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Fender Performer 1000

Performer 1000, Hybrid Combo Guitar Amp from Fender in the Performer series.

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RickD 08/07/2008

Fender Performer 1000 : la opinión de RickD (content in English)

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- What type of amplification (Tube,transistor,...)?
This is hybrid: a tube for the distortion channel preamp, and transistors for the rest, i believe.

- How much power is delivered?
Too much!
100W RMS and the volume is unusable: turn it a tiny bit and the sound gets stadium-loud...i just can't see the point!

- What connection types are there?
It has a footswith jack, and the supplied one is good: clean, distortion 1 or 2, and reverb.
FX loop too.

- What are the setting controls, effects?...
3 band EQ, volume, gain...reverb...the usual stuff.
The EQ is not bad.

UTILIZATION

- Is the general configuration/setup simple?
Oh yeah.

- Can you easily get a good sound?
I don't like the clean sound much but when i had this amp i was using a crap Washburn KC-20V guitar with real bad mics.
I used to like the yellow distortion though, unique & nice!

- Is the manual clear and sufficient?...
No idea! Who needs a manual with an amp? If you do then you need to get a nicer amp... ;-)

Never managed to get a decent sound out of the FX loop with my Boss ME-6 or my Digitech RP-5.

SOUNDS

- Does it suit your style of music?
Not really...but i think the guitar was to blame...the distortions were good...very nice to have 2 to choose from.

- With what guitar(s)/bass(es) or effect(s) do you use it?
I used to use a Washburn KC-20V, awful guitar!

- What kind of sound do you get out of it and with what settings ("clear", "heavy",....)?
Nice yellow distortion when you curve out the mids a bit. Great for rhythm.
Nicely aggressive red distortion for solos.

OVERALL OPINION

- For how long have you been using it?
I had it for 2 or 3 years i think.

- What thing do you like most/least about it?
Was too big, too heavy, too uselessly powerful.

- Did you try many other models before getting this one?
Nah, i just wanted a very powerful Fender or Marshall amp i could afford.
This was 3150 Francs at the time (about 470 € ie £360).
After this i got a Marshall tube amp, a real one: JTM-60. A very different story...

- What is your opinion about the value for the price?
Looking back, i paid only 25% more for my 60W Marshall tube amp...
Probably much wiser to get a second hand tube amp than this...

- Knowing what you know now, would you make the same choice?...
Nah. Go for real tubes, and much less powerful. Probably 30W is way enough for any indoors use. I mean my 60W amp is litterally deafening on 10. So 30W would still be enough.