Fender Mini Deluxe MD-20
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The Mini Deluxe is an itty-bitty (1W) version of
the Hot Rod Deluxe combo. It has four minichickenhead
knobs for Volume, Tone, Drive and
On/Off, along with 1/4" Input and Headphone
Out jacks, and a standard AC power jack. The
enclosure is plain plastic, which is less appealing
than some of the other amps, but the chrome
control plate was a nice touch. It would’ve been
nice to have a 1/8" headphone jack, rather than
the 1/4", since most of our ‘phones are 1/8"
and we’re probably not going to run this to an
extension cab that often.
It’s got pretty crisp cleans with single coils at low
Vol/Drive, good for cowboy chords and country
pickin’—though it’s as tightly mid-focused as
you’d expect. Dime it to get a fat, hairy fuzz
tone that’s louder and edgier than you’d imagine.
If you’re practicing up for your psycho-punkabilly-
surf-rock debut, this is the micro for you.