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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 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
 
4.3

(based on 58 reviews)

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    (40)

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    (7)

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87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (32)
  • Excellent sound (32)
  • Portable (29)
  • Warm / comfy (29)
  • Good power output (27)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (30)
  • Home studio (26)
  • Outdoor events / games (17)
  • Professional recording (16)
  • Amateur recording (15)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (24), Professional musician (12), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Fender '68 Custom Deluxe Reverb Amp

Fender Custom '68 Deluxe Reverb
These days it seems that Fender is offering almost as many "Deluxe" model amps as Strats, and each new model seems more exciting than the...Read complete review

Fender Custom '68 Deluxe Reverb
These days it seems that Fender is offering almost as many "Deluxe" model amps as Strats, and each new model seems more exciting than the last. I received the latest offering, the '68 Custom Deluxe Reverb, yesterday and have been playing it non-stop. For comparison, I set it next to a mint '74 Deluxe Reverb (Weber C12N speaker) and a Supersonic 22.

The '68 Custom is a beautiful amp, rockin' the bright, cheerful 1st year silverface look that, IMHO, is dazzyling compared to the more sober blackface style. The only stylistic giveaway that is not an original '68 is the pilot light which is turquoise blue instead of the usual red color and the blue looks really cool.

The "custom" aspects of the amp include tube reverb and vibrato on BOTH channels, a Bassman-like tone stack on what used to be the NORMAL channel and is now called the "CUSTOM" channel, slightly earlier gain onset, a Celestion speaker and (arguably) better touch sensitivity.

Except for cosmetics, the Silverface Deluxe Reverbs until '76 changed very little from the earlier Blackface models (2 capacitors) and they are phenomenally good amps.

So, how does the '68 Custom compare to the original? First of all, there will be no argument that the new CUSTOM channel is far more usable and exciting than the old NORMAL channel. Turn it up and listen to its tighter, tougher bass response and add on reverb and vibrato for great tones. On the '74, the NORMAL channel had less presence and gain compared to the VIBRATO channel and most players simply didn't use it (I take the V1 tube out).

On the '74, the VIBRATO channel has more lush reverb and sounds brighter than the '68 reissue. The '68 reissue has a tighter bass response compared to the '74. The softer, compressed, bass attack in the '74 DR has a clanky edge that gets flubbier with power chords as you turn up the volume. Most players reduce the bass to compensate for this, but it is unnecessary on the '68 Custom.

While both channels on the '68 sound great, this is not a channel -switching amp and an A-B box is required if you want to switch channels (to set one clean and the other dirty). Remember that in a non-master volume amp like this, if you want more gain, the amp has to be much louder. Instead of channel switching, a more workable gigging solution would be to choose your favorite channel and then use an overdrive pedal with a minimal volume boost, to go from clean to dirty.

The Celestion speaker is excellent. Switching the speaker leads from one amp to the other suggested that the speaker choices worked best in their respective models.

An alternative to both the '65 Blackface Reissue and the '68 Custom is the Supersonic 22 which is based on the DR. The Clean channel has 2 modes, "Clean and Fat" (really Deluxe Reverb and Bassman), both of which sound great. The Gain channel sounds like the world's best Tube Screamer built into a Deluxe Reverb, with dual cascading Gain controls and four band EQ. (IMHO, the Supersonic 22 because of its all tube build, USA manufacture, and versatility is the best DR- type amp that Fender offers.) The only drawback for some players would be that the Supersonic lacks tremolo.

While this is an updated "Custom" version of the Deluxe Reverb and may be improved from the original, it is by no means a modern amp. No multiple ohm external speaker outs, no effects loops, no power attenuator, no master volume and no channel switching. It is simply one of the greatest sounding amps ever made in a light weight, easily portable format that is great for home, practice, recording and clubs. Miked, it can handle any gig. With pedals it sounds better than anything else because it starts with rich, thick tone.

PROS: The '68 Custom Deluxe Reverb offers TWO distinct and exceptionally good vibrato and reverb channels compared to the original and has a tighter bass response. Its a little less bright with slightly less luster to the reverb compared to the original Silverface but, overall, it may be actually be tonally superior. It is certainly an outstanding amp!

CONS: You can still find good condition, hand wired, USA made, original Silverface amps for a few hundred more than this reissue.

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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

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#.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    68 Custom Deluxe Reverb.....WOW!

    By 64 Tele

    from Holiday Island, Ar.

