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Fender '68 Custom Twin Reverb 85W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp with Celestion G12V-70s 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 t... 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 Twin Reverb received a fresh new face as it remained the backline amp of choice for pros and amateurs everywhere. Clear, deep and powerful, it produced big tube tone, with world-class Fender reverb and vibrato effects. For countless guitarists ever since, the Twin Reverb has been the go-to amp for classic Fender sound.

The '68 Custom Twin Reverb Amp pays tribute to the classic look, sound and performance of Fender's late-'60s "silver- face" 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 Twin Reverb's dual 12" Celestion G12V-70 speakers also deliver 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 '68s are ideal for players that love their amps to break up a little sooner, rock players, alternative players that like something a little different, players that use pedals,players that love the look of "Silverface" amps.

Features
  • 85 watts into 4 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
    Controls: Custom Channel: Bright Switch, Volume, Treble, Middle, Bass. Vintage Channel: Bright Switch, Volume, Treble, Middle, Bass, Reverb, Speed, Intensity
    Voltage: 120V
    Wattage: 85 watts into 4 ohms
    Inputs: Four - (1/4", Two Custom and Two Vintage)
    Speaker Jack: Two 1/4" Parallel
    Channels: Two - (Custom and Vintage)
    Hardware
    Pilot Light Jewel: Blue Jewel
    Handle: Molded Plastic Strap with Nickel-Plated Caps
    Tilt Back Legs: Includes Tilt-Back Legs
    Front Panel: Silverface Style
    Grill Cover: Black Textured Vinyl Covering with Silver-Turquiose Grille Cloth
    Amplifier Depth: 10.375" (21.9cm)
    Amplifier Width: 26.15" (66cm)
    Amplifier Height: 19.87" (50.46cm)
    Amplifier Weight: 64lb. (29kg)
    Effects: Reverb, Vibrato
    Speakers
    Speaker: Two - 12" Celestion G12V-70
    Impedance: 4 ohms
    Tubes
    Pre Amp Tubes: Groove Tubes - (4 x 12AX7), (2 X 12AT7)
    Power Tubes: Groove Tubes - (4 x 6L6)
    Miscellaneous
    Unique Features: Modified Twin Reverb all-tube circuitry, shared reverb and tremolo on both channels, "Vintage" channel for traditional silverface tonality, 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.
    Accessories
    FootSwitch: 2-Button Footswitch Included
    Knobs: Vintage-Style Skirted Black Plastic
    Cover: Fitted Cover Included
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Fender'68 Custom Twin Reverb 85W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp with Celestion G12V-70s Speaker
 
4.7

(based on 9 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (4)
  • Amateur recording (3)
  • Home studio (3)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
  • Professional recording (3)
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5.0

Worth All the Trouble

By Larry

from St. Paul, MN, USA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Incredible Clean Tones
  • Ultimate in Guitar Tone
  • Very Versatile with a Good Pedal Board

Cons

  • Quality Control Could Be Better

Best Uses

  • Gigging
  • Practice
  • Recording

Comments about Fender '68 Custom Twin Reverb 85W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp with Celestion G12V-70s Speaker:

I knew after reading the reviews that I might have trouble, but I haven't played a better reasonably priced amp, so I took a chance. Got the first one. My band was super-impressed at the first practice. It sounded amazing. Much more dynamic than my Deluxe Reverb. Unfortunately, the next morning when I turned it on, it made a super-loud hum and went completely dead. It was only three days old with four hours on it, so naturally I returned it.

Got the second one. Unfortunately this one had a loud hum at idle that could be heard from room to room. After playing around a bit, I found it would only hum with the reverb on. Some forum posts said that sometimes Fender puts the reverb tank in backwards, so I turned the tank around so that the plugs faced the front, and no more hum. So now the thing is near perfect.

If it blows up again, I'll return it if I still can. Otherwise, I'll take it in to have it fixed under Fender's five year warranty. Why? Because the tone is worth it. The clean tones are straight from heaven. But It also sounds great with my entire pedal board. We play all-out variety, and I can get just about any tone from this Twin Reverb. It's a perfect mate to my Deluxe Reverb. But to be honest, I probably won't use the Deluxe much going forward, because the Twin is so quiet now. It's fine even in our small practice space.

The build quality is not the best on these amps. But with Musician's Friend's great customer service, I got a replacement in just seven working days. They paid all of the shipping and they were very nice about it. This was after getting an amazing deal over the Christmas holidays, along with a ton of backstage pass points that should be enough to cover an expensive new pedal. Fender's Five Year Transferable warranty rounds out the safety net. The build quality may not be the best, but both companies are top notch in terms of customer service. Quite a bit of trouble, but still a five star experience in my opinion.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Truely a professional musician's amp

By Joe Red Strat

from Houston,texas

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances
    • Professional Use

    Comments about Fender '68 Custom Twin Reverb 85W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp with Celestion G12V-70s Speaker:

    As a professional musician this amp delivers the same sound and power heard on recordings and studio work to my shows as well as off stage work.

