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  • All-tube preamp and power amp
  • Power: 40W
  • 12" special-design Eminence speaker
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It's back—with the same warm tone, unique circuitry, and vintage-style features and looks.

The Fender Blues Deluxe Reissue 40W 1x12" Combo Amp rocks — and not just for the blues! In 1993 Fender released the Blues series amps to great success and acclaim. These modern versions of vintage Fender amps from the '50s improved those designs with channel switching and reverb, while retaining the vintage style and tone. When the series was updated, the extremely popular Hot Rod series was born and became a new standard in tube amplification. Now Fender has brought back the Blues designs to satisfy the increasing number of enthusiasts who continue to request the warm tone, unique circuitry and vintage-style features and look of the original versions.

The Blues Deluxe Reissue, a reinterpretation of the classic Deluxe amp with a tube complement of three 12AX7s and two 6L6s produces 40W of air-moving power through a 12" Eminence special-design speaker. It has Normal and Drive channels with independent Gain and Master for the Drive channel and a Bright switch for Normal channel. It also has an effects loop, reverb, presence, master volume, three-band EQ and Standby switch. Original Blues series styling includes a chrome control panel, vintage chicken head knobs, and, of course, genuine tweed covering.

Features

  • All-tube preamp and power amp
  • Power: 40W
  • 12" special-design Eminence speaker
  • Dual selectable channels (Normal and Drive)
  • Independent Gain and Master controls in the Drive channel
  • Bright switch for Normal channel
  • Effects loop
  • Reverb
  • Chrome panel
  • Vintage chicken-head knobs
  • Controls: Presence, Reverb, Master, Middle, Bass, Treble, Drive select switch, Drive, Volume, Bright, Standby
  • Genuine tweed covering
  • Tube complement: three 12AX7, two 6L6, SS rectifier
  • Includes footswitch

You loved the tone the first time around, and now you've got a second chance to pick one up. Order Now!

 

Blues Deluxe Reissue 40W 1x12" Combo Amp Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 23-1/2"W x 18-3/4"H x 10-1/2"D
  • Weight: 45 lb.
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FenderBlues Deluxe Reissue 40W 1x12" Combo Amp
 
4.8

(based on 133 reviews)

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92%

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Pros

  • Easy to use (11)
  • Excellent sound (11)
  • Good power output (11)
  • Warm / comfy (11)
  • Portable (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Outdoor events / games (8)
    • Performances (8)
    • Amateur recording (4)
    • Home studio (4)
    • Professional recording (3)
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      • Experienced (10)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    THE SECRET TO AWESOME TONE FROM THIS AMP

    I have a spare room full of vintage Marshall and Fender amps. I've been a tone hound for 40 years. I make a living playing top 40 classic rock and modern country. I...Read complete review

