Price paid: $ 649.99
Sound — 9
I mainly play Fender strats, an american and a modded MIM with a HB. The american and this amp push out some great SRV style tone, It's great in church bands, though I can not stress how low gain this amp is. I play a lot of punk/hard rock and with a Boss DS-1 I'm able to reach that quite easily. Mine tends to get quite noisy with the treble up and past 7/12. But if you tweak it just right that sweet overdrive hits the clean channel at about 5/12 for that great classic rock drive. Again the distortion isn't enough close to brutal. But for that amazing Fender clean and just enough drive it's great.
Overall Impression — 9
I play mostly hard rock and alone this amp is not good for that. But I also love SRV and electric blues and this amp does that perfectly. I compared this to the Peavey Classic 30, the reverb and the cleans sold me. What I loved most about is how good the effects keeps my tone true even when using lousy pedals. Though I do wish there was a site or store that sold the footswitch for this amp, so far no luck. If you like Fender amps with great clean and that world famous reverb this is the amp for you, just take care of the footswitch.
Reliability & Durability — 8
I haven't any trouble in just over a year with it (though I hardly go past 4/12). Though I did manage to stomp out the reverb Switch on the included 2 button footswitch (it was totally my fault). I wouldn't keep it wide open, it seems to rattle the tubes quite a bit. But if you take care of it you should have no problems.
Features — 9
This is the Fender Blues Deluxe, this paticular model was made in 2007. It's your basic 2 channel tube, "tweed" sounding amp. It's got an on/off switch, a footswirch jack (a 2 button is included), an effects loop, a master prescence, a master reverb, a master volume for the "drive" channel, a channel select toggle, a master 3-band EQ, a drive knob that adjust the gain for the drive channel, a volume for the clean channel, a bright select toggle, and 2 input jacks; one for most standard guitars and a lower sensitivity one (-6dB) to clean up high output guitars. It's 40w all tube, 2 6L6 and 3 12ax7. And it all goes through a 12" Fender re-issue gold label speaker. At 40w all tube, it's probably more power than I'll ever need. I mainly play blues with this amp, it's great for that. Though this amp will never reach metal, with the right pedals it can play hard rock. I love the Fender spring reverb, also the best cleans in this price range.