    (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Not to loud for you

    By jojo-75N9a

    from new mexico

    About Me Experienced

    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 Twin Reverb 85W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp with Celestion G12V-70s Speaker:

      Okay how do I start back in the 80s I was doing live sound and didn't play guitar yet but we would have to bring a fender twin with us time to time when setting things up I would miss around with this amp and say to myself wow this amp sounds great if I was playing guitar this is the amp i would want fyi a lot of the time it would be the evil twin they sound great and some times a silver face on volume 1 it was loud as 5 never having the money for a twin i use amps like the blues jr never happy, for the last 20 yrs always had that twin on my mind for my birthday my wife says to me get any amp that you want boy did i want a twin i told myself its to big its to loud so I tried 68 Deluxe Reverb and 65 Deluxe Reverb the 68 for me was much better thin the 65 i didn't like he 65 at all i guess I don't like the 6v6 power tubes so now I just got my new fender twin from 1 to 4 its not that loud you can play it in your apt and it still as great tone five amps later this one is not going back i use artec pedals they also work sound great. ps i play a gretsch G5435 Electromatic and a gretsch 5129

      (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      This amp. is fantastic !!!

      By dusterman

      from mass.

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Fender '68 Custom Twin Reverb 85W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp with Celestion G12V-70s Speaker:

      This amp. is fantastic what a great job they did on this unit I can't find a thing bad to say about it !The sound is perfect it's worth every penny I paid for it also lots of power!(very happy)!!!

      (3 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      like new almost, oh well

      By villa41

      from Omaha

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • The Amp Looked Great

      Cons

      • Limited Functions
      • Sounded Great No Reverb

      Best Uses

      • All Around

      Comments about Fender '68 Custom Twin Reverb 85W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp with Celestion G12V-70s Speaker:

      My problems were solved in a matter of days, I could not be happier with results. Agreat company to buy from.

      (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      A better version of the Twin but beware

      By FF

      from NJ

      About Me Professional Musician

      Comments about Fender '68 Custom Twin Reverb 85W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp with Celestion G12V-70s Speaker:

      The Classic Fender Twin done better in most respects. Hey Fender, where did the casters go? Do you really expect us to carry this beast around like a Deluxe? That being said, the Vibrato channel is everything you'd expect from the legendary Twin. Best clean ever (even with Celestions) with warm trem and reverb. Great idea to offer trem and reverb on both channels. Now be careful with this: Fender says the "Bassman/Tweed" circuit on the Normal Channel has "early breakup". Not true. Remember you have no Master Volume on this model. The lowest volume you're gonna get the nice Fendery breakup is at 2 1/2 AND you're gonna need a Tube Screamer type overdrive AND it's gonna be deafening. My wife could hear me down the street while driving home. And no windows were open. For live dirty playing, this amp is for big rooms or outside only. To record dirty, you'll need a Royer R-121 that can handle the db's. Enjoy but beware.

      (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Awesome Tone!

      By ken Aiello

      from Warren MI

      Comments about Fender '68 Custom Twin Reverb 85W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp with Celestion G12V-70s Speaker:

      Strat cleans are just great! reverb and trem sound great. Both channels are voiced really nice. I went from a Blues Deluxe to this amp, I wanted to try the silver face and I liked it.After about 10 loud hours my Bogner pedals are sounding really good at bedroom level's to loud at 5 on the volume.Has good,warm thick and sweet high end tones.Construction is top notch all wood cabinet, the 212 speakers are really voiced good. They were a little ruff with dirt at first then it started to smooth out. I replaced the preamp tubes right a way with my favorite ones and some NOS at7's. I dont do a lot of reviews but im digging this amp more and more.

      (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Awesome amp just as adverstised

      By Stephen Van Pelt

      from Brick, New Jersey

      Comments about Fender '68 Custom Twin Reverb 85W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp with Celestion G12V-70s Speaker:

      I've only owned it for about two weeks now, but this amp is everything I wanted and expected, given Fender's long-standing reputation and my equally long history with their products. The look and feel is great, albeit a little on the heavy side, so it's not as portable as I would like. But, I knew that going in, so I plan to add heavy-duty casters (hint: this amp should come with wheels). Also, the 60-cycle hum is a bit irritating, but I am taking measures to remedy that. UPS driver did a particularly poor job of delivering this heavy amp to the door of my house: he just dragged it by the top box flap, thereby opening it (too lazy to use his hand truck). Anyway, back to the amp itself. I love the separate channels as they accomodate all my instruments. Although heavy, very powerful and a bit pricey, I would definitely recommend it to all those who can handle it.

      (28 of 28 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Exceeds expectations

      By Old Kat on the River

      from East Tennessee

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Distinct Preamp Colors
      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Great Low Volume Dynamics
      • Headroom
      • Smooth Response
      • Sound Complexity
      • Warmth

      Cons

      • A Bit Of Idle Hiss

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Fender '68 Custom Twin Reverb 85W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp with Celestion G12V-70s Speaker:

      I have had the amp for about 5 weeks now, and like it better each time I play it. It exhibits the well known characteristics of the legendary Twin Reverb; remarkable clean sound at very loud volume levels, lush reverb and vibrato, and versatile tone manipulation. However, the modifications Fender has made to the preamps sets it apart from it's Blackface equivalent. The sound of both channels is warmer and more differentiated. The Custom channel tone stack in particular complements single coil guitars. Strats, Teles, Jaguars, and Jazzmasters seem like different guitars. Even the normal channel has a bit more midrange. There is none of the overall bright, ice-pick highs that many of contemporary Fender amps project. The Custom '68 evokes the amps of the Brownface era, in smoothness of both sound and response. It also sounds great at low volumes, and does not have to be set at ear-bleed levels to generate pleasing, complex and harmonically rich music. I play mostly Jazz, and this amp excels at referencing the music heard on 50's- early 60's Jazz guitar recordings.

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