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 #127104  by Poor Peter
 Fri Apr 26, 2013 7:20 am
Howdy all, Is anyone fimiliar with the fender deluxe 90 dsp. Best I can tell it is not a tube amp. Im looking to replace my super reverb and the deluxe seems to be the direction I'm heading. I found one on Craigs list for $180.00. I can only equate the price to the fact that it is not a tube amp. I am I correct on my assumption. I found some specs on the internet that mention dyna touch circuitry, but thats about it. 90 watts out of one 12" speaker? Can anyone help?
 #127109  by Smolder
 Fri Apr 26, 2013 7:55 am
Yes, it's solid state.

Lot's of guys trying to replace twins and super reverbs with deluxe reverbs these days so the Deluxe sells at a premium. I'd expect to pay 900-1500 for a silverface deluxe reverb, but put a D/K/E120 in it and you'll be sounding great. Slightly less expensive but more rare is the Deluxe Reverb II. Very nice Rivera era amp and very under rated. The other option is a reissue deluxe refer. Either could be had used for 650-800.
 #127153  by harperx
 Fri Apr 26, 2013 5:03 pm
The Fender Deluxe 90 DSP is a solid state amp. It's got a pretty good sound for solid state, though. The clean channel is very clean and punchy. The drive channels are OK, but solid state overdrive never seems to sound as good. My previous rig was a Mesa Boogie Mk III through EVM-12S speakers. It sounded great, but it was killing me - 60 lbs for the head, and 80 lbs for the 2 X cabinet. The Fender Deluxe 90 (at 35 lbs total for 1X12 combo) gave me 80% of the tone at 20% of the weight. :-)

My Deluxe 90 DSP got stolen, though. :-( I'm currently running a Traynor TS-50. The Traynor's solid state also, but a totally different sound, more like a Marshall.