I looked at a marshall half stack that cost a couple hundred more and just wasn't that much of an improvement. I will never buy a peavey after blowing a 212 and sveral small 110's. People say Crates are awful, and I have to agree, they might sound good if you only play metal. This was the right amp for me. Even the Deluxe 112 is a hell of a good amp if you want to save a couple hundred.
I would either buy this one or treat myself and get the fender twin reverb all tube
Fender should bring me aboard and let me make some small changes like a reverb footswitch, a built in tuner (I see them all the time and that's awesome), and the option of turning off some of the speakers so I could get better sound without turning it up so loud at 2 in the morning.
-Favorite-The sound, Worst-The need to crank it to get good sound
-Overall, I think this is one of the best amplifiers on the market fo under 1,000 dollars.
Model Year: 1998
Price: $750.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Bought New
4-10" inch speakers
Good gig amp with enough power for a fairly big show
Plenty loud to p--- of your neighbors (that 60 watts goes a lot further because of the tubes)
Good amp for gigs, not so good for household use
Holds its sound extremely well at high volumes
Good clean sound and excellent reverb quality (besides the damn footswitch)
Squeals in tight spaces (like any other large amp)
I play lots of blues with fuzz distortion with a Stat, I used to jam in a metal band with this amp, but the heavy distotion ruins the tube sound that you pay so much for, so you might as well get something else and save your money if that's all you play.
This amp is kick a-- easy and has bad a-- overdrive built in, if you can crank the volume, you can get some nice feedback with the presence turned up
I fiddled with this amp a long time to get the sound I like, but compared to these newer digital amps, this is a lot nicer to use.
I haven't changed my tubes at all in 5 years and it still sounds as good as when I bought it, honostly
Very reliable for live playing, I use it all the time
You feel how heavy duty it is when you have to carry that thing around.
I checked out a Marshall, but to really get any 'Juice" out of a Marshall, it has to be at earsplitting levels. this sounds ballsy at 2! the worst thing? it tends to be a bit trebly at times; controllable though.
Price: $740.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Sam Ash...(Edison N.J.)
This baby has it all! channel switching, gain, MORE gain, reverb , presence, the works! This thang is so powerful, it'll shake the hair on your nutz if it is past 5,......and it goes to 12!!!
Alright...it is not a Marshall...but you don't buy a Fender for a Marshall sound now then do you? you're not going to thrash with this baby, but you will Texas Flood, Sugar, Strat, Magic, Mato Nanji, Kenny Wayne, Voodoo Chile your a-- off though!!!
You gotta be "Corky" from "Life Goes On" not to operate this rig with ease!!!!!!!
Come on...!!! It's a Fender.....they're known for tough stuff. Hell... i could throw my Strat down the stairs and it'll still be in tune!!!!
A great buy for somebody not wanting, the ordinary distortion amp. But for that classic clean tone, this is the ticket!!! BINGO
Model Year: 2001
Price: $650.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Source
This is an awesome distortion for Fender, and the clean is so incredibly clean!!!! I love this thing hooked up to a 4X12 cab!!!!!!
It's a versitile little amp. I use it for Blues, Rock, and Jazz stuff. Great distortion, really purdy clean channel and a lot of slappy stuff too. Excellent reverb (Of course)!!!!!!
If you can read, bass, treble, gain, master, presence, etc. It's pretty easy to use!!!!!!
I've been playing a lot in the local Jazz Band, we travel to many colleges and it keeps up. The protective cloth helps out a bunch too...
This is an excellent amp. I've only been playing for a couple of years but, I have played through a lot of amps. The HR Deville has sweetness only a tube amp can deliver. For an all tube amp under $1000 this amp sounds huge.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $769.99 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
All tube pre-amp and power-amp. Three channels; Normal, Drive & More Drive. The amp has an effects loop and foot switch. This amp has classic good looks. Excellent fit and finish. I think the chicken head control knobs and chrome top panel look great.
I play an American Series Strat through this amp and it sounds fantastic. I love that classic strat sound. I had been playing through a Fender Champ 25 SE which has a combination of solid state and tube electronics. The HR Deville sounds so much richer. I think the 4 x 10 speakers really add to its full sound also.
Simple straight forward knobs and controls. Nothing gimmicky.
Best Tone I've ever had! checked out peavey 4x10 combo,
new marshall avt
combos,other fender combo. For playing Blues, Jazz,
Swing, Classic Heavy rock, You can't go wrong with this
Model Year: 2000
Price: $725.00 (new)
Where Obtained: local store
Fender says this is a 3 channel amp but I feel it is
really a 2 channel, clean, drive, and more drive. Think
of more drive as a boost switch. There is a separate
volume for the clean channel along with a bright switch
just for the clean channel. There are no separate tone
controls for clean and drive channels other than the
bright switch for the clean channel.
heres a list of the Knobs! Left to right
Bright Switch (clean channel)
treble, bass, middle
The footswitch has two buttons, the left button switches
between clean & drive. The other button kicks in the
(more Drive). There is no way to switch reverb on or
off. you have to turn the knob on the amp.
the effects loop is easy to get at located right
alongside all the other controls.
