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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.

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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  • Easy to use (16)
  • Excellent sound (16)
  • Portable (15)
  • Good power output (13)
  • Warm / comfy (13)

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  • Performances (14)
  • Home studio (12)
  • Outdoor events / games (10)
  • Professional recording (9)
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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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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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1.0

Not a good amp

By vii

from Toledo, OH

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Pros

    Cons

    • Faulty Circuitry
    • Noise Problems
    • Poor Sound Quality

    Best Uses

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

      I purchased this amp because, like others, I liked the idea of the Custom channel, with its Bassman tone stack. I read the reviews, and so I knew that people complianed about noise problems from these amps. I went to a local GC and A/B'd the 68 Custom DR and the 65 DRRI, and found that the 68 there indeed was the noisier of the two - some pretty serious noise floor on the 68, and very little on the 65. Nevertheless, I decided to take my chances. The one that I got from MF was just as noisy as the one in the shop, but it had other porblems as well; namely, the higher you turned the reverb up, the unbearably noisier it got. Also, when I plugged in the footswitch and engaced the trem, I got this awful helicopter sound with out even strumming a chord. Totally unusable. I immediatley called MF and arranged to return it, and the CS Rep (Leon?) was a great. MF has great CS, and I've been purchasing from them for years (and still will!)

      Just to be certain, I played another 68 and 65 at a shop out of town. Same deal on the noise floor for the 68, whilst the 65 remained fairly quiet.

      That's three strikes, which is unfortunate. I really wanted this amp to work out, especially since I favor thw warmer tonality of the SF sound, and i liked that Custom channel. But it's just an unusable amount of noise - and on three separate amps! That's hard for me to argue with. Great concept, but I think Fender's got a dud series on their hands. Still, I lov eme some Fender guitars and amps, and can vouch for the 65 being the better quality (tone/sound notwithstanding) of the two. For not much more money, one simply gets the nicer of the options by purchasing the 65. The sheer amount of positive reviews attest to this, if one needs help.

      Anyway, thanks MF for the great service, and I hope the folks at Fender are taking note.

      Cheers

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      5.0

      Great amp. Don't listen to bad reviews

      By Eben

      from Tampa, FL

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

      • Volume

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

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

      This amp does exactly what it claims to do. The reports of the amp "blowing up" or having noise problems sound like they are coming from less experienced users. I have been playing Fender amps over 20 years and do most of my own service on them. These issues are typically caused by loose or bad preamp tubes. This amp has two channels that each have their own unique, classic fender tone. The Celestion speaker is a great choice for rock and breaks up very smoothly. The only problem I have with this is when I play with a very loud rock drummer. It is hard to maintain a good clean sound with a very loud drummer. However, this is not an issue with most drummers. I have been able to compensate for this by swapping out some of the preamp tubes and/or removing one of the V1 channel preamp tubes. Removing the V1 and using only the other channel, and/or using lower gain preamp tubes will give you increased clean headroom. Diehard fender guys have been using these tricks for many many years. If you love great clean tone, and like a small, lightweight form factor, then grab one of these amps and play around with different preamp tubes. You will not be sorry.

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      1.0

      Beware

      By CountryBlues

      from Lawrence, KS

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Portable

      Cons

      • Poor Sound Quality
      • Weak

      Best Uses

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

        Bought one in September 2014. At first it sounded great, then I was out of town for about two months and wasn't able to play it. Since a few weeks back I noticed a lot of noise a constant hum that sounds nothing like it used to. Unfortunately this was out of my warranty with MF and Fender is not helping. I would recommend getting another brand and maybe going through your local store. That would make things easier if you have any issues down the road.

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        5.0

        Great amp '68 custom deluxe reverb

        By Anderini

        from Amarillo, tx

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • 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:

          Love this amp. Was worried about it being loud enough after switching from a Marshall half stack. But it turns out that this amp is plenty loud for anything most guitarists would need. Very nice natural overdrive when cranked. Having both the custom and vintage channels to choose from is great too. Definitely distinct different sound from each channel. I didn't have any excessive noise issues that some others reported having. Overall any hissing when not playing is fairly quiet in my opinion. Would definitely recommend the custom deluxe reverb for someone who wants a little different sound from the reissue.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Why did I wait?

          By Jerry

          from NYC, NY

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          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:

            What a great addition to my amp collection. I have several low powered combo amps but am disappointed by the small sound. Living in an apartment I try to respect my neighbors and not play to loud but these little amps never really got me the tone I was chasing. I have some bigger amps for playing out.. This DRRI makes the perfect bedroom amp. Speaker is big enough to make big sound but easy enough to tame for home playing. I get the overdriven sound I want with any one of several pedals I own while still keeping volume down. I only expect it to get better as the speaker breaks in.
            Whenever I order a tube amp I put it through it's paces as soon as it gets in the door. After several hours this amp was still making me smile.This amp really shines when jumping both channels together. great full tone without cranking the volume, outstanding!
            I read some other reviews where users (supposed experienced musicians) reported hum or hiss as soon as the amp was plugged in. This is a pretty common problem with tube amps that get shipped. Rough handling causes the tubes to loosen. Usually just need to reseat one of the tubes and play. Glad I didn't let those reviews scare me off as this amp rocks. I'm thinking about buying a second to keep upstate

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            (1 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            piece of garbage

            By scuttlebuttin

            from Hanover NJ

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

            within 30 minutes of on boxing this thing it blew up. Poor cabinet construction. fender is cutting costs going public. BUy A used one

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            This Amp Does It

            By DJHBlues

            from Macomb, MI

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

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

            Really pleased with this amp. I have played Fenders all my life (currently have a '65 DR RI, black face Vibrolux Reverb, and a Blues Jr III with the BillM mods) so I have amps to compare to. I have been in and out of blues bands, and have a steady gig playing on a church worship team. I wanted this amp based on reviews and the tone stack on the custom side. My primary guitars are a EJ Strat and a PRS Custom 24. This amp is as designed. The Fender clean you would expect and a nice crunch when the amp is pushed. My pedals sound great as well (Full Drive and a DD5 Delay is all I need). I was surprised how nice the Celestion sounds as I have never been a