OK, we had a bit of fun at BOSS & Fender’s expense when they first announced their two new “classic tube-amps in a box” back in January, but to the duo’s credit, while it will certainly never take the place of a vintage Bassman amplifier, the ’59 Bassman pedal turned out to be a decent little tone machine.
Anyway, BOSS has now posted a video demo of the Bassman pedal’s brother––the ’65 Deluxe Reverb pedal––and like its sibling, this new stomp-box looks like a fairly worthy edition to your signal chain, particularly if you’ve been wanting to add a bit of tube-like reverb & vibrato mojo to an otherwise solid-state rig.
Controls appear to pretty much match those of a real Deluxe Reverb, including Level, Gain, Treble, Bass, Vibrato and Reverb, and the whole thing comes packed in BOSS’s usual solid-as-a-tank metal chassis.
Digital modeling has come a long way in the last few years, and while I don’t see myself trading in my Class-A tube amp anytime soon (read: when they pry my cold, dead hands off the tweed,) digital effects of this quality could go a long way towards bringing tube-like tone to the teeming masses.
Check it out (follow link, click the tab marked ‘Video’)… I’d be interested to hear what you think.