Kirk Fletcher Tests Out The Tone Master Deluxe Reverb | Fender Amplifiers | Fender


[MUSIC PLAYING] Hi, this is Kirk Fletcher. And we’re at Fender, and we’re
checking out the Fender Tone Master Deluxe Reverb. [PLAYING GUITAR] I really need an amplifier to
have, like, a lot of headroom. Because if it’s too distorted
for me, then I can’t– I’m not in my comfortable zone. So I need, like,
a lot of headroom, and then I can pick softer. So the amp is kind of
doing more of the work and I’m picking softer. Then I can use more, like,
dynamics and things like that. So that’s the first thing. And I always kind of look
for that big Fender, classic, you know, big, clean
sound, you know. For me, Fender is
what I started with, and I’ve played for
most of my career. It’s mainly, you know, always
been my trusty Super Reverb– Fender Super Reverb. So that’s sort of my,
you know, ground zero, bass tone, you know, just a
big, fat, warm, clean tone. So whatever amp I’m playing,
I’m always looking for that, in that amp, whatever it is. I’m looking for that tone. About maybe five
or six years ago, I was able to get a Deluxe
Reverb from a friend of mine. And I’ve played
that just as much as the Super in recent
years, because, you know, live with stage volume
and keeping things down and kind of cranking out
more of the Deluxe Reverb is a little bit more ideal
at times, in certain venues, you know. So I love it. [LAUGHING] [PLAYING GUITAR] A lot of times the
drawbacks are mushy low-end, and then I’m out
of my comfort zone. So I really look for something
that has, like, tight low-end and that stays clean that
at kind of a higher volume. Because I like to be able
to turn my volume down on the guitar and have the
amp react to however I set it, you know. So that’s basically the
main thing, you know. How’s the power? How is the, you know, low-end? Is it tight enough
so I can do what I need to do to get the job done. [LAUGHING] I’m pretty much a classic
Fender amp style player. And I just, you know, on
some of the songs I’ve written in the
past has been like, I needed just a little
bit more grit, you know, to turn up the amp to just get
a little bit more out of it. But it’s pretty
much Kirk Fletcher ground zero is, you know, the
big, clean sound, you know. To me, the Deluxe Reverb just
sounds like a really fantastic sound in the Deluxe Reverb. If you hadn’t of said
that it wasn’t an tube amp I would have
thought definitely that it was just a
great sounding tube amp, you know, running
how it should run. I mean it feels
exactly the same to me. It just sounds fantastic. I’m really excited about the
possibilities of the Tone Master Amp. One is the attenuation. So you know, like, you don’t
have to deal with sound men telling you to turn down. You can just get the same tone
at any, you know, at any click, shall we say. And then the other thing
is, it has the direct out, and I think it’s
modeled after SM57, which is one of my favorite
microphones of all time. And it just sounds
really big and warm. And I just can’t wait
to try it some more. Usually on a friendly
Deluxe Reverb I usually set the volume
around between three and five, I would say. Treble on like,
five or something like that, and the bass
probably on about four. And then I’ll just,
you know, check out and see what the amp is
telling me, you know, and go from there. If it’s too trebely, I’ll
cut the treble down some and just use my
ears really to kind of dial in the tone, you
know, that works for me. I view this amp as the sound. I’m strictly driven towards
the sound of the amp. And the amp sounds fantastic. You know, it reacts the same
way as the tube ramp does. And the reverb is fantastic. So I’m, you know– I’m a happy camper. It sounds great. The fact that the amp
weighs 23 pounds is amazing. I mean, I can just think
about my brothers and sisters in New York, you know, on
the subway or whatever, carrying the amp. Now they can bring their tone
to any gig, and it’s light. I mean, that’s just
a fantastic thing. The one thing I think
is for the more, sort of vintage guy like
myself, you know, to have an amp that looks,
feels, like, you know, their classic Fender Deluxe, but
yet, you know, like you said, the 23 pounds, the direct out. It’s sort of like moving that
beautiful design that Leo Fender came up with in the
past, moving it into the future, and all of the
things that we have to face when we’re
playing music now, live and recording
and everything. It’s just changing. It’s bringing that, you know,
changing with the times. And that’s, I think, a
very important thing. It’s sort of like me. It’s sort of like, you
know, a blues man in 2019. [PLAYING GUITAR]