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Fender '68 Custom Deluxe Reverb 22W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp with Celestion G12V-70 Speaker   (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

Small, light and moderately powered.

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

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SPECIFICATIONS

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

  • 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
 
4.1

(based on 33 reviews)

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83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (23)
  • Excellent sound (22)
  • Portable (21)
  • Good power output (20)
  • Warm / comfy (20)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (22)
  • Home studio (18)
  • Outdoor events / games (14)
  • Professional recording (12)
  • Amateur recording (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (17), Professional musician (10)

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

 

Dissapointed- doesn't meet expectations

I bought this amp based on all the rave reviews for the tone and power, etc. I didn't see a lot of mention of the loud hiss that some of the DRRI's have....Read complete review

I bought this amp based on all the rave reviews for the tone and power, etc. I didn't see a lot of mention of the loud hiss that some of the DRRI's have. None of the local stores carry this amp in their showroom.

The amp had a loud hiss with nothing plugged into it and both volumes, trem and reverb turned down. The amp I received was not suitable for recording at all- not that I do a lot, but I do some. In a large room -event, etc., it would not be an issue. In a small, quite room, it's noticable. I have seen a couple YouTube videos where people are recording with them, and some people report no hiss present. (Yes, all amps have some hiss, I realize that... this amp goes beyond acceptable to me).

On top of that, I would get a loud pop when I turned the power off. Even with the volumes down, and just turning the power off (without flipping the standby switch). It would still pop sometimes. Not the end of the world, but its intermittent, which worried me a bit.

I sent this one back and got a replacement. It was even worse, but it very seldom popped when I turned it off. The hiss was about the same, and still unsable in the studio due to this.

The real deal killer was that the reverb was messed up. Turning it up to about 5 would be fine for about 30 seconds, and then a loud hum started building in volume and would continue to grow until your turned the reverb off. It did this without anything connected to it, except the footswitch.

I returned this one and I am now waiting for a Blues Deluxe Reissue to arrive. The one in the store was quit... so I hope this one is.

My real concern is over Fender's quality control, which seems shoddy. If a Fender rep thinks otherwise, I would love to trade the Blues Deluxe for a DRRI that works the way it should!

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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.

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    5.0

    Classic Fender Tone

    By Cmmcfreire

    from Lisbon

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Hiss

    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:

    In few words ill just describe the amp.
    Classic Fender Tone.
    Great for bedroom players and for gigs.
    Takes Pedals Nicely.
    Awesome Bassman channel on the custom side
    Only downfall is the hiss,which you can fix with a boss ns-2 pedal.

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    5.0

    18 years of sampling amps for live gigs. Best one yet!

    By Debbie DeVore

    from Louisville KY

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • 42 pounds!
    • 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:

      I've tried them all. 18 years of live performances 55 weekends a year. This is the lightest, most powerful tube amp around. With quality sound from both channels. Beautiful clean sound and pedal friendly. Absolutely love it! Thanks!

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      5.0

      Fantastic Value

      By Jeremy

      from undisclosed

      Verified Buyer

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

      I've been playing guitar for many years, and had many different amps. I like clean tone more than distortion, and while I had my eyes set on a Bad Cat Cub III, I couldn't afford it. I found this amp blemished and couldn't pass it up. I can't even tell what was blemished on it, and it sounds fantastic. Great clean tone and has plenty of headroom. I've never been crazy about the reverb tank on Fenders because during relatively quiet playing you can hear it vibrating in the back of the amp. But It sounds great, and a great value. If you want an amp to get good clean tones, and a versatile pedal amp, you can't go wrong with this one.

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      4.0

      Silverface VS Blackface Deluxe

      By Alex Hand

      from Oakland, CA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Classic Sound
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

      • Lack of Bass
      • Niche Sound
      • Slight Hum/Hiss

      Best Uses

      • Bar Gigs, Small>Medium Rooms
      • Performances

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

      I got to A-B this amp against the black face Deluxe Reverb and silver face Princeton Reverb today. I don't own either. This review is about the sonic differences.