    I have a spare room full of vintage Marshall and Fender amps. I've been a tone hound for 40 years. I make a living playing top 40 classic rock and modern country. I LOVE this amp. I love how it looks, sounds, holds up, is easy to repair, costs so little, fit's in my trunk, doesn't break my back, needs no modifications, is louder than I'll ever need, and I love that it's a Fender.
    I bought this amp because I needed an amp I wouldn't be afraid to use in a club. My vintage amps stay at home!
    This is the most popular club amp right now, and was a big reason as to why I dared to buy one. Listening to some You Tube videos was another reason. I bought it used and for cheap, and so I figured I could always sell it for little to no loss if I didn't like it. Out here in this desert town we don't have music stores that carry this amp. I would have had to drive a hundred miles to test one out.
    But it wasn't love at first strum! I thought the harshness made the amp unusable. I was livid. "Cheap Fender modern junk!" But I'm a tinkerer at heart, and so I just kept twisting knobs trying to get a decent tone out of it. It drove me nuts, because no setting sounded anywhere near pleasing.
    What I finally figured out, after about a twenty hours of tinkering, is that it's not a harsh amp AT ALL, but instead, a very BRIGHT amp. That's how some vintage amps are. And that brightness sounds like harshness to us modern amp players who are so very used to having our guitar tone knobs on 10 all the time that we can't even begin to imagine it could be the cause of harsh tones. THE TRICK (you are so fortunate to be learning this) to loving this amp is to actually adjust the tone knobs on your guitar!
    Who would have thought? IMPORTANT, turning down the treble on the amp doesn't cure the harshness! Leave the treble knob at 5, and use your guitar's tone knobs instead. Start at zero, strum a chord and then slowly turn the guitar's tone knob up until it sounds like the virtual blanket has been removed from the amp. You'll find that it's close to only 3 or 4! Shocking!
    Once I learned to actually use my guitar's tone knobs, the amp lost all it's harshness! In fact, what an awesome feature, for now my tone knobs are actually useful! What a concept! It's a whole new plateau. Like discovering whammy bars. So cool!
    I did try a cheap power soak attenuater on it, and it did wonderful things for the amp. It instantly sounded very vintage, like a 1958 Fender tweed Deluxe. If all I played was blues I would use the amp just like that...full volume! The harshness was gone and the mids shined like a vintage tweed. I didn't even need to close my eyes to think I was playing through a fifties tweed deluxe.
    But a stand alone 50's tweed deluxe is not going to work on 3/4 of the songs we do, and so I whipped out the Boss ME-50. Oh my gosh! Pure tonal bliss! I now set the amp to it's normal channel, tone knobs to 5 and presence around 3, a touch of reverb and then set the volume to only 2. I BOOST the volume with the ME-50. This is pure magic! The amp is dead silent when I'm not playing, and when I am playing, the sound it incredible. Beautiful traditional vintage Fender clean tones and then with the Tube Screamer I have S.R.V. creamy solos, and nice crunchy chords. Switching to an MXR Distortion+ or Pro-Co Rat, and I hear very deep tight bass when making palm muted crunchy chords! Yes, DEEP TIGHT BASS! For a while I didn't think the amp was even nearly capable of it, but set up like this, the bass was shockingly rich. Heavy metal on a tweed??? Almost! I wouldn't be afraid to do a Judas Priest cover with it, but no, I wouldn't recommend this amp for a ferocious metal band.
    A Tube Screamer is the way to go here, and boost that signal! But the noise gate and compressor are also part of the magic, although not nearly as important. Try a Power Soak if you like vintage tweed tones.
    Use your guitar's tone knobs, a Tube Screamer with the level cranked. Oh and set the tone knobs on the amp all to 5. That's where I like them.
    Wow! The guitar's tone knobs! I always thought the tone knobs on my guitars where there just in case I wanted to play some cocktail jazz! LOL
    My amp is about 5 years old, dirty, sticky, torn, beat up, ripped and smells like a bar, but it's completely original down to the factory tubes and speaker.
    The Boss ME-50 works great with this amp. The other guitar player in our band has a $3000 amp and a $2000 pedal board. He laughed at my cheap rig until he heard it. My set up sounds way better in all way and is far more reliable. He marvels at my clean tone, bass and silence when not being played. When I solo, the band room is filled with glorious tube amp sonic bliss. The sound seems to ooze from the walls. That's one other really great thing about the stock factory speaker. It disperses the sound well.
    What else? Set it flat on the floor. Use a rug if the floor is concrete. Don't set it on stands or risers. Don't tilt it back.
    Use the number 1 input. Using the number 2 input just makes the amp noisier between songs.
    It has an effects loop! No doubt an EH Holy Grail Reverb would sound awesome in there.
    There's a jack for a second cabinet! I bet a second cabinet would be great.
    No need to modify anything. The drive channel is shockingly weak. Maybe 5db of boost. Maybe someone can make that better. It's definitely only good for the bluesiest blues guys. The Tube Screamer is a match made in heaven for this amp. I normally hate Tube Screamers because they are too weak, but with this amp it works. Endless sustain, sweet feedback, focused and tight solos, warm crunchy chords, cleans up nicely when the volume is rolled back down. Just make sure to crank the volume (not gain) on the Tube Screamer way up, and leave it on. Turn it off only between songs because you won't have much volume with it off. If that doesn't work for you, then get a clean boost. Better yet, use a Boss ME-50. I love mine. It does it at. 50 effects all in one pedal! It doesn't sound good with a cranked amp, but on a clean tube amp.....it's magic.
    Since I'm giving away all my secrets, lol, nothing beats a guitar that is properly tuned and intonated. After 40 years of playing I am still mastering these things. Nothing has done more for my tone than learning how to properly adjust and maintain my guitar. A guitar is like a vintage race car. If one can get it to run right, it's awesome to drive, but it's not going to run right for long, it needs constant adjustments and fine tuning. 90% of guitars are intonated poorly. That's my opinion. When my guitar is properly intonated and tuned it's an awesome moment. Tuners only get you half way there. The rest is by ear.
    Don't fall for boutique guitar cords. Buy the kind you can step on a thousand times. I use 25 foot cords I bought back in the 1980's! I've had to resolder the connectors but they still sound great and cost maybe only twenty dolars back in the day.
    Dimarzio HS-3s pickups sound great and are very versatile. My Strat has three of them.
    Pickup height is so important! Too close and they screw up your intonation! Too far and they loose gain and clarity. It's an art. Also, they all need to be balanced. With the strings fretted at the 22nd fret....important!.....I set the poles on the upper and lower E strings 0.070" away from their respective pole pieces. I use two Fender medium picks sandwiched as a 0.070" feeler gauge. That's the magic spot for me. It makes all the difference in the world.
    Make sure your nut is set up right. Do you even know how far your strings are from your first fret when you fret your second fret? I didn't think so! Your guitar will play like a dream with a new nut that's been properly filed. Learn how to do it yourself.
    There are many new bridges on the market.Especially for the Tele and Strat. The stock Fender bridge ain't all that. Find one that locks the saddles in place after they are adjusted.
    Top and polish your frets often. The difference it makes is incredible.
    Don't use petroleum distillates on your guitar. They're poisonous! Not all Lemon Oils are the same. Read the label. Don't use poisonous oils. Think! Your fingers absorb the oils. I use cooking oils on my maple neck. It takes very little to make a neck slippery as butter, and taste delicious.
    Use a dishwash sponge scrubby side to roughen up the back of your guitar's neck. This too makes the neck slippery. Do it often. Your hand will polish out the neck again in just weeks and then will feel sticky again.
    Amp sounds bad? May be your home's voltage! Slight voltage changes can really alter tone. Know your voltages.
    Keep your nut's string grooves cleaned and lubricated!
    Learn to sing.
    Don't use drugs.
    Don't work a job you hate forever.
    Call your mom often.
    Good bye!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    mediocre

