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Deluxe VM 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp

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Fender Deluxe tube combo amps are among the most treasured guitar amplifiers of all time, and the Deluxe VM amplifier takes that sought-after Deluxe formula into a new era of "Vintage Modified" perfor... Read More

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Overview

Fender Deluxe tube combo amps are among the most treasured guitar amplifiers of all time, and the Deluxe VM amplifier takes that sought-after Deluxe formula into a new era of "Vintage Modified" performance by combining a real tube amp with a complement of essential effects. Its 40W tube platform provides a foundation of great tone to build on, and the versatile tube preamp offers a wide range of tone and gain settings—from world-standard Blackface Fender clean to aggressive overdrive with post-gain EQ. The Fender Deluxe VM's high-quality Digital Signal Processing platform adds reverb, chorus/vibrato, and delay effects with the convenience and "tweakability" of standard stompboxes without the need for extra cables or power supplies.

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Features
  • Real tube-amp performance combined with a complement of essential effects
  • Newly designed DSP Platform
  • Effects loop with Send & Return
  • 2-Speaker output jacks
  • Standby Switch
Specifications
  • Series: Vintage Modified Series
  • Type: All-tube amp
  • Output: 40W into 8 ohms
  • Ohms: 4 or 8 ohms
  • Speakers: 1x12" Celestion G12P-80, 8 ohm Speaker
  • Channels: Two selectable channels (Clean and Drive)
  • Clean channel controls:
  • Volume
  • Treble
  • Bass
  • Drive Switch
  • Drive channel controls:
  • Drive Switch
  • Gain
  • Volume
  • Treble
  • Middle
  • Bass
  • Reverb
  • Effects Adjust Switch (Chorus/Delay)
  • Time/Rate
  • Delay On/Off Switch
  • Mix
  • Chorus On/Off Switch
  • Depth
  • Covering: Black Textured Vinyl with Silver Grille Cloth
  • Weight: 40 lb.
  • Dimensions: 24" W x 17-1/2" H x 10" D
  • Tube Complement: 2 x 12AX7, 2 x 6L6
  • Cover: Black Cover included
  • Footswitch: Uses included 4-button footswitch
  • Footswitch button functions:
  • Drive
  • Reverb
  • Delay
  • Chorus
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4.4

(based on 12 reviews)

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Great amp package

First of all, I'd like to get beyond the debate on whether this or the DRRI are better amps... They are different products. This amp is based more on the hot rod...Read complete review

First of all, I'd like to get beyond the debate on whether this or the DRRI are better amps... They are different products. This amp is based more on the hot rod deluxe amps, with some nice effects and a blackface look. This amp has a really nice clean sound, with strong clear bottom and chimy (not ice-pick) highs. It can play loud and maintain the clean sound, having lots of overhead from the 6L6-based 40-watt amp section. The gain sounds have nice harmonics and bass clarity, are better than the hot rod series by a mile, and can produce a great range of different sounds. That's the appeal of this amp for me. This amp, in one reasonably-sized package, can do so many sounds so well it's a delight to use. It'll play loud but also sound nice at bedroom levels. It has some nice onboard effects...(I like a little reverb, a lite wash of chorus or a slapback echo.) It looks great (especially in the blonde/wheat color I bought). Also comes complete with a really nice footswitch and cover... no ripoff extras. This thing is a blast to use as a grab and go amp. If it's not your cup of tea... great. But this product suits my needs perfectly... reminiscent of my old Fender twin and other blackfaces, but a nice modern blend of practical (for me) performance and updated features. Been playing over 40 years, only for my own enjoyment for the last 30, but Fender's new products (also like the little super champ XD) fit my needs perfectly.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

A bug in the ointment!

