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Fender '68 Custom Deluxe Reverb 22W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp with Celestion G12V-70 Speaker Black

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1968 was a transitional year for Fender amps with tone that was still pure Fender but a look that was brand new. With a silver-and-turquoise front panel and classy aluminum "drip edge" grille cloth tr... Read More

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1968 was a transitional year for Fender amps with tone that was still pure Fender but a look that was brand new. With a silver-and-turquoise front panel and classy aluminum "drip edge" grille cloth trim, the Deluxe Reverb received a fresh new face as it remained the ideal recording and performing amp. Small, light and moderately powered, it produced big tube tone, with world-class Fender reverb and vibrato effects. For countless guitarists ever since, the Deluxe Reverb has been the go-to amp for classic Fender sound.

The '68 Custom Deluxe Reverb Amp pays tribute to the classic look, sound and performance of Fender's late-'60s "silverface" amps. In a special twist, both channels boast reverb and tremolo, and the "custom" channel has a modified Bassman tone stack that gives modern players greater tonal flexibility with pedals. The amp also features quicker gain onset and reduced negative feedback for greater touch sensitivity. The '68 Custom Deluxe Reverb's single 12" Celestion G12V-70 speaker also delivers a more distinctively rock ˜n' roll flavor.

Comes equipped with Celestion Speakers (V Type) for a more modern, punchy sound that breaks up nicely when pushed. Reduced negative feedback lends a more "touch-sensitive" feel, quicker break up and added harmonic richness. The shared tremolo on both channels adds to its versatility. Because of this the '68 channels are wired in phase and can be blended for more tonal options, via A/B/Y box. "Custom" channel features a 50s Tweed "Bassman" tone circuit for more low mids and sooner breakup. The Deluxe Reverb has the bright cap removed on the "Vintage" side to make the amp more pedal-friendly.

Features
  • 22 watts into 8 ohms of all-tube power
  • Both channels with reverb and tremolo
  • Custom channel with modified Bassman tone stack
  • Quick gain onset and reduced negative feedback
Specifications
  • Electronics
    Voltage: 120V
    Wattage: 22 watts @ 8 ohms
    Inputs: Four - (1/4", Two Custom and Two Vintage)
    Speaker Jack: Two 1/4" Parallel
    Channels: Two - (Custom and Vintage)
    Rectifier: Tube (1 x 5AR4)
    Hardware
    Handle: Molded Plastic Strap with Nickel-Plated Caps
    Front Panel: Silverface Style
    Grill Cover: Black Textured Vinyl Covering with Silver-Turquiose Grille Cloth
    Amplifier Depth: 9.5" (24.13cm)
    Amplifier Width: 24.5" (62.2cm)
    Amplifier Height: 17.5" (44.5cm)
    Amplifier Weight: 42lb. (19.05kg)
    Effects: Reverb, Vibrato
    Speakers
    Speaker: One - 12" Celestion G12V-70
    Impedance: 8 ohms
    Tubes
    Pre Amp Tubes: Groove Tubes - (4 x 12AX7), (2 X 12AT7)
    Power Tubes: Groove Tubes - (2 x 6V6)
    Miscellaneous
    Unique Features: Modified Deluxe Reverb all-tube circuitry, shared reverb and tremolo on both channels, "Vintage" channel for traditional silverface operation, modified "Custom" channel with Bassman tone stack, reduced negative feedback for greater touch sensitivity, hand-wired tube sockets, custom-made Schumacher transformers (like the originals), genuine Fender tube-driven spring reverb, genuine Fender tube-driven tremolo ("vibrato"), 1968-style Silverface aluminum trim around silver-turquoise grille cloth, fitted amplifier cover included.
    Accessories
    FootSwitch: 2-button footswitch Included
    Knobs: Vintage-Style Skirted Black Plastic
    Cover: Fitted Cover Included
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Fender'68 Custom Deluxe Reverb 22W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp with Celestion G12V-70 Speaker
 
