ack in the early nineties, Fender’s guitar amplifi cation line was in danger of running out of steam. Following the closure of the legendary Fullerton facility and with it, the last of their hand-wired production models, Fender’s lacklustre range at that time was losing market share to competitors who were already exploiting a trend for vintage tweed styling, combined with contemporary features. Hence the debut of the original tweed Blues range in 1993, which saw Fender rightly asserting that if players wanted a real tweed amp, then its was the only name that should be on it. These amps have since evolved into the hugely popular Hot Rod range, with the addition of the ‘More Drive’ button. However, there are many players who still crave the fatter, warmer tone of the earlier version, and Fender has now reissued the two most popular circuits in the original format: the 40-watt Blues Deluxe and the 60-watt Blues Deville.