There really aren't a lot of details to say about this, it's a straight up Rockin' amp. 65 Watts all tube extremely amazing sound. I love the 4 10 inch speakers and I'll never buy 12s again. Also worth noting it has 3 channels... sort of. They say it has 3 but in reality it has a clean channel, a drive channel, and one that essentially boosts the drive channel called the "More Drive" channel.
I bought this amp when Guitar Center had a sale, but I forget how much exactly I paid. I want to say $750.
It's really a great amp with an amazing sound. It's smooth as butter with a bite like a pirahna.
Ok so these aren't big things but they are the little things that bother me. As with all tube amps this thing sounds better louder, but when you can't get loud it's a little frustrating. It stills sounds good, but not really great. Base line if you live in an apartment and there's no chance of you ever doing a gig, you might want to get something smaller.
NOT FOR METAL! If you're into metal think Marshall, or maybe the 212 model.
great quality great construction.
Bottom line, this is the amp that rules. It was one of those finds where you sit down and play it and angels pop out and sing a chorus. To quote me comparing it to another one. "That amp sounds like a good tube amp, the Fender deville sounds like God's tube amp" But with most things you have to find the one that YOU like, may be this one may not be this one.
I bought this beauty used at a local Guitar Center for $599.00. I was looking around for a new tube amp and I had heard many good things about the DeVille line. I wanted to re-construct my playing tone after taking a break from music for a couple months. I had done some research into the amps that my favorite bands were playing with and Fender DeVille kept coming up. I played through the DeVille for about half an hour and decided it was the one. I bought an extended warranty from GC for $70 because it was used. $700.12 later, I was out the door.
Where to begin?... The Fender name itself rings with quality, reliabilty and a history of exceptional products. As a recovering Marshall 1/2 stack player, I welcomed the portability of the 410 immediately. 60 Watts blasting through 4 ten inch speaks is more than enough to rise above the sonic levels of a full band practicing. In fact playing at 4 is loud enough. The distorted channel provides a significant performance boost for leads or (depending on your style) crunchy rhythm parts. The no-brainer knobs let you dial in just the right amount highs, mids, lows and distortion properties. The warm tube sounds (courtesy of Fender's Groove Tube) go very well with Humbuckers, providing depth and strength. I don't play with reverb, but I you're into it, the DeVille won't let you down. The unit comes with a two-action footswitch and an amp cover (does anyone really use those things?)
The only thing I found was that it took a while for me to find the sweet spot- the mix of guitar volume and amp volume. Every guitar and practice circumstances are different, so spend the hour to just sit in front of thre amp and dial it in. Another problem I had was the 3 ft footswitch cable, I mean come on! Besides that, it's great.
Usual durable Fender construction. Easy access tubes. I recommend a warranty in case it falls out of the van on the way to a show. But I'm one of those "just-in-case" types
I had a buddy who always said "it's all about the tone, man." He was right! I highly recommend the DeVille to players of all styles. It's a bit expensive new, but it will be the only amp you'll ever need to buy in your career. My motto: Buy it right the first time and it will be the only time. From rocking your parents garage to a stadium tour, this amp will see you through. Enjoy!
I purchased this amp at Steve's Guitar store on Queen street, Toronto, Canada. I was looking for an amp with good blues and rock tone, and one the worked well with my Yamaha SBG 200 ... of all the amps I tried, this (and its sister the 212) sounded the best to my ear. I paid $1140 Canadian for the amp, the 212 was about $50 cheaper.
In a word, tone. I directly compared it to similarly priced solid state Fenders and was convinced that yes, the tubes give you a much better sound. I also liked the genuine spring reverb. With the channel clean and the reverb up the surfing sound is fantastic. The overdrive is also a nice clean (though clearly driven) sound, and the "more drive" setting is good when you really want to get down and dirty. The tones are great for blues and psychedelic music. Oh, and its plenty loud. One last thing, it does allow two inputs, one of which is set a little lower than the other. When one guitarist is playing, they can then choose how dark they like the sound (input 2 being darker). When both are used simo then they are equated.
Hmmm, not too much. I would have prefered side handles for carrying (the unit weighs about 50 lbs ... the 212 is a little heavier still) ... it would have been nice to have a reverb switch on the stomp box ... hmmm, that's about it. Tone is what matters, right? And it has tone.
Seems very rugged, though I really haven't put it through too much yet. The cover is a nice touch. The look matches the tone, retro classic fender. Controls are "top back" mounted which works well given its typical floor placement.
Great sounding classic amp. It doesn't have all those modeling bells and whistles, but with the combination of two inputs, a clean, drive and more drive setting, a presence and reverb dial, and the typical other controls, you can get plenty of great tone out of this unit. It really rocks and it is fantastic for blues.
Our band has been rehearsing at a local music store and rather than lug all my junk in I'd just been plugging into various stuff in stock at the store. I'd been plugging into this amp for a while and gradually grew quite fond of it to the point of finally buying it. I got a screaming deal on it (the store is managed by my son) $400.00.
I've been playing amp/cab stacks for over 20 years and the idea of having an amp I can carry in one hand has grown more and more appealing over the years. Although somewhat heavy, this amp meets this criteria AND it is still a powerhouse. I still can't believe 60 watts can produce so much power. The clean sound is heavenly and is what I use for the most part, depending on outboard stomp boxes for most of my sonic embellishments. Nevertheless, this amp breaks up very nicely, probably.. no... certainly the best overdrive I've heard from a Fender amp particularly at high volume. Foot switchable from clean to dirty, to more dirty. Killer reverb! You want surf guitar, crank it up to 10 and boost the treble a bit and you'll be right up there with Dick Dale. From 1 to 3 gives you a really nice tone boost.
I'd like to see separate eq for the clean and overdrive channels. The knobs move a bit too easily and care is required to move the amp without changing the settings.
Typical Fender construction. Very well built. I've been gigging with this amp for a couple of month, not really long enough to draw any real quality conclusions, but it has been absolutely consistent and reliable so far.
Power, tone, portability.. Not perfect but the best overall package I've found in over 30 years.