4.5

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Pros

  • Excellent sound (5)
  • Warm / comfy (5)
  • Easy to use (4)
  • Good power output (4)
  • Portable (3)

Cons

No Cons

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  • Home studio (4)
  • Performances (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

'68 Custom Deluxe Reverb Review and Comparison

I was just able to review this amp at the grand opening of a new Fender dealership, and had the rare opportunity to compare it to a '65 Deluxe Reverb Reissue and a Fender...Read complete review

I was just able to review this amp at the grand opening of a new Fender dealership, and had the rare opportunity to compare it to a '65 Deluxe Reverb Reissue and a Fender Twin reissue, head to head, using an American Deluxe Telecaster. I used the Twin as my base line for sound, since I have a Twin at home. The '68 Custom Reverb has an incredible low end sound when playing the bottom strings, much like my original '74 Silverface Twin Reverb. However, this amp, being a lower wattage, will break up at a lower volume than a Twin through the vibrato channel. The Celestion speaker it utilizes has a slightly slower response than the Jensen speaker in the '65 Deluxe Reverb, which to my ear, worked better for rock. The '65 Deluxe Reverb had more spank and twang which makes it, to me, slightly more suited to country, but the '68 Custom Reverb still has plenty of punch. The new "Custom" channel on the '68 can be overdriven at lower volumes, and had a great, clear, sound when not in overdrive. This "Custom" channel had a nice full, big sound, and can be switched in or out in place of the Vibrato channel, according to the Fender rep. Although there is no substitute for running an amp through the paces yourself for tone, Fender has come up with a great new amp that is distinctly different in sound than the '65 Deluxe Reverb Reissue. My final conclusions on this amp are that if you play more rock than country, go with the '68 Custom Deluxe Reverb Reissue. If you play more country than rock, go with the '65 Reissue. If you play both, I would recommend that you run through some of your hardest-hitting tunes on both to see which of these your ears prefer. They are both great amps--it just depends on which of the Fender tube amp tones you prefer. One thing for certain is that you get great full sound from both, as there is nothing "thin" about these amps. Fullness with clarity is what these amps deliver.

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Great tone but needs some work

Amp sounds great plenty of volume for most situations. Takes pedals really well. Tubes rattle from vibrations, a few tube dampeners do the trick.Reverb created a lot of feedback at any level. Put...Read complete review

Amp sounds great plenty of volume for most situations. Takes pedals really well. Tubes rattle from vibrations, a few tube dampeners do the trick.Reverb created a lot of feedback at any level. Put a tiny layer of foam under the tank and feed back is gone. Do these mods and you will have a great amp.

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5.0

More time, More Love

By MK

from Las Vegas

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Fender '68 Custom Deluxe Reverb 22W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp with Celestion G12V-70 Speaker:

    I had the amp over 1 year, and the more I play it (Single Coils, TV Jones Classics, Humbuckers. ) Etc. The amp sounds better and better!!!

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    5.0

    Worth every $

    By Pops

    from Florida

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Fender '68 Custom Deluxe Reverb 22W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp with Celestion G12V-70 Speaker:

      Great deal on a terrific amp, with all the sound I remember from the 60's. Sounds great with my Les Paul, and sounds even better with my Rickenbacker.

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      5.0

      Great Amp! Everything it's rated to be.

      By John

      from Port St Lucie, Florida

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Personal enjoyment

        Comments about Fender '68 Custom Deluxe Reverb 22W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp with Celestion G12V-70 Speaker:

        Did a lot of research on this amp, watched several demos and reviews, love the sound. For the money, it's a great amp.

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        5.0

        This Amp is incredible!

        By Spike

        from Kingsford, MI

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Fender '68 Custom Deluxe Reverb 22W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp with Celestion G12V-70 Speaker:

          This amp is a studio necessity, The best clean there is, and it breaks up right around 5 on the volume.
          Wonderful clear breakup with all the tones still in tact!

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          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          This amp is a keeper!

