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Fender '57 Bandmaster - 26W 3x10" Guitar Combo Amp - Tweed Reviews

5.0 stars based on 5 customer reviews
  • from Philadelphia April 8, 2016Music Background:

    120% Satisfied

    I write this review after having this amp 1 year. The clarity is impressive, the response to picking is very nice and reflects the hand wiring. I decided to match this with a 1963 reissue FENDER Reissue Reverb Tank and this really made a difference in adding the warmth. When you add this cost it takes you into the 3,000 USD range so if you are committed to getting "THE" tone you should be able to achieve it wih this. I should mention I use a 1963 Fender relic Stratocaster so its a nice team effort from fender that makes this really sing. I am 120% happy. The only downside is the bass may be a little less defined and clear than you will find with a Marshall, so you have to play with the 4 inputs and patch them to dial in the perfect sound for you. Go for it.....

  • from Toledo, Ohio May 18, 2015Music Background:

    Killer Amp

    Seriously great tone from these reissues. I've had most of the reissues, Blackface Deluxe, Tweed Deluxe, Twin and this beats them all hands down. The cranked tones are to die for, they really capture a natural distortion that is harmonically rich and very touch sensitive. If you play lightly or use your guitar volume the amp responds appropriately. Cleaned up is the great old Fender clean but when cranked think Ronnie Montrose - he used one on the Montrose LP and it gets the tone perfectly. I highly recommend this amp without hesitation.
    My Best ~ Joe

  • from Villa Rica Ga. April 6, 2014Music Background:
    recording and performing part time


    Having owned an original 3-10 Bandmaster I was real anxious to try the reissue. My old amp was some what unreliable and sounded good when it worked. The new reissue is the max!! Fender has a real winner, the amp is so touch sensitive and with an outrageous tone when cranked. Thanks to AJ for the attention and the quick delivery. I am a total Sweetwater fan.

  • from Houston, TX April 24, 2013Music Background:
    Pro Retired

    Finally! Thank you Fender!

    For several years I've been looking for a hand-wired amp with 20-something watts and 10 inch speakers in a pine cabinet that sounded like a Fender... because Fender didn't make one. Not a new one anyway—the rugged, reliable new kind you can take everywhere and work like a dog. The magnificent Vibro-King and Twin amps can be too powerful and the underpowered Deluxe too dirty for Tele and Strat players on a local club stage. The 26 watt amp is perfect for small to medium gigs and the 3 x 10" speakers bring in a clarity and spank not found in the other tweeds. A LOT of music I grew up with was made on Fenders like this. THANK YOU Fender for filling a very big gap. I can't wait!

  • from NY April 15, 2015Music Background:
    Former professional

    Well done

    Great amp, really tight punchy sound you would expect from fender at this price. I think the speakers and or tubes need to break in a bit to create "breakup" at a lower volume - so have patience if you buy this....

    I'm a bit torn as to the high price because I had a 1995 fender vibrolux blonde amp I loved and this amp is slightly better. The difference is the point to point wiring here and the finger jointed real pine that is used. The sound quality differences are slight when I compare to the vibrolux reverb from 1995 - to be direct, not much different in terms of sound quality, but I am giving this judgement more time before I am committing to this position statement.

    Long term I think this is the right move - hand wired, pure fender tone that should only get better with age. No regrets.

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