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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 ... Read More

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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
 
4.5

(based on 49 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (36)

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    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

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    (1)

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    (2)

33%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (3)
  • Portable (3)
  • Warm / comfy (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (3)
  • Performances (3)
  • Professional recording (3)
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    • Experienced (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Very Fine Amp

I have a Fender NOS Blues Jr. I read reviews of that amp that mentioned "boxy", but "good practice amp". Well, I had the same opinion...Read complete review

I have a Fender NOS Blues Jr. I read reviews of that amp that mentioned "boxy", but "good practice amp". Well, I had the same opinion of the Blues Jr. Plus I wasn't happy with the reverb. I looked around for a replacement. I spent several months researching the internet, going to different stores, etc. I had always noticed the Blues Deluxe but thought I could find something a little better for the same money or slightly more. Well, I decided to take the plunge. I brought it home and played my fairly new Gibson ES335 through it for a couple days. Impressive. Good tone, clear, not boxy, very good dirty channel. THEN I pluggged my Clapton Signature Blackie in and OMG!!!! I am in love!!! These two were made for each other. The only other amp I have had at home was an old Peavy 110 Envoy then the Blues Jr. so I don't have a lot of experience with other amps at home, but I am very happy with my purchase!!. The tones I hear through the Blues Deluxe are very pleasing. I don't know how I could be happier. OK, it is loud, but you have to actually play this amp. You have to use the volume control on your pedals and guitar. Just like how the old guys did 40 years ago. And we all love that sound!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

They don't make them like they used to.

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...Read complete review

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.

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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.

    (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 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).

    (5 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Please read before purchasing

    By chris

    from Tucson Az

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

    So this amp is absolutely one of the best amps I have ever played, now saying that they are complete junk! I bought a brand new one from GC, and it took 4 times to try and turn on, also the reverb didn't work. So I took it back to GC and they couldn't get it to turn on. They ordered me a brand new amp. I got it home turned it on played for about 30 min, then the reverb went out and the amp squealed. So I shut it off and waited 15 min just to turn it on and have it happen again. I returned the amp back to GC to get a refund. So that's that 2 bad brand new amps. All though they look nice and sound great they are poorly made. If you can fine one that works maybe it would be worth it but if not save your money and buy a different amp or you will be paying twice what it's worth to fix it.

    (1 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    I use this as as bass guitar amp, but why people ask?

    By Urban De Souza

    from Rochester Hills, MI

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

    I have a Fender Strat Plus 1993 and replaced the white pickups with Texas specials and 10 gage strings for Stevie Ray Vaughan sound...and at low volumes...sounds vey thick and fat on the bass strings....so much so the bass.in clean is great for my fender jazz bass guitar. I tried for years to play with the amp to make it work for my taste in Eric Clapton, or blue guitar sound...no luck. The 6 string start sound is not crisp at the low volumes,,,and the dirty channel is not fuzzy enough.....I can't afford to play at high volumes in the basement...it shakes the whole foundation. It's a 40 watt amp. Unfortunately, this amp did work for me due to the lack of note playing ....sensitivity at low or moderate volumes. I envy the other reviewers who had good luck breaking in this amp.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    welcome back to tubeville

    By Fred Nowicki

    from toledo, ohio

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

    for the last several years, i have owned some nice solid state amps, with the goal of one day getting a good tube amp. that day is today. from the moment i fired it up today i was in love. i plugged into the second input jack with my strat. i was instantly in love. the rich tone is something you can't get with even the best solid state. the second channel is great for some light distortion. since i don't play metal, this the perfect amp for me. well done fender!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Wolfie STILL Loves the Blues

    By Duane Klith

    from Jackson, Ca

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

    I've had this amp 2/12 years now, and I've finally found out how to use it! I didn't buy 5 of them like I said I would. I found the speaker to be harse, but once broke in, it was silky smooth. Be easy on the dials!!!! This amp responds quickly to turn of the knob!Use your ear to figure out your tonal range. I've learned to use the clean channel with an Ibanez Tube Screamer and a Cry Baby,..a little tweak of the knobs for the room,..and,..BLISS! It is sturdy amp, and a good choice for a gigging musician. I'm happy!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Awesome cleans, real tube power, unbeatable price

    By Mike Antoinetti

    from Hartford, CT

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

    I have owned this amp for about a year. It is my first tube amp. The warmth and sound of the amp are phenomenal. Nice fat goosebump tones. The speaker does take a while to break in. I play a Gibson Les Paul Standard and recently purchased Fender Special Strat. The Fender guitar imho sounds worlds better through this amp, even though it cost about $1,000 less than the gibson. Single coils all the way in this baby. My Gibson sounded kind of farty through it. Drive channel isn't as bad as you might hear it is. I actually crank the master volume and use the drive feature as the volume control. This way the tubes saturate. Effects loop is good for delays. I run an OCD fulltone in front of the amp and they get a long nicely. I love this amp for the killer tones, but unless you have an effects processor you're looking at straight rock, funk, jazz or blues, but nothing too heavy. That being said, it seems to take pedals pretty well. Make use of that effects loop. If something happened to this amp I would buy it again. I think it even makes the DRRI jealous for looks, warmth, and headroom.

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