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Fender Blues Deluxe Reissue 40W 1x12" Combo Amp 

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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 customized 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 3 - 12AX7s and 2 - 6L6s produces 40W into a 12" Eminence special-design speaker with an all-tube preamp and power amp. 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, 3-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
  • 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: 3 x 12AX7, 2 x 6L6, SS rectifier
  • Includes footswitch
  • 23-1/2"W x 18-3/4"H x 10-1/2"D

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SPECIFICATIONS

Blues Deluxe Reissue 40W 1x12" Combo Amp

  • Dimensions: 23-1/2"W x 18-3/4"H x 10-1/2"D
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FenderBlues Deluxe Reissue 40W 1x12" Combo Amp
 
4.7

(based on 145 reviews)

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    (21)

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (21)
  • Easy to use (20)
  • Warm / comfy (20)
  • Excellent sound (18)
  • Portable (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (19)
  • Outdoor events / games (17)
  • Home studio (13)
  • Amateur recording (11)
  • Professional recording (11)
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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!

VS

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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(105 of 118 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

THE SECRET TO AWESOME TONE FROM THIS AMP

By SuperLead

from Yucca Valley, California

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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!

(15 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Blackface in tweed suit

By Lutedog

from Jacksonville, fl

About Me Experienced

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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.

(14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

FANTASTIC VALUE FOR FABULOUS TONE

By guitar man-Hlpoy

from cincinnati ohio

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

as a blues player the smoothness and tone is what i was looking for rock blues and country. you will be very happy you got it. great tone and worth every penny. it has become my number 1 for all venues.

(14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Yes, this is it

By A-Friend

from St. Louis

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

I was in the market for a tube amp for about a year before finally making this purchase. During that time, I played on many different combo amps and head units. I got this amp a few months ago and as soon I played my first notes on it, I was in love. Now that I'm out of the puppy love stage with it, I can give an honest review. The clean tone really is amazing, you have to hear it to comprehend it. The overdrive is crunchy, but takes a minute to dial in. It takes pedals really well. A ton of clean headroom. A really loud amp overall. I've gigged with it and it's been great. I could go on, but I don't want to waste any more of your time. Just go play it, if you like it, buy it, it won't let you down.

(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Just another great Fender.

By Jaystrings

from Upstate, SC

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

This is just another fine, fine Fender amp in a long line of fine amp products. Ok, so I like my 1973 Fender Deluxe Reverb better, so what? The DR has more reverb & maybe a few more sweet spots, but this one has more controls, volume, & tweed tones. It is a close competitor for country & blues. My 1991 Fender Vibro King is bigger, heavier, louder & came with a 50% greater price tag; but offers nothing more that I need. There is every reason to believe that this amp will hold up to all I can dish out, because every other Fender amp has over the last 25 years. Although it has more controls than I actually need to get some great tones, it's nice that they're there. One thing I've noticed also is that there is less "subtle hum" than any of my other Fenders OR my botique amps. A fun amp to enjoy at home or gigs; a relieable amp; a heavier [but not TOO heavy] amp than most of my others; an extremely versatile amp; & loud enough to work some volume & sonic changes with my guitar dial. And it looks fantastic all dressed out in those classic tweeds!! As amps go, it's a great value/ a true bargain. Don't be afraid to buy a used one; I'm not sure they can be worn out. THE perfect amp in the $500 - $1,000 range. None better.
I can't think of another feature I'd want on it. Maybe tremolo; but that's something I rarely use. It certainly isn't a dealbreaker - a pedal can solve that. There are plenty of knobs to dial; and the main thing I wanted that my great Blues Junior did not have was a standby switch. I play country, blues, & some jazz. This amp will do honor to all of these. It will dish out a larger helping of overdrive than I require, but the classic Fender warmth & grit are there for the music I play.
I got this amp used, but it looks & feels new. The ONLY thing I haven't been 100% satisfied with so far is the reverb. What's there is wonderful. I was expecting more lush/long hall levels when dialed to the max. It's a bit short of that. My Blues Junior had a bit more reverb. To be fair, this one has all I would ever require anyway.
Fender tube amps bring out the best in my guitars, especially my solidbody Cp Thorntons. I own amps that cost over twice as much as this one & they really are no better. In my opinion, they acrually are worth what THEY cost & Fender is the best value in the world of amps.