          By Uncle Markey

          from Denver, CO

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Doesn't Weigh A Ton
          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Portable
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Fender '68 Custom Deluxe Reverb 22W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp with Celestion G12V-70 Speaker:

            I've used the amp to rehearse with live drums the past two months, and the band just played a theater gig. Across all applications the amp was easy to work with, and consistently got a good sound. At lower volumes it sounds warm and sparkly, like a Fender amp is supposed to sound. It's surprisingly loud when you need loud. At about 4 1/4 it lights up and starts screaming its head off. It's easy to haul around, which makes me very happy. The sound coming into the room is far more directional than amps I've used in the past. When shopping I was surprised by how good it sounded. Now I'm delighted. For sure, check it out. I've used a number of effects, and sometimes, things sounded better without the effect. I get a very good underlying tone from just the amp. I bought it out of the box on-line, used a coupon, and saved a few bucks. I think that made it a good value for price paid. I'm glad I got this amp.

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            (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            THIS THING IS AMAZING!!!

            By corin

            from Amherst, NH

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            Comments about Fender '68 Custom Deluxe Reverb 22W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp with Celestion G12V-70 Speaker:

            I purchased this amp about 7 months ago and could not be happier that I did!!! It is everything I could want out of a classic fender 1X12 and much, much more! To me, this amp is like the perfected version of the 65 DRR: it's not as harshly bright (in fact, I love the warmth that the Celestion G12V-70 provides especially since I'm a strat player), and it breaks up a little easier so that though you may not receive quite as much of that legendary amount of infinite headroom, you don't have to crank the volume to ungodly levels in order to get rockin, fat, tube-distorted tone. Both channels are amazing and tonally unique in their own ways. The Vintage channel gives that crystal clear clean tone that you can only get from a fender, but sounds great when pushed to breakup. The Custom channel with bassman tonestack is equally as incredible, giving you that divine fat punchiness, which is perfect for pretty much any kind of blues and rock. I also love the tube driven spring reverb and vibrato, which you can use on both channels (another significant upgrade to the '65). As for the complaints about the amp blowing up, or tube vibrations and reverb tank causing unpleasant squealing , I have experienced virtually none of that. And even if I did, loose tubes and reverb tank vibrations are easy fixes that anyone can do. This is an incredible amp which can handle pretty much any genre of music you throw at it (save for perhaps heavy metal). Please do not let those few quality complaints case you to pass up on one of the best amps out there today.

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            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Awesome Fender tones

            By Tome

            from Chicago

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            Comments about Fender '68 Custom Deluxe Reverb 22W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp with Celestion G12V-70 Speaker:

