of origin, often in noys reverbs endless.

    The modlisations amp is super clean and compelling, it is clear and trs fender well Dfine, the sound is not slut. The three variations on the Tweed have my preferences ... Sublime! > For sound blues / rock with some difficulty supporting the use pro.Tip top is my main use in this registre.Les other British, Modern Dynatouch and also allow to obtain a metal panel from the big 70's rock.

    The effects of quality are mostly useless for 2 or 3 (with sounds alien ,...) which we do not even want to have fun alone at home.
    Let the delay, reverb, chorus, flanger and other pitch do the job well. Again, it's clean and free of burrs. (What Fender ...)

    The BMOL (y 'because it has a very small), the ct synth lines and percussions basse.Pas illusions of being the one playing with a synth I some use of the synthetic aspect of patterns. Dtail quickly forgotten and that passes as a letter in the mail that ds gets to work ... the job!

    So good, just in the use of this amplifier: AMP IS A DRIVE!
    Do not seek what is on stage or into a main amplifier, even if a should not be the domain of the impossible ...

    The 15W is a little light by repeating noys in the overall sound, then this is tout.C is an excellent amp work, it has everything to become indispensable to the rigor mtronomique hitch, I can no longer without it, I take it everywhere and that opportunism played ds prsente.Idal will also work in the apartment without Dranger voisins.Au headset sounds seemed to me m me a little more "loose" and "Stereo" total immersion, the reports are 200% PRO modliss and Tripp (no sounds of its kind Zoom 505 for those who have known)

    The squenceur 14sec is convenient to work a sentence or be small in DLIR playback. I use it much, but it is useful to have on hand for the occasion.

    The manual is concise, but well done. everything is clear, simply to plunge a quarter of an hour to identify the features of the amp.

    SOUNDS

    The GDEC should all styles, given the range of effects, amps and modliss pattern drum / bass alert, everyone will find his compte.Les rglages by direct knobs are to the strict Reduces n sary on the front of the amp (Volume / Ring, but this little world made global. dose well-Note that in addition to these knobs "master", each element of the chain Amp, Effect is paramtrable (Hi / Mid / Low + number) from the screen menus and preset.

    To the sound of the amp dcoffrage gross, it's clear and Fender GOOD cristalin.Seuls the 15 W are LGERS to look beyond the work home or representation in small groups.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it for a few weeks, APRS is seeing the reviews and demos on fender.fr (Mister ludo) that I was persuaded to work as head amp appart.Un small combo in a while , simple, efficient and sound convaincantes.Il has no grip on the top of transport, the Lanir adjusts to shorter acts APRS adjustable.

    The quality is the appointment, even if 350EU list prices are right even a small investment for only 15 watts.Un small amp that everyone should have to work, work and more work .. . It is a pleasure to spend hours playing it.
    recommends that guitarists like to express beginners who will find a good combo that will not dual-use once again confirmed when buying a more powerful amp. The GDEC is part, is the perfect tool! (When a dbourser 350EU)
    If I lose or DGRAD, yes and yes, I bought two ...
    It is indispensable for work time lost.
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  • canard34canard34

    excellent work

    Fender G-DEC 3 ThirtyPublished on 06/14/11 at 07:48
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    for features simply go to the site Fender
    This piece of an amp and a transistor modlisation 30w
    It possde a hard drive and an SD card reader that can play a backing track mm long (there are 70 or 80 in residence)
    It has a wide pallette of amp and effects to shape the sound
    It comes with software that allows Fender Fuse to manage on a PC via USB and connect to the net at the same time to download files directly to the amp, for example ...
    I do not make an inventory of all the connectivity that gives ncessaire

    UTILIZATION

    Manual simplistic but is intuitive and easy especially with Fuse

    there tellemnt opportunities we did not see the end. Especially since recently Fende…
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    for features simply go to the site Fender
    This piece of an amp and a transistor modlisation 30w
    It possde a hard drive and an SD card reader that can play a backing track mm long (there are 70 or 80 in residence)
    It has a wide pallette of amp and effects to shape the sound
    It comes with software that allows Fender Fuse to manage on a PC via USB and connect to the net at the same time to download files directly to the amp, for example ...
    I do not make an inventory of all the connectivity that gives ncessaire

    UTILIZATION

    Manual simplistic but is intuitive and easy especially with Fuse

    there tellemnt opportunities we did not see the end. Especially since recently Fender Tlcharger allows configurations that allow for an amp more oriented blues, country, rock etc. ..
    not all that complicated after one hour of use
    I made the acquisirion footswich of which also saves time to move from one preset (configuration) the other

