I bought this amp to retire a 1970 SF Twin Reverb, which is still in perfect working order. However, it is such a treasure to me that I don't want it out anymore. This amp also serves as a good front end (through the PowerAmp In) for my Pod xtPRO, so you can play around with modeling at home, if you want. I don't use modeling live, however. Just FX from the GT-8 through the front end. To be honest, this amp made playing "straight" so much fun that I've gotten away from modeling.
Model Year: 2006
Price: $699.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
I'm trying to make this an honest review for an amp that I think is FABULOUS. The three rating for features is because of the absence of separate channel EQ. However, I don't use it that way. I put a GT-8 in front of it (amp models off, just FX in use).
If I were not in a cover band, I would just use the clean and Drive channels. I wouldn't bother with the more drive at all. I love the sound of the clean/drive channels, and am not at all bothered by the lack of separate EQ, personally. That's why I'm surprised by the "2 star" review. I really feel it has to be countered by another old fart who owns a 1970 SF Twin Reverb.
It has the classic fender clean. The drive channel sounds wonderful, like pushed tubes. However, don't max the drive level, or you'll get garbage.
I have to admit I don't understand the reason for the "more drive channel, which starts out as garbage and gets worse. Again, if you're into that, get pedals, but KEEP THE AMP.
If you can't use this amp as soon as you unpack it, go hide behind a rock.
I've only gigged with it twice since I've owned it. Consistently good sound both times.
It has the look, but it sure can't cook. The Emminence speakers need to go, at least have 2 EQ banks, throw away the stock Groove jugs and get the best you can afford. No headroom, distortion sounds like a cigar box, overdrive sounds were crap, reverb non-existent. Effects compound the problems. Give me an old Twin, or a Super any day. I am very unhappy with Fender over that amp. Bought brand new, used every week in live settings for a year. Not pro material.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $700.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Steam Music
The usual song and dance.
This was one of the cheesiest damn things Fender ever invented. The reverb was bogus, it had no headroom even after replacing those crappy Groove Tubes, and if you ran a Tube Screamer into it, it went to mush. Sharing the EQ for 3 channels was a cheap move, as I had to adjust EQ while I was playing live.It is a piece of crap Mexican made poop bucket, and Ill bet father Leo is rollin in his grave on that one!I used a Strat when reviewing this amp.
No... when you switch channels, what sounded good on one channel, sounded crappy on the next. It needs to have 2 EQ banks, instead of one.
Ran very hot at live shows where I ran it at about 5, on the volume, as it would mush up into caca if pushed any further.
Great amp. Beautiful clean tones. True, it weighs a ton. (It would be hard to move even on wheels!) But the tone is worth all the heavy lifting.
Model Year: 2001
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Very powerful amp. Careful -- I've had no problem getting heard even with volume on 1. Go to 4 or 5, and you'll peel the paint off the back wall. Beautiful clean sound, not as good for distortion (so use a pedal). Turn the reverb way up and you'll know why Fender is what it is.
Very very nice sound quality. Can't get the distorted sound I sometimes want, but an effect pedal suffices. But never mind the distortion. The clean tones are sweet, and when you soak the sound with reverb you get a cool 50's rockabilly Scotty Moore sound.
I traded a 2x12 Marshall JCM combo for this amp. The Deville crushed the Marshall in pretty much every catagory. I especially like the conrol knobs on the top pannel! Easy to read and adjust. This amp produces outstanding tone. It's very heavy but if someone walked off with it I would definately buy another.
Where Obtained: Used music equipment store just outside of DC that no longer exists
I've found this amp to be very versatile. It's a 60 watt 2x12 combo with a two button foot switch.It sounds great at any volume and is plenty loud for gigging. I do wish it was stereo for the extension speakers.
I play a PRS Single cut McArty, the '81 Gibson Custom Explorer, a G&L Skyhawk (2 single coil and 1 Humbucker). With the Explorer the amp gives alot of low end and a respectable amount of crunch but still lets the highs scream. The G&L gets a great single coil tone especailly the clean channel. The most crisp,truely clear tone I've heard. My PRS (well, let's face it would sound good through anthing) can achieve a true tone for nearly any style of electric guitar playing on this kick-ass combo.
This amp has strait forward twist knob operation. It can be tweaked with very little effort. The foot switch makes it very convenient. There is an Extra Distortion button that works pretty well as a boost for solos. So although it's a two channel amp, I use it like a three channel amp.
I bought my amp used about four years ago. I use it for both practice and gigging. It stands up very well and I've had no problems at all.
Tried it out at a store. loved it. have to get it!
Price: $0.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Tried at Store
Sweet! I loved the sound on this amp. Clean channel was crisp and clear with lots of headroom. OD channels were AWESOME. I love that Fender overdrive for blues. Its all in the tubes. i hope to own a tube amp soon!
Lots of buttons and knobs. a bit confusing at first.
I had a Line 6 and was not impressed I chose this amp because other than a vintage or custom shop amp (which I could not afford) this amps tone (clean) impressed me greatly. The down side is the drive channel, I think tube amps sound best overdriven from an outside scource. If your looking for a 2X12 tube combo with vintage tone, go with the real thing this amp is it.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $649.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
This all tube amp is well suited for many styles of music,and with 60w of power is more than adequite for most situations. The tone controls are top mounted and very easy to use.It does have channel switching,although I prefer using another scource for my overdrive.
I play a G&L Legacy with EMG SA-1 pickups through an original Crybaby, Boss DS-1 and Boss CE-5. I am primarily a rythym player(country/rock), but lately have been trying my hand at Blues and lead. The tone is very impressive in the clean channel and stay's clean at all volume level's.I wouldnt choose this amp for metal or grunge but most anything else it will handle. I do not care for the drive channel (I use my DS-1)it is abit down on tone.
This amp is not programable (thank goodness) and it is very easy to use and to get the tone only tubes can supply. I returned a Line 6 Flextone II to get this amp because no amp should require 100 page instructions on how to use. Let no one fool you there is no tone like quality tube tone.
This amp is brand new and seems to be of very high quality in construction and materials. The amp is hefty at 53.5 lbs but tube amps are all that way (at least the good ones). I think this heavy duty construction adds to the way theese amps perform. I can see no live situation that this amp could not handle except the largest venues, and in that situation a well placed mic is all you'll need.
I had plenty of other amps to choose from. I would have chosen this amp over any marshall or the likes. It is MY preference. You may like it as much as I do, but you have to try it to see, The only down side to this amp is the weight. And I can suffer throiugh the weight for the tones I get from this amp.I would purchase one new if I hadnt gotteb lucky to find one used.
Model Year: 1998
Where Obtained: private party
This amp has seperate clean and gain channels. It comes with a footswitch for channel switching. It has a a button for more gain. Iy is 60watts of all tube power. It is plenty of power for gigging.
The tone generated from this amp is fantastic. Glistening highs and nice warm mids and thundering lows. It is the "fender" clean tone. Crisp and clear!The distortion is great for a blues and classic rock style. But, I would recommend a distortion pedal for metal.
It is very easy to use. There are seperate volumes for each channel...reverb and a presence knob to distinguish you from other players!The volume knobs are very touchy. It doesnt take much for this amp to really scream. I practice with it on @2! When I play out or with friends it stays at 4 or below. Plenty of volume for any gig.
You might want to hire a roady cuz this puppy is heavy! I dont mind though, it sounds great. I have bumped it, dropped it banged it, and have had no problems whatsoever. Very durable in my opinion. I have owned it for 6 mos and havent had to re-tube it yet....