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Fender Blues Deluxe Reissue

Blues Deluxe Reissue, Tube Combo Guitar Amp from Fender in the Blues Deluxe series.

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yoTrakkz10/04/2011

yoTrakkz's review"classic amp"

Fender Blues Deluxe Reissue
I looked for an amp like this for a while, that has a good clean tone to build off of that still can get a nice subtle tube "drive" at higher volumes. This amp has the ability to provide that but, like most stock amps, requires a little tinkering to get the best results. I swapped out the stock speaker for a Jensen C12K (very nice, clean and powerful speaker), Then upgraded the power tubes to JJ's and RAISED the bias (it comes biased VERY cold from the factory), and then swapped out the 12AX7 preamp tubes for two JJ's 12AT7 - this lowers the gain in the preamp stage and has the greatest impact on providing a lot more headroom.

UTILIZATION

This amp definitely has the quality of the "fender clean" but it is darker and less spikey than the Hot Rod Deluxe. More useable in my opinion. It is designed to have the "Tweed" character in its stock form so it will breakup rather early (around 4 on the volume) if played stock.

SOUNDS

Sounds great, very warm and clear.

OVERALL OPINION

Overall, If you want vintage, 'boutique' tone for not a lot of change, this is where you get it. Plus side.. it's a Fender! They wrote the book on amp design back in the formative days of rock 'n roll! For me, I keep everything stock, and this amp is definitely at its best when cranked--the 'normal' channel emanates a warm, sparkly, spongy yet crunchy overdrive when maxed out, which is just the ticket for classic rock, punk, or hard blues. Playing at max (if possible) also helps wear in the speaker and tubes, so that when going back to playing at bedroom volumes, you can get even more warmth and responsiveness. The only complaints I have are that a resonance knob would be useful, as well as a half-power switch.
yoTrakkz10/04/2011

yoTrakkz's review"classic amp"

Fender Blues Deluxe Reissue
I looked for an amp like this for a while, that has a good clean tone to build off of that still can get a nice subtle tube "drive" at higher volumes. This amp has the ability to provide that but, like most stock amps, requires a little tinkering to get the best results. I swapped out the stock speaker for a Jensen C12K (very nice, clean and powerful speaker), Then upgraded the power tubes to JJ's and RAISED the bias (it comes biased VERY cold from the factory), and then swapped out the 12AX7 preamp tubes for two JJ's 12AT7 - this lowers the gain in the preamp stage and has the greatest impact on providing a lot more headroom.

UTILIZATION

This amp definitely has the quality of the "fender clean" but it is darker and less spikey than the Hot Rod Deluxe. More useable in my opinion. It is designed to have the "Tweed" character in its stock form so it will breakup rather early (around 4 on the volume) if played stock.

SOUNDS

Sounds great, very warm and clear.

OVERALL OPINION

Overall, If you want vintage, 'boutique' tone for not a lot of change, this is where you get it. Plus side.. it's a Fender! They wrote the book on amp design back in the formative days of rock 'n roll! For me, I keep everything stock, and this amp is definitely at its best when cranked--the 'normal' channel emanates a warm, sparkly, spongy yet crunchy overdrive when maxed out, which is just the ticket for classic rock, punk, or hard blues. Playing at max (if possible) also helps wear in the speaker and tubes, so that when going back to playing at bedroom volumes, you can get even more warmth and responsiveness. The only complaints I have are that a resonance knob would be useful, as well as a half-power switch.
yoTrakkz10/04/2011

yoTrakkz's review"classic amp"

Fender Blues Deluxe Reissue
I looked for an amp like this for a while, that has a good clean tone to build off of that still can get a nice subtle tube "drive" at higher volumes. This amp has the ability to provide that but, like most stock amps, requires a little tinkering to get the best results. I swapped out the stock speaker for a Jensen C12K (very nice, clean and powerful speaker), Then upgraded the power tubes to JJ's and RAISED the bias (it comes biased VERY cold from the factory), and then swapped out the 12AX7 preamp tubes for two JJ's 12AT7 - this lowers the gain in the preamp stage and has the greatest impact on providing a lot more headroom.

UTILIZATION

This amp definitely has the quality of the "fender clean" but it is darker and less spikey than the Hot Rod Deluxe. More useable in my opinion. It is designed to have the "Tweed" character in its stock form so it will breakup rather early (around 4 on the volume) if played stock.