I've been a working musician for over 40 years and Fender has been a part of my rig in one way or another throughout that time. Strats and Bassman 50's with 2x12"...Read complete review

I've been a working musician for over 40 years and Fender has been a part of my rig in one way or another throughout that time. Strats and Bassman 50's with 2x12" cabs,Deluxe Reverbs old and new all the way back to the Fender Super Six. So when Fender took the old and the new and brought them together in the Deluxe VM I was more that happy to lay down some hard-earned cash for an amp that brought so much to the table. All tube amp with digital effects whose settings could be stored and called up at the push of a button!! And the sound of one of my all time favorite amps! Who could ask for more? Me, that's who! Let me start by saying this was not the first Deluxe VM I've owned. It's number two. The first one went down in 28 days of purchase on the last song of the night!! Thank God for that,Right? And because I believe in the Fender product line and I really liked the amp, I went back to my local Guitar Center and replaced it with another. This one was the tan and wheat color. Beautiful!! And I have had no complaints until last night when this one made one of the nastiest noises I've ever heard. I turned it off and waited a few minutes then turned it back on and made it thru the night without any more incident. This one has worked for 56 days before it displayed, in my opinion, its true nature. A beautiful cake that came out of the oven too soon! I realized this is a harsh assessment but I have a 1969-1970 Bassman 50 head that has been through so much with me and has thousands upon thousands of rockin' hours on it, and it works every time I turn it on! It's what I've come to expect from any product with the Fender Logo on it. The Deluxe VM has every thing a guitar player could want in an all-inclusive amp except for the true longevity and first choice go-to reliability that is a Fender. Check please!

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(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fender Deluxe VM

By Steve Gibson

from Houston, Texas

I bought this amp 12/25/10 to replace a 30 old Peavey Mace VT, that I bought new in 1981. From the first chord I love this Fender Amp. It has an amazing clean tone that I have been looking for. The effects sound great. The overdrive is awesome. I play a 96 Fender Strat and an 06 Les Paul, and a 02 Takamine. They all sound great through this amp. It's easy to carry between gigs (the Peavey weighed a TON. I give it 5!

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fender Deluxe VM

By Kevin

from Camarillo,ca

Great amp for the money and it's a very good grab n go amp with onboard delay and chorous. Foot switch seems solid and quiet, it does use a 5 pin midi cable of which I'm learning are easy to replace if needed. I have used classic plexis and true class a amps with nos tubes and this is not that . But the bang for the buck is strong on this one. 40 w of tube is plenty for practice and for gigs just bring an extension spkr to push more air. Great clean ,gets towards full crunch. best with a Les Paul but very Hendrixian with a strat. Cool little blinking stage lights. If you can't carry this and your guitar from the car to the club, you better hit the gym. On the downside there's digital reverb but very well done and the digital effects I'm guessing must be last in the schematic chain which presents a problem with the effects loop. When using a looper pedal with this amp connected to the effects loop,the amps effects bleed onto your loops if they are switched on. If you record dry guitar into your looper ,then play lead over it with chorous, delay or reverb from the amp ,it will bleed onto your dry loop. As well as your lead. You can not separatre them. I have other modeling amps that allow this separation. I'm learning it's kind of cool for some things though . Those that use multiple amps in a stage setting will just use another amps effects loop if using a looper to obtain the separation.

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(7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Fender Deluxe VM

By Dave

from Kansas City, MO

I've owned this Combo for about a year now and feel I can give a responsible review. I definately like the weight of the amp. Not a back breaker. I did have to remount the sound board after it had worked loose, Fender should have used more and longer screws I think. Not a big deal though. I also added tilt back legs. The tone on both channels was decent with the amps original configuration. I personally did not care for the speaker on the clean channel. The cone seemed stiff and occasionally ringy and did not loosen up over time. I removed the original speaker and replaced it with a JBL D123 that was rebuilt by our local speaker guru Slice Inc. The D123 fit nicely behind the power tubes and really brought out the tone. I now prefer this amps clean channel over a stock Reissue Deluxe Reverb. The Gain channel is not the best in my opinion but definately usable and responsive. Again better to me after installing the D123. I do like the Built In Effects. I rarely get past 2 on the Reverb. Not bad a bad sounding unit for solid state. Other commenters have stated that this amp does not have a good "Tube Tone" quality. I disagree. Especially after installing the D123. This amp now does a very nice job. I do agree that the volume pot can be a little sensitve, though it's easily controlled on the guitar. All in All I think it is a Great little amp for the price. Coupled with a Strat I think it outdoes all the Hot Rod Series Fenders, and it is smaller and lighter (other than a Blues Junior). It also offers greater flexibility.

