Price paid: $ 252
Sound — 10
My guitar is a Washburn X10, with the standard factory pickups (why replace them). I mainly play blues, but also some other styles like rock and metal. The amp has a very warm sound, becaus of the large speaker. The reverb is great, because it isn't digital but analog (yes this amplifier is pretty old). If you turn the reverb to 10, your sound is really awesome. I haven't tried the distortion yet (the amp is being repaired, I will explain you later), but some other reviews told me it isn't really metal-ish. The clean sound is great, there are no other noises, also with the volume high (5 out of 10). The volume is pretty high, because my neighbours are complaining, even with the volume on 1. I Live in a free-standing house so it's pretty loud.
Overall Impression — 9
I really love this amp, mainly because of the warm sound, the equalizer, and especially the reverb. If I'd lose it, I would buy a new one (If I could afford it, yep that's right I don't have a lot of money). I have chosen it, because since I have seen and heard it, I really wanted to have it. I started searching on the internet, (www.marktplaats.nl, it's a Dutch website), and I found this one.
Reliability & Durability — 6
Like I said before, it is being repaired. That's because the input jackets weren't alright when I bought it (I bought it second-hand). The previous owner explained me that these jackets break down pretty easily. I haven't had other trouble with it, so when it comes back from the repairer, it should be alright. I would rely on it on a gig, without backup (I don't have a choice, my other amp has 15 watt), but it will be okay.
Features — 9
The Fender eighty-five Deluxe is a 85 Watt solid state amp with a 12" speaker. This amp is versatile for a lot of styles like blues and rock, but there isn't enough distortion for a real heavy metal sound, so if you are into metal, you'de better buy a stompbox. The amp has two channels (you can Switch between them with a footswitch that comes with it). One clean channel, and one channel with all the settings like reverb, distortion, etc. You can also use these functions on the clean channel, using the footswitch. The footswitch has 3 switches, one for channel switching, one for the boost (yes it has a boost, which I really like, and one for the reverb. There are quite a lot of jackets: input channel 1, input channel 2, preamp in, preamp out, headphone, footswitch.