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joe kJun 17, 2009 6:42 AM GMT
Anybody amplify through a Fender DeVille? I've got a chance to pick up one cheap and want to get some input. Thanks in advance.
Harmonica Joe K
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Not so bad, but I think, it's the worst fender amp for harmonica. Too big to overdrive, too big speakers. It sounds clean (not overdriven) but very muddy. Drive channel sounds thin. Maybe some booster or compressor between mic and amp input can help amp to sound overdriven at clean channel.
The original 4-10 Blues DeVille, which used the same Eminence made alnico magnet speakers that the first version of the 4-10 Bassman reissues were using was actually the most harp friendly version and actually sounded more like a real '59 Bassman (which I'm the proud owner of since 1983) than the reissues did at the time. Just remember to plug into the normal channel don't use any bright or fat switches or it's feedback hell. It weighed a lot more than the Bassman RI because of the reverb circuitry that was put in it. They recently reissued this version about 2 years ago. Stay away from those drive channels because they only work well for guitar and you may be in feedback hell quick.
The way I setup the tone controls on those was plug into #1 input on normal channel, turn the trble off completely, put the bass ideally at 6, no higher than 8, middle at about 3 no higher than 5, presence at 8 and turn the master volume all the way up, which actually totally turns this circuit completely off, and it's the same way I set my Bassman up using a JT30 with a crystal. If you use a Green Bullet, you may need to set the treble a tad higher as well as the bass. As far as volume goes, I set it right into the point of nearly feeding back.
The later Hot Rod Deville has way too much crap for harp and is really more guitar friendly than harp friendly, but if you are getting either the 4-10 or 2-12 Blues DeVille that was made prior to being hot rodded, those two are harp friendly.
I went to a Fabulous Thunderbird concert in Philidelphia Mississippi. Kim Wilson was using two (2) Fender DeVille's. Outstanding TONE!!
Have to note, that I've tried only 2x12 deville. Much better than any marshall, but not half as good as fender with 10' speakers.
Personally, i strongly prefer 10s for harp. Much better than 12s IMHO.