BLACKVERB – ‘65 Fender Deluxe Reverb
Genres: Ska, Blues, Jazz, Country, Funk, Folk, Indie, Pop
Uses: Rhythm, Lead, Clean
SCORE: 8 / 10
Fender clean tones are some of the best ever engineered. There are other companies that do a great clean tone but Fender has been doing it for generations. The Deluxe reverb is one of the amps that you will always hear and read associated with great clean tones.
Look up the guys famous for using the Fender Deluxe Reverb, it will make your head spin. Robben Ford, Vince Gill, Elvis Costello, David Gilmour, BB King, Eric Johnson and Keith Richards to name a few. A quote from James Burton illustrates the Deluxe’s country abilities. “From 64 to 78 or so, pretty much everyone showed up to record with a tele or a strat and a Fender Twin”,
The Blackverb is one of my top three go-to amps for clean tones but you can also drive it a bit to really have the EQ come alive. Kazrog did a great job with this one and with the scores of incredibly well done Fender 212 impulse offerings on the market; you can get awfully close to the real thing. Rarely do I like the way an amp sim sounds with no processing at all but this one sounds great with only an impulse. Experiment with 112, 212, 410 and 412 cabs, it plays well with the lot.
I use it for ska, southern rock, blues, country, chicken picking, folk, funk and more. I don’t typically drive the amp at all because for anything involving any type of gain or OD, there are just better sims in the collection for those purposes. It sounds good with a little tiny bit of dirt but it’s just not built for anything above that in my opinion. It’s an amazing sim that will get you real close to the original with some time and the right impulse.
Just the right boost pedal plugin with the amp sim gain on 1-2 can really sound great. I don’t really like the sound of the amp driven really hard but the tones can be really nice if you add just a little grit. The Kazrog Klon Centaur pedal plugin called “the centipede” does a great job with the Blackverb.
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Thermionik makes sure users have every type of tone at their fingertips. Clean tones are well represented with plugins like the Blackverb so when you buy Thermionik, reach for it when you need a nice clean. You won’t regret it.