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(13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great amp package

By Still old and still playng

from Madison, WI

First of all, I'd like to get beyond the debate on whether this or the DRRI are better amps... They are different products. This amp is based more on the hot rod deluxe amps, with some nice effects and a blackface look. This amp has a really nice clean sound, with strong clear bottom and chimy (not ice-pick) highs. It can play loud and maintain the clean sound, having lots of overhead from the 6L6-based 40-watt amp section. The gain sounds have nice harmonics and bass clarity, are better than the hot rod series by a mile, and can produce a great range of different sounds. That's the appeal of this amp for me. This amp, in one reasonably-sized package, can do so many sounds so well it's a delight to use. It'll play loud but also sound nice at bedroom levels. It has some nice onboard effects...(I like a little reverb, a lite wash of chorus or a slapback echo.) It looks great (especially in the blonde/wheat color I bought). Also comes complete with a really nice footswitch and cover... no ripoff extras. This thing is a blast to use as a grab and go amp. If it's not your cup of tea... great. But this product suits my needs perfectly... reminiscent of my old Fender twin and other blackfaces, but a nice modern blend of practical (for me) performance and updated features. Been playing over 40 years, only for my own enjoyment for the last 30, but Fender's new products (also like the little super champ XD) fit my needs perfectly.

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Warm and punchy

By Kipp

from Los Angeles, CA

Love this amp! I needed a new one to replace my old modified Bassman that was lost, and this looked like the perfect mid-power amp - right between my 15-watt Line6 and 100-watt Marshall. Portable all-tube Fender with my favorite digital effects onboard - on paper, just what I needed. I didn't need a tone monster, since my JCM2000 has that; I was just hoping for a reasonable Fender sound that was easy to carry around. I went to Guitar Center to compare it to alternatives. I wanted to A-B it with a Super-Sonic (which in an earlier trip I found to have *incredible* sound), but they're not currently in stock. So, I compared it to Fender HotRod models, along with comparable Egnators and Voxes. The sales guy (Brad - really helpful) preferred the HotRod, but I just kept going back to the Deluxe VM because of the warm, friendly sound. Over the years I've learned that the amp/speaker/whatever that sounds the most punchy in the store is what usually works best on the gig. I ordered a blonde model and it arrived at my door in a few days. Looks great, and sounds great at home with both my 1960-reissue Les Paul and Strat Plus Deluxe. Definitely has the "vintage" sound - tonal character of the clean channel is very close to my '64 Fender Tremolux (pretty much 1/2 way between the Bright Switch on and off positions). Clear tone yet full and not brittle like Fenders can be. The Drive channel breaks up smoothly and naturally, compressing just right and letting all those great accidental harmonics sing out. You don't feel like you're forcing the notes out, just letting them fly on their own. My one quibble is with the chorus waveshape, which is not as smooth as I would like, but that isn't noticable when playing with a group. I saw web reviews saying these amps are prone to breaking down, but in my month of light playing through it I've had no reliability problems at all. Bottom line, the tone is just so friendly I haven't even thought about the Super-Sonic.

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(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

WOW - two great sounding channels - from Fender!

