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What a great Fender product. It
sounds good at low or high volume. It's perfect to gig with
too. The built in effects are just awesome, in mono like in
stereo. And if you can slave another amp to the Cyber-Deluxe,
be prepared to experience something huge!
If you're open-minded with regard to new technologies - we
are now in the XXI century, don't forget! - you'll really
like this amplifier. You'll agree with Fender and understand
why they insist so much to make it clear that their Cyber
products don't use the same modelling technique as others
companies. When you tweak the EQ and a Blackface amp type
is selected, the amp really does act as a Deluxe Reverb for
example and really as Bassman if you select some tweed types!
Nothing less! We need to compare apples with apples and up
to now, no other products on the market, to my knowledge,
use the same kind of algorithm to virtually reconfigure the
circuitry of an amp in a so faithful way.
The Cyber-Deluxe really worth taking time to try it really
seriously to appreciate it at its right value. If you do not
master many musical styles or if your technique need to be
polished a bit, you will have probably nasty surprises if
you take a tour by dialing each preset,
while playing your favourite riffs! Just ask an experienced
guitarist to play with the amplifier while you're listening.
The different presets will inspire
various musical styles to him and he will be able to adapt
its technique to the style. It is not given to all to play
of the Jazz, Heavy Metal, the Rock 'n' Roll, Surf, Blues,
Pop, Country, etc. correctly, with the appropriated picking
style, but a good guitarist can do it... In that way you will
be able to really appreciate the potential of this type of
amplifier. Anybody who listened to Greg Koch will understand
what I mean!
As far as I'm concerned, I really started to appreciate the
Cyber-Deluxe when I discovered, by reading the user manual
BEFORE trying it, that there was a "manual" mode
on that amp, that allows you to start from zero and to build
your own presets (though you can also start with a factory
preset and save the modification as a new one). This approach
makes it possible "to control the animal" slowly
but surely! Try it that way and You'll appreciate the results!
Later, using MIDI, you'll be able to store an infinite number
of presets on your computer. You'll even be able remote control
the Cyber-Deluxe from your computer! A lot of fun.
A good Strat or Tele and, a Cyber-Deluxe: All you need to
be very happy and appreciate a fine Fender product !
By Rene Lamy