Fender has just announced new Tone Master Deluxe and Twin Reverb models, both in a gorgeous, vintage-style blonde finish. These two digital amps are modelled on two classic tube-amps, but how well do they stack up when compared to the originals?
Fender Tone Master Deluxe and Twin Reverb
Fender originally introduced the Tone Master series last year and has now added two new amps to the range. The Deluxe and Twin Reverb both come in Blonde Tolex, and have an updated Celestion G12 NEO Creamback speaker. Both these models are digital recreations of two well-known, classic tube amplifiers, and therefore should eliminate many of the problems associated with vintage tube amps, while still providing those sought-after tones.
The amps claim to deliver classic Fender Blackface tones, but also have impulse response direct outputs, switchable power output options, and are nearly half the weight of the originals, a huge bonus if you have a weak back! Your chiropractor will thank you for looking after your spine with these lighter combos.
Both amps have an output power selector for full power and five attenuated settings, offering more manageable volumes when required. They also have a balanced XLR line output with impulse response (IR) cabinet simulations, which have been captured using Shure SM57 and Sennheiser MD421 microphones, and so should be more then useable for studio work, or at home on your DAW.
They also have a mute switch for silent stage or recording, which again is something you can’t do with the originals. The Tone Master Deluxe Reverb has also been modified to remove the virtual bright cap on the Vibrato channel, making it a lot more useable with distortion and overdrive pedals.
Both amps seem well spec’d and are a welcome addition to the range, especially in that rather nice looking ’60s Blonde Tolex.
RRP – Tone Master Deluxe Reverb Blonde GBP 899/EUR1039, Tone Master Twin Reverb Blonde GBP 1059/EUR1219