I got this amp because I thought that with tube amps you had to change the tubes every one or two years. Now that I've found out that isn't true I'll never buy a solid state amp again. There are lots of good things about the amp (relatively light weight, durability, lots of features, low price), but they are outwighed by the bad tone, which is most important thing.
Model Year: 2004
Price: $650.00 Can (new)
You already know all the this so I'm not gonna go through it again.
This is where the amp really fails. Cranked the clean sucks and the distortion on the amp blows as well. Used with distortion pedals it sounds crummy and it buzzes like hell.
Very durable and not too heavy. Will last a long time (unfortunately).
I was looking through Marshall's and Crate's, but couldn't find
that vintage clean sound without going tube. I wanted my
vintage Bassman sound without having to change tubes, and
with the higher output in a smaller package of a solid state. This
gave it to me. It fits the bill for me.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $375.00 (new)
Where Obtained: local guitar shop
Two channel. Volume, treb, mid, and bass on the clean
channel. Drive channel Gain, Volume, treb, mid, bass, and
more drive switch. Reverb for both channels. Included
footswitch will switch channels and add the more drive. It's a
90w solid state. It's got plenty of power for blowing the doors off
a car three blocks over.
I use a Squier Standard Strat, a Hamer Special 2, and a Samick
Bennett ser. Formula 2. I'm a blues- blues rock- jazz player and
this amp does everything I need it to do and then some in those
genre's. I'm playing off nights with a metal band now, and this
works but it's not the best thing for metal. It's as good as
anything out there if you know how to use the controls on the
amp and your guitar. It's got a great clean sound. It's got great
muddy blues overdrive but don't expect clean distortion without
an external pedal and a lot of dialing.
This amp is simple to use if you know how to use equalization
controls. If your just starting out, try using treb=4, mid=5, Bass=
6 for rythm with your guitar tones set at five and volume at 2.
For lead you might try treb=5 or 6, mid= 6, bass=4 or 5 with the
same guitar settings. For cleaner distortion, jack the gain to 10
on more drive with the lead settings above, but jack your tone
pots to about 7 or 8 and raise your guitar volume to the desired
distortion level. To muddy it use the rythm settings above.
Two years and no problems. I won't write about it until I've
owned it at least a year. It's a Fender.
I looked at big marshall combos and a couple of laney combos. I chose the deluxe 90 because it had the best tone and at 259 (it was reduced from 360) it was half as expensive as the marshall 90s i'd looked at, as well as having (at least) twice the tone. I wouldn't buy it again if it were lost or stolen cos I've got insurance so i wouldn't have to, but if i didn't have insurance, i wouldn't hesitate to get another one. I don't think it could be better, to make it better you'd have to make it stereo speakers or a stack or something and then it would be a different amp. The best thing about it is the tone. The worst thing is the sensitivity, because if some bozo changes your settings, you've gotta fiddle for ages to get them back exactly as they were, just cos it responds so well to adjustment. But of course that's a good thing, because you can get such a wide variety of tones out of it. I think that people ought to know how good this amp is so they don't waste their money on inferior amps. If you want pure tone, buy a Deluxe 90, simple as that really.
Model Year: 2004
Where Obtained: Nevada Music
This amp has damn near perfect tone, thanks to the 100% analogue valve electronics. It's got three channels, clean, drive and overdrive. In the clean channel you can alter volume, treble, middle and bass. The controls are sensitive and unlike a lot of amps they actually make a difference. The drive channel is punchy and crisp or mellow and fuzzy, depending on how you set it up. again you've got high mid and low to play with, as well as volume and drive intensity, and they're all responsive and noticeable. The overdrive channel is the same as drive but much more aggresive, both in volume and depth of sound. The overdriven feedback is controllable and you can get some amazing effects if you're good at harmonics. All three channels have adjustable reverb, the revrb control is just as good as the tone controls. The reverb is spring-activated and if you turn it all the way up its like a full-on echo chamber! Switching between the channels is done either by footswitch or switches on the amp. The sound is very powerful, as you'd expect with a single, big-ass speaker and a 90-watt amp, so you only need to set the volume at two or three out of ten for practicing. You can easily gig medium sized venues with this amp.
I use a '01 Cali Strat with a Custom shop neck, sometimes through a Cry-Baby wah, or a Zoom 707 multi fx, but usually without effects. I like playing Hendrix blues type music but also jazzy fingerpicked chord stuff and whatever i want to play really. One great thing about the Deluxe 90 is that you can play dub on it if you max the reverb and the bass in the clean channel. The sound is awesome, you can get clear, bell-like tones or dirty distortion and it never f---s up even at high volume. You need to know how to control feedback if you're gonna use the overdrive channel at maximum drive and maximum volume at the same time. Other than that, anyone can use this amp and sound brilliant.
If you don't know what sound your'e after, you can just mess around and you will find loads of good tones. If you do know what you want, it couldn't be easier, cos the tone controls are so sweetly sensitive. The one i've got doesn't have any digital effects built in, but you can get a deluxe 90 with this option. I played other amps like big Marshalls and Laneys when I was looking for an amp to buy and upgrade from my crappy old Peavey, but this amp stood out just because of it's great tone. In terms of ease of use, I think that it is pretty good all round.
I haven't had this amp very long so i dunno if it will last. It is well constructed, and it's a Fender after all, so I guess it'll endure.
Although this amp scored highly in most categories, I cannot forgive the poor performance in the most important category: sound quality. Even with the help of an equalizer pedal or a multi-effects pedal, this amp just cannot produce the neccesary bass for today's rock music. I recommend this amp only for blues players or anyone who won't be spending much time using distortion.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $499.99 (new)
Where Obtained: Mars Music
This mid-sized solid state amp features 3 channels: clean, drive, and more drive. It has a nice selection of built-in effects, 16 in all. Some of the effects are stacked in a few of the settings.
