Purchased from: ZZsounds
Sound — 10
I use a Fender MIM Stratocaster (pickups are to be changed soon) & an Epiphone Les Paul Custom. I love the sound and tone that this amp provides!! Unfortunately Fender uses a linear taper pot instead of an AUDIO taper pot. So when turning up the volume it gets real loud very fast. This can be modified but may void the warranty. I am thinking about changing out the power tubes which will cause the volume to not be too loud. It is very clean sounding amp and it definitely suits my style. Other than the volume issue, this amp is downright awesome!
Overall Impression — 10
My style of music matches this amp very well in my opinion. I like Jonny Greenwood from Radiohead, The Edge from U2, Mark Knopfler, Jimmy Page & Adam Jones. I would say that for the most part that this amp is more than capable of handling anything that I (mediocre ability) can throw at it. If metal is not your style then I highly recommend this amp.
Reliability & Durability — 10
It seems like it is constructed well, only time will tell if it is reliable and durable. From what I have read on the internet, Fender seems like they put out well made and reliable products. Hopefully the same is true with this amp. Currently I don't gig so this is not an issue for me. Hopefully one day I will be good enough to gig and we will see how she responds.
Features — 9
Fender Hot Rod Deluxe "White Lightning" Limited Edition (only 800 made). This amp was first introduced November 2006. This limited edition version comes with an upgraded speaker (12" Celestion Century Vintage speaker) compared to the regular Hot Rod Deluxe. It also comes with an overdrive channel that isn't very good in my opinion. The overdrive pedal isn't that big of an issue for me because I use a Vox TonelabSE which has numerous effects (to include overdrive). This is a Made in Mexico amp (is there anything manufactured in the States anymore? ).