A versatile and superb sounding tube combo from Fender
By: Edward Sousa from San Diego,CA USA
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
The Fender Deluxe VM looks and feels of more than decent build quality.The knobs turn smoothly,and the switches and jacks feel solid.And of course,it being a tube amp,periodic maintenance [tubes/caps] is a must.
How has it stood up over time?
I have had it for only a few months,though so far,it's been reliable.
Your general opinion of this product.
I really like the size,sound and features of the Fender Deluxe VM.At around 40 lbs,it's not too much of a hassle to carry it around to gigs and casual jams.The classic blackface look also adds a touch of class.While the clean side uses a solid-state preamp,the overdrive sides utilizes an additional two stages of gain via a 12AX7A preamp tube.The other 12AX7A is the phase inverter that drives the pair of 6L6 power tubes.The cabinet is made of MDF,though the importtant speaker baffle is made of birch plywood.The speaker is a quality Celestion G12P-80.There is added flexibilty with the extention speaker out.The built-in reverb/delay/chorus are well voiced and easy to adjust to get a good sound from each.The series effects loop adds some welcome flexiblity,and works well with my various delay pedals.The included 4-button footswitch is made of quality metal and the Fender labeled nylon slip cover is also a nice touch.
Playability and Feel
How does it feel, Heavy, Fast, Chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin?
How did the stain or paint job look?
How was the action out of the box?