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Fender Vintage Modified Band Master VM Amp : Review

Fender Band Master VM

The name is only marketing

Let's say immediately one thing. The real Band Master is another thing, however this head is a good compromise, if you are looking for a flexible amp. A good clean, a valid distortion and some excellent digital effects. All this at a good price.
It is built in Mexico but this characteristic doesn't invalidate the overall quality of the head, which is well realized.

Tubes

It is an hybrid with two 12AX7 for the pre and two 6L6 for the amplification. If we analyze the technical specifications we see that the clean sound is created with a solid-state pre. The two tubes carry out two different functions.
The first one is a phase inverter, while the second one generates the overdrive of the second channel.

Rear panel and tubes

Anyhow, a good job

We have said that the clean sound is generated by a solid state circuit, but the result is valid. The tone is a bit darker than the classic Fender clean, but this is not a limit. It's different.
The distortion, which is all tube, is really good. It is flexible and pleasant.

Effects

It provides Reverb, Delay and Chorus. The quality is excellent and the front panel is equipped with some basic controls, which make a good job. The effects are digital but this isn't a great problem. The quality is really good.

Controls

General opinion

A good quality/price ratio. The clean sound isn't the classic Fender but it's valid, and the distortion is really good. The Band Master VM is flexible and can play everything, at a good price.

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