SOUNDS

Sounds great, very warm and clear.

OVERALL OPINION

Overall, If you want vintage, 'boutique' tone for not a lot of change, this is where you get it. Plus side.. it's a Fender! They wrote the book on amp design back in the formative days of rock 'n roll! For me, I keep everything stock, and this amp is definitely at its best when cranked--the 'normal' channel emanates a warm, sparkly, spongy yet crunchy overdrive when maxed out, which is just the ticket for classic rock, punk, or hard blues. Playing at max (if possible) also helps wear in the speaker and tubes, so that when going back to playing at bedroom volumes, you can get even more warmth and responsiveness. The only complaints I have are that a resonance knob would be useful, as well as a half-power switch.
yoTrakkz10/04/2011

yoTrakkz's review"classic amp"

Fender Blues Deluxe Reissue
I looked for an amp like this for a while, that has a good clean tone to build off of that still can get a nice subtle tube "drive" at higher volumes. This amp has the ability to provide that but, like most stock amps, requires a little tinkering to get the best results. I swapped out the stock speaker for a Jensen C12K (very nice, clean and powerful speaker), Then upgraded the power tubes to JJ's and RAISED the bias (it comes biased VERY cold from the factory), and then swapped out the 12AX7 preamp tubes for two JJ's 12AT7 - this lowers the gain in the preamp stage and has the greatest impact on providing a lot more headroom.

UTILIZATION

This amp definitely has the quality of the "fender clean" but it is darker and less spikey than the Hot Rod Deluxe. More useable in my opinion. It is designed to have the "Tweed" character in its stock form so it will breakup rather early (around 4 on the volume) if played stock.

SOUNDS

Sounds great, very warm and clear.

OVERALL OPINION

Overall, If you want vintage, 'boutique' tone for not a lot of change, this is where you get it. Plus side.. it's a Fender! They wrote the book on amp design back in the formative days of rock 'n roll! For me, I keep everything stock, and this amp is definitely at its best when cranked--the 'normal' channel emanates a warm, sparkly, spongy yet crunchy overdrive when maxed out, which is just the ticket for classic rock, punk, or hard blues. Playing at max (if possible) also helps wear in the speaker and tubes, so that when going back to playing at bedroom volumes, you can get even more warmth and responsiveness. The only complaints I have are that a resonance knob would be useful, as well as a half-power switch.
iamqman04/23/2011

iamqman's review"Solid amp!"

Fender Blues Deluxe Reissue
If you are into blues rock or mild rock tones then this is the amp for you. If you play pop music or something similar to Coldplay then this amp will be right up your alley.

If you enjoy the tones and voicing of the Fender Hot Rod Deluxe amp but want a warmer for vintage style tone then this is the amp for you. I have been a fan of the Hot Rod deluxes for quite some time now. This amp is on par with that amp with the full rich bodied tone that is so reminiscent of records of old


Fender Blues Deluxe Guitar Amp Features:

* 40-watt tube amp
* All-tube preamp and power amp
* Tube Complement: 3 x 12AX7, 2 x 6L6, solid-state rectifier
* Dual selectable channels (Vintage and Drive)
* Independent Gain and Master Controls in the Drive channel
* Bright Switch in Vintage channel
* Effects loop
* Fender Spring Reverb
* 2-Button footswitch for Drive select and Reverb on/off
* Chrome panel and Vintage chicken-head pointer knobs
* Controls: Presence, Reverb, Master, Middle, Bass, Treble, Drive Select Switch, Drive, Volume, Bright Switch, Standby Switch
* Genuine cloth tweed covering

UTILIZATION

Detail
Type Tube
Number of Channels 2
Power 40W
Speakers z x 12" Special Design by Eminence
Effects No Effects
Reverb Yes
EQ Middle, Bass, Treble
Amp Modeling No Amp Modeling
Number of Models 0
Number of Tubes 5
Preamp Tubes 3 x 12AX7
Power Tubes 2 x 6L6
Inputs 2 x Instrument, 1 x Power Amp In
Outputs 1 x Preamp Out
Footswitch I/O Yes
Effects Loop Yes
Height 18.75"
Width 23.5"
Depth 10.85"
Weight 45 lbs.

