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Not Just for the Tyro
on July 2, 2012
There are so many ways that the Fender G-DEC 3 Thirty qualifies as a great beginners amp that its usefulness to the experienced player can be overlooked. With the goal of trying to overcome that I'll start of by saying that I'm no tyro. I've been playing for about fifty years including more than a few on the professional level even to the point of having some recordings listed here on Amazon. So, with that out of the way, let me tell you how much the D-Dec 3 Thirty has going for ME.
One is its FUSE interlink. FUSE is a software made available by Fender that links this (and other) Fender amps to one's computer. And since the G-DEC itself is a "digital amp" - i.e, one whose tone and capability if created by digital manipulation of the signal, having a computer hooked up to it is a BIG plus and that in several ways.
One is FLEXABILITY. The G-DEC is, in sound, not one amp but many. Classic Fenders, Marshalls. Voxes, and some less well known ones too. Connect the G-DEC 3 to a computer using a standard UPS cable, choose an amp type, and the artistic rendering of that amp appears on the screen. -One with working controls. Volume. Gain. Bass. Treble. Etc. Too, virtual sound manipulating devices can be 'dropped' into the signal path just as one would do with hardware. Stomp boxes for fuzz, overdrive, chorus, wah, etc. And just as when one is using "real" hardware, so to with the virtual these devices can be placed anywhere in the signal chain.
The second is BAND in a BOX. Bands (plural) really. And amazingly good ones. Choose a style and let it loop or play through. Add a sound of your choice, and rock. Or wail. Or let your instrument dance or sing. Almost as you would with live friends creating the music.
The third attribute I will mention here is the G-DEC's amazing size/power ratio. No, you can't play a large venue such as a convert hall with just the G-DEC. But its line out (for your guitar's voice, the backing band, or both) can be fed to a larger system. And what you can do with just the G-DEC may surprise you. This thing is LOUD. And with its unusual for a small combo amp inclosed speaker (and tweeter) the tonal range of this little amp is also relatively huge.
I've only had my G-DEC for several days and I still have much to learn about how to get the best out of it. But already I know that its a winner. And this winner comes with the backing of a five year transferable warranty, so Fender knows it too.
Read all you can about the G-DEC. Both now and after you buy one.
And buy one you should. :)