    I've owned this amplifier for more than two years now and it really isn't as great as the reviews portray it. The constantly appearing topic of discussion is the linear taper. The older non-reissue...Read complete review

    I've owned this amplifier for more than two years now and it really isn't as great as the reviews portray it. The constantly appearing topic of discussion is the linear taper. The older non-reissue blue deluxe amps where the same way, so I suppose its accurate as far as that goes. This taper causes the amps volume to noticeably jump from "faint bedroom volume" to "drum set noise canceling volume" right after 2 on the 1 too 12 fender volume pot. With the premature volume jump in mind, the clean channel on this amp can sound quite tasty when turned up around 3. I really have no complaints as far as the clean channel goes. The overdrive channel however... very disappointing. Its simply not manageable. Lets put it this way, if you like Keith Richards and want to sound like Keith Richards 24/7 this is the amp for you. The drive dial doesn't do a whole lot to the od sound unless its turned all the way left, off. The od is too muddy to sound like a breaking up clean and not dirty enough to sound... good. the quality of the od is nothing to brag about as well, its very muddy. Despite all the negativity the spring reverb is magnificent. One of the recent no so serious problems is the stock speaker. It kind of breaks up for a couple minutes when I turn the amp on. The fender blues deluxe reissue is a chunk; be sure to hit the gym before you go out and buy.

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    5.0

    Great Amp!

