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Fender ’65 Deluxe Reverb Or Tone Master?

Published 2 Oct 2020

These two amps look almost identical, but on the inside they couldn’t be more different. Which one do we buy?

Life too short for long YouTube videos? Please see the ‘Interesting bits and go-to sections’ information below.

Welcome to the show. One of life’s more puzzling mysteries is why That Pedal Show does not have a blackface Fender Deluxe Reverb amp. Erm, yet. This 6V6-powered, 22-watt titan of tone has brought the electric guitar to life on countless stages and in countless studios since the mid-1960s. It is without question one of THE classic guitar amps of all time. Ever. So we thought it high time we acquired one. Credit card at the ready.
Hold your horses, Tiger. In 2019, Fender introduced the Tone Master series of amps, comprising a digital modelling Deluxe Reverb and Twin Reverb that, to the casual observer, look exactly like their valve-driven namesakes. Pick one up and you realise this isn’t the same thing at all. These relative featherweights require no hefty transformers and swap their ceramic speakers for neodymium. They are also considerably less expensive.
It had to be done. We got them both in, gave them a blast and put our money where our mouths are. Let’s do this!

Enjoy the episode!

We figure we may get some new viewers for this video so we'll reiterate this about That Pedal Show.
We have never accepted, nor will ever accept, any payment for product placement, for making videos or for reviewing gear. We only play what we want to play and NOTHING else. TPS is funded via merch sales, Google ad revenue, Patreon donations and some retailer affiliate links. None of which influences our choice of gear, as you can hopefully tell by the stuff we use most.
When we buy gear, we are usually able to do so with a trade or artist discount that's pretty consistent across the majority of manufacturers. We bought the ’65 Deluxe through Fender's artist program, and very grateful we are too.
Thanks for reading!

Amps & pedals in this episode…
• Fender Tone Master Deluxe Reverb
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• Fender ’65 Deluxe Reverb
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• Ibanez Tube Screamer Mini
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• Boss BD-2w Waza Craft Blues Driver
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• Wampler Plexi Drive - links to mini version
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• J Rockett Squeegee
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• Keeley Fuzz Bender
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• Boss CE-2w Waza Craft Chorus
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• Dunlop EP103 Echoplex Delay
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• TheGigRig G2

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Interesting bits and go-to sections…
- Intro playing: 00:00
- Today’s task and context?: 01:43
- Quiet, amp only at ’home?’: 04:43
- Back to the studio and more volume: 12:51
- Volume at 4.5 – are we overdriving yet?: 14:57
- Bit more volume…: 17:10
- No mid range pot: 18:45
- What about the TM attenuator?: 19:50
- Let’s listen to some pedals: 23:00
- Strat, Tube Screamer, Echoplex: 24:55
- Chorus, Blues Driver, Echoplex and more: 25:59
- What do we think so far?: 28:04
- Clean sounds, no pedals: 29:11
- What about the speaker? Let’s change it: 34:15
- Both amps into the same speaker, sounds: 35:40
- …and with Tube Screamer and Echoplex: 37:58
- Dan has a play, compressor and chorus: 40:33
- That’s the one we’ll buy: 43:24
- Reverb and tremolo? 45:07
- Why no amp settings or blindfold test?: 48:18
- Dan’s in love: 49:45

Guitars in this episode:
Gibson Custom True Historic ’57 Les Paul Goldtop, Murphy Aged – no video yet
• Fender Custom Shop ’52 Heavy Relic Telecaster – Dan’s video at
• 1965 Fender Telecaster - no video yet
• Fender American Vintage ’62 Stratocaster – Mick’s video at
• Fender John Mayer Signature Stratocaster – no video yet

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