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Jan 13th, 2009 06:20 PM        

Hi All,

Well a quick trip to my local L&M store at lunch, I was very surprised to see a new VM Deluxe sitting on the floor!!

I had just been reading about this new amp on the board, and looking forward to the NAMM reviews when low and behold there was one in the flesh. Well after 20 min of testing, it is sitting right beside me as I post this!!

Could this be the perfect Fender amp of my dreams!!
All tube, great digital effects, no menus or hard to read buttons, no digital amp modeling Same size and look as a DRRI. Two channels 40w, great gain from Blackface to Marshal at low volumes up to an ear numbing 40w of tube power!

Well hold on to you wallets, and you GAS attack because all of the above is true!!

Call this a honeymoon review as I have had less than 2 hours on the amp, but I am very impressed so far. I have not had the chance to open her up (Will do on the weekend when the wife is out shopping) But I can honestly say that the tone is pure Blackface deluxe on the clean channel, and nice Blackface breakup to Marshal level overdrive on the gain channel.

The reverb is great, as well as a nice analogue sounding delay and chorus, and the controls work very well and are easy to use.

So lets start the offical club and discuss this wonderful new design from Fender, and share settings, mods and whatever as I am sure this is going to be a very popular line, and has great potential for future models.

Velvet Quicksand

USA Marysville Oh.

It is what it is !
Jan 13th, 2009 06:26 PM        

As soon as I read about this amp I wanted one! I'm going to have to check this out asap. If you don't mind me asking, and I'm sure I'm not the only one that will want to know, what is the going price on this amp.




Jan 13th, 2009 06:56 PM        

The price I paid was $799 CDN.
So probably close to $699 USD.

Surprising how much gain is on tap!
Don't think that you need a pedal; with this one.
Almost like a new Prosonic!!



Jan 13th, 2009 07:05 PM        

Just noted one other thing.

The clean channel has pre-gain tone controls for clasic Fender sounds, and the Gain channel has post-gain tone controls for more of a Marshal tone stack.


I grabbed mine ASAP, as normally when these new amps are released they send 1 or 2 out to the big chain stores, and after they are gone you might have to wait a while for stock.

So make a call and you might be able to grab on quick!!


Antioch, IL

Jan 13th, 2009 07:50 PM        

i can't wait to try one, i've been kinda wanting to get a bigger amp like a BDlx or even a DRRI... seems like with the VMD I could still get the best of the SCXD i've got now with the additional features i was hoping to get by going to one of the others... this thing appears to have everything i want out of an amp... w'ell see how the tone compares to the others...



Jan 13th, 2009 07:57 PM        

Well I have been on an amp quest for the last 3 years:

Blues Jr
Hot Rod Deluxe
Princeton recording amp
Cyber Twin
Tech 21 Trademark 60
Orange TT
And now the DVM

It has tone!!

The more I play, the wider the grin on my face........
It's nice to be back in the Fender camp.



Jan 13th, 2009 09:13 PM        

Congrats on your purchase. Let us know how it stacks against the blues jr, drri, hot rod etc at low and high volume! Does it take pedals well?



Jan 13th, 2009 09:18 PM        

I own a Hughes & Kettner Switchblade 50 Combo with 12" speaker. It's a 50w tube amp with digital effects that run in parallel so it doesn't cloud the tube output section (Please don't ask me to explain that comment as I have no idea how the digital and tube sections merge) The HK sells for $1699 so it's a bit more expensive than the Deluxe VM which makes the Fender a steal IF it can compare in sound quality and ease of use.

FYI - HK was the first manufacture to merge a tube amp with digital effects. I must say Fender has a challenge here as the HK is the best amp I have ever owned - period.

I have yet to play the VM but I'm extremely excited that Fender is jumping in this arena. I hope they perfected it and didn't rush it to market.

The HK's are made in Germany. Are the VM's US made?



Jan 13th, 2009 09:20 PM        


How about some sound samples. I must hear it -PLEASE !!!



Jan 13th, 2009 09:32 PM        

I am not really setup for sound samples, but trust me it sounds great! No manual with the amp, foot-switch and cover, and a settings template on top of the amp with some recommended settings. It also states that the amp uses 2 6L6 tubes in the power amp, and two 12AX7 in the pre-amp, one for pre-amp distortion and the other for the phase inverter. This is a real tube amp in all respects!

I think Fender hit the ball out of the park on this one.

Shane, I am not sure how much input you had on this new line of amps but I would not be surprised if they become more popular than the Hot Rod series.



Jan 13th, 2009 09:50 PM        


I no longer have the amps I listed earlier, as I only keep one amp at a time on my amp quest, so no direct comparing but I remember all the tones in my head!!

I can't get over the gain on this amp. It reminds me of the Orange TT, that had lots of gain with the same tube count as the DVM (2 pre and 2 power amp). Shane was not kidding when he said it will have more gain than a hot rod deluxe.

The Digital reverb is the best 'Spring' digital reverb that I have heard. Better than a Holy Grail and the Tech 21 Boost RVB.

Also no issues with the volume knob, and being too loud already at #2. It has a nice gradual increase in volume.

There is some good mojo working here.



Jan 14th, 2009 07:34 AM        

Deluxe VM is made in Mexico


Contributing Member


Jan 14th, 2009 04:48 PM        

Thanks for the review. We sure didn't expect one this quick. Keep us posted over the next couple of weeks as you use it more.



Jan 14th, 2009 09:19 PM        

Well I spent most of last night on the Gain channel, I spent some time tonight on the clean as well as the effects.

The Clean Channel is LOUD. Had it up to 4 before the wife banged on the floor!! Stayed clean all the way, so I am thinking that there is lots of headroom on the clean channel @ 40w.

Played with the Delay and Chorus as well. The Delay is real nice, and will get you subtle slap-back all the way up to U2 and beyond, very happy.

I am not much of a Chorus user but it also sounds good to me.

The pedal is perfect. Switch between Clean and Drive, as well as turn on and off each effect in any order that you need. Very practical.

Also forgot to mention that the amp has an external speaker output, and an effects loop.

So no one else picked one up so far? there must be more out there?


Antioch, IL

Jan 14th, 2009 09:41 PM        

this amp interests me greatly, but imma wait until they've been out for a bit then take a test drive myself... i'm excited about it though and can't wait to get one in at the local shop...



Jan 15th, 2009 06:30 PM        

Looks like the first NAMM video on the Fender Website '2009 Kickoff' has Lee Firkins playing the new VM Band-Master!!

Sounds real good!!



Jan 15th, 2009 08:37 PM        

The strat tone was a little flat... I think missing treble. But the tele tone was killer... which makes me think the strat tone was just not dialed in for my ears.

Unfortunately the vid kept locking up or graying out after the start of the Hendrix tune. Maybe tomorrow morning.

Very promising so far...


Mike in Oregon

U can add dirt, but U can't add clean
Jan 16th, 2009 08:04 AM        




Jan 16th, 2009 11:34 AM        

On the Fender web site 2009 Kickoff page...

Scroll down to the bottom of the page on the left (Firkins video). The upper right links must not be connected yet (or recorded).



Jan 16th, 2009 02:50 PM        

How come the foreginers get em first?

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