      I had them all set to the same EQ, reveb levels, volume, everything. I played my Rickenbacker 660 with the stock, classic toaster pickups, flatwound Thomastik strings and nothing but a cable between the guitar and amp.

      The blackface Deluxe Reverb is the most transparent, clean, PA like sound of them all. For high definition jazz tones, that sparkly clean presence, etc, it wins. The silver Deluxe Reverb has a more compressed, scooped, almost metallic sound. I know that doesn't sound attractive, but it actually didn't sound bad. It's very classic sounding, like Hendrix, but it severely lacks bass. I had to turn the bass knob up several numbers past the blackface's to even come close to the same bass and it never did quite catch up.

      The silverface Princeton Reverb, on the other hand, was all bass. Even with the treble knob turned up it was still a little boomy. I was blown away by its volume, though. It seemed as loud or louder than the Deluxe's but it's smaller. It wasn't the sparkly/squishy/spanky tone I want though, and it wasn't much lighter in weight than the Deluxe.

      I thought I'd hate the silver Deluxe after reading these reviews, but it actually seemed like a tie. Both the silver and black face Deluxe Reverbs are good sounding amps with a clean electric guitar, and neither were breaking up at vol. 4, but consider that my pickups are extremely low output. I felt the silverface was noticeably better for rhythm/block chord playing. It really took out the lows that often muddy up big, full chords and made the guitar sit at a sonic range that I think would work well in a band, not stepping on the bass player's toes but also not scratchy and sharp. It does leave something to be desired as a clean lead/jazz sound, though, especially with a Fender guitar (I plugged a 50's reissue strat in to find out).

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      4.0

      Great Amp But Pricey

      By Ray

      from undisclosed

      Verified Buyer

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

      I had previously returned two Twin Reverb amps because of reliability problems and hesitated to go with a Fender product again. So far this amp has performed flawlessly and meets all my needs with plenty of power and great Fender tone. I need two separate channels to amp my guitar and guitar synth and this amp is perfect with separate tone and volume. I wish there were half star increments in the ratings because the only complaint I have so far is the hum when the reverb is activated which is only a half star deduction to me. I`m still a little gun shy about the reliability factor but after 4 gigs, all is well. Also at 45 lbs. this amp is half the weight of the back breaking Twin, but costs almost as much. Bottom Line..........I love this amp and would recommend it.

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      3.0

      Great sounding amp, but...

      By Jay

      from Pittsburgh, PA

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Good Warmth
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

      • Noisy

      Best Uses

      • Performances
      • Practice

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

      I really like this amplifier. The tone is great, especially if you bridge the channels and give it some juice. It has that beautiful warm break-up that nice vintage tube amplifiers give you. However, I would not use this amplifier for recording. It has a pronounced hiss, even at low volumes. Forget about using the reverb which intensifies the hiss exponentially. The price, at over a grand, is a bit steep. If you can find this amp at a more reasonable price, buy it.

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      5.0

      Classic Fender Reverb and Tone

      By Cowboy-Lefty

      from Frisbee, MO

      About Me Experienced

      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:

        This 22 watt amp from Fender delivers that great Fender Reverb tone, plus as an added bonus gives the classic Bassman tone stack. All this in one small amp with all the power I need from any size gig.

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        5.0

        I would buy this amp again!

        By JIm

        from Knoxville, TN

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        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:

          I have had this amp for about two weeks now and I am totally pleased, the tone is just what I was looking for and I have heard others complain about noise from the amp but mine is totally clean! This is such a versatile amp, blues, and rock it sounds great. all I can say is get one!!!

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          4.0

          Great amp

          By Chod

          from Orlando, FL

          About Me Novice

          Verified Reviewer

          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:

            The amp sounds great despite what the sales reps for other brands may be trying to tell you here with their baseless reviews. It is very versatile and does so many different sounds very well.

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