"The legendary Fendera amplifier, the Band-Master, has that beautiful Fender sound. It's known for its very clean sound, it always has, but different models were meant for different reasons. This one has a remarkable tone to it," explains Rene Martinez, the leading guitar technician for blues guitarist John Mayer.more
The Fender Bandmaster VM is my Fender of choice. Why? I searched my life for what we are all searching for: The clean Fender sound and a rocking driven rhythm and lead sound in ONE amp. This amp is one of the rare Fender models with a cool sounding lead channel. I don't like the usual fuzzy and brittle Fender sounds when they are cranked up. They work well with blues and soloing in these fields. But they do not rock. This one sounds more like a Marshall. It sounds like a Hot Rod DeLuxe on one side and The Who & Pixies on the other. Why do they not build them anymore? Because the Fender puritans and only-vintage-is-cool-guys hate Bandmasters VMs because of their digital effect section. The reverb, delay and Chorus are really good an fun but ... they are digital. Thats the reason why nobody bought it. So if you are religious with amps and guitars, you will may have a problem. If you prefer 300$ "boutique" pedals instead of a simple Boss Pedal or a tube screamer you may will not get warm with the Bandmaster. This amp want to be used, not to be polished and displayed. This is the best of both worlds amp i ever played. I have two of them and i'll keep them till Leo grabs me to lift me upwards. Get yourself one!