Price paid: $ 764.94
Purchased from: Sound Control
Sound — 8
I use a Fender Deluxe Player Stratocaster with Vintage Noiseless pickups and it sounds fantastic, apart from the overdrive which is rather ppor, but I'll get to that. I mostly have been using input 2 to give me a warmer tone and I use a small amount of reverd which gives me a great sound. The overdrive is a bit poor, infact it's very poor you have to have the drive knob right up at 12 for a small amount of distortion whcih isn't good, but I'm going to buy a distotion pedal for that purpose. Apart from the OD channel everything else is fine. I would say it has pretty good variety unless you are a heavy metal player then don't even go near it. I would says it's good for blues, jazz, disco and country, just not things with heavy distortion, I would suggest a Marshall for that purpose.
Overall Impression — 10
I am very impressed with this amp, it's a perfect match for my style of playing and it would be a good amp in many Live conditions. I've been playing for about 2-3 years and I regularly play for my school at prize givings and such. I wish it did have a bit better distortion but I can work round this. If it was stolen, I would be happy to buy it again. I lvoe the Reverb on it, it's fantastic. I looked at another Fender amp, the Deluxe 900 which was discontiued so I had to shop for another amp but I wish I had saw this in the first place as I would have bought it there and then without having to wait for it. Everything that is on it is fine and I wouldn't ask for anything else to be put on it as it would jsut complicate it even more.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I would be happy to use this amp without a backup in a live gig. I haven't had any problem with any of the valves so far but it's only ben 4 weeks. It comes with 2 Fender/Groove 6L6 output valves/tubes and 3 preamp 12AX7 valves/tubes, which look as if they will last a long time but I would always have a spare set on the ready jsut incase. But I would have this as my main gig amp for a long time.
Features — 10
I bought the amp a month ago, made in Mexico and it's a great amp, valve or tube state, whichever word you use for them, and it's covered in genuine tweed. I play mainly jazz and blues and this amp is perfect for this, the valves/tubes give a nice warm sound and it has built in spring reverb which is amazing. It has 2 input channels one is standard channel and one take 6dB off the sound to give you a darker tone. It has pre amp and power amp inputs and a foot Switch input which you get with it. The foot switch is your standard fender 2 button with a reverb button and a channel select, which selects from normal (clean) or overdrive. It has a normal/bright button for giving the tregle range a boost, but I don't use it much. It also has an extra input for a 4 ohm external speaker, which I doubt I will ever use but it's there just incase. You get a free waterproof cover.