When played on the clean channel this amp sounds fantastic. With the help of the built-in reverb, you can get a nice, vintage fender sound for a reasonable price. This amp packs 90 watts, so it's not quiet. In overdriven situations this amp comes up very short. It produces almost no bass to speak of and can get kind of muddy with low tunings. This lack of bass could be because of the open back. Marshalls produce great bass and their backs are closed. Could there be a connection? Pehaps. The sound quality can be improved with the help a of multi-efffects pedal.
This amp is quite straightforward. It doesn't take very much time at all to get the right settings. No complaints here. Did I mention that it comes with a floor switch pedal?
I haven't had it very long, but it hasn't had any trouble. It, like all fender amps, has a tough exterior. It's about as durable an amp as I've played. The grille is kind of coming off; it's loose. That's my only complaint.
Beautiful amp. I highly recommend it. I don't believe that you could find a better amp within the price range. Pick one up and play away!
Model Year: 2001
Price: $375.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Local music store
Dyna-touch series. Solid State - 90 watts. One 12" Celestion speaker - this amp can get LOUD. Dual Selectable Channels (Normal and Drive). 33lbs. Pretty simple really - but it sounds great. The overdrive is somewhat weak - useful but youd probably need a good distortion pedal.
I play with a Fender Toronado (amazing guitar!) and it sounds incredible. I am a musician of varied taste and I can play anything through this amp. It is loud enough and has good enough sound-quality to play a small gig - a club or bar etc. The louder you put it - the better it sounds. About the best you can get for a very reasonable price.
Doesn't take much. Mess around for a few minutes and you'll get whatever sound youre looking for.
I've had it for about 3 years and I havent had a single problem yet - still going strong.
I got this amp when I first started and I was looking at alot of fender solid states. I bought a floor model which was about a month old and never used for about $75 cheaper. I chose this because it was the biggest of the rest and I didn't feel like upgrading to a different amp after a few years. I don't think I would buy this again if it were stolen I would probably get a marshall tube amp or a marshall ATV or something along that lines because I love the distortion on those amps. In closing if you play smaller gigs or just with friends and want to dish out a little extra for a pedal if you want a nice crunch sound get this amp. It is a cheap way to get a nice loud sound that could fill up a nonprofessional gig.
Model Year: 2000
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
This is amp is a monster. It is solid state and is an extremely loud amp. I once by accident put on 7 volume and when I turned it on my ears rung for about an hour. This is a great live amp but for practicing quietly it is not great. You can either get really low volume where you can't hear anything or really loud. It takes alot of tweaking to get a decent volume. There aren't a great amount of features and it is very hard to get the sound you would like to get. It comes with a pedal to switch from clean to distortion to overdrive.
This is one of the nicest clean amps I've ever played. It is great for clean jazz or blues. The distortion is good for certain things such as jazz and blues but if you want to play rock you can't get a good crunch like a Marshall. The music you play really depends on if this amp will benefit you or not. I haven't run any pedals through this amp but I might get a distortion pedal to see if I can get some crunch out of it. I have a mexican strat which I use but I know it is not the problem with the lack of crunch.
It is relatively easy to use but I spend alot of time tweaking knobs for the sound I want and it can become a pain. It's not programmable just a simple solid state amp.
Very durable. I take this out alot and it doesn't have a mark. I could sell it for new and no one would notice.
I have had the opportunity to play through a number of different Fender amps over the years and have always loved them. But I've never owned anything bigger than a practice amp. When I went shopping for an amp this time, I wanted something that was of a reasonable cost (no more than $400) but would still be big enough and loud enough that I would have no reason to feel uncomfortable or embarrassed if I got together with some guys for a jam. I think this amp suits the bill nicely.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $400.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Instrumental Music, Ventura, CA
One 12 inch Celestion speaker; 90 watts of power; clean channel has usual tone controls; drive/more drive channel, too. Reverb is not as loopy as some Fenders, but still pretty impressive. Includes foot switch for drive/more drive. Solid state.
What can I say -- it's a Fender. It's got a good, sharp sound and with the more drive on and the drive control set to 10, the distroration is just that typical Fender shreaded speaker sound -- nice and dirty. Because of my range of interest in music (blues, rock, alternative, country, rockabilly), I wanted an amp that would give me that sort of range. I think this does it. And at 90 watts, I think I could play a number of small clubs with this amp just fine -- if I were in a band. I've never taken this thing above four on volume. It's just way to loud to play around the house at anything above 2. I usually keep it at a comfortable 1.5.
This is just a Fender amp with the usual tone controls and volume, etc. The foot switch would be nice if I were gigging.
There is no reason to think this amp couldn't handle the rigors of the road. The workmanship seems quite good. So far I haven't seen anything about it that would cause me concern.
My friend left this at my house while he went away on vacation! I dabbled with every setting on this thing and loved it. Its really an amazing amp, but i'm sure it is seriously expensive.
Where Obtained: Friend
Three channels here (normal, Drive, more drive). Has Dyna-touch circuitry and great sounding celestion speakers. 90 watt power rating makes it suitable for club gigs such.
Definetly fender. Crisp and bright on the clean channel. The drive channel gives you a bluesy overdrive that borders on the weak side while the more drive channel just pours it on. Believe it or not, the heavy gain doesn't sound so bad, but its no marshall.
Just like any other solid state amp.
One of the input jacks is falling apart.