SOUNDS

The tone you get get with this amp is remarkable! It is jangly and dirty but will never play something out side of your guitar's natural tone. It compliment the tone of your guitar and doesn't take on a new character. The ultimate tone for this amp is a Fender Stratocaster and maybe a Ibanez TS9 or some other tubescreamer. This will get you a solid driving tone that just slams the front end of the band mix. Plus with with the extra dirty channel you can get even dirtier than that. Although I must say that the crunch channel of this amp is fair weak and sterile sounding. So my recommendation is to use a overdrive pedal slamming the front of the amp.

OVERALL OPINION

If you are into the blues style tone and voicing and want a solid durable gigging amp then this is about the best you can get aside form some boutique builder. The tone is warm and full of driving blues tones that will get you excited to come home from work just to play the thing.

At new these amps come in at around $750 which isn't a bad price. I am not sure if these units are made in Mexican or America. They used me American but at some point I know the Hot Rods switched toe Mexico.
mooseherman01/31/2011

mooseherman's review"Good, not Great, Amp"

Fender Blues Deluxe Reissue
This is a tube amp made by Fender. It's a similar amp to their Blues Junior, but it is a much bigger and therefore louder amp. It's part of their newer Hot Rod Series (at least this reissue is). It has two 1/4" inputs, two channels (clean and drive), 40 watts of power, a solid state rectifier. It also has controls for volume, drive, EQ (bass, middle, treble), reverb, presence and master volume.

UTILIZATION

Getting a good sound out of this is relatively easy. I tend to prefer the drive sound, even when I'm going for a cleaner tone, as the clean channel lacks some of the bite that I associate with tube amps. The clean tone definitely feels a little weak, and tinny almost. But a good way to deal with that is to increase the low end, roll of some of the high end on your guitar's tone knob, and keep going. The Drive tone is definitely much better in my opinion.

SOUNDS

I like using this amp mostly with Fender Guitars. It doesn't do the hard rock thing very well, so a humbucker probably wouldn't work on it as much as a single-coil pickup would, hence the reason Strats and Teles tend to work better. I like the sound of this amp, though I think it could honestly be a little better. The clean channel is just far too pure and weak for my taste. For an amp with blues in the name, it doesn't have a lot of grit, at least not until you get to the drive channel. There is where the amp really starts to shine. I think that that channel is honestly better for clean sounds anyway, as it's got a little bit of grit to it when you hit the strings harder.

OVERALL OPINION

I liked the dirty channels on this amp, but not so much the clean. That tends to be my consistent complaint with all the Hot Rod amps. I guess they just have different taste than I do when it comes to this stuff. It's not that expensive so it's not exactly a bank-breaking investment, but it's also not the best amp out there. I'd say save up for something a little bit better than this, and I don't usually say that about most Fender amps! This one just doesn't really have it as much as the other ones do.
MGR/Michael March10/17/2006

MGR/Michael March's review"Fender Tweed Blues Deluxe"

Fender Blues Deluxe Reissue
I've been playing guitar for over 30 years. My first guitar lesson was when I was 10 years old. I play guitar and mandolin. Currently i'm playing in a folk/bluegrass trio, and a four-piece rock band. My musical tastes range from rock, folk, blues, jazz.

I played this amp quite a bit before settling on a tube amp that was a little less expensive. You can pick up one of these beauties at Guitar Center for $629.

This Fender Tweed Blues Deluxe is a really nice amp! I played it quite a bit before settling on another brand tube-amp, only because of price. It's got the wonderful retro-tweed cover, chicken-head knobs, and classic grille that all give it that 50's look and feel. 40 watts of pure tube tone gives you plenty of power for just about any gig. A quality 12" Eminence speaker rounds out the sound. Spring reverb, normal and bright switch, and overdrive gives a wide array of tones and styles. Fender quality, great looks, tube tone, what else can I say? A great amp!

There really isn't much to dislike about this unit. The price is a little high, but still a deal for what you get.

Construction was top-notch. Fender quality, nice tweed cover, seemed well constructed.

This is a great amp, it's got that wonderful tube tone and plenty of power. Cool rretro tweed looks, and Fender quality!

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
sousleau11/10/2014

sousleau's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Its good but not super clear ..."

