Fender Blues DeVille Vs. Fender Blues Deluxe

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Fender Blues DeVille Vs. Fender Blues Deluxe
Fender tweeds are finished with tweed fabric instead of vinyl. (Tweed Fabric Pattern Background image by James Phelps from Fotolia.com)

The Fender Blues DeVille and the Fender Blues Deluxe are reissues produced by Fender that try to recreate the sounds of vintage tweed amplifiers from the late 1950s and early 1960s. Although these amplifiers are not vintage tweed amplifiers, they are designed to create the tones of amplifiers of that era.

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Power

Both the Fender Blues DeVille and the Fender Blues Deluxe feature an all-tube preamp and power amp. Vacuum tubes, or valves, amplify a signal in a different way than transistors or digital amplifiers, creating a warmer tone. The Blues Deluxe is a 40-watt amplifier that uses three 12AX7 tubes in the preamp and two 6L6 tubes in the power amp. There were two versions of the Blues DeVille. One version had two 12-inch speakers and is no longer in production. The current version has four 10-inch speakers. Both versions are 60-watt amplifiers that use three 12AX7 tubes in the preamp and two 6L6 power tubes.

Speakers

The Blues Deluxe has a single 12-inch speaker. The stock speaker is designed by Eminence and is rated at 50 watts, above the maximum output of the amplifier. The Blues DeVille 410 has four 10-inch Eminence-designed speakers rated at 30 watts each. The combination of four speakers is far above the 60 watts produced by the amplifier. The Blues DeVille 212 has two Fender Gold Label 12-inch speakers.

Controls

Both the Blues Deluxe and the two versions of the Blues DeVille have the same controls. The presence control clips or allows very high frequencies that make the sound seem more immediate. The reverb adjusts the spring reverberation units in the amplifiers to create an echo effect. The master volume control adjusts the main power output of the amplifier. The treble, middle, and bass controls adjust the tone. The drive select switch changes between the amplifier's clean and distorted channels. The drive control adjusts the power of the preamp and the amplifier distortion. The volume control adjusts the actual volume coming from the speakers. The bright switch boosts the amplifier's high frequencies and the standby switch allows power to warm the tubes while leaving the other parts of the amplifier circuitry off.

Features

The features of the two amplifiers are very similar. The only difference is the Blues DeVille's external speaker jack that allows the amplifier to drive an external speaker cabinet. Both amplifiers feature two channels, master controls to balance volume between the two channels, an effects loop and a spring reverb. Each amplifier also has a two-button foot switch to switch channels and to turn reverb on and off. In addition to a vintage tweed cloth covering, each amplifier features a chrome control panel and vintage style "chicken head" knobs.

Size & Weight

The Fender Blues Deluxe is 18-3/4 inches high, 23-1/2 inches wide and 10-1/2 inches deep. It weighs 20.4 Kilogram. The Fender Blues DeVille 410 is 23-1/2 inches high, 23-1/2 inches wide and 10-3/4 inches deep. It weighs 22.7 Kilogram. The Fender Blues Deluxe 212 is 21-1/2 inches high, 24-1/4 inches wide and 10-3/4 inches deep. It weighs 24.3 Kilogram.

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