    By leejjohn

    from Massachusetts

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    Pros

    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Clubs Gigging
      • Live performance
      • Performances

      Comments about Fender Blues Deluxe Reissue 40W 1x12" Combo Amp:

      This is a great sounding amp. Very warm and clear sound on the clean channel. Great Fender clean sound with anywhere from hint of blues to full on Blues tones.
      This is not an amp you simply plug in and it sounds great. You have to work it in terms of settings on both the amp and your guitar to dial in a great sound, but it is worth the fiddling. I found if you cut the tone knob on your guitar it helps a lot.
      The dirty channel doesn't sound as good as the clean channel with a tube screamer, but it's not bad at all. I found that if I dial in the amp and leave it alone I can change my tone using the TS-9 for anything from jazz to soul/blues to classic rock.
      The stock speaker can sound a little harsh initially, but it does mellow as it breaks in. After about 30 or 40 hours it sounded pretty good. Still, mostly as a matter of preference I replaced it with a CRex and holy cow what a difference! Sounds good stock when broken in, but is almost tonal bliss with the CRex.
      I play American Std Tele and Strats and it's like they were made for this amp. I can get really good country, jazz, rock and yes Blues tones. Not the amp for heavy rock or metal guys though.

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      5.0

      Premium amplifier: "REAL" Soul of Tone

      By Ben

      from Lodi, NJ

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Fender Blues Deluxe Reissue 40W 1x12" Combo Amp:

        Great for that classic rock sound. As usual, the cleans are top notch. Works great with a volume box, wherein I can really drive the amp without disturbing the household or the neighbors. It really is a back to basics tube amp which I really like. Personally, tweed look is also a plus. I chose this over the Fender Reverb deluxe. Thank you Fender!!!

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Incredible amp

        By PhillyBluesKid

        from Philadelphia, PA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Fender Blues Deluxe Reissue 40W 1x12" Combo Amp:

            I've owned this amp for just under three years. The thing is absolutely wonderful. I play a Fender mex tele through it. So much warmth. I read another review about the overdrive channel being weak. That is just not true. There is a slight learning curve to it, but nothing anyone with a little patience can't figure out. You just have to have the right ratio of drive level to volume and you can get some seriously killer blues tones out of it.
            I suppose the only con to this amp, if you can even call it a bad thing, is that it is ridiculously loud and powerful. I have only ever had it past 4 o'clock on the 0-12 volume and that was at an outdoor gig. At home, 2-3 works fine and it is still loud enough to cut through drums.
            The bottom line here is the tone. Wow. If you know what you're doing and you mess with the knobs, you can get some incredible tones out. I bought mine used, but with everything stock. One of the best purchases I've ever made. No regrets.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Yeah, it's the real deal.

            By Dave Herman

            from Santa Fe, NM

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Mess With The Neighbor
            • Portable
            • Powerful

            Cons

            • Mess With The Neighbor

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Mess With The Neighbor
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Fender Blues Deluxe Reissue 40W 1x12" Combo Amp:

            This amp has the great tube warmth...but really strong. Just a little dark, in a good way. The two channels aren't too far apart, which is good for switching between rhythm and lead, but not overdrive. Have to use a pedal. This amp sounds better than I expected. This amp has a really strong bass without booming and really open airy mids and a powerful high end. This amp is loud, but the volume is pretty easy to manage. I consider this a bargain. If I had to do outdoor gigs without a pa system, I'd get an extension cab. I'd buy another if I lost this one.

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            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            BOUGHT A LEVEL 1, WAS A 3, KEPT IT!

            By Lunk

            from Colorado Springs, CO

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            Ask me a question

            Pros

            • Bluesman's Amp
            • Cool looking
            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • It Will Rock You
            • Portable
            • Powerful
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • None - Maybe Reverb

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Great Gig Amp
            • Home Studio
            • Mobile DJ
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Fender Blues Deluxe Reissue 40W 1x12" Combo Amp:

            I ALREADY BOUGHT A LIMITED EDITION SMOKEY TWEED ONE NEW, SO THIS IS NUMBER TWO. DOES THAT SAY ENOUGH? I COULD HAVE SENT IT BACK BECAUSE IT WAS CRACKED ON THE BOTTOM SIDE PANEL WHERE IT MEETS THE FLOOR PANEL. THE SHIPPER WAS PACKED POORLY AND IT GOT ROUGHED UP BAD THIS TIME. I JUST REPAIRED IT BECAUSE THE ELECTRONICS AND TUBES WERE FINE EVEN BEFORE I FIXED IT! SO IT WILL BE TOUGH AS A GIG AMP, AND IT'S LOUD, CLEAR, AND WARM.