By dave

from NH

I've been looking for an amp with a great Fender clean channel and a Marshall-like dirty channel. Surprisingly, this amp gets me both sounds. You have to try it to convince yourself that Fender actually produced an amp with such a great dirty channel. The 4 switch pedal is great, the internal effects are very usable. I play with a Boss BD-2 OD pedal in front of the amp and everything stays nice and quiet. I also have TC Nova Delay and Modulator in the effects loop abd tge amp works well with these pedals.

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fender Deluxe VM

By Sean Boyle

from O'Fallon, IL

Nice amp, nice tone!! I've played a couple Fender amps before, but this one is AWESOME! Nice, bright, crispy clean tone and searing, crisp distortion. The gain actually gets up WAY higher than any of the other Fenders I've played, and while it gets a lot higher and thicker, it still maintains the crispness and sharpness to it that could be used for blues. Same distortion sound, just goes a lot heavier, and I like it!! The reverb is amazing, too! Definitely one of my favorite things about the amp. The delay sounds great, too. I've never used chorus before I got this beast of an amp, so I'm not too sure about how to set it up or use it well, but it sounds pretty good, too I guess. The footswitch option is pretty nice, as well as the effects loop on the back (I've got a couple pedals). All in all, a really great amplifier, if I ever get a chance to perform onstage, I definitely plan to take this baby, trust me, it's the works!

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(1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome sound

By Tim

from Deerfield Beach Florida

Just got this amp and I cannot turn it off. It has a great set of sounds. You get a nice warm sound thru the clean channel. Great for an acoustic guitar and the drive channel rocks. Can't beat it for the price.

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(23 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

A bug in the ointment!

By The Black Pearl

from El Paso, Texas

I've been a working musician for over 40 years and Fender has been a part of my rig in one way or another throughout that time. Strats and Bassman 50's with 2x12" cabs,Deluxe Reverbs old and new all the way back to the Fender Super Six. So when Fender took the old and the new and brought them together in the Deluxe VM I was more that happy to lay down some hard-earned cash for an amp that brought so much to the table. All tube amp with digital effects whose settings could be stored and called up at the push of a button!! And the sound of one of my all time favorite amps! Who could ask for more? Me, that's who! Let me start by saying this was not the first Deluxe VM I've owned. It's number two. The first one went down in 28 days of purchase on the last song of the night!! Thank God for that,Right? And because I believe in the Fender product line and I really liked the amp, I went back to my local Guitar Center and replaced it with another. This one was the tan and wheat color. Beautiful!! And I have had no complaints until last night when this one made one of the nastiest noises I've ever heard. I turned it off and waited a few minutes then turned it back on and made it thru the night without any more incident. This one has worked for 56 days before it displayed, in my opinion, its true nature. A beautiful cake that came out of the oven too soon! I realized this is a harsh assessment but I have a 1969-1970 Bassman 50 head that has been through so much with me and has thousands upon thousands of rockin' hours on it, and it works every time I turn it on! It's what I've come to expect from any product with the Fender Logo on it. The Deluxe VM has every thing a guitar player could want in an all-inclusive amp except for the true longevity and first choice go-to reliability that is a Fender. Check please!

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(5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fender Deluxe VM TUBE amp

By Guy that plays guitar

from Some, Place

This is a KILLER TUBE amp. The only thing digital about this is the built in chorus and delay. Other than that, pure ender tube madness. With this amp you get classic Fender cleans that rival the vintage and high end fender amps, warm ripping overdrive, and possibly the best distortion/gain on a Fender tube amp. The delay, which sounds great, is very easy to control. You can dial in the exact setting you want with minimal difficulty. It's pretty self explanatory. Same thing goes for the chorus. I personally don't like chorus (the effect in general, not just the built in effect on the amp) but the chorus on this amp works great when I want to dial in a Frusciante sound. The distortion is thick and creamy with a tight bottom end, and sounds great when cranked and pushed with an OD pedal. If you're debating whether or not this is the amp for you, stop wondering. Try it out, and if you like it (you will!!!) buy it! Now!!!

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