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Fender Tone Master Deluxe Reverb

Fender Tone Master Deluxe Reverb

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Tonemaster Deluxe Reverb 

In a bold Fender first, the Tone Master Deluxe Reverb amplifier uses massive digital processing power to achieve a single remarkable sonic feat: faithfully modeling the circuitry and 22-watt power output of an original Deluxe tube amp. Using a high-performance 100-watt digital power amp to achieve the headroom and dynamic range of a real vintage Deluxe tube amp, paired with the pronounced sparkle and clarity of a single Jensen® N-12K neodymium speaker and a resonant pine cabinet, the result is tubeless Deluxe Reverb tone, volume and dynamics virtually indistinguishable from the all-tube original. And with all these features, the Tone Master Deluxe Reverb is in fact about only half the weight of an all-tube Deluxe.

Front panel features give guitarists a playing experience identical to the tube version, including Fender’s world-standard reverb and tremolo effects. Additional rear-panel features deliver modern convenience and flexibility—including an output power selector for full power and five attenuated settings, balanced XLR line output with impulse response (IR) cabinet simulations, mute switch for silent stage or recording use, USB port for firmware upgrades, and more.

Just got back from rehearsal. Feisty original punk rock band.  
Tonemaster Deluxe Reverb arrived today. So I took it straight to rehearsal.
I'll get right to it - it is an outstanding, outstanding amp. I've owned at least 5-6 good DRs (serviced BF and SF) and good DRRIs (biased right) over the years. This is easily as good as the best of them.
1. Loud as hell. My favorite previous DR was a DRRI that I got used. Low noise floor. Lovely clarity and breakup. But it was just a hair quieter then some. Cranked to 7 it could keep up in the rehearsal room and small shows, with my guitar volume rolled back maybe 30% for rhythm but just barely. And if things got spirited I couldn't keep up. This one I had on the 12w setting. With the volume on 6, bass on 3 and treble on 6, it was plenty loud, even with weak 60s lipstick pickups and the volume on the guitar rolled back to 50%. I had to check twice to make sure I was on the 12w setting. Yep. And when I swapped it to 22 briefly, there was a lot more available.  
2. Lively. To me, this is THE hallmark of a great BF/SF Fender amp. They all have it. A special life to the tone. Like notes just want to explode out of them, but will play it sweet if you do. This one has that. This was my greatest "fear" for these amps. That they would be a bit more flat. Not so "juicy" and "explosive" and dynamic. I was prepared to settle a bit as a compromise to get the light weight, the attenuation, etc. Nope. No compromise. None. The second best DR I had was a blackfaced SF with a replaced grille cloth. The dynamics of that amp I had never experienced before (or since). Until this amp. The difference was, the juicy dynamics in the vintage one came a high noise floor. Nothing bothersome while playing, but it was there. The Tonemaster has those dynamics and life. But with amazingly low noise floor.
3. Presence in the mix. We're a 4 piece. 2 guitars, bass and drums. The drummer is dynamic but likes to hit the kit. I had NO problems slotting in the mix and haring myself from various parts of the room, with the settings above. Punchy as hell. If I wanted "more", my right hand dynamics or my guitar volume gave me everything I needed. After I set the amp, I never had to touch the amp to get the volume changes I needed.
4. Breakup. That gorgeous, clear but filthy BF/SF breakup, and edge-of-breakup and clean is all there. Again, with picking dynamics and guitar volume. Amazing.
5. Trem and reverb. Yep. As good as any I've had on my prior DRs and frankly better than most. The trem doesn't tick. It's not stuck on fast-faster-fastest like many vintage ones. It's not inaudible. Again, very dynamic. I'm not a reverb snob. I use it as an effect. As we were plugging in and chatting, I cranked the verb to 6 and immediately started playing Walk Don't Run. Couldn't help it. Not that noisy, overly thin and bright reverb you find on some of the BF/SF ones, especially before servicing. If I have a slight critique, the tail might be a bit long. But the reverb dial doesn't turn into an on/off switch at about 1.3 on the dial, so you can get usable reverb sounds there too.  
6. Small touches. I always feel like Fender still has practical, gigging players on staff and in mind. So many amps today have the IEC cable. Maybe it's even required, I don't know. But so, so many manufactures have the socket on the back of the amp, flush with the surface. So you can't set the amp on its back in your trunk, with the IEC cable plugged in. But if you unplug it, it will disappear. But not Fender. They have a handy retaining strap affixed to the inside side wall. And another on the bottom to affix the footswitch. Nice.
This is all just my opinion and impressions. Duh. But 30 seconds into our first song, I forgot I was playing a new amp. Let alone a SS or digital amp. It just did its job and did it very well. With nothing to annoy me or detract. But when we broke down, I sure appreciated it. I know a tube DR is only about 42lbs. But we have a basement studio at the rehearsal building. Down and then back up a narrow, concrete, winding, long-ass staircase. And you know what, it gets pretty precarious with a pedalboard on my back, guitar in one hand and amp in the other. So usually I take 2 trips. Not with the Tonemaster.


P/N: 0047483000, '65 Deluxe Reverb®/Super-Sonic™ 22 Combo, Black (Included)


2-Button Footswitch Included




100W into 8Ω (Simulates 22W Tube Amp Performance)


Two - (Normal and Vibrato)


Four - (1/4", Two Normal and Two Vibrato)


Reverb, Tremolo

Line Out:

One - (Balanced XLR with Ground Lift and Level Control)

Cabinet Material:

Lightweight Solid Pine

Amplifier Covering:

Black Textured Vinyl

Grille Cloth:


Amplifier Jewel:

Red Jewel (Power), Red/Amber (Warmup), Amber (Mute)


Molded Plastic Strap with Nickel-Plated Caps


One - 12" Jensen® N-12K Neo

Total Impedance:

8 ohms

Amp Height:

17" (43.2 cm)

Amp Width:

24.1" (61.2 cm)

Amp Depth:

9.28" (23.6 cm)

Amp Weight:

23 lbs (10.4 kg)

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