G-DEC review by Fender

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  • Sound: 7
  • Overall Impression: 7
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Features: 6
  • Reviewer's score: 7.3 Good
  • Users' score: 7.3 (98 votes)
Fender: G-DEC
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Price paid: $ 351.54

Purchased from: www.thomann.de

Sound — 7
The sound is OK and sufficient for jamming at home. The presets are well chosen and therefore I cannot complain. As written before it is impossible to get a real clean sound. You can come close to it but if you hit the strings too hard it starts distorting. In some adjustments it's a little bit to noisy but also OK for this device.

Overall Impression — 7
I play everything from Blues to Rock and that's what the amp was made for. You can just plug in the guitar and start playing to one of the presets. Even if you never used the amp before you can start without reading the manual as you can operate the amp intuitionally. As mentioned before some features are missing as the possibility to use a footswitch or to create own presets without overwriting the standard ones but all in all I love this little amp and btw. It is not as heavy as a comparable Vox AD15VT so you could also easily carry it for jam sessions with friends. If it were stolen/lost, would you buy it again or get something else? Hopefully it will never be stolen as the device will never leave my flat again. It really makes fun to play with this device and the price is fair as well. But don't expect a "gig amp"!

Reliability & Durability — 9
It's a pure "home amp" therefore this category isn't that important. So far I did not have any problems therefore I cannot complain as well. It doesn't looks very robust but is has not to be when it stands at home. The buttons are easy to press and therefore the handling is very easy and hard pressure is not necessary. Therefore I think the will survive for a long time.

Features — 6
As written before the amp is coming with 50 Presets where you can jam to. These presets you can change and store to the amp. Unfortunately you cannot define own presets without overwriting the existing ones. The amp has 17 amp simulations and 29 effects. It has a midi interface where midi files can be played from a PC or new SysEx Dump (.syx) files can be transmitted to the amp. Midi (.mid) files cannot be stored in the amp! Only SysEx Dump files can be stored and used without an extra device. The amp is a pure "home amp" and that was also the aim of Fender, it's not very loud but enough for jamming at home. You cannot plug in a footswitch (this is only possible on the bigger G-DEC 30). Also it is impossible to get a real clean sound. Therefore it's hard to put any external effects to the map. This is sad but in principle you can come close to a clean sound for playing.

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