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By boombo, 28/05/2004
The Fender Eighty-Five is a 85 watt amp transistors dlivrant.
A 12-inch HP for Fender spring reverb and a bowl easily accessible.

The space is minimal, and finishing average.
Two inputs, whose use can be simultaneous, but just to jam.

There on the front two channels that share the rglages gnraux mm.

In order: acute middle treble, adjusting the reverb, and the Overdrive channel: gain, an Limiting rglage that compresses the sound and a presence knob of a switch + Mid boost.

the exit sign offers an effects loop and headphone jack of the footswitch +.


Easy to use, Eighty-five to RULES easily and quickly obtained a DSIR within the capabilities of the amp.
The 85 watts are just good to repeat and small volume MODR scnes.


This amp is Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Perfection and horror combined.

The clean sound is amazing. Rgl a little cold neutral (of course ... these are not lights) but with a little low it really gets a beautiful sound. Ditto for the reverb, smooth and progressive rglage.
It's really the main strength of this amp (Fender forces) clear sound worthy of a high-end amp. HP does not saturate even if you play full ball, rgl max.

Saturation is a horror worthy of a 10 watt Frontman. Crunches are the shrines, but they Exceeds ds couple on the gain, we plunge into an abyss of sounds dirty and ugly.
Surprising as it may seem, is yet paid donf it gives the best. Grungy guys, you will like it.

Basically, go your way when playing anything but jazz, blues and pop.


The slightest distortion pedals to put you in the hand of a good quality amp trs!


Bought two years ago, this amp makes me happy because I gave him a good assistant distortion. I had bought as a first amp for playing the era flok and blues-rock.
The clear sound MRIT a visit. Type Fender but REALLY beautiful.
Found for 2500 francs OCCAZ the ratio quality price is excellent given the quality of its light, and power. A box of blues.

Today I think I would do the same no choice because I use my guitar only in home studio, not in groups. My choice would focus on a smaller amp power tubes but trs typ big sound, because I have put together a game mtal rather than post-rock and blues.

Clear sound wonderful!

By m.balthazar, 02/12/2012
Made in the USA in 1990.
Transistor combo amp 65 W RMS.
2 inputs (jack 6,35): Input 1 to Input 2 and passive instruments for active instruments.
Equipped with two channels: one clear and one overdrive.
1 to 3 springs reverb (Accutronics).
Volume, treble, midrange and bass.
Overdrive settings.
2 input: output to effects loop jack (6.35).
1 headphone jack (6.35).
I do not pedal switch reverb / overdrive.
1 HP 12 "Fender Special Design 8 ohm (Eminence).


The amp is easy to configure even the manual in English.
The desired sound is obtained easily, the knobs are efficient and quiet.
You can play at low volumes or when there is the possibility of the headphone jack but you lose the nice sound of HP.
The reverb is very effective. I use between 0 and 1 on the knob.
The build quality is good.


The clean sound is wonderful for a transistor amp is practically his Fender. The clean channel is really the strong point of this amp. The adjustment range of the tone knobs can sound very different.

The popping sound is terrible with my Ibanez archtop on inputs 1 and 2 when he is doing pretty well with the Squier Telecaster with a friend, he should not love humbuckers.

I am using that channel without clear effects.


Used for 2 years, this is my only amp.
I really like the clear sound of this amp.
Very good quality / price ratio.
The day it loose, I go back side Fender.

EXCELLENT transistor

By comanche48, 24/09/2014
Studio 85 model so 1988.
transistors 65 watts
for settings see other opinions as just a nice reverb effect.
2 guitar inputs is rare and great for the buddy pass.
otherwise the connection is excellente.pour me, everything necessary is there.


super simple.on branch configuration and it sounds!
no manual (useless)
clear sound AWESOME!
The distortion, I like it.


is perfect for my style blues-rock.
crystalline fat etc ... with the settings a lot of sounds available.
used with standard Fender Stratocaster and Telecaster lite ash.
I prefer the sounds I set and never looking ones I hate.


4 months of use.
I have 40 years of scratching the counter then yes, of course I tried a lot of amps.
what I like the most.
robustness, reliability, transistor that does not blush, his face next to a tube amp.
I REALLY paid 24.99 this amp with a CASHCON ... Paris.Alors to the value of the mine is downright EXCEPTIONAL report.
it would have cost 150 euros more I have taken it anyway.
it's made in the USA, the Fender clean sound, is lightweight (about 13 lbs) and low encombrant.Sonne very well at low volume (for home) and provides nickel in rehearsal or concert (small rooms, anyway)
what I like least: NOTHING.

"It's clear that this is clear!"

By rodyblek09, 27/09/2014
It was the beginning of "transistors imitating lamps" or ancêtr of 'modeling': the slogan "Look, Ma - no tubes!" The reverb was nice (spring); the "distorted" sounds ... never mind. I sold there 4 years € 200 I think to a Luxembourg. I should keep it for the "clear-clutter" report (sic): I play lamps (Bugera), but it is cumbersome! 13 kg, it seems optimistic, there was an HP Fender 25 cm / 10 '(worth their weight cast: magnet). In short, if you find it, especially the price, "it's up to you" ...


ps: I have to have the manual AND the switch-pedal inversion!




Could be used for pedal-steel! ; acoustics; anything that requires a good clear sound; more ... The reverb channel "distortion" is pure no me: I played with one of my g & L I had cobbled together just because it sounded weird on them, but on a lamp, it sounds normal So ... we can not say that it's "all clear", in fact: it is an opinion but worth its weight ... fan (zin) ...
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  • Manufacturer:Fender
  • Model:Eighty Five
  • Category:Solid-State Combo Guitar Amps
  • Added in our database on: 07/24/2006

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