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New amp day: Fender Rumble Studio 40

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by baileyboy1, Apr 8, 2018.


  1. baileyboy1

    baileyboy1

    Apr 4, 2011
    Indiana
    I got this amp a few days ago as an all-in-one practice amp. Here’s a quick review.

    The amp sims sound pretty good for the most part, especially on clean settings. There’s enough variety here to cover a lot of genres.

    The overdrives, distortions, and fuzzes are not to my liking. There are a couple of light overdrives that sound nice, but the rest sound harsh to my ears.

    There’s a good mix of modulations. Choruses, Flangers, Tremolos, and Phasers all sound pretty good. I’m not too crazy about the envelope filter or octave options, the two effects I use most.

    Delays and reverbs are nice. Good number of options.

    User interface is easy enough to get the hang of quickly. iPhone app works as it should. There are already some pretty good patches to choose from.

    There is an effects loop...have not tried it yet.

    The amp is essentially the Rumble 40 combo with a tweeter and different amp head.

    The sound through headphones is very good.

    Overall first impressions are generally positive for the different amp tones and the modulations, delays, and reverbs. Unfortunately, mine cuts out for about 2-3 seconds every 10-15 minutes or so, so it’s going back. I’ll probably get another one to give it another shot.
     
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  2. iagtrplyr

    iagtrplyr Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2013
    Clinton, IA
    Thanks for the review. I keep trying to talk myself out of buying this amp, and really don't need it, but for some reason vision one in my house this summer.

    So it's cutting out on ya? That's why it's crazy to attach a computer above an amplified speaker! Back to Plan B...
     
  3. wizard65

    wizard65

    Sep 1, 2014
    Do you find the 3 band eq limiting, compared to to the V3s 4 band?
     
  4. I am buying this on Saturday so it's good to hear it works well for the most part. Have you tried using it with a DAW? I will be using mine with Pro Tools a lot so I hope that feature is good. Shame the overdrive feature is not up to speed, its that and chorus I use the most, might buy a Big Fuzz to go with it :)
     
  5. baileyboy1

    baileyboy1

    Apr 4, 2011
    Indiana
    Not really. There is a parametric EQ, so you can dial in on a specific mid frequency with that if you’d like. There are also two graphic EQs available. Additionally, there is a global EQ that you can apply to the overall amp to set the base tone flat or a few options to make the amp brighter or darker overall.
     
  6. baileyboy1

    baileyboy1

    Apr 4, 2011
    Indiana
    I have not tried it with DAW. However, before I return/exchange it, I plan to run pedals in front of it and in the effects loop to see how they perform - Darkglass Alpha Omicron, MXR bass envelope, and MXR bass octave deluxe up front; some delays and reverbs in the loop. I’ll report back.
     
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  7. You have gone and given me GAS :woot: Seen a video with the bass player from Karnavool using a Darkglass pedal .....sounds amazing
     
  8. baileyboy1

    baileyboy1

    Apr 4, 2011
    Indiana
    Yeah - the Darkglass distortions are very good!
     
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  9. baileyboy1

    baileyboy1

    Apr 4, 2011
    Indiana
    Tried out some pedals today. Quick results:

    MXR bass octave deluxe and MXR envelope filter both sound very good going straight into the input.

    Nemesis delay sounds great both in the effects loop and up front.

    Darkglass Alpha Omicron does not sound as good vs going into non-digital amps.

    I do think it will still work well for me - a lot of very good and different clean tones, some good modulations/delays/reverbs, headphone out sounds very good, and the size/weight are perfect.

    Actually - I think I could probably set a dozen or more different clean tones (with truly different characters) for different playing techniques and styles. That alone would be more than most small practice amps could pull off.

    This one is going back due to the issue noted in my initial post, but I’ll get another one.
     
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  10. baileyboy1

    baileyboy1

    Apr 4, 2011
    Indiana
    I exchanged the amp for the same model. Really enjoying it.
     
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  11. jeff7bass

    jeff7bass

    Apr 9, 2009
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  12. baileyboy1

    baileyboy1

    Apr 4, 2011
    Indiana
  13. jeff7bass

    jeff7bass

    Apr 9, 2009
    You're right, no effects to play with but better sound and far more useful volume. The price is outstanding also.
     
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  14. Gavan

    Gavan

    Apr 13, 2018
    FYI: I received my Rumble Studio and it was cutting out as well, just as you described. I returned it and got another one. It is doing the same thing. So it’s going back as well. Moving on to a different amp.
     
  15. alfiofer

    alfiofer

    Dec 30, 2017
    So a fabric defect for a lot of items? No sw bug to be fixed in a firmware upgrade? :(
     
  16. baileyboy1

    baileyboy1

    Apr 4, 2011
    Indiana
    I’m not sure what the issue has been. I read in a Mustang GT thread about a similar issue, and someone noted there that it had to do with a very specific home internet system. I can’t confirm if that is true or not. When I got another Rumble Studio, I intentionally did not do the firmware update and I turned off the WiFi setting on the amp. I have not had any issues.
     
  17. alfiofer

    alfiofer

    Dec 30, 2017
    But if You turn off wifi You cannot use some of its features isn't it? :(
     
  18. baileyboy1

    baileyboy1

    Apr 4, 2011
    Indiana
    I think the WiFi is used only to get the firmware updates. I guess you could turn it on, download any firmware updates, then turn it off. The Fender app downloads for presets, etc, occur over Bluetooth.
     
  19. alfiofer

    alfiofer

    Dec 30, 2017
    So turning off wifi should fix it...
     
  20. baileyboy1

    baileyboy1

    Apr 4, 2011
    Indiana
    I can’t say with certainty, but I turned it off on mine and have not had any issues.
     

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