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • 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:

      After owning 2 vintage Deluxe Reverbs (1964 and 1966) and Princeton Reverb (1964) in the past, I was missing having a Deluxe after selling mine back in 2001. I narrowed purchase down to either a 65 RI or a 68 Custom Deluxe Reverb.
      I was intrigued (to say the least) by the 68 Custom with two distinctly different channels/tone stacks and reverb/vibrato on both channels. The ability to run both channels together (since they are in phase) was another plus.
      After A/B'ing both amps (and the 65 RI NAILS the BF Deluxe sound), I went with the 68 Custom due to the versatility of the two channels. Getting it home, hooking up both channels with my A/B/Y pedal (Fender) I got to know the amp. Yes, there is a "slight" background hiss going on, but not excessive. Yes, the two channels are distinct/different. But, with the channel switching/combining option with this amp, it REALLY comes to life. You now have a Deluxe sized Fender amp with a slightly less bright Deluxe sound (Vintage channel) and a fuller/ballsier sound (Custom) channel and a third option running both together (louder/fuller/edge of hair) sound.....I was having so much fun, I didn't (yet) get around to trying with my pedal board. Way to go, Fender. My 68 Custom Princeton Reverb now has a big brother.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A Gigging Amp

      By Tdiddleydoo

      from Buffalo, NY

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Cleans
      • Excellent Pedal Platform
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

      • Pop on standby
      • Somewhat noisy

      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:

      After having a string of bad luck with various amps (went through 6 amps in a span of 8 months, including a Two-Rock) I finally stumbled upon this one.

      This so far has the best portability, power, and tone out of all the amps I've had in the past. It's able to cut through the mix while retaining the tone I'm looking for. The bassman tonestack is a really useful feature. It's essentially like having two amps in one. Both channels take pedals exceptionally well. When I compared it directly to the '65 DRRI I felt like the '68 Custom was much more responsive, had a richer, thicker tone (which for my personal preference was better). I also noticed the reverb was weaker on the '68 Custom, which isn't necessarily a bad thing if you don't like your tone drenched in reverb, however something to keep in mind. The amp can be a little hissy and it pops when you turn it on standby. For me this isn't really an issue and seems nitpicky, but it can be an issue for others, just something else to keep in mind.

      But overall, I am super impressed with this amp, I personally like this amp more than my old two rock studio pro. I get the same quality tone at a third of a price and it's seemingly more stable. The 22 watts has been enough for all gigging situations and all types of drummers, it has enough clean headroom but will break up at a somewhat decent volume (another pleasant surprise). Perfect amp for the gigging blues/rock/jazz musicians in my opinion.

       
      5.0

      A classic reborn...

      By ET the extraToneful

      from Detroit, MI

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances

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

        Just got this amp this evening and I love it! Right out of the box- bass,treble,reverb on 5-plugged my
        76' LP Custom (w/ slash pu's) in and wow! Sounds fantastic! That gorgeous Fender chime, 
        chords just ring out. And of course, the best reverb. Beautiful, clean tone and so touch sensitive &
        responsive to pick attack. Both channels sound great, the vintage side is a bit brighter but not harsh at all...
        I was expecting to retube with JJ's as a tone upgrade but I don't feel it's needed at all now.
        I will eventually try out some different tubes but I'm very happy with the tone of this amp as is.
        I'm putting a pedalboard together with alot of great effects by Catalinbread, Earthquaker,
        and others and this amp will be the perfect tone canvas to work with.

         
        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

          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

            one of the best amps you will find

            By steve

            from atl

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              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:

              the first amp had a problem, musicians friend replaced it no problem,the second amp is perfect.one intersesting thing was the first amp sounded even better than the second one. maybe it was biased a little hotter don't know.the custom channel is the deluxe reverb sound you always wanted . great with pedals.reverb is the best ive heard in an amp.buy it. you will love this amp.joe bonnamassa says it is one of the top 5 underated amps out there.not for long.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Overall a Very Nice Amp

              By Bluesman5364

              from Santa Maria, CA

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Performances

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

                I recently been trying one of these amps out at a local store and so far have found it to my complete enjoyment. I've held off buying until I had a chance to go through the amp a few times, figuring that if a floor model held up, a new one should as well. I had read up on the "hissing" noise and a "pop" at shut off. I researched and found that if you are using the normal to be sure to turn the vintage volume completely off and vice versa. I tested this out on two separate amps of this particular amp and sure enough, a lot of hissing when the side I was not using had the volume left up, the more volume the more hissing. As for the pop, I also own a Limited Edition FDRRI and will get the pop ONLY when putting down into a standby mode when taking a break. If I'm done for a while, then I just shut it completely off. You DO NOT according to Fender need to put into a standby mode just to shut off as the standby is meant to allow the caps to slowly build up and accept the voltage prior to turning on completely. The standby is not intended for the tubes, never was I was told by one of their techs. It's also mentioned in some blogs. The reverb hum and eventually getting louder that one reviewer mentioned happened to my 68 Custom Princeton Reverb. I found upon inspection that someone at the Fender factory had wired up the amp (tie-wrapped the reverb send/return jacks to the filament wires). You don't put signal wires next to A.C. Voltage wires. Even though we're only talking about 6 volts, the signal wires can not be tie-wrapped to voltage wires.. Anyway, that seems to have taken care of the reverb hum that would get very loud when the reverb was set at 3 or above. Hope this review helps some. Vintage amps still reign but I can't afford them now. I do plan to order a new 68 Custom DR sometime soon as I'm really enjoying the tone and it really does take to pedal very well, and both single coil and humbuckers without any issues. Plenty loud for me as well.

                 
                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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