Fender Deluxe Reverb Tube Amplifier (1967)

Fender  Deluxe Reverb Tube Amplifier (1967)
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Fender Deluxe Reverb Model Tube Amplifier (1967), made in Fullerton, California, serial # A-23687, black tolex covering finish.

This is a truly road-worn relic, early-CBS era example of one of the all-time classic Fender amps, the black-panel Deluxe Reverb. The mid-60's version of the Deluxe was made as both a Reverb model and a non-Reverb model. Both featured a two-channel layout, one "normal", one "vibrato" (also sporting the reverb effect on the reverb model) with two instrument inputs on each. A dual 6V6-power section into a 12" speaker puts out around 18-20 watts of power. The Reverb model packs a little more gain in the preamp section and can yield some truly righteous breakup higher on the volume dial.

With enough gain to kick at low level, sufficient headroom to keep up with a drum kit and full reverb and tremolo, the Deluxe Reverb is one of the benchmark 1960s amps all others since are compared to. For decades this has been considered one of the best recording and club gig amps ever made, and now in a lower volume world can be seen and heard on stages of all sizes. This is a heavily used but fully serviced and ready-to-gig example.
Height is 17 1/4 in. (43.8 cm.), 24 1/4 in. (61.6 cm.) width, and 9 1/4 in. (23.5 cm.) in depth at side.

This Deluxe appears very well-worn appearing to have had an eventful life as someone's faithful gigging amplifier! Externally the black Tolex shows heavy wear with several areas of missing material, especially around the lower corners. The chassis straps and hardware shows light-to-moderate signs of corrosion. The faceplate looks decently clean with its share of scuffs and general wear, but all the graphics remain intact. Several of the knobs have been replaced with modern repros. The grille cloth is taut overall, but shows three notable holes and a couple smaller punctures, as well as a large area missing in the lower right corner of the baffle. The amp does not retain its original tremolo and reverb footswitch, but comes with a shorting pin to activate the tremolo effect. The handle is original and the rubber grip is torn on one side.

Electrically, the amp is nicely original. There is no tube chart stamp code to go by but the serial number A-23687 dates the chassis to 1967. The speaker is the original gold label Jensen C12N, marked 220-651, dating it to the 51st week of 1966. The power, output, choke and reverb transformers appear all original, marked 606-607, 606-618, 606-626 and 606-721, respectively; all dating between the 7th and 26th week of 1966 and the 21st week of 1967. The power transformer component code is non-CBS, but if not original, a period-correct Schumacher. All pots appear to be original and visible pot codes date to '66. The reverb tank is original as well.

The amp has had routine maintenance performed, including the replacement of all electrolytic capacitors, a grounded 3-prong cord added, cleaning of all sockets, pots and jacks and power tubes biased to spec. All of the remaining original blue Astron signal capacitors are still working well!

Overall this is a fabulous sounding early-CBS example of one of the all-time classic Fender amps, scruffy but unbowed, looking like a genuine rough-rode relic outside but in ready-to-gig condition. Very Good Condition.