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Small, light and moderately powered.
1968 was a transitional year for Fender amps with tone that was still pure Fender but a look that was brand new. With a silver-and-turquoise front panel and classy aluminum "drip edge" grille cloth trim, the D...
Small, light and moderately powered.
1968 was a transitional year for Fender amps with tone that was still pure Fender but a look that was brand new. With a silver-and-turquoise front panel and classy aluminum "drip edge" grille cloth trim, the Deluxe Reverb received a fresh new face as it remained the ideal recording and performing amp. Small, light and moderately powered, it produced big tube tone, with world-class Fender reverb and vibrato effects. For countless guitarists ever since, the Deluxe Reverb has been the go-to amp for classic Fender sound.
The '68 Custom Deluxe Reverb Amp pays tribute to the classic look, sound and performance of Fender's late-'60s "silverface" amps. In a special twist, both channels boast reverb and tremolo, and the "custom" channel has a modified Bassman tone stack that gives modern players greater tonal flexibility with pedals. The amp also features quicker gain onset and reduced negative feedback for greater touch sensitivity. The '68 Custom Deluxe Reverb's single 12" Celestion G12V-70 speaker also delivers a more distinctively rock ˜n' roll flavor.
Comes equipped with Celestion Speakers (V Type) for a more modern, punchy sound that breaks up nicely when pushed. Reduced negative feedback lends a more "touch-sensitive" feel, quicker break up and added harmonic richness. The shared tremolo on both channels adds to its versatility. Because of this the '68 channels are wired in phase and can be blended for more tonal options, via A/B/Y box. "Custom" channel features a 50s Tweed "Bassman" tone circuit for more low mids and sooner breakup. The Deluxe Reverb has the bright cap removed on the "Vintage" side to make the amp more pedal-friendly.
First of all, I just bough this amp and have only had it for a few days, but right out of the box it sounds FUCKING FANTASTIC! You can just look at it the wrong way and it breaks up. The "classic" channel is nice and has that classic blackface Deluxe tone and is a bit cleaner and "Fendery" than the "custom" channel. But to me the real treat is the "custom" channel with the Bassman tone stack. It breaks up sooner and has a darker, angrier tone than the other channel. It is thick, creamy and just beautiful. I have a ton of dirt pedals, but why mess with perfection? If you're looking for clean headroom, look elsewhere. But at 22 watts,. it's perfect for what I do and just loud enough to play in practice settings with my band. However, I haven't tried it yet., but I don't suspect that it's loud enough to play clubs with and will require mic'ing. It doesn't channel switch, but I use a Morley ABY box to switch channels and also run both together with no phasing issues whatsoever.
A lot of people have complained that this amp is noisy and hissy, but mine is dead quiet. It was manufactured in August 2015, so maybe Fender has fixed this problem I do have a noise that is either tube or cabinet rattle that I haven't located yet, but it's probably not going to be an issue when playing with the band. Also, the reverb to me just isn't that classic Fender sound. It has a very long decay time and is basically unusable past a very minimal level. I'm just turning mine off and going with either the spring or plate verb from my Hall of Fame.
I still highly recommend this amp because the tone is so good that it outweighs the minor issue. If you are purchasing one I would make sure you try it first and make sure it doesn't have the noise issues others have had.