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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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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.

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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'68 Custom Deluxe Reverb 22W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp with Celestion G12V-70 Speaker 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
 
4.9

(based on 10 reviews)

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home studio (7)
    • Outdoor events / games (7)
    • Performances (7)
    • Professional recording (6)
    • Amateur recording (5)
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    5.0

    Impressive all around grab n go

    By PartialtoMarshall

    from New Mexico

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    Pros

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

    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:

      Sounds great in a variety of styles - maybe the most practical choice for modern gigging. It's easy to tote yet powerful enough for a band but quiet enough for the living room. External speaker possibilities expand its potential even more. Also, an external A/B box could make this an effective 2 channel amp. The Normal channel (Bassman voiced) is more beefy and muscular. I sometimes like just a trace of hair on my clean tones and that can be found here. At Vol 5 to 6, it is breaking up significantly, getting into Clapton Crossroads territory (yep, from a Fender!) The Vibrato channel is the more classic Fender clean, not quite as loud, thinner and more pristine. Though it too can be cranked yielding some decent Riviera Paradise and Lenny tones. The reverb is very good, adjustable from subtle to fairly surfy. The Vibrato is good enough for convincing Born on the Bayou style riffs. There is no effects loop and it is not really missed here. Overdrive/distortion pedals work very well in front of the amp, as well as other types of pedals if you need more than the onboard reverb and vibrato. Both channels pass the dynamics test of going from clean to breakup using just the guitar volume knob. The Celestion speaker IMHO seems to suit this amp from clean to dirty and sounds good even before break in. There is the external speaker option if you feel the need for sounds of a different flavor or more volume. This is an amp true to Fender's successful origins. It is small enough but loud enough. It is easy to carry and rugged. It is versatile and just plain good sounding in almost any situation. Practical size, practical power, very competent tones, versatile.

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Amp

      By Vic Tommarchi

      from Naples, Florida

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable
      • Powerful
      • Reverb Trem In Ch 12
      • Rev Trem In Ch 1 2

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • 50 60 Rock'n Roll
        • Events
        • Performances

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

        i owned the 65 RI Deluxe Reverb for 19 years. and replaced it with this. The amp exceeds my expectations. Although it has a lower list price that the 65 RI, it seems to be a better amp. It could be the speaker or transformer, but the bottom line is... I love it.
        I am 70 years old, and doing gigs since 1961. this year I'll do about 80 gigs. Believe me, I started with a Fender tweed Vibrolux in one hand and a Jazzmaster in the other. Today when my band shows up 5 musicians all with SUVs start unloading with carts to haul all this stuff. I tell you this 'cause im buying equipment all my life and this is a good amp, and at a good price. I baught mine from Musiaians Friend and it arrived 2 days early. ….I will add Fender Tilt Back Legs.

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        great amp

        By custom deluxe reverb

        from Fl

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Excellent Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio

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

          1st amp had problem with reverb circuit / MF sent a 2nd amp right away
          custom side has great tone with the bassman tone stack and rev/vib on both channels.vintage side super clean. haven't got the speaker broke in yet .
          This is the first time i dealt with MF and they treated me as if they were right down the street. and the warranty issue was no issue at all. Also this is the first time i ever bought a new amp and am not disapointed

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          smoooooooth

          By jr

          from PA

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Excellent Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

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

            I have used the deluxe over 40 years..and have seen um come and go....I still have my old stand bys but once and a while I try something new, you think ide grow out of this by now..i gave it the test drive with a live band...all the members loved it I was letting it out every chance I could....what a sound!!!good job fender

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great Little Amp

            By kurzxl

            from harrisonburg, va

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            Pros

            • Big Sound From Small Box
            • Easy To Use
            • Good Warmth
            • Powerful

            Cons

            • None at this time

            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 was looking for a warm sounding amp with switchable reverb that was not too big to lug around. Just starting to play and am very pleased

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A great Fender amp!

            By Radman

            from Macomb, Michigan

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • A Sweet Speaker
            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Great tone
            • Portable
            • Powerful
            • Quality Build
            • Reasonable Price

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

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

              This Fender amp is a joy to play and own.The tonal versatility is impressive. The construction quality of the amp is top notch and so is the silverface trim.

              This amp can cover rock,blues,country,jazz,or pop styles. There's a special magic to the sound this amp puts out and it has great harmonic character.

              The speaker does a great job of keeping the tone alive, balanced and strong. Having loads of vintage Fenders to compare it with and having been a player for 48 years I think it stands on it's own merit and is a worthy addition to the Fender line. It's a real winner.

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              (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              review 68 cust dlx rvb fender

              By crossroader

              from perth amboy nj

              Pros

              • Don't Listen To Negatives
              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Good Warmth
              • Portable

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                  don't listen to bad reviews. this is the most beautiful sounding amp i have ever owned. i am 52 yrs old and have owned all the big names .this amp puts them all to shame.get it.

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                  (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Looks stunning sounds awesome

                  By Startocaster

                  from Orlando, FL

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Limited Functions

                  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:

                  It's an improvement over the 65 reissue. I owned two of those, one with the green circuit board and a few mods. The 68 custom is not as bright as the 65 and breaks up earlier on the vibrato channel. The Custom channel is based on the Bassman, so it breaks up around 4 instead of 5 and has more crunch. The first i noticed was reverb on both channels. The channels can not be switched from the front. You must unplug your guitar in the other channels input, or change the vibrato footswitch, not sure exactly how that is done. No effects loop, no impedance switch, just an external speaker jack. I have to really crank the vibrato channel volume to hit the sweet spot, around 4-5. At that point, it is very loud, loud enuf for a band. The bassman channel was easier, about 3-4 with humbuckers. Both channels have more gain and bass than my 65 reissues. This 68 reissue is very touch sensitive, very dynamic. If you can't get a good tone out of this, you ain't tryin very hard.

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                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Fender nailed it!

                  By The Holstered

                  from Miami, FLA.

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Good Warmth
                  • Portable
                  • Powerful
                  • Sizzles
                  • The Right Amount Of Grit

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Events
                    • Home Studio
                    • Professional Recording
                    • Shake The Crowd

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

                    Fender got it right! The Deluxe Reverb has always been the go to amp for all styles of music. It takes pedals and has that incredible tube reverb. You seriously can't go wrong with this amp. The cosmetics of the 68' add to the whole package. I play garage-soul-rock with my band The Holstered and this amp delivers!

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                    (64 of 68 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Fender '68 Custom Deluxe Reverb Amp

                    By Dr. B

                    from PA

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

                      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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