(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Amp I have EVER Had

By Derek Compton

from Republic MO

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

I bought this amp about a year ago. I have a total of 7 different amps and this is the best amp I have ever owned. My band (Cole Porter Band) mainly plays country music and this amp has a amazing sound for country. I am the lead guitarist and I wanted a amp that can get a country twang on one channel and a fat blues sound on another channel and this amp can get both. The clean channel on this amp has a very sweet/smooth tone to it that is very hard to beat. For the dirty channel, this amp does not get very dirty at all. It is a mild overdrive that is mainly for blues, jazz, country and classic rock styles. Not made to get heavy gain for a metal sound. My only complaint about this amp is that if your traveling on the road a lot, you must take care of the tweed on this amp. DO NOT sit drinks on it, or get it wet. The tweed on this amp is real and comes off easily if you don't take care of it. You might consider buying a road case for this amp also to keep the tweed from coming off. Other then that, I highly recommend this amp to blues, jazz, country, and classic rock guitar players.

(13 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Amp - Arrived Broken

By Eric Traphagen

from Chicago

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

I love this amp, I looked for years to find an amp with authentic clean sound, that could also get dirty and this amp hit the nail on the head. I can play music from U2 and Bruce Springsteen to songs like Hells Bells by AC/DC and they all sound great.

I thought I had gotten a great deal on this amp, but after having it for less than three weeks it started making a horrible high pitched screeching noise. I tried leaving it alone for a while but the problem persisted. It turned out the tubes were bad. I recommend the amp, it's great, but be cautious when you get it.

(12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Amp

By Nanomech

from Flint, MI

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Outputs will go

Best Uses

  • Small venues

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

I bought this amp back in the early 90's. I still have it and it still puts out great sound. I now let my son use it in his heavy metal band. He was like, "Wow! This is a blues amp?" 'Cause it is hot. And for only 40 watts, it will hang in any small venue.

One little thing, the output tubes will blow. And there's no rhyme or reason about how and when. So always carry a spare set.

(11 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

mediocre

By peter

from springfield, mo

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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.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fender Blues Deluxe Reissue

By Art Kusserow

from Georgia

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

I think this is a fantastic amp. I've gigged with it live for close to a year now. It fills up a huge train station/bar (with very high ceilings) at only 3 on the volume. I usually use the drive channel as opposed to the clean channel. Quite a few reviewers say they don't like the drive channel, or that it's not enough for leads, but I love it. It's a real gritty, in your face sound that you can't really find elsewhere. 'Mean and clean' is the best way I can describe it. This amp has plenty of punch, especially with the stock GT tubes. I swapped those out for JJs recently and was not as impressed. Even after biasing the amp at 91, the sound lost some bite and ferocity.

Overall a great amp.
This amp has just enough features to get the job done, without a lot of things I don't need.
Have owned and gigged with it for almost a year. It has fallen over several times in the back of my SUV. No problems.
After comparing several other combo and small watt head options, I feel I did pretty well.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Blues Reissue Dream Amp

By Jamman-jXVdp

from Sunny Florida

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

I've had the Blues Deluxe reissue for a few months now. I received the Amp in great shape with no issues. I set it up, WOW !!! As a Blues and Rock player,this Amp smokes. A deep and worm tone is what you get from this amp.It has a smooth and creamy tone at it's heart, bassy and little dark. BLUES are in it's soul. The distortion channel is good, but Fender is great for it's clean channel. Very nice crunch when you want it.True Fender clean sound you only get with a Fender.I play using LP's & Strat's. Great for both of these guitars.At home i've never put the volume past 3.It takes pedals well,although i don't use many. Guitar to Amp to ears.I want to hear what I play.Great sound comes from this amp.It shakes the house,neighbors complain.The wife leaves the house.This amp has more power than i'll ever use.For the price, a tube amp that's made well,looks good and is a classic Fender.I like it more than my M.For Blues,jazz and rock it's a excellent value.It's a keeper

(9 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Second Thoughts

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

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

My band covers anything from Patsy Cline to Led Zeppelin, so I needed something to be super-versatile with me. After using this amp for about 6 months, on stage, I've decided a few things... 1: The amp's distortion by itself isn't enough for hard soloing. 2: When using my footpedals, the amp's reverb isn't as "present" as I needed it. 3: I have to work hard to get sustain - the amp's sound is kinda "tiny" 4: I heard other people coplain about this, but on certain notes, the amp "rattles" sometimes... or what I said, "like little pieces of glass being dropped on the ground"... something about the pre-amp tubes? BUT besides all of that, it's a great amp :)

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

You won't be disapointed!

By Bodimach-oyAFT

from Denver

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

I've owned practically every Fender amp ever made in the past 46 years and this one definitely rates as one of the top 3. Quality holds up to playing over 100 gigs a year and all I have to do is replace tubes once a year.Fender got it right on this one. There is just a nicer feel to it over the Hot Rod Deluxe in my opinion.And the tweed covering just adds to the coolness of a vintage style amp. Mine is a 2007. My buddy has a mid 90s model and it keeps on rockin and rollin.Highly recomended.

(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best amp EVER!

By Brian Schoolcraft

from Bedford, TX

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

This amp is SWEET. Awesome tweedy tone. I play mostly classic rock and blues and it sounds great. My kid is a heavy metal head-banger and ran this amp with some of his footpedals, sounded great. I have read many stories about how loud this amp is, and it is true, you can shake the walls with this thing, but you can run it at bedroom levels and it still sounds fantastic. I bought an omnisonic box to tame it given what I have read and that was a complete waste of $20. Google this amp and you'll see plenty of folks that can tell you what settings to use to make the volume good for in home use. I don't think I'll ever buy another amp. This is the one.
I played on a Fender Blues Jr. for a couple of months, loved the sound, but I like the additional features of the Deluxe (especially the standby switch).
No issues so far.

(7 of 7 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.

(7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Don't waist your time looking for another amp

By J. Arntzen

from Kahoka, MO.

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

I have owned or played many amps over the years. Don't waist your time like I did, comparing many diff. amps. The tone is awsome. Buy this amp! It wont disapoint. If you need more drive or distortion, buy a pedal, you probably already have one anyway. And yes it is very LOUD!

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Fender amp available at this time....

By Sadhu

from Saint Louis, MO

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

I'm 55 years old and have been playing pro since I was 16. For 10 years (in the 80'), music was my full time job. Now I've owned 40 or 50 amps over the years... I lost count. Fenders, Ampegs, Peavey, Epiphone... you name it. This little guy is probably in the top 2 or 3 of all the amps I've owned! It sounds absolutely great, is very simple (that's MY preference), is light (under 50 pounds), and is a 'work horse'. In my opinion, this particular amp will "take you to retirement"... without having to spend one more dollar on another amp! Seriously. Hey, try to find a used one somewhere on the InterNet. They are HARD to find. Why? Because nobody wants to part with their Fender Deluxe reissue! Anyway, I'd highly recommend this guy to anyone who is looking for professional sound and dependability. You won't be sorry. And even if you didn't like it (and you WILL like it!), you can resell this guy for close to what you paid for it! Trust me, I went through 2 of these before I realized that this was, how do you say it.... "The Amp".

(6 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Not so much...

By Guitarplayer1971

from Cos Cob, CT

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Pros

  • Powerful

Cons

  • Poor Sound Quality

Best Uses

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

    I ended up returning this amplifier because I did not care for the tone. It just didn't sound quite right to me. I had purchased it as a back up to my Hot Rod Deluxe, but I find that I much prefer the sound of the Hot Rod Deluxe on both channels. Also, it is quite annoying that the dial labels are all facing the wrong way - as if you would be behind the amp when adjusting the levels, where almost all of the time you would be in front of the amp looking at upside down writing and numbers.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Love it! Just plain love it!

    By GuitarStudio187

    from Hopkinton, MA

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • My First Tube Amp At 40w
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

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

      Clean and powerful at 40W! I'm coming off of a 65W Solid State Fender. Give me the Fender Blues Deluxe (tubed amp) any day. More power than I'll ever need. I'm a guitar teacher and when my alumni (those who have graduated Berklee and NYU with degrees in music) come to visit me, they praise my choice of amps! It wasn't without much research, however. I was very discriminating on the amp I chose and the vendor I selected (Musician's Friend) to purchase it.

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Incredible amp

      By PhillyBluesKid

      from Philadelphia, PA

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      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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