Fender Deluxe Reverb Tube Amplifier (1965)

Fender  Deluxe Reverb Tube Amplifier (1965)
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Item # 11277
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Fender Deluxe Reverb Model Tube Amplifier (1965), made in Fullerton, California, serial # A12920, black tolex covering finish.

This is a beautifully clean and well-preserved 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 models 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 simply a super nice 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.

Externally this amp is in excellent shape, one of the cleaner of these we've seen in a while. The Tolex shows only VERY light wear with even most corners unscathed; the chassis straps and hardware shows light-to-moderate signs of corrosion. The faceplate looks very clean with all the graphics intact and no major scuffs or blemishes. The grille cloth was likely at one point replaced, as was the plastic Fender logo.

Electrically, the amp is nicely original, save for the speaker, which is a period 12" Utah, bearing the code 328-817, dating it to the 17th week of 1968. The speaker has been professionally reconed and sounds wonderful. The power, output, choke and reverb transformers are all original, marked 606-548, 606-548, 606-547 and 606-542, respectively; all dating between the 42nd and 48th week of 1965. All pots date within 1965. 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 phenomenal-sounding early-CBS example of one of the all-time classic Fender amps, in ready-to-gig condition. Excellent - Condition.