Fender Deluxe Tube Amplifier (1967)

Fender  Deluxe Tube Amplifier (1967)
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Fender Deluxe Model Tube Amplifier (1967), made in Fullerton, California, serial # A-05868, black tolex covering finish.

The iconic Fender black-panel Deluxe was made as both a Reverb model and a slightly stripped-down non-Reverb model, without the onboard effect and its related circuitry. This, the latter, features the same two-channel layout, one "normal", one "vibrato" with two instrument inputs on each. A dual 6V6-power section into a 12" speaker puts out around 18-20 watts of power, just like its Reverb-equipped sibling.

The only substantial difference between the two is in the absence of the Reverb circuit there's less preamp gain, yielding slightly "cleaner" headroom overall and a stronger/bolder tone with less over-the-top fizz as some Reverb models tend to exhibit when ran full out. The amp can be thought of as the "normal" channel of the Deluxe Reverb, with its first channel actually somewhat hotter than the "vibrato" channel. These are truly excellent gigging amplifiers still and a perfect alternative for those who tend to use this type of amp as a pedal platform!
Height is 17 1/4 in. (43.8 cm.), 21 3/4 in. (55.2 cm.) width, and 9 1/2 in. (24.1 cm.) deep.

This great-sounding early-CBS era Deluxe is in excellent condition, with little notable wear. The tube chart is tamped QA, indicating assembly in January, 1967. The Tolex is clean and virtually free of any tears or rips. The grille cloth is in great shape, retaining the plastic Fender logo and the chassis straps and hardware are free of corrosion. The front control panel is mostly free of wear and all the stenciled lettering is intact. The vibrato footswitch is no longer with the amp, but there's a shorting pin in the tremolo footswitch socket that allows for operation without the switch connected.

Electrically, the amp is nicely original, save for the speaker, which is a period replacement Jensen C12N, marked 220-850, dating it to the 50th week of 1968. Both the power and output transformers are original and are marked 606-637 and 606-636, dating them to the 37th and 36th week of 1966, respectively. All pots date between early and mid-1966. The amp has received our typical maintenance and servicing, including replacement of all electrolytic capacitors, a grounded 3-prong power cord installed and cleaning of all sockets, pots and jacks and biased to spec.

Overall this is a really clean example of a the iconic black panel Deluxe; bring your own choice of delay and/or reverb, or just dare to wind it up dry for the most natural sting! Excellent Condition.