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Fender Hot Rod DeVille 212 Amp : Review

Fender Hot Rod DeVille 212

Features

The reverb settings are common and the effect cannot be turned off with the footswitch. The quality is low. The equalization section is common, and this creates some problems.

Normal

Input 1

It is suitable to most of the guitars.

2

With 6dB less than the first, this input is for pre-amplified instruments. If used together, they are identical.

Normal/Bright

It provides more high frequencies.

Volume

The loudness.

Channel 2

Drive

It modifies the Gain level. It must be used in conjunction with Master.

More Drive

Press this button to increase the Gain level.

Master

The overall volume.

Common functions

Treble, Middle, Bass

This is the equalization section.

Reverb

The level.

Presence

It works after the distortion circuitry. It adds high frequencies, but is not so effective.

Pre Out/Power In

You can use these two jacks in different ways. For example, like a Send and Return for the effects, for recording or if you want to use another pre.

Disappointing

Clean

Good, rich and warm, but don't expect the famous Fender tone. However, i have made a test with the neck pickup and some Delay, but just a bit. The result was rather good, not like a '63 Reverb, but good.

Distortion

It provides a passable distortion that can be improved if this amp is coupled with a good Tube Screamer. If you play classic Rock or Blues, for example Steve Ray Vaughan and so on, the tone is accettable. But this is all. An expert guitarist will not appreciate the DeVille 212 distortion. The sound is a bit harsh and cold. Perhaps, because of the speakers, or the tubes, i don't know. If you want a valid distortion the use of a good pedal is obligatory. Another problem is that it is noisy, much noisy, particularly when the Gain is cranked up.

Conclusions

The DeVille 212 can be used to play Blues, Country or Rock, but surely not Metal. The price, this is my own opinion, is excessive.

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