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            (8 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            mediocre

            By peter

            from springfield, mo

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Fender Cleans
            • Great Spring Reverb

            Cons

            • Linear Taper Volume Jump
            • Poor Overdrive Quality
            • Unmanageable Overdrive

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Performances

            Comments about Fender Blues Deluxe Reissue 40W 1x12" Combo Amp:

            I've owned this amplifier for more than two years now and it really isn't as great as the reviews portray it. The constantly appearing topic of discussion is the linear taper. The older non-reissue blue deluxe amps where the same way, so I suppose its accurate as far as that goes. This taper causes the amps volume to noticeably jump from "faint bedroom volume" to "drum set noise canceling volume" right after 2 on the 1 too 12 fender volume pot. With the premature volume jump in mind, the clean channel on this amp can sound quite tasty when turned up around 3. I really have no complaints as far as the clean channel goes. The overdrive channel however... very disappointing. Its simply not manageable. Lets put it this way, if you like Keith Richards and want to sound like Keith Richards 24/7 this is the amp for you. The drive dial doesn't do a whole lot to the od sound unless its turned all the way left, off. The od is too muddy to sound like a breaking up clean and not dirty enough to sound... good. the quality of the od is nothing to brag about as well, its very muddy. Despite all the negativity the spring reverb is magnificent. One of the recent no so serious problems is the stock speaker. It kind of breaks up for a couple minutes when I turn the amp on. The fender blues deluxe reissue is a chunk; be sure to hit the gym before you go out and buy.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Amazing blues amp!!!!

            By Garret108

            from Marietta,GA

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            Ask me a question

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Fender Blues Deluxe Reissue 40W 1x12" Combo Amp:

              This amp can do anything from jazz to rock. This amp is so clean you can hear every single string in a chord. The fender blues deluxe also takes pedals as if they were part of the amp. With pedals this amp can even play metal music. I recently purchased this amp and was pleased with it the moment i turned it on. Only Bad thing is it weighs about 50 pounds and the reverb is not enough for my surf music. But for anything other than surf guitar this reverb is more than adequate.

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Awesome Amp!

              By Rayntree

              from Leesburg, VA

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Good Warmth
              • Portable
              • Powerful

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Performances

                Comments about Fender Blues Deluxe Reissue 40W 1x12" Combo Amp:

                Great tone - crips cleans, breaks up nicely on the drive channel, seems to like pedals, and has great reverb. Easy to dial a good tone - simple, non-nonsense panel. Reasonably light for such a powerful (loud) amp. I fell in love with it as soon as I played one, and had to have it! Nothing else (except maybe the DeVille 4x10) even came close!

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                (69 of 79 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                THE SECRET TO AWESOME TONE FROM THIS AMP

                By SuperLead

                from Yucca Valley, California

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • Affordable
                • Bright
                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Good Warmth
                • Looks
                • Portable
                • Powerful
                • Repairable

                Cons

                • Weak Overdrive Sounds

                Best Uses

                • Bars
                • Blues
                • Clubs
                • Country
                • Events
                • Rock

                Comments about Fender Blues Deluxe Reissue 40W 1x12" Combo Amp:

