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FDP Forum / Fender Amps: 1985 - Current / Compare DRRI with Blues Deluxe RI

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North Gnarlyington

Aug 10th, 2016 07:07 AM   Edit   Profile  

I love my DRRI for how chimey and clean it is and also how well it takes pedals. Besides just being louder, what difference would I hear between the two, whether clean or with pedals? Is the BDRI like a Tweed Deluxe on steroids? Or can it get to a similar clean/chime as the DRRI?

(This message was last edited by professor at 09:37 AM, Aug 10th, 2016)


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Happy Sunsets, tahitijack
Aug 10th, 2016 09:27 AM   Edit   Profile  

Have you compared it to the Fender Deluxe Vintage Modified?

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A Man of Constant Sorrow
Aug 10th, 2016 11:51 AM   Edit   Profile  

The Blues Deluxe and DRRI don't sound anything alike to me.

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North Gnarlyington

Aug 10th, 2016 01:37 PM   Edit   Profile  


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Home of the Goodyear blimp
Aug 10th, 2016 02:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

Ive had both and presently have the drri. It has been a long time since I sold the BDRI so my memory is not fresh. If memory serves me the clean was decent . More midrangey than the drri which is more mid scooped. The OD on the BDRI was a tad muddy for my tastes and the it had more bottom end than the drri, but it could be loose when cranked.
The drri was more chimey and lush . To my ears it had more depth than the BDRI. The reverb of the drri was outstanding , the reverb of the BDRI not so much.
The BDRI is a decent amp , but there is a reason thr DRRI is so popular. Hope this helps. They really are totally different amps.

FDP Data Goon

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I sin real good
Aug 10th, 2016 03:05 PM   Edit   Profile  

I prefer the clean channel on the BD (haven't heard a RI), and generally prefer 6L6 amps as a pedal platform over 6V6 for headroom.

But you won't get one or the other with the other.

Studio use I could take either, but if I was playing live, I'd want the higher wattage and headroom of the BD.

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North Gnarlyington

Aug 10th, 2016 03:15 PM   Edit   Profile  

The reason I'm asking is there is a used one available for a pretty good price. I don't need it, but....

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When I sin

I sin real good
Aug 10th, 2016 03:32 PM   Edit   Profile  

They're damn nice amps, if the BDRI had been available at the time I'd have probably bought it over the HRD (which I'm happy with, but it's one of the older ones with the Emis versus the modern Celestions).

These days I'd get a BDRI in a heartbeat - speaker is right, amp is right as a pedal platform, and used responsibly, the OD channel on the BD will get you to very acceptable places.

As much as I like the meltdown on crack of the old HRDs, I get that it's not a useful sound for most people in the gain channel.

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olde New England

If you can't play good, play loud
Aug 11th, 2016 11:55 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'm also looking to downsize one of my amps and looking at a BDRI. How would the volume and headroom compare to a Moyer modded CVR?



Ike Turner is my guitar hero!
Aug 11th, 2016 11:56 AM   Edit   Profile  

I own both amps.

They're two completely different animals, in my opinion....

To my ear, the Blues Deluxe Reissue = Way Old School Fender Creamy Dark, Brown/Tweed Tone.

The DRRI = Classic Fender 60's Blackface Chime..


What It Was!

cross-dressing for Rodan
Aug 12th, 2016 05:43 AM   Edit   Profile  

6L6 = bottom end whomp
6V6 = glassy chime

Apples & oranges. One of each is the solution!

Revelation Sound

Pennsylvania, USA

Aug 12th, 2016 07:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

I would love at 65 Deluxe Reverb RI as my next amp.

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