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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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Overview

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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4.2

(based on 9 reviews)

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3.0

Oops!

By Gary

from Atlanta, GA

Received my 68 with a bum pedal switch input jack. Took me forever to find what was bogus but Guitar Center did and set me up with a new one (return swap), which seems to be working fine. Guitar Center saved the day but Fender should be concerned. It would have been so easy to catch this with a more effective testing system. Whatever, I still love it. Garomotz

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5.0

Fender's Tone Champion

By Carl

from Albuquerque NM

What amp would you buy if you want a clean, rich tone for vintage jazz favorites, a little "bite" for Chet-style country & western and a little 50's-60's rock, and you play ES-165/175 Gibson archtops and a '62 single coil Guild Starfire III? The '68 Custom Deluxe Reverb's Custom ("blackface") and Vintage channels handle this eclectic mix of music styles and guitars to produce the tones I'm looking for. It easily has enough power for small venue performances with a band, and it is light enough for this 72-yr-old to haul it around. However, I'd wish for a master volume control to get the combination of tone, natural amp drive and amp volume set just right for the performance environment. The amp handles my simple delay pedal well as an input to the amp, but it would be useful if the Fender folks could include an effects loop that follows the preamp stage. I took delivery at a local GC store and had none of the "broken amp" problems encountered by some other reviewers. Glad I bought this jewel.

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5.0

FENDER NAILED IT WITH THE '68 , ALOT BETTER THAN THE '65 DELUXE REVERB REISSUE !

By Randy

from WEST ALLIS , WI

LET ME START BY SAYING THAT THIS AMP HAS IT ALL , I HAD A '65 DELUXE REVERB BEFORE THIS AND THE DIFFERENCE IS NIGHT AND DAY , THE '68 CUSTOM DELUXE REVERB HAS WAY BETTER TONE , BETTER OVER DRIVE , I LOVE BOTH CHANNELS ON THIS '68 DELUXE REVERB - VINTAGE IS EXACTLY WHAT IT SAYS AND IT DOES IT VERY WELL , THE CUSTOM CHANNEL IS REALLY COOL BECAUSE IT HAS THAT FENDER BASSMAN TONE STACK SOUND. THE CELESTION G12 V70 SPEAKER IN THE FENDER CUSTOM '68 DELUXE REVERB SOUNDS WAY BETTER THAN THE JENSEN SPEAKER THAT IS IN THE FENDER '65 DELUXE REVERB. THE '68 ALSO BREAKS UP BETTER AT LOWER VOLUMES AND SOUNDS JUST AWESOME FOLKS , THIS IS THE LAST AMP I WILL EVER NEED. DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND GO TO YOUR LOCAL GUITAR CENTER AND TRY ONE OUT FOR YOURSELF , YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED , GO CHECK IT OUT AND GO BUY THIS AMP NOW ! BEST DECISION I EVER MADE WAS THIS PURCHASE OF THIS AMP , THANK YOU FENDER , JOB WELL DONE !

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5.0

Great Amp, Great Price !

By Joshua

from Charlotte, NC

This is an amazing little amp with astoundingly rich tones. The 68? deluxe is much warmer, with a bit more bass than the 65?. This amp harbors an extremely rich diverse pallet of tonal options between the two channels. I would definitely suggest this amp to any player of any style, that being said, this amp is probably best, at least in my opinion, for cleaner playing styles. If you are a reverb fanatic, it should be noted the 68?s reverb is not quite as intense as the 65'. The amp does produce a small amount of tube hiss, and the reverb when turned up can hum a little, but this is nothing that isn't normal in a fender tube amp. Some negatives: It took me 3 tries before I found a functional amp. The first amp, ordered from a different company, came with an extremely loud hiss (white noise) and it sounded like a hair dryer was going off in the background; the preamp tubes were probably damaged during delivery. The second amp was ordered from GC and the box came opened and severely roughed up. In both cases I blame shipping and rough handling and there was no fault on the amp suppliers. GC was great on exchanging me a new amp and I couldn?t be happier. Most people don?t have the money to buy high dollar boutique amps, such as two rock. So as a broke college student it?s refreshing to find a good quality tube amp that won?t give me intense buyer?s remorse and drain my bank account. This is a good amp and packs a punch, if your budget isn?t super high, then this is the amp for you.

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5.0

Love this Amp!

By LAWRENCE BELCZAK

from Dearborn Heights, Mi

I was geeked when I saw the ad in Guitar Centers circular that Fender had re-issued the Silver Face Twin, Deluxe Reverb and Princeton Amps. Way back in 1973, I was the proud owner of a 1972 Silverface Twin and was hooked. I loved that amp, but sold it like a dummy a few years later. After that I was on a quest for tone, like most guitar players are and finally came back to Fender amps in 1997 when I purchased a Hot Rod Deville. I liked it, but it wasn't a Twin. In 2008 I purchased a 65 reissue and was in love again! Only one problem, I'm in my late 50's and the Twin can kill you lugging' it to gigs! That's why I jumped on the Deluxe Reverb and I couldn't be happier! Fender has really hit a home run with this amp. At only 42 lbs, I no longer dread the drudgery of the hardest thing about gigging! The tone this amp offers is shear bliss. It's all I need for any venue. I can't decide which channel sounds better, the Custom or the Vintage. They both offer their own distinct sweetness! This amp is so pretty and looks beautiful on stage under the lights. I still have my Twin. I won't make that mistake again! Anyway, great job Fender and thank you for all the years of joy your amps have brought to millions!

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3.0

Great tone but needs some work

By JASON MURRAY

from Westerly RI

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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2.0

Great if it works

By Steve Cartwright

from San Jose, CA

I had to return 2 in a row. First one had a loud ticking sound when using vibrato (probably OK at club volume - but unusable for home recording) - and the second one howled when the reverb was turned up past 4. Thanks goodness of GC's great return/exchange policy. Assuming you get a good one, they sound great. But make sure to play-test it in a quiet environment!

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(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

oh my this crazy good

By DJ Kenkel

from Springfield Missouri

I traded a Mesa Boogie deuce, for this and have "no" regrets. This could be the best quality and best sounding Amplifier ever made by Fender USA. Get one quick before they're all gone. The Celestion speaker will never need to be upgraded as this combo's sound, is almost perfect. Two guitars can be played out of this at same time. Both channels are special, lots of bass, mid and that great Fender verb sound. -----"wow."

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5.0

'68 Custom Deluxe Reverb Review and Comparison

By Rodney Scott

from Murfreesboro, TN

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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