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Tygr1
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So Cal

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Apr 22nd, 2005 01:00 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

OK...most of you know of me from the 'vintage' or 'amp repairs' forums. I'm a tube snob I guess.

Having said that, I DO like pedals, multi-effects and such.

I play at home now. I'm a mediocre player, enthusiastic trader. I can haowever, get a good sound of some kind out of about anything. I'm old.

To the matter at hand; too much crap in those 'mafia' and 'posse' threads. Heck, I don't know whether to like or dislike something...and it's all I can do to read through all the pages of ummmmmmm...comments... 8-( ...so I didn't.

I just went out and bought one. $256 at Sam Ash, locally.

THIS THING KICKS BUTT! I am serious as a heart attack. For WHAT IT IS, it rocks. EVEN the presets are good. I don't care what anybody says...the G-DEC is just too much fun!

I don't care about specs, speakers, 'synthesized', 'processed', 'thin', 'tinny', 'limited', or God knows what other kind of tone this thing is supposed to have...it works!

It is not a real amplifier, yet it is. You probably wouldn't gig with this little guy, but the 'play-out' possibilities with it are endless.

I haven't even yet run it through my tube amps or other speaker cabs yet, which is what I intended it for...I still can't get past how much fun it is and how good it sounds out of the box!

Well, there's my version of a review for the G-DEC...just get one.

This is truly good stuff from Fender. I don't care how good you think you are...if it doesn't make you smile and play a little longer, you're taking things waaay too seriously.

Thanks Fender. [I never say things like that].

May have more later...I gotta' play some more.

(This message was last edited by Tygr1 at 01:03 AM, Apr 22nd, 2005)

TriggerFingers
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Northern California

An Endless Supply of Bullets to Bite
Apr 22nd, 2005 01:09 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

tygr,
on my day off today i went and played one....it really is quite nice.....

i only played it for about 30 minutes and really didnt get a hang of the band part of it but fiddled with every tone on it.....there is alot to digest

the settings i was stuck on the most were Surf, Bakersfield, and Think Floyd

it sounded good........if the cyber champ sounds that good ill get one of those......the G-Dec has too many sounds that i dont need....Chicago was nice too....sounded nice with a strat....

congrats.....
-TF

Idiot18

USA

Apr 22nd, 2005 02:48 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Good as the Cyber sounds are, the G-DECs hidden strength is the ability to play full midi song arangements of all styles piped in from your PC, and play them GREAT. And these are mostly free.

You think playing to the little phrases is addictive, wait'll you get to play those killer tones on top of fully arranged songs featuring complete blues bands with B-3s, horns and grand pianos pounding away. Fender put a really good GM midi set in there.

What can I tell ya, G-DEC is Fender's iPod.

SuperReverb2
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Doing that blues thang.......
Apr 22nd, 2005 08:30 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Tygr1:

I have to agree. While it certainly won't replace my Tweed Twin any time soon, (not designed to) this little "amp" is HIGHLY addictive. There's just something very cool about being able to "plug and play" without first making a bunch of phone calls to get the "guys" together. :)

Chuck


smokestack
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u.k

"Edited for bad taste...."
Apr 22nd, 2005 10:07 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If it ran on batteries, it'd be a buskers's dream ;^)

Idiot18

USA

Apr 22nd, 2005 10:33 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

smoke--You said it. This thing is close to being a one-man-band monster. Imagine an iPod feeding the G-DEC music-minus-one midi tunes all night. Gigantic product. Not that it ain't already.

Wait a minute--hey Shane, how tough would it be to create a midi interface driver for an iPod? I mean, they've already got the USB port and tons of storage. Wow. Huge product. Every club in America is gonna have a one or two person act playing with a G-DEC orchestra off an iPod.

(This message was last edited by Idiot18 at 10:43 AM, Apr 22nd, 2005)

latherboy

USA, Wa.

FDPIRF
Apr 23rd, 2005 12:44 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I really was surprized at how good it sounded in the store. I went in to check things out at GC and ended up buying one for my daughters and I. The problem is my daughter loves it so much it's in her room, so I have to sneak in to borrow it.

I just can't believe how far practice amps have come. Beats the heck out of my old PV backstage when I started.

dmoulton
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canada

Apr 23rd, 2005 09:36 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I agree too, I picked up my third Super Reverb this week, and a g-dec too. I had one a couple of weeks ago to try. It's main purpose will be to sit by the couch and I'll use headphones while my wife watches TV. Think Floyd with the Chicago beat is it for me, I get to the point were I want to start moving around the room :-)

Just fun................pure and simple, coolest thing I've seen in a while.

