i really enjoy playing through this amp, at low to mid levels the clean is full and warm! the quality of the build seems pretty good, no complaints. it comes with a nice foot switch pedal for your two channels and reverb. oh it has a real spring reverb inside! huge plus! it comes in a bag that is screwed to the bottom of the amp. i wound up taking it out of the bag and just setting it inside the amp for now, ill screw it down soon. my only complaint is that it doesn't have the best clean headroom. this is a 40 watt amp so its absolutely loud. but the clean headroom dies out around 5 on the volume level. I'm pretty sure it just needs a better speaker than the stock one it comes with so ill be swapping that out eventually.
I run 2 of these Fender Amps with a Danelectro Reel Echo, splitting the main signal to the left and the delay signal to the right. It gives me a huge splapback sound that comes as close to Gliff Gallup (Gene Vincent) as it gets. I tossed away the amp covers, preferring to get that relic-ed look from night after night of touring. I've busted the cheap input jacks a few times from jumping up on the amps during performance, and kicking the guitar cable jack accidentally. Been wanting to replace the jacks with more sturdy all metal construction jacks... maybe Fender should consider the upgrade. Would gladly have paid a few extra dollars up front for a better quality part.
This is a made in Mexico reissue of the great Blues Deluxe amp. This a good amp if you're planning to use the clean channel as a platform then add your pedals of choice to make it scream. The clean here is a typical Fender clean : warm, chimey, intense... and the spring reverb is just.. wow. The are two major defaults in this amp : - The first would be the linear volume knob on the clean channel (makes a huuuuuuge jump of volume from 1 to 2) that can be fixed by changing the pot to a logarithmic one. - The second is the drive channel wich i find to be a disaster.
Also, note that it takes pedals like a champ !
I was in need for a small tube amp for my new apartment, then i found this, used, in mint conditions and in a really low cost. I played others others Hot Rod Deluxe before, but never a Blues Deluxe and in this one i really love the drive section that i usually avoid in my other amps. By the way it's so loud that i think i'm gonna use it for my gigs in small clubs instead of my main amp (Fender Deville Michael Landau)
This amp is rugged, heavy, and classy. It puts out a loud clean sound and has great features for drive and reverb. If you're up for lugging this around, I highly recommend this amp. I've been gigging with this amp for 5-6 years and it has never let me down.
When Fender says the Blues Deluxe is an autentic try of bring to this era the early's 50 tweed amps, they're saying the truth. Cristaline cleans, loud af, perfect to mess with the neightbour, but you have to deal with your tone knobs in the guitar to turn off a little bit of the treble boost that this amp have, just like the original tweedies Fender made.
Great amp with a great sound; it ranges from jazzy, glassy clean to pure rock 'n' roll grit and everything in between. No matter what you plug in or how you set the controls, it never compromises a warm, So-Cal surf vibe that you would expect from an amp like this.
The Fender Blues Deluxe is a great amp for the value conscious, but for me, it falls short of the classic Fender sound that it's attempting to invoke. I find that compared to the black and silver face ams of the 60's and 70's, the Blues Deluxe Reissue has far too much midrange, even with eq scooping and overall, a sound that lacks definition, particularly in the low frequencies, where it can sound "farty". Also, it has just two volume settings: Off and loud as fuck, which as an urban apartment dweller, can be problematic. I've managed to dial in a sound that I like by tweaking the preamp and eq on my Boss GT-5, but it's disappointing to not get that sound from the amp alone. I've also reduced power output on the clean channel by switching the 12AX7 preamp tube to a Sovtek 5751 and added a Volume Box from Carl's Custom Guitars in the effects loop that has mollified my neighbors concerns about noise. Next step will be to change the speaker and take it to Rootbeer Audio to have it gone over and possibly have them do something like a Frommel mod and upgrade the capacitors.