                I have a spare room full of vintage Marshall and Fender amps. I've been a tone hound for 40 years. I make a living playing top 40 classic rock and modern country. I LOVE this amp. I love how it looks, sounds, holds up, is easy to repair, costs so little, fit's in my trunk, doesn't break my back, needs no modifications, is louder than I'll ever need, and I love that it's a Fender.
                I bought this amp because I needed an amp I wouldn't be afraid to use in a club. My vintage amps stay at home!
                This is the most popular club amp right now, and was a big reason as to why I dared to buy one. Listening to some You Tube videos was another reason. I bought it used and for cheap, and so I figured I could always sell it for little to no loss if I didn't like it. Out here in this desert town we don't have music stores that carry this amp. I would have had to drive a hundred miles to test one out.
                But it wasn't love at first strum! I thought the harshness made the amp unusable. I was livid. "Cheap Fender modern junk!" But I'm a tinkerer at heart, and so I just kept twisting knobs trying to get a decent tone out of it. It drove me nuts, because no setting sounded anywhere near pleasing.
                What I finally figured out, after about a twenty hours of tinkering, is that it's not a harsh amp AT ALL, but instead, a very BRIGHT amp. That's how some vintage amps are. And that brightness sounds like harshness to us modern amp players who are so very used to having our guitar tone knobs on 10 all the time that we can't even begin to imagine it could be the cause of harsh tones. THE TRICK (you are so fortunate to be learning this) to loving this amp is to actually adjust the tone knobs on your guitar!
                Who would have thought? IMPORTANT, turning down the treble on the amp doesn't cure the harshness! Leave the treble knob at 5, and use your guitar's tone knobs instead. Start at zero, strum a chord and then slowly turn the guitar's tone knob up until it sounds like the virtual blanket has been removed from the amp. You'll find that it's close to only 3 or 4! Shocking!
                Once I learned to actually use my guitar's tone knobs, the amp lost all it's harshness! In fact, what an awesome feature, for now my tone knobs are actually useful! What a concept! It's a whole new plateau. Like discovering whammy bars. So cool!
                I did try a cheap power soak attenuater on it, and it did wonderful things for the amp. It instantly sounded very vintage, like a 1958 Fender tweed Deluxe. If all I played was blues I would use the amp just like that...full volume! The harshness was gone and the mids shined like a vintage tweed. I didn't even need to close my eyes to think I was playing through a fifties tweed deluxe.
                But a stand alone 50's tweed deluxe is not going to work on 3/4 of the songs we do, and so I whipped out the Boss ME-50. Oh my gosh! Pure tonal bliss! I now set the amp to it's normal channel, tone knobs to 5 and presence around 3, a touch of reverb and then set the volume to only 2. I BOOST the volume with the ME-50. This is pure magic! The amp is dead silent when I'm not playing, and when I am playing, the sound it incredible. Beautiful traditional vintage Fender clean tones and then with the Tube Screamer I have S.R.V. creamy solos, and nice crunchy chords. Switching to an MXR Distortion+ or Pro-Co Rat, and I hear very deep tight bass when making palm muted crunchy chords! Yes, DEEP TIGHT BASS! For a while I didn't think the amp was even nearly capable of it, but set up like this, the bass was shockingly rich. Heavy metal on a tweed??? Almost! I wouldn't be afraid to do a Judas Priest cover with it, but no, I wouldn't recommend this amp for a ferocious metal band.
                A Tube Screamer is the way to go here, and boost that signal! But the noise gate and compressor are also part of the magic, although not nearly as important. Try a Power Soak if you like vintage tweed tones.
                Use your guitar's tone knobs, a Tube Screamer with the level cranked. Oh and set the tone knobs on the amp all to 5. That's where I like them.
                Wow! The guitar's tone knobs! I always thought the tone knobs on my guitars where there just in case I wanted to play some cocktail jazz! LOL
                My amp is about 5 years old, dirty, sticky, torn, beat up, ripped and smells like a bar, but it's completely original down to the factory tubes and speaker.
                The Boss ME-50 works great with this amp. The other guitar player in our band has a $3000 amp and a $2000 pedal board. He laughed at my cheap rig until he heard it. My set up sounds way better in all way and is far more reliable. He marvels at my clean tone, bass and silence when not being played. When I solo, the band room is filled with glorious tube amp sonic bliss. The sound seems to ooze from the walls. That's one other really great thing about the stock factory speaker. It disperses the sound well.
                What else? Set it flat on the floor. Use a rug if the floor is concrete. Don't set it on stands or risers. Don't tilt it back.
                Use the number 1 input. Using the number 2 input just makes the amp noisier between songs.
