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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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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

(based on 25 reviews)

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Pros

  • Excellent sound (10)
  • Warm / comfy (10)
  • Easy to use (9)
  • Good power output (8)
  • Portable (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (8)
  • Performances (8)
  • Amateur recording (5)
  • Professional recording (5)
  • Outdoor events / games (4)
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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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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

2 times a charm

By Tommy the K

from North Haven, Ct

About Me Novice

Pros

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

Cons

  • QC

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio
  • Performances

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

you need to buy these new, I had to return my first one because the light was not secure so it would flutter and create noise. GC took it back immediately and gave me a new one which is a fantastic amp. I had a 65 DRRI that I was happy with except it didn't take pedals well and was so bright. This 68 CDR has a great balanced tone, takes OD pedals well and reverb in both channels is great. I can't overstate how happy I am with this amp!!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Amp

By Nate

from CT

About Me Experienced

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:

    Pick this amp up from my local GC a few months ago. I can't stop playing it. It's got that classic fender tone that everyone loves. Having two channels on it is great, but for the most part I stick to the vintage channel. It's the best clean amp I've ever played through. Maybe it's just me, but this is what clean tones should sound like. I like to dial in the volume knob so that it just starts to break up a little bit when I play really hard, and there's plenty more volume and crunch if needed. This amp doesn't require a single pedal, save for maybe a clean digital or tape delay for when I'm playing ambients (tc electronic flashback). Fender spring reverb is the best. I preferred this model to the '65 reissue as I thought it sounded a bit warmer and I like the silver face look as well. Loud enough to gig with? Without a doubt. Quiet enough for home use? It can be and for me it is, but if noise is really an issue I might try a Princeton. There's a bit of tube rattle when I hit the third fret on the low e, but other than that no problems and it will probably be a simple fix when I get around to it. I honestly can't get enough of this amp.

     
    5.0

    Best amp I have ever had

    By Dino

    from Phelan, ca

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances

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

      Took it out and had a blast. Great tone and all notes rang out from the low E to the high c#.

       
      5.0

      Love this amp!

      By Tim Tim Tim

      from Joshua tree, ca

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

        About to take it on the road for a month.. It does everything I need an amp to do and sounds amazing.

         
        4.0

        The amp has that signature spring reverb!

        By Michael

        from OH

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Limited Functions

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

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

        It's got a great a clean sound. The overdriven sound nails that late 68 Peter Green tone, but it doesn't seem nearly as warm with my overdrive pedals. That being said, stick a good boost in front of it, work your volume controls and this amp will sing!

         
        5.0

        More time, More Love

        By Mk

        from Las Vegas

        About Me Novice

        See all my reviews

        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!!!

           
          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.

             
            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.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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!

                (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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