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FDP Forum / Fender Product Reviews / '57 Deluxe reissue



Apr 15th, 2007 10:29 AM   Edit   Profile  

Just brought one home to try out for the next few days. First observations are that it is louder than I expected for only 12 watts and has more bass than I would have thought. Looking further I found that cranking the tone control all the way up...yes, even with a brighter single coil-equipped guitar, gives the amp its singing quality. So far, so good on the tone.

A few hours later: Okay, a bit more time on it. The first thing that jumped out was the balance. It's fairly well-balanced between bass and treble although the edge goes to the bass...it's just a bit bigger. On my single coil-equipped Anderson Classic that's a good thing, on my humbucking-equipped Anderson Hollow Cobra S it gets a bit flabby. Thus it reproduces well, a single coil retains its character, with a humbucking retaining its own character as well.

At about halfway on the volume dial (instrument channel) the amp stays between that nice "edge" on the notes and useable clean. Any higher and it starts to really get gritty. When cranked, with my Classic, it's fat and full and not too flabby or mushy. Now this is with the tone control either cranked or not less than 9...it really seems to make the amp come alive. It's not too bright either but if so that's where the guitar's tone control comes in for once.

Pedals? I only used one...a Seymour Duncan Pickup Booster. Only turned it up about halfway too. With either guitar it really adds some sustain and fullness but is designed for single coils...it did indeed fatten the Classic and really brought the single string playing to life. Feedback coming in at only halfway on the volume dial...really, really singing.

As said before it's loud. Well, louder than I would have thought. It's not AC30 loud but I'd say it's quite close to Deluxe Reverb loud. The speaker is one of the alnico Jensens, 40 watts rated handling. (I have a Jensen in my DRRI and of course several in my SRRI. This one does not appear to be as "bright" as those were at first...which for many here is a good thing.) With a change to a blue alnico Celestion it should be a bit louder, add some JJ 6V6s and it definitely should be perceived as such.

The only truly bad part...besides its price ...is a whiny sound coming from the top rear panel. The panel is oversized and flexed, not flush with the cab, and it vibrates too much due to the looseness. Not what one would like to see with an amp at this price point but....? One last thing, it's light. Really light. A "whopping" 25 lbs yet sounds like a 40 lb.'er...if that makes sense.

End result? So far so good...good sounding amp.

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brown super/germany

Apr 19th, 2007 03:03 AM   Edit   Profile  

hi peppy!
thanks for the review!

just a side-note on the vibrating back-panel. iŽd heard that this used to be a problem on the originals, too! now, you know that victoria is known as one of the best recreators of the original fender tweed-amps and when i got my vicky deluxe the back-panel vibrated like crazy when the amp was played loud ;)
i used to stick guitar-picks in there to tighten it up for a while...
then i got me an original Ž62 tweed-champ and as i removed the back-panel i noticed tiny pieces of velcro which were glued to the chassis-frame to keep the back-panel from vibrating!
i quickly applied this concept to my vicky-deluxe and it worked like a charm - no more cabinet-buzz!
voila, now you know how accurate a reissue fender really put out ;)

enjoy the amp!
- C.



Nov 1st, 2007 04:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

Hi guys

I'm really interested in the fender tweed period amp...I played 2 weeks ago the 57 Deluxe at my local dealer, I liked it very very much. But I wonder how this would compare to a Victoria, which I never play? What would be the differences (if any) between a 57 deluxe and its similar version made by Victoria?


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oh well a touch of

grey, kinda suits you anyway
Nov 18th, 2007 05:07 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have the Victoria and I had the same problem with the back panel. Got some adhesive backed felt and stuck it on the back of the panel (you must take it off to do this) And now no trouble at all.

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Dec 27th, 2008 12:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

While the '57 Deluxe Reissue isn't a bad amp at all, it does not sound a whole lot like the real thing to me. It doesn't have as much clean headroom, the tone is not as complex, and the character of the overdrive is more "modern" sounding than on an old one, most likely due to the use of a 12AX7 rather than the lower-gain 12AY7 in the preamp (which may also be the reason for the earlier onset of distortion).

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