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Fender Blues Deluxe Reissue 40W 1x12" Combo Amp  

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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 ... Click To Read More About This Product

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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 re-interpretation 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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  • 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
 
4.7

(based on 204 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (162)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (30)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

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    (3)

84%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (23)
  • Warm / comfy (23)
  • Easy to use (22)
  • Excellent sound (22)
  • Portable (14)

Cons

  • Poor sound quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (22)
  • Outdoor events / games (18)
  • Home studio (16)
  • Professional recording (14)
  • Amateur recording (12)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (21), Professional musician (6)

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

AMAZING TONE MACHINE!

By TigerWolf_Rosebud

from Waco, Texas

About Me Novice

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

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

    I went to GC with the plan to pick up a tweed Blues Jr. Before pulling the trigger on the Blues Jr., I tried out a Blues Deluxe and a Twin. I'mso glad I did because this thing has the cleans of a Twin Reverb but will break up a little when pushed...best of both worlds. Build quality is A+ and it's not as "boxey" or "nasaly" as the Blues Jr. . My favorite tweed at the moment for sure!

     
    4.0

    Great the 2nd time

    By Nicknamesacco

    from Hammonton, NJ

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

    • Speaker could be better

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

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

    Obviously not for players of the metal genre. It would be nice if the 6l6 tubes were easier to access when changing them. Has the exact sound I like for my band and style of playing. I love the look and style of the tweed amps. Overall great working amp.

     
    4.0

    Fantastic amp.

    By Nik

    from Holyoke ma

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances

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

      I absolutely love this amp. The only problem is the speaker. Get rid of it and put in a EVM12L. you will not be dissapointed. I can literally get any sound I want out of this amp.

      (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Poor quality control

      By Rafa

      from Phoenix

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Poor Sound Quality

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Performances

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

        First off, Musician's Friend customer service is second to none. They made it very easy to address my problem. Second, I got broken amp from Fender. Both the clean and overdrive channels sounded bad. I was extremely disappointed at Fender's quality control.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        They don't make them like they used to.

        By Dave

        from Tampa, Florida

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Not Dependable

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

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

        I owned 4 different Fender Amps from 1967 to 1995. Used them hard and all performed great with zero problems. I decided to purchase a new Blues Deluxe for my home studio because of the great clean, warm sound. I used it lightly for a few weeks and all at once it stopped working...it powered up but zero sound. Guitar Center replaced it, fortunately, and now I am on my second with my fingers crossed. I felt compelled to purchase an additional warranty, something I am loath to do.

        (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Quality control just not there!

        By Rich

        from Texas

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • NONE

        Cons

        • Poor Sound Quality
        • Weak

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

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

        Bought this amp to have a "clean" amp for blues on my Fender Strat. I use a Blackstar Club 40 with my Gibsons and that amp is a tank!

        Brought the Fender Blues Delixe home and plugged it in.....great sound until I adjusted the drive channel. Massive static noise above 3......brought it back to GC and got another one. Brought it home, plugged it in and I could hear the power,flowing into the amp.....on light would not come on and no sound. Made another trip back to GC and I am done with this model. Very disappointed in the quality of this amp and the time and gas wasted traveling back and forth.

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        best combo amp ever

        By medmusic

        from north port fl.

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Mobile DJ
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

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

          great gigging or home use

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Simply fantastic. Perfect for every situation.

          By TANNER

          from Greenville, SC

          Site Member

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

          There's simply nothing bad to say about this amp. The tone is simply the warmest, creamiest tone I've ever heard. It sounds like it looks: vintage, tweed, classy. You get excellent control over your signal's breaking point through a combination of the drive channel, bright switch, and presence controls, and this thing can get crazy loud before breaking up. That's perfect for the jazz and blues that I use it for. I've never heard a 40w amp this loud before: it handles all small and medium venues with absolute ease, and you can mic it through some nice flat mains if you need more for outdoor or larger venues. I upgraded to this bad boy from a Blues Jr NOS and I almost hate to say that it is superior in every single facet (I loved that little Jr.). The reverb is sublime, the reverb/drive footswitch is INCLUDED (still bitter about my Jr, Fender) and is awesome, and you get a really nice amp cover as well. I've seen these in several GCs, so go try one out. I always advise trying out a good tube amp before you buy so you really get the one you want. They're all amazing, but just a little different, which is a beautiful thing. Mine is perfect for me, and there's a perfect one out there for you too, unless you're a metalhead with an insatiable gain appetite (reasonable amounts of warm distortion sing, though).

          (6 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Not so much...

          By Guitarplayer

          from Connecticut

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          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.

            (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            The only amp you need?

            By Matt D

            from Enterprise, AL

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

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

              I was on the quest for a portable all tube amp. I like Mesa Boogie, not their price. I also considered Orange. Both Mesa and Orange can get that hard rock/metal sound with ease. This amp won't do that, unless you use a high gain fuzz pedal. This amp will give you unmatched clean and warm overdrive and great reverb. The price is right. Most of the live acts I see(country, blues, or rock) Fender amps are the common denominator on the stage. Lots of choices. This is one you won't regret. I have a Blackstar HT Metal pedal and can make a Telecaster sound 'metal' through this amp. I also have a '67 Fender Bassman, this amp rivals it sound easily.

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