Fender Blues DeVille 212
Fender Blues DeVille 212

Blues DeVille 212, Tube Combo Guitar Amp from Fender in the Blues Deville series.

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MGR/Anonymous 07/31/2001

Fender Blues DeVille 212 : MGR/Anonymous's user review

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Bought second hand from a guitarist who had and was using live, both the 4x10 and 2x12. He sold me the 4x10 for £400 (~$600).
It sounded fantastic and I knew the moment I heard it that it was 'the clean sound' I was after. Previously used a Marshall VS100R which was not bad.

1. The fat clean sound - can't beat it.
2. The cool tweed/chrome retro look.
3. Classic, all valve Fender quality.
4. It is unquestionably THE blues amp.

Other than the valves (which cost a fortune if you get decent ones), it is difficult to service. It is heavy and just big enough to be a little awkward when climbing stairs etc.!

Excellent build quality. Preferred the old leather handle rather than the slightly cheesy plastic one, although it is very sturdy.

This really is the best blues/jazz amp around for the money. Larry Carlton and Robben Ford etc use Dumble amps which sound great, but not really that much better than the Blues Deville. I play a Tele and a 335 (copy) and both these guitars suit this amp completely - the fat clean sound from the semi is superb. I also use a GT3 effects unit which requires strange tone settings on a combo, but the Fender takes this in its stride also.

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