Fender has just started shipping its new digital Tone Master Deluxe Reverb and Twin Reverb guitar amps. These first popped up during Summer NAMM and now they are finally available to buy. But will they sound any good?
Fender Deluxe Reverb and Twin Reverb
Us guitarists are a funny bunch, we don’t like change and rely on many outdated technologies, including ones that were the state of the art in the 1950s. So when a company like Fender announced its new digital Deluxe Reverb and Twin Reverb amplifiers earlier this year, the reaction was mixed. Well, now they have finally been released and we will all soon be able to try them out for ourselves at last.
With these lightweight Tone Master series amps, Fender promises the same tone and headroom, but with half the weight of a regular tube amp. This is something that all guitarists appreciate, heavy amps can be a real pain to lug around to gigs.
Tone Master Twin Reverb
Described as “virtually indistinguishable” by Fender, the Tone Master Twin Reverb uses Fender’s own digital processing to model the circuitry and 85-Watt power output of an original Twin. Fender has used a high-performance 200-Watt digital power amp to recreate the headroom and dynamics of an all-valve Fender twin with this model, so hopefully it will produce those familiar clean tones. Housed in the pine cabinet are two Jensen N-12K neodymium speakers.
RRP – USD 999 / GBP 999
Tone Master Deluxe Reverb
The Fender Tone Master Deluxe Reverb uses the same digital processing technology to model the original 22-Watt circuit. This time Fender used a 100-Watt digital power amp. Again, it has proprietary Fender tech inside to mimic the tones of the original. Both amps have a front panel that looks almost identical to the original models. They certainly look the part and hopefully will behave in the same way, too.
RRP – USD 899 / GBP 869
I don’t think either of these amps is particularly cheap, especially when you compare it to something like a Line 6 Helix setup with a powered FRFR cab solution. They are though, based on two classic vintage Fender models, so if that is the tone you are seeking, then they could be a good fit for you. Especially if you want a light(ish) amp in your gigging life!