    Two types of use: if I have not the time I took a resident of backing tracks associated with the Prest (but you can change it) and I Scratch'n on the Tone of the piece (it is in General Announced e in the title) as it spins in a loop ..
    If I have time I choose a piece I am looking for the amp and EFET suitable for the desired sound and then I play the song (mp3 on the SD) or a backing track tlchargbr /> short this amp allows me to do exactly what I wanted: to play alone with a group and move

    SOUNDS

    for the sound .. what about .. I think that modlisations amps are excellent ... What I regret is that apparently it is only Fender amp ... (I think it does ..) On the Vox AD30VT I had before there were modlisations other brands of amplifiers.
    The 30's w VOX taient more sturdy than the Fender, but for my use it well enough for me
    In fact, it's a tool box has a multitude of things and change a sound in one click and it gnial
    The pallet is standard and I think everyone can find the Shoe Fits (say it is enough to change it again .. guitar and all!)

    OVERALL OPINION

    I have been using less than a year

    I bought nine 310 euros I think the report quality excellent price (the 15w might be able to satisfy me but you get to push a little more often ...)

    I have a lot progress with this amp allows me to improvise just by turning on and turning a wheel (if the computer is not available) ... The tuner Intgr is cool too ... In short this amp allowed me to m'amliorer on the instrument and learn more about my neck (just change the song and Tone is changed there is a function to change the tonality of the song but I never use it)
    Brief an isolated old guitarist like me, who follows neither a purist nor attach to lamps (it hurts the ears lol) is the top ...
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  • heads on fireheads on fire

    Decent practice amp if you don't like metal.

    Fender G-DEC 3 ThirtyPublished on 09/09/11 at 10:37
    Modelling amp - built in China
    30W power
    10" Special Design speaker
    Teacher input on rear panel
    Easy recall of guitar tones
    Special effects
    85 preset drum loops plus metronome
    100 Performance Presets (50 factory, 50 user)
    Special Composition Mode
    Internal synthesizer with MIDI
    MIDI song file storage
    Guitar tuner
    CD or MP3 device input
    28-second Phrase Sampler with overdubs
    Future software upgrades loaded via MIDI
    Optional footswitch allows remote access to select features
    Left and Right line outputs with speaker-emulation
    External speaker output
    19.5 lbs.
    17"W x 15-3/4"H x 8-1/4"D

    UTILIZATION

    The G-Dec 30 can be a bit of a chore to get a good sound from. The fact…
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    Modelling amp - built in China
    30W power
    10" Special Design speaker
    Teacher input on rear panel
    Easy recall of guitar tones
    Special effects
    85 preset drum loops plus metronome
    100 Performance Presets (50 factory, 50 user)
    Special Composition Mode
    Internal synthesizer with MIDI
    MIDI song file storage
    Guitar tuner
    CD or MP3 device input
    28-second Phrase Sampler with overdubs
    Future software upgrades loaded via MIDI
    Optional footswitch allows remote access to select features
    Left and Right line outputs with speaker-emulation
    External speaker output
    19.5 lbs.
    17"W x 15-3/4"H x 8-1/4"D

    UTILIZATION

    The G-Dec 30 can be a bit of a chore to get a good sound from. The factory preset sounds are a bit much, like most products with tons of models and effects. To find usable tones, I had to edit most of the presets, which was a somewhat intuitive process until I wanted to save the sound I had created. Then I couldn't because the "save lock" feature was on - what? Why would it come from the factory with the ability to save preset changes blocked? It was a chore to figure out how to take that feature off, and once I did, the tones were easily edited. But the initial annoyance and user-unfriendliness of it knocks the rating down significantly.

    I will say the practice jam tracks and looper function are incredibly handy, but not implemented to the best way possible. The jam tracks all vary in volume from one present to the next, so some can blare at you, and some are too quiet. Also, the looper is nearly IMPOSSIBLE to use without a footswitch, as there is no count in. I got and used the footswitch later, but it stopped working correctly. Arrrgh!

    SOUNDS

    The built in presets are terrible, quite frankly. After editing, I created some usable tones. But there is nothing I could do in the settings that would make a good metal rhythm tone. At all. The amp has too pronounced a midrange spike and too weak of distortion settings for it to work with heavy music.

    OVERALL OPINION

    Despite all its short-comings, I'll call it a 7 out of 10. As a practice tool, having backing tracks to play with, as well as the ability to loop, one can advance in one's playing quite quickly.

    If all the annoyances were addressed by Fender, this product could be outstanding.
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