Fender Blues Deluxe Reissue
This is an amp "almost" all 40 W lamps, one realizes that in fact only the preamp and power tube but are reverb, equalizer and inserting effects are managed by transistors and other AOP

It has two inputs, an effects loop, footswitch for the reverb and that's not bad ...

The réglagees it's like Fender: 1-10 (they not know these people zero!)

UTILIZATION

Good for her that is super simple, you plug it turns playing a very good clear sound but it p ***** easily obtained what it's loud!
if you are in an apartment and you want to repeat, opt more for an attenuator
I had a manual, I put it in a corner and I opened it to see which corresponds to which lamp. item.

A tip if you want a powerful ultra clear, replace the 12AX7 in V1 with a 12AY7 and there will saturate the clean channel with no volume, great for anything like me looking for a ultra clear

SOUNDS

I play almost as good jazz or music that is suddenly in the clear mounted 12AY7, it does, the equalizer is effective, the receiver accepts the effects bein

Saturations of the drive channel are my very light taste but I'm not expert in these sounds there, however, it is a good approach or style SRV's the wind cries mary with a strat and CANCAL saturated.

on the other hand to the big rock, you'll have to go through boxes put the record is good, the amp will do what you ask

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for 6 months, he served in the company of a vaporizer and a Roland JC 55

compared to a Hot Rod Deluxe, nothing, light, creamy, mild snoring but never aggressive.

Compared to the vaporizer, the sound is warmer due to the HP 12 'but it lacks roundness given by the 2 * 10'

this is a good versatile amp that will take you from jazz to rock without any problems, he will accompany you on scenes of good volume. If you need very clear sounds at high volume, you will have to enter 12AY7 for V1 that he never crunch when you do not want it but it's a good amp work
Laluserne10/16/2014

Laluserne's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Super clear sound and crunch"

Fender Blues Deluxe Reissue
3 AX7 lamps and two 6L6 power to 40 watts, reverb effects loop and switch

UTILIZATION

Super simple configuration, with a good guitar, it's plug and play. No manual for me, I bought it used but it is not necessary.

SOUNDS

The clean tones and crunch are beautiful. For hard he will do with another amp. If you can, plug it into a speaker Celestion Alnico Blue with (note the power!). The rendering is awesome.

OVERALL OPINION

I use it since 2009, no crashes, no problem. I bought it in 2009 to a musician who bought it in 2008: the lamps have not been changed and the sound is still good. But I am careful with my equipment either at home or in transit ...

If you have any problems with the power too much playing at home, you can insert an effect with a volume control in the effects loop. Maybe you will not lightly saturation 6L6 power, but you can grow lamps preamp turning down the volume in the effects loop.

I do it again this choice without hesitation.
Qill03/10/2012

Qill's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" yes but ..."

Fender Blues Deluxe Reissue
tube amp and preamp for 3x12ax7 2x6L6 for power, the transistor is correct
amp made in Mexico for version Reissue United States, not unlike what is written on some commercial site, though it is the original made in United States, unless Mexico is back in the US ...
the package is nickel from house to pedal board ... Tweed finish could have been darker as the 57 Deluxe is that it is not missed but it's a bit too bright for my taste it is limited in Tweed Peavey

UTILIZATION

RAS

SOUNDS

The clean is very round and warm we feel that there is presence of the fat as I like
The dirty channel is very melodic him very usable unlike what one might think there are many notes very bluesy and light
The reverb of the Fender must have only one word "beautiful"
The finish of the amp recalls the vintage, this attention, the sound of this amp is like Fender would have us believe good vintage, as it is modern with a touch more ...
I compared it with the Vox ac30, the Deluxe VM and Hot Rod are no good bah pictures other sound cold, without the presence ... see garish

OVERALL OPINION

Good against big worry for the volume ... it is not at all progressive to a puree it sends the 40 watt one feels in your face ... for me it is unworkable in the same apartment with a power attenuator
Those who want to play house with, go your way ... bet more on the Blues Junior
I sold it since it's still a very good tube amp for its price, too bad that the correction does not come to light it would have been the coup, comprehensive
Else the vibrations of the screws had his small frame and big power too, will have to play the correct screwdriver for this bug design, shame ...
Looking back I will not repeat that choice 40 watts is enough to have fun with, not exploit it as they should, at once I replaced the 65 deluxe, P