I'm playing a mexican std. strat with stock single coils,
and for effects I use a digitech rp 2000. I'm hooking
the rp2000 up thru the effects loop and just using it for
delay, wah, and harmonies. As far as playing Blues &
Rockabilly I couldn't ask for better tone than I'm
getting with this amp. I've read all the reviews at
wholenote and Harmony central on the Deville and I think
that this amp has actually been sold short by most
people. Everyone raves about the clean channel (very
sweet) but the overdrive is absolutely killer too!I've
never had an amp that sounded good on all settings before
this one. It doesn't matter where I put the drive
control, barely on sounds like my old Marshall head with
no overdrive knob at about half volume. Crank the drive
up and you get a real smooth, thick overdrive. Others
that have reviewed this amp often said they didn't like
the drive channels and are using pedals. I bet they
probably would use those pedals no matter what amp they
were plugged into. I have used a tube screamer with 3
differant marshall heads that i've had over the years,
I'm using this amp straight. It really does sound that
good if you spend some time dialing it in.
Nuff said go plug into one and turn it up and tweak it
around to hear what it can do.
At first I was a little disappointed due to a lack of
footswitchable reverb and no separate tone controls for
the clean channel.
But I realized I never have switched reverb on & off in
the middle of a song before.
I'm not worried about the clean channels lack of
separated tone controls either. I'm running the drive
channel heavy on the mids usually, which makes the clean
channel sound a little honky, till you hit the bright
switch and then youre back to that killer clean tone!
Very well built, no worries
This is a great amp. I was torn between this and a Peavy 5150 2X12. I chose the Fender because it's clean sound was WAY superior to the 5150, and my musical tastes are drifting away from pure heavy music (if all you play is really heavy stuff, the 5150 is probably the better choice). The best thing about this amp is the tone. Simple, great tube tone. If it were stolen, I would definately replace it. The only thing I wish it had is separate EQ, reverb and presence knobs for the clean and dirty channels. Oh well, such is life.
Where Obtained: Music-Go-Round, Independence,MO
This is a 60 watt Fender tube amp with 3 12AX7 preamp tubes and 2 6L6 power tubes. Has an effects loop and an external speaker jack. Has 3 channels (clean, drive and more drive) with one set of EQ, presence, and reverb knobs controlling all channels. This amp is very loud for 60 watts, has plenty of power. Fairly heavy (around 50 lbs).
I play a Fender Lone Star Strat and use very few effects other than a Crybaby wah. I play blues, hard rock, and some jazz. This amp sounds very nice with all three styles. The clean has alot of bass, and the reverb is that great classic fender reverb. I've heard others say this amp doesn't have that much gain, but I disagree. On the more drive channel, with the gain all the way up, and my Lone Star on the bridge humbucker, I get a good hard rock sound with plenty of gain. This might not be the best amp for metal, though, at least using the amp's distortion. This amp is also very quiet, especially the clean channel. I've also owned a Peavy Bandit, a Crate Blue Vodoo 2X12, and some type of Laney (I forget the exact style) and this amp beats them all, especially the clean channel.
Very simple amp to use, especially when compared to all these modeling amps now-a-days. Doesn't take to much knob fiddling to dial up a good sound (not really a bad sound in the amp, in my opinion).
If you are going to gig with this amp get casters or a roadie.
Model Year: 1998
Price: $720.00 (new)
Where Obtained: American Musical Supply
Lots of tone. Three channels (one clean, one dirty, and one very dirty.) Great vibe. And it came with a two button foot switch and vinyl Fender cover.
The clean channel is that wonderful Fender tube clean. The other two drive channels range from mean to vicious. The only draw back is that anything over 5 will rattle you teeth.
Plug and play. This is no Spinal Tap amp that only goes to 11, these babies go to 12. It probley takes about an hour or so to really dial in what you are looking for.
Built like a brick s--- house. Only problem is that it weights that same.
Good amp. my rig is really based around using
effects in the clean channel for any distortion,
but the gain is good for classic rock type stuff.
Good amp, until the day you try to pick it up to
take it home. Back to the
Where Obtained: Action Music
Lots of dials. Like all Fenders, the reverb is
second to none. Plus, all the dials go up to 12!!
It's got 2 gain channels, "gain" and "more gain"
(those guys at fender have an odd sense of humor),
treble, mid, bass dials. Also drive and presence.
The speakers are very nice,
The clean is very nice, classic Fender, what else
do you want. The gain is good with a little
tinkering. It's no Marshall, but it does the
trick. The Reverb is exception
This is irrelevant because, in my opinion everyone
should spend 5 or 6 hours with a new amp anyway
just to find out everything you can. But if you
care, just turn volume to 3 or so, plug in a
Fender Stratocaster and you're s
The board it is based around is very fragile. This
is not really reccomended for a giging musician
like myself, but if you only move it occasionally,
it'll do fine. Then it's just up to your back to