Fender has arrived at Summer NAMM with two new lightweight digital Tone Master amps, a Deluxe Reverb and a Twin Reverb. The big question, of course is, will these new digital combos be up to scratch tonally?
Fender Tone Master
Fender promises the “same tonal perfection” of the original valve combo amps, but with a new digital power amp design. We have heard all this in the past, so will it all really sound as good as our beloved tube amps?
Each combo is made using a lightweight, resonant pine cabinet, and both amps feature Jensen N-12K neodymium speakers. While the speakers and cab keep the weight down, the lack of massive power transformers will help a lot as well.
On the front panel there are the regular Normal and Vibrato channels, with a bright switch on the Twin Reverb model, just like the originals. But the rear panel you have far more going on.
The rear panel that has an output power selector with five attenuated settings, an XLR line out with IR cab sims and USB port. Lots of modern tech at work here. These are a bonus and make these new amps more flexible than their traditional tube counterparts.
The Twin uses the standard 2×12 configuration, making it slightly heavier than the Deluxe Reverb. However, if Fender can pull this off, then both amps will possibly put many chiropractors out of business in the coming years! You can hear the new Tone Master amps in the demo videos below. The first video lets you try to tell the difference between these new digital versions and the tube versions. An interesting exercise for you hearing! Tell us what you think of these new amp models in the comments section.
RRP – Tone Master Deluxe Reverb USD 899 / GBP 869 and Twin Reverb USD 999 / GBP 999