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iamqman 06/01/2011

Fender '57 Deluxe : iamqman's user review

« One heck of an amp! »
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Wow is all I can say to describe my initial reaction to this amp. The tone is very fluid and musical. Vintage in tone and sound but modern in the components, speakers, and parts. This amp just sings sweet tones and just hook it up with your favorite Fender or Gibson guitar for an experience you'll never forget.


Fender '57 Deluxe Features:

Output: 12 watts
Ohms: 8 ohms
Speakers: One 12 inch, Alnico-Magnet, Jensen P-12Q speaker
Channels: Two (Instrument and Microphone)
Hand-wired all-tube circuitry on eyelet board
Late 1950s 5E3 circuit produces about 12 watts
12" Alnico-magnet Jensen P-12Q speaker as used in the original
Matched pair of Groove Tubes GT6V6 output tubes
5Y3GT rectifier tube helps provide natural compression or "sag"
Two 12AX7 preamp tubes, one of which may be substituted with a 12AY7
Standby switch added in place of the 1950s-issue polarity switch
Finger-joined solid Pine cabinet resonates with a warm, woody tone
Genuine Lacquered Tweed covering with vintage brown/gold grille cloth
Leather strap handle
Covering: Genuine Lacquered Tweed

UTILIZATION

Details
Type Tube
Number of Channels 2
Power 12W
Speakers 1 x 12" Jensen P12Q
No Effects
No Reverb
EQ Master Tone
No Amp Modeling
Preamp Tubes 2 x 12AX7
Power Tubes 2 x GT6V6, 1 x 5Y3GT (Rectifier)
Inputs 2 x Instrument, 2 x Mic (1/4")
No Outputs
No Footswitch I/O
No Effects Loop
Height 16.75"
Width 20"
Depth 9.5"
Weight 25 lbs.

SOUNDS

Just a straight up classic amp that has no bells or whistle, but just loads of tone. They put the best parts and hand wiring into this amp which is a production amp, but isn't in the attitude in the build of this amp.

I like this amp especially with a Fender Telecaster. The tone just matches much better together with this combination. The Strat sounds ok but not as fluid with the Tele.

OVERALL OPINION

For the money this is a much better deal than trying to find an old one and take it on stage with you. At new these amps come in at around $2000, which for a custom amp is a very nice deal.

I would recommend this amp to anyone seriously thinking about getting a classic fender tone amp. This will be the best sounding Fender you have heard other than an actual vintage piece.