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FDP Forum / Amp Mods, Repairs, and Projects / Bad Luck With Fender Amps


USA, Baltimore

I'm on the Lost Hwy riding my Road King
Oct 11th, 2018 03:57 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've got a Blues Jr that had to go in the shop a year ago ($250 fix). Now my HRD 1x12 just went in for $350. Neither one of the amps has been used much nor gigged. Mostly basement stuff. Hopefully I'm good to go for a while!!

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American Patriot

About as ordinary as you can get.
Oct 11th, 2018 04:19 PM   Edit   Profile  

Try a Fender made in the 70's. Some are affordable and are great amps.
I just don't like any of Fender's present amps.

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Oct 11th, 2018 04:29 PM   Edit   Profile  

So sorry about your luck.

I’m also in the “old Fenders over new” camp.

But I’m first and foremost a Marshall guy.

I realize I’ve added nothing to your thread.

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South Jersey/USA

She turned me into a newt!....
Oct 11th, 2018 05:50 PM   Edit   Profile  

The Hot Rod series did have a lot of problems with heat and expansion and contraction of the PCB boards causing broken solder joints.

Nature of the beast.

Older amps with turret boards or eyelet boards hold up much better with the heat.

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USA/Taos, NM

Oct 11th, 2018 10:09 PM   Edit   Profile  

Back around 1999 to about 2002, I had a Fender Deluxe 90. I was just getting back into playing after a 25 year hiatus (crazy, huh...?). So I did the quick and dirty move by just buying whatever was easy and affordable. It was a solid state amp and gave me nothing but trouble. It would channel switch all on its own. Sometimes it seemed to be the result of certain lower register notes, but not always. I think in 2 years it was in the shop 5 times; sometimes for a couple of months at a time. I "think" the tech finally fixed it. But I wasn't in the mood to test my luck by hanging on to it. I was glad to see it go. It didn't sound all that great anyway.

As I got further into the playing mode, I began to understand the dynamics of good tube amps once again, and was able to satisfy the tone search with some good tube amps. Over the years, I've kept my Allen Brown Sugar (just a monster) and my Allen Accomplice for the longest--and am still very satisfied with them. Of course, they are meant to emulate those golden years of the older Fender amps. And they do so with great consistency, tone and durability.


Too Near Atlanta GA

Amp Tech Emeritus
Oct 19th, 2018 08:01 AM   Edit   Profile  

Techs in Baltimore must be really proud of their work. :) In all the years as an amp tech and service center owner, I don't recall ever charging out $250 for any Blues Jr repair...nor $350 for any repair of a Hot Rod Deluxe or Deville...those are really high dollar repairs for those type amps...unless the transformers were fried and the tubes were all replaced. :) Of course, that was then and this is now...so who knows. :)


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Satan gave me

a taco
Oct 19th, 2018 02:23 PM   Edit   Profile  

That is an insane amount to charge for a repair on an amp.

Winch, who are you taking your amps to for service?


usa Thumb area Mi

Dec 16th, 2018 05:13 AM   Edit   Profile  


I was thinking the exact same thing!!!!

My tech charges $30 to diagnose the problem and the most he's ever charged me was $210 (and that was for an intermittent problem that was really hard to find) I see a lot of Fracking scam artist out there posing and amp techs

Not to cast dought in the OP's words, and not to say modern Fenders from time to time have their problems (all amps do even the hand wired ones)

That said, I see a trend on the internet. It's usually that the person claiming problems with Modern Fenders are claiming they have had " issues with multiple Fender modern PCB amps.

These type of accounts leaves a lot of the background information in the dark. As someone who uses mostly vintage HW Fender amps (Silverfaces to be exact) I have indeed gigged HRDs and Bjr to great effect with no issues (But I have had a Tech go over them and maybe that is the key factor? IDK...) But because of my good experiences, my first gut reaction is "ok OP what are you doing to these amps causing them to fail?" That seems to run counter to most people's opinion which is "look at Fender's Quality control" Another factor no one looks at is the "Logistics factor." To me, complaints like above always have the "I've had several Fender amps and they have all had problems etc.." Where are these people getting their amps from? Are they getting bang up and thrown around a warehouse distribution center? that says ships to say southern Ohio guitar Centers... IMO there is a comonality here.. (don't know what it is though)

(This message was last edited by pcalu at 07:17 AM, Dec 16th, 2018)

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Vacaville CA

Runs with scissors !!
Mar 4th, 2019 08:33 PM   Edit   Profile  

My new Rumble 200 died after 3 months. Fender replaced it. No Questions Ask.

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Just beyond Mars

there's a world of fools
Mar 4th, 2019 09:51 PM   Edit   Profile  

Things sure are different these days.

Many years ago before I worked on my own stuff, the amp guru in the Baltimore area was Jeff Bober (pre-Budda, pre-East) at Precision Audio Tailoring in Glen Burnie. He was a nice guy and a great tech, and he always was extremely reasonable.

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