David

Thelonius

USA

Apr 23rd, 2005 10:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have generally dismissed all the G-dec posts with a "why in the heck would I buy another solid state amp, especially at that price, ever again". I have every solid state need covered with my old Princeton chorus, right? I certainly don't need something with lots of effects and gizmos since I have a Line 6 guitar port, right?

I tried one yesterday, wow, I'm now making room for the soon to be newest addition to the family.

I'm hooked on that rockabilly setting.

Idiot18

USA

Apr 28th, 2005 12:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Try that rockabilly setting with the Scotty Moore Super 400 Variax setting--yowza! Just don't step on my blue suede shoes.

The Mad Hungarian
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DC/Baltimore

Castles made of sand fall in the sea...
Apr 28th, 2005 02:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Once I figured out how to grok the various amp, reverb and compression settings to my satisfaction (it's very worth your while to explore these options), I've been rockin' out with this thing. So much so that I have to be careful--once I start jamming with the G-DEC it's difficult to stop.

Idiot18

USA

Apr 28th, 2005 08:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Time starts speeding by like in The Time Machine. Seasons rush by, friends age and are buried, yet the G-DEC plays on...and on....

CoolDaddy

USA

JOHN 3:16
May 2nd, 2005 08:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Tygr1:
Man, you nailed it on the head! I'm and oldie too, been at it for years... The G-Dec is a friggin BLAST! And like Idiot18 mentioned, try changing around some of the settings and you can get just about any sound you want. Needless to say my Strat sounds sweet on this thing but I had one of my old guitars (Ovation Breadwinner) sounding like George Harrisons 1963 Gretsch through a Beatles sounding VOX amp! This things got me playing old Beatles songs one minute and Rush riffs the next!! My nipples are still hard!

Jim Shine
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Snow bound
May 3rd, 2005 11:24 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I agree, this is a great little amp. The sounds are really nice, and at lower volumes, which bedroom players will appreciate. I also think it is a very simple design in that the basic operation is easy to use right out of the box.

That Think Floyd tone is amazing. I also liked the Screaming preset for some of the shred metal I love. I was surprised at how well this unit emulates spring reverb. I would say it is the best sounding spring emulation I have heard.

I wonder if Fender is making these to entice some of us into looking at the Cyber series products. I know I have alot more interest in them now that I have tried this.

StratQuebec
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Trois-Rivières/QC

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May 3rd, 2005 11:57 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The G-DEC will certainly helps you being a better, happier guitar player.

The Cyber series products will certainly helps you being a better tone shaper!

These are as educationnal as they are enjoyable!


5Strats
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Charleston, WV

Axe Victim
May 6th, 2005 02:42 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

THANKS for the review, the G-DEC posse thread was of no use to me, I just wanted some feedback on what it sounds like.

ps -- I didn't care for the sound samples on Fender's website. However, as the owner of a Cyber Twin, I know that I probably won't like 80% or more of the presets anyway.

Doug1

Michigan

May 6th, 2005 06:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I spent two hours at my local guitar shop playing on the G-DEC today. I will be returning tomorrow to purchase one along with a beautiful MIM Black strat. I gave up electric guitar 2 years ago and went strictly acoustic, the G-DEC has given me reason to get back into the electric arena. Great toy, tool, and motivator. I can't wait to get playing.

Doug

Idiot18

USA

May 7th, 2005 03:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Two good things that newbies might miss:

If you like the sound through the speaker, good phones will totally blow you away (and save the neighborhood).

Also, by punching the DRUMS button and spinning the wheel, you get access to all 70 of the drum/bass patterns which is what they constructed the current 50 presets from. The guitar sound won't change with these, but if you set up your fave tone to begin with, you can really find some cool new grooves in this DRUMS/PATTERN mode. BYOT (Bring Yer Own Tone)

5Strats
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Charleston, WV

Axe Victim
May 10th, 2005 03:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

FYI -- I bought a G-DEC last Saturday and its loads of fun.

Idiot18

USA

May 11th, 2005 07:38 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Stay tuned for new presets and goodies from Fender in the coming weeks. Since the firmware is totally updateable via midi, it will be.

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