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Fender Blues deluxe for clean opinions

Discussion in 'Glowing Bottle Tube Amp Forum' started by Craig Williams, Jan 19, 2021.

  1. Craig Williams

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    Really trying to find a Fender tube amp with a nice clean tone and lots of headroom. I have Superchamp XD which is excellent but a little light for gigging. I recently bought a Blues Junior, hated it. I don't really like the EL34 glassy sound and the thing would start to break up at volume 4. Most amps made these days seem to be made to break up at low volumes.

    I had a Deluxe about 10 years ago, forget now if it was a Blues or Hotrod but I didn't like it. Again I am after a nice basic rich Fender clean tone (Think Deluxe / Twin / Super Reverb). Nice warm bottom end and lots of headroom to 8 or 9 if possible. If I want dirty I will use the gain channel or pedals.

    It sounds like the Blues deluxe is the pick of the two for cleans? Are they noisey when not playing ie hum, buzz? I believe the early ones were

    Am I barking up the wrong tree with these amps? Like I said I hated the 3 or 4 BJ I have owned and these I assume are the big brothers.
     
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    Twin Reverb?
     
  3. Hari Seldon

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    I always use the BD for clean. (I make my lead tones with tube preamp pedals.)
    The BD is loud and clean, but not like a Twin reverb. Since I always mike my amps it's great for what I do and my 1st choice.
    Warm and dynamic tone. The large box is important, because it avoids the boxy tone of small amps.
     
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    When I first had mine it broke up around 6 on single coils, probably around 4 with HBs. It had gremlins come and live inside it, which caused breakup from about 3 and even a Fender warranty specialist couldn't solve it.

    A friend has one and his is trouble free.

    Played a Hot Rod Deville 2x12 a while back.. Ho boy! Beautiful big warm cleans.
     
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    Worked with a guy who used a Blues Deluxe as a small PA system. He actually played through a tweed Princeton.

    Doesn't sound too bad in a small bar.
     
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    I used Blues Deluxes and Hot Rod Devilles for years but was never really happy with them. They did the job but I just found them very bland and uninspiring. They are probably Fender's best selling tube amps over recent years but that doesn't make them great amps.

    The Devilles have some headroom especially with single coils but they also have this mid/low voicing to them that dominates their sound. Not a classic Fender clean tone imho. I found the Blues Deluxes had similar voicing but the single 12" and smaller cab just made things more boxy and shouty. I'm sure there must be better options out there for the op.
     
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    I might stay up to watch it
     
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    A lower gain in the V1 position, 12AY7 or 5751 or 12AT7 will make the volume more usable. If it was me I'd get a Deluxe Reverb. Good to go.
     
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    Yes now I remember the one I had, and others I played just had a darker tone than Fender SF era amps I had. I put it down to the Chinese / Soviet tubes. Was an ok tone, more like a Brit amp to me. For some reason I am sure the one I had EL84's, like the BJ but I could be wrong. Thanks for the advice guys....

    Anyway the whole question is moot now as I just purchased a 65 Super Reverb reissue for ridiculous money, not much more that a Hotrod. I had 2 Super Reverbs in Australia, SF and BF and hands down the best amp I have ever heard. Overdriven with pedals it was like a mini Marshall. Cleans pristine. Funny thing was, out of the two the SF was head and shoulders the best. beaten to hell. After owning it about three years I took the front grill off and noticed most of the speakers had holes about 1/4" to 1/2". Really bad the cones were only holding together by a thread. It still sounded killer. I gave my two young boys hell for a week thinking they had jabbed something into the speaker cones only to find out later apparently the damage was done by cockroaches! Apparently they love eating speaker cones lol. Still amazes me how good that amp sounded even with the honeycomb speaker cones.

    I live in remote Thailand now and gear here available but a little scarcer to come by. The guy who is selling this is driving 5 hours to deliver it to me, at a ridiculous price....and he didn't even want a deposit...so I get to try it out and no buying sight unseen. Test first, no good no buy. It was one of those things just too good a deal to refuse. I am a hopeless GAS person.

    I have a Superchamp XD, which is also one of the best amps I have ever had. Its great for me as I only use reverb, delay and chorus so no need for pedals. It is light and surprisingly loud. I am 57 years old, it would be very unlikely I will ever need anything bigger that the Superchamp. Very unlikely I will ever be in a band or duo again. Maybe some small room solo stuff at best. And now I am pondering why I would buy such a big heavy amp, and will need to buy pedals of course. My Superchamp was my holy grail amp. Sounds awesome, light, reliable. On board effects. Why do we do these crazy things lol. Will be nice to hear that big lush wall of sound the Super puts out again though :)
     
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    Is there a reason you don’t just get a Deluxe or Super or Twin?
     
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    I did buy a Super Reverb lol. Read previous post. Like I mentioned I live in Thailand and specific second hand gear here not always readily available, particularly high end stuff due purely to economic reasons. When it does come up usually expensive and far away from me so even getting past the many online scammers you are buying site unseen. new prices on these amps just more than I am prepared to pay.
     
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