Saturday January 14, 2012

Fender Vintage Reissue '65 Deluxe Reverb

The Fender Deluxe Reverb is the ultimate club amp. As American as it gets, the USA made Deluxe Reverb has been a staple for blues, rock and country players for over five decades. Coming in at a negligible 22 watts at 8 ohms this amp does what no other Fender amp does – it overdrives.

As you’d expect the cleans are the Fender hallmark, pristine and clear. The Deluxe Reverb features a pair of 6V6 Groove Tube for the power output tubes. Four, yes four 12AX7 preamp tubes and two 12AT7 tubes make up the preamp stage. Because this is a Vintage Reissue one 5AR4 tube is used for the rectifier, instead of the more common solid state rectifiers on modern amps.

The Fender Deluxe Reverb features two channels; normal and a tube vibrato. The vibrato channel has the reverb and tremolo however the clean channel simply offers volume, treble and bass. You manually have to swap the guitar cable to the other input jack to change channels. Fed by a diet of rock and metal contemporary guitarists today will no doubt scoff at the idea of a tremolo channel unless they’re intending to do a rendition of Rumble by Link Wray. An overdrive channel would likely be more of a draw card though what this Blackface does best is growl at breaking point when cranked, completely changing the landscape. The tube driven Fender spring reverb, is pretty much the industry standard in reverbs and will make anyone sound like they’re playing to angels in a Cathedral.

Fender Vintage Reissue '65 Deluxe Reverb

Fender Vintage Reissue '65 Deluxe Reverb

Dressed in the usual Fender standard black textured vinyl cover and the silver grille cloth the combo houses a single 1x12” 8 ohm Jensen C-12K speaker in a Baltic Birch Plywood cabinet. You also get a two-button footswitch for reverb and vibrato on-off.

By today’s standards the Fender Deluxe Reverb lacks a lot of features being dished out by the new brigade. You won’t find an effects loop, emulated output or any other fancy tweaking options. It’s also a little more expensive than most of the Far Eastern built amps. But if life changing clean tones with some bluesy overdrive are your priority you cannot look past a Fender Deluxe Reverb ($999.99).

Fender '65 Deluxe Reverb Vintage Reissue

  • Inputs: 4 Inputs (2 per Channel)
  • Auxiliary Input: 1/4" Footswitch Jack
  • Extension Speaker Jack: External Speaker Jack
  • Channels: Two Channels (Normal and Vibrato)
  • Power Handling: 22 Watts into 8 Ohms
  • Rectifier: 5AR4 Rectifier Tube
  • Controls: Normal Channel: Volume, Treble, Bass. Vibrato Channel: Volume, Treble, Bass, Reverb. Vibrato: Speed, Intensity
  • Cabinet Material: Baltic Birch Plywood Cabinet
  • Pilot Light Jewel: Red Amp Jewel
  • Handle: Molded Black Handle
  • Front Panel: "Blackface"™ Style Control Panel
  • Amplifier Length: 9.5" (24.13 cm)
  • Amplifier Width: 24.5" (62.2 cm)
  • Amplifier Height: 17.5" (44.5 cm)
  • Amplifier Weight: 42 lbs. (19.05 kg)
  • Effects: Tube Driven Spring Reverb, Tube Vibrato
  • Speaker: 1-12" Jensen® C-12K, 8 Ohm Speaker with Ceramic Magnet.
  • Pre Amp Tubes: 4 x 12AX7, 2 X 12AT7
  • Power Tubes: 2 x 6V6
  • Miscellaneous
  • Unique Features: Tube Driven Spring Reverb, Tube Vibrato, 2-Button footswitch, Baltic Birch Plywood Cabinet
  • FootSwitch: Uses 2-Button Footswitch p/n 0994058000
  • Knobs: Skirted Amp Knobs
  • Accessories: 2-Button Footswitch Included

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