Fender Blues Deluxe Tube Combo Guitar Amp 40W 1x12

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90 out of 100. Incorporating 650+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$800
Fender Blues Deluxe Tube Combo Guitar Amp 40W 1x12
Fender Blues Deluxe Tube Combo Guitar Amp 40W 1x12

As the name implies, the Fender Blues Deluxe is meant to reproduce the midrange warmth of classic tube amps used by blues players back in the '50s.

It is based on the Fender Deluxe amp of the same era, with modern elements like channel switching and reverb added to the mix.

At 40W, this tube amp can get really loud, especially when considering its triple 12AX7 tube preamp and dual 6L6 power amps.

More importantly, the Fender Blues Deluxe does all this while keeping the price tag relatively low, especially when considering that the footswitch is bundled with the amp.

Specifications:

  • Power Rating: 40W
  • Preamp: 3 x 12AX7
  • Poweramp: 2 x 6L6
  • Speaker: 12" Custom Speaker
  • Input: 2 x 1/4", 1 x 1/4" (Power Amp In)
  • Output: 1 x 1/4" (Preamp Out), 1 x 1/4" (Footswitch Included)
  • Cabinet: Rear Ported
  • Main Controls: Presence, Reverb, Master, 3-Band EQ, Drive, Volume, Normal/Bright, Channel Select, Standby, Power
  • Weight: 45 lbs

Pros

One user encapsulated how the market feels about the amp by saying that the Fender Blues Deluxe is a true "working man's amplifier", but more specifically it caters to those who prefer the gritty tone of classic rock and blues. Based on reviews, its best feature is its genuine Fender tube tone, which is often described as warm. Coming in close second is its value for money, because many feel that for its sound quality and volume, they are getting more than their money's worth. It also helps a lot that it comes bundled with a footswitch and it comes with Fender's spring reverb effect built in.

Cons

Since tone is somewhat subjective, there are a few who feel that the distortion channel is lacking the saturation that they prefer. And this is not surprising because this amp is not meant for modern high-gain guitar styles, but tones like that are possible by introducing pedals into the signal chain.

Overall

Although this is a fairly highly rated amp and quite popular, it came off our recommended list in November 2019, not because there was anything wrong with it, but simply because there were newer amps with even higher ratings. You can see our current recommendations in our guide to The Best Combo Tube Amps for Guitar.

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