                It has an effects loop! No doubt an EH Holy Grail Reverb would sound awesome in there.
                There's a jack for a second cabinet! I bet a second cabinet would be great.
                No need to modify anything. The drive channel is shockingly weak. Maybe 5db of boost. Maybe someone can make that better. It's definitely only good for the bluesiest blues guys. The Tube Screamer is a match made in heaven for this amp. I normally hate Tube Screamers because they are too weak, but with this amp it works. Endless sustain, sweet feedback, focused and tight solos, warm crunchy chords, cleans up nicely when the volume is rolled back down. Just make sure to crank the volume (not gain) on the Tube Screamer way up, and leave it on. Turn it off only between songs because you won't have much volume with it off. If that doesn't work for you, then get a clean boost. Better yet, use a Boss ME-50. I love mine. It does it at. 50 effects all in one pedal! It doesn't sound good with a cranked amp, but on a clean tube amp.....it's magic.
                Since I'm giving away all my secrets, lol, nothing beats a guitar that is properly tuned and intonated. After 40 years of playing I am still mastering these things. Nothing has done more for my tone than learning how to properly adjust and maintain my guitar. A guitar is like a vintage race car. If one can get it to run right, it's awesome to drive, but it's not going to run right for long, it needs constant adjustments and fine tuning. 90% of guitars are intonated poorly. That's my opinion. When my guitar is properly intonated and tuned it's an awesome moment. Tuners only get you half way there. The rest is by ear.
                Don't fall for boutique guitar cords. Buy the kind you can step on a thousand times. I use 25 foot cords I bought back in the 1980's! I've had to resolder the connectors but they still sound great and cost maybe only twenty dolars back in the day.
                Dimarzio HS-3s pickups sound great and are very versatile. My Strat has three of them.
                Pickup height is so important! Too close and they screw up your intonation! Too far and they loose gain and clarity. It's an art. Also, they all need to be balanced. With the strings fretted at the 22nd fret....important!.....I set the poles on the upper and lower E strings 0.070" away from their respective pole pieces. I use two Fender medium picks sandwiched as a 0.070" feeler gauge. That's the magic spot for me. It makes all the difference in the world.
                Make sure your nut is set up right. Do you even know how far your strings are from your first fret when you fret your second fret? I didn't think so! Your guitar will play like a dream with a new nut that's been properly filed. Learn how to do it yourself.
                There are many new bridges on the market.Especially for the Tele and Strat. The stock Fender bridge ain't all that. Find one that locks the saddles in place after they are adjusted.
                Top and polish your frets often. The difference it makes is incredible.
                Don't use petroleum distillates on your guitar. They're poisonous! Not all Lemon Oils are the same. Read the label. Don't use poisonous oils. Think! Your fingers absorb the oils. I use cooking oils on my maple neck. It takes very little to make a neck slippery as butter, and taste delicious.
                Use a dishwash sponge scrubby side to roughen up the back of your guitar's neck. This too makes the neck slippery. Do it often. Your hand will polish out the neck again in just weeks and then will feel sticky again.
                Amp sounds bad? May be your home's voltage! Slight voltage changes can really alter tone. Know your voltages.
                Keep your nut's string grooves cleaned and lubricated!
                Learn to sing.
                Don't use drugs.
                Don't work a job you hate forever.
                Call your mom often.
                Good bye!

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                5.0

                Blackface in tweed suit

                By Lutedog

                from Jacksonville, fl

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Good Warmth
                • Powerful
                • Unreal Cleans

                Cons

                • Backbreaker Heavy
                • Fing Loud

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Performances

                Comments about Fender Blues Deluxe Reissue 40W 1x12" Combo Amp:

                This is not a tweed, sonically. I don't care what Fender's website says. If you are looking for the tweed Deluxe sound, a la Neil Young, look elsewhere. Basically, this is a half-power twin reverb, with channel switching, minus the tremolo. It has great bass, and clear highs. Midrange, by default is slightly scooped--very blackface. Warmth is there. And when you crank the volume on the normal channel, you get oh so subtle compression, with not a whole lot of breakup. Crazy country tones/Jerry Garcia tones. This is actually the amplifier that made me fall in love with fender amplification. It's just too much juice for most situations.

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