Fender Blues DeVille
410 Reissue Amp Review!
Part of the retro tweed revolution that’s sweeping over is the Fender Blues DeVille, a modern amp inspired by one of the company’s classics.
The original Blues Deville established a following for itself because of its unique sound.
Two kinds of players have taken an interest in this reissue.
The first are ones who sold their original Blues Deville -- or tore it up -- and wished they still had it.
The second are players too young to have had one who’ve heard about the warm, true-tube tone of this model.
Fender has brought back several tweed amps to very good reviews, and this one gets all the same high marks.
And since its list price is about $1,400, you can find one at a good online retailer like Amazon for less than a thousand.
That puts it within grasp -- although maybe not within easy grasp -- of most serious, gigging musicians.
Fender's Guitar Amplifier isn’t a faithful reproduction of the original model.
It’s a reinterpretation that brings a generous 60 watts of power through four 10-inch Eminence speakers.
And since it’s based on a vintage tweed amp, you get true tube sound from real vacuum tubes. It features three 12AX7s and two 6L6s.
This two channel amp has a normal and drive channel, although some reviewers say the drive channel isn’t powerful enough.
That may be because they’re judging the sound by modern, high-distortion standards rather than gentler and more nuanced standards of yesterday.
It has an effects loop and reverb as well as presence, master volume, three-band EQ and a standby switch.
Along with the tweed covering, it has vintage-style chicken-head knobs and a chrome control panel.
A few reviewers pan this amp for being exceptionally bright and brittle sounding, but that is likely once again a judgment against the vintage tone rather than this model itself.
Some recommend replacing the relatively unimpressive speakers with something else, but simply choosing a more modern amp might be a better idea for those who don’t get this guy’s sound.
While the reissue Blues DeVille is perfect for playing the blues, Fender also touts it as a great choice for rock and country players, but that’s a decision best left to individual musicians.
For most, this is a blues amp through and through.
With its pure and true blues sound, the Fender Blues DeVille reissue model brings unexpected joy to even the bluesy-est situations.
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