            I LOVE this amp. I was going to get the '65 Deluxe Reverb Reissue, that is one very sweet sounding amp as well. But then I tried the '68 Custom Deluxe Reverb and it was an easy choice, '68 CDR! The 68 CDR actually gives you 2 channels that have different tone stacks for different voicing, PLUS you get reverb and tremolo on both channels. The '65 has 2 channels of the same tone and one channel is dry only. That amp could work as just a single channel amp and it would be just fine. Still, the '65 black face DRR is mighty fine sounding amp too. For me the '68 CDR silver face is the tone winner. Fender has had some construction issues with these as I too had to return a new CDR because it stopped working on the second day. But I wasn't about to give on a great sounding map. Guitar Center quickly sent out a new one and I returned the faulty amp at my local GC store. Very easy no problems. These new Fender amps are as sensitive to tubes as the original hand wired units. Bad/faulty tubes are the biggest reason for buzzing, humming, squeals, etc... If you get those kinds of things, then get some high quality tubes and start swapping. Like any all tube amp of vintage design there can be some background hiss, but it's very light, and to me it sounds like all tube amp. Yes, these amps make a loud POP when you go to shut the amp off and you engage the "standby" switch first, as you should. This is an inherent design in the Fender amp circuit. The same thing happens with the '65 DRR, and even with the hand wired vintage versions. Fender really should fix this though. It's not the 1960's any more. The tones are fantastic, and with 2 channels that have their own eq's you can tailor the amp to what you like and the guitars you are using. The "custom" channel is based of the Bassman circuit and it's a bit darker/warmer with more mids. The "vintage" channel is more like the '65 DRRI with the 'brightness' turned down. Another aspect of the '68 silver face amps is their increased touch sensitivity. These amps respond beautifully to subtle touches on the strings, very very responsive. It helps you play better as it's sensitivity reveals more than other amps can. Power tube break up are what the 22 watt '65 black face and '68 silver face deluxe reverbs are famous for. The '68 breaks into power tube distortion sooner at lower volume than the '65. Both give great sounding tube distortion tones with the '68 having a bit more. As with nearly all Fender amps the '68 loves any pedal you put into the input. I run a Fultone Fuldrive 2 for light distortion and/or boost, A Bogner Ecstasy Red for moderate to heavy distortion, and a Wampler Triple Wreck for that thick and saturated high gain tone. With these 3 pedals I can get nearly any distortion tones I want, and then there are the beautiful chimey clean tones of classic Fender. Along with those pedals I also run TC Electronic "Hall of Fame" reverb, and TC Electronic Flashback delay. Both are great pedals. The reverb on the '68 is great and be dialed from light to nearly surfer. I have the reverb pedal so that I can add verb variations to the amp if or when I want to. It's good to have options, and as I said this amp loves it. If and when you get one you should check the power tube bias to make sure it's not set too cold. Often, amp manufacturers set the bias on the colder side, which helps the tubes last longer, but may not be the best tone one may like. I warmed up the bias on my '68 as it was on the cold side from the factory and it warmed up even nicer than when out of the box. Finally, the Celestion 12" speaker in the amp is excellent. It has a nice mid range bite and controls the high end nicely and doesn't let the high end get brittle. It makes for a darker/warmer sounding Fender tone. For those that want more high end players have swapped in all kinds of different speakers to get what they prefer. I decided to stay with the stock speaker as it sounds so good and has a great build quality from Celestion.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Awesome Fender tones

            By Tome

            from Chicago

            Site Member

            Comments about Fender '68 Custom Deluxe Reverb 22W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp with Celestion G12V-70 Speaker:

            I LOVE this amp. I was going to get the '65 Deluxe Reverb Reissue, that is one very sweet sounding amp as well. But then I tried the '68 Custom Deluxe Reverb and it was an easy choice, '68 CDR! The 68 CDR actually gives you 2 channels that have different tone stacks for different voicing, PLUS you get reverb and tremolo on both channels. The '65 has 2 channels of the same tone and one channel is dry only. That amp could work as just a single channel amp and it would be just fine. Still, the '65 black face DRR is mighty fine sounding amp too. For me the '68 CDR silver face is the tone winner. Fender has had some construction issues with these as I too had to return a new CDR because it stopped working on the second day. But I wasn't about to give on a great sounding map. Guitar Center quickly sent out a new one and I returned the faulty amp at my local GC store. Very easy no problems. These new Fender amps are as sensitive to tubes as the original hand wired units. Bad/faulty tubes are the biggest reason for buzzing, humming, squeals, etc... If you get those kinds of things, then get some high quality tubes and start swapping. Like any all tube amp of vintage design there can be some background hiss, but it's very light, and to me it sounds like all tube amp. Yes, these amps make a loud POP when you go to shut the amp off and you engage the ""standby"" switch first, as you should. This is an inherent design in the Fender amp circuit. The same thing happens with the '65 DRR, and even with the hand wired vintage versions. Fender really should fix this though. It's not the 1960's any more. The tones are fantastic, and with 2 channels that have their own eq's you can tailor the amp to what you like and the guitars you are using. The ""custom"" channel is based of the Bassman circuit and it's a bit darker/warmer with more mids. The ""vintage"" channel is more like the '65 DRRI with the 'brightness' turned down. Another aspect of the '68 silver face amps is their increased touch sensitivity. These amps respond beautifully to subtle touches on the strings, very very responsive. It helps you play better as it's sensitivity reveals more than other amps can. Power tube break up are what the 22 watt '65 black face and '68 silver face deluxe reverbs are famous for. The '68 breaks into power tube distortion sooner at lower volume than the '65. Both give great sounding tube distortion tones with the '68 having a bit more. As with nearly all Fender amps the '68 loves any pedal you put into the input. I run a Fultone Fuldrive 2 for light distortion and/or boost, A Bogner Ecstasy Red for moderate to heavy distortion, and a Wampler Triple Wreck for that thick and saturated high gain tone. With these 3 pedals I can get nearly any distortion tones I want, and then there are the beautiful chimey clean tones of classic Fender. Along with those pedals I also run TC Electronic ""Hall of Fame"" reverb, and TC Electronic Flashback delay. Both are great pedals. The reverb on the '68 is great and be dialed from light to nearly surfer. I have the reverb pedal so that I can add verb variations to the amp if or when I want to. It's good to have options, and as I said this amp loves it. If and when you get one you should check the power tube bias to make sure it's not set too cold. Often, amp manufacturers set the bias on the colder side, which helps the tubes last longer, but may not be the best tone one may like. I warmed up the bias on my '68 as it was on the cold side from the factory and it warmed up even nicer than when out of the box. Finally, the Celestion 12"" speaker in the amp is excellent. It has a nice mid range bite and controls the high end nicely and doesn't let the high end get brittle. It makes for a darker/warmer sounding Fender tone. For those that want more high end players have swapped in all kinds of different speakers to get what they prefer. I decided to stay with the stock speaker as it sounds so good and has a great build quality from Celestion.

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            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            GREAT SOUND , BAD QUALITY

            By Tomas

            from Los Angeles, CA

            Site Member

            Comments about Fender '68 Custom Deluxe Reverb 22W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp with Celestion G12V-70 Speaker:

            I love the sound and concept of this amp, but it just doesn't work, I've returned 2 in the last month , out of the box both had noise issues, reverb issues and a massive pop when turning off the bypass switch ( really loud pop , not the normal pop you can get sometimes from any amp )

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            5.0

            Classic Tone With Modern Twists

            By John

            from San Diego, CA

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            Comments about Fender '68 Custom Deluxe Reverb 22W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp with Celestion G12V-70 Speaker:

            I've known that I wanted a Deluxe Reverb for quite some time, but a good vintage unit is a little more than I can afford. After owning this model for a few weeks now, I can say with absolute certainty that this model has satisfied my craving for that legendary Fender tone while making its own unique mark on the legacy of this amp line. The Vintage channel gives you that classic "blackface" tone that does start to break up a little earlier than a vintage DR, but this is easily adjusted to taste via the bias pot or some preamp tube swapping if you so desire. As advertised, the Custom channel produces that thick Bassman tone that gets beautifully dirty as you increase the volume. It complements the tone of the Vintage channel nicely. Both channels take pedals without issue, so fire away. The shared reverb is oustanding and brings its own flavor to the tradition of the Deluxe Reverb. When cranked, it becomes just as lush and atmospheroic as you would expect from a Fender reverb unit, but I find it noticeably less spanky and "clicky" than the classic vintage sounds we are all familiar with. This might be a turn-off to some, but as a player who personally is very much influenced by the surf rock sounds of Dick Dale et al, I can tell you that I am 100% a fan of this modified sound. The reverb takes on an almost choral quality that is hard to put into words - the best way I can think of to describe its sound is as "singing." The shared tremolo sounds fantastic and is nothing short of what you would expect from a Fender amp. One last note: I've seen some people complain that this amp is too noisy for recording, but I have had zero issues. It has a slight amount of hiss that is to be expected from a tube combo, but nothing that would prevent you from using it in the studio.

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