Fender Tube Reverb Unit Effect (1961)

Fender  Tube Reverb Unit Effect (1961)
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Item # 10415
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Fender Tube Model Reverb Unit Effect (1961), made in Fullerton, California, serial # R0434, Brown Tolex finish.
Height is 11 in. (27.9 cm.), 19 in. (48.3 cm.) width, and 7 1/2 in. (19 cm.) deep.

This is a practically pristine and very early example of the classic Fender Reverb, the indispensable link in the surf guitar signal chain. This is Fender's stand-alone effect unit, introduced in 1961. The circuit is somewhat different than the on-board reverb associated with later "black panel" amps (like the Twin Reverb) in that the effect is tighter (less pre-delay) and can be driven harder, producing interesting overdriven textures.

The unit features a simple layout with three controls; mix, dwell and tone. The "mix" controls the amount of the effect mixed with the dry signal, while the "dwell" controls the amount of signal sent to the tank. Higher dwell settings yield more effect strength, compression and, in a way, duration. Cranked, the control drives the tank and circuit into saturation and reverb overdrive can be heard, even under a clean guitar tone. The "tone" control controls the effect brightness, as expected. The unit also has a "mute" lever in the rear of the cabinet for locking down the tank.

This is a very early model with brown Tolex and wheat/light grille cloth with a serial number under 500. The tube chart has no visible assembly stamp but the serial number dates the unit to 1961. The brown Tolex is in pristine condition with no notable wear; even the corners are unscathed. The faceplate is in good condition with all the stenciled lettering intact, although a few minor spots of subtle corrosion. The only part that looks replaced is the handle, which appears to be a high-grade reproduction.

All internal components appear original, including the tank. It even retains the original cover made by Victoria Luggage Co. The unit has received routine maintenance, including replacement of all electrolytic capacitors, a 3-prong grounded power cord, cleaning of all jack, sockets and pots.

This is a fantastic sounding unit that takes the reverb effect significantly beyond what's found on-board most amplifiers, and in truly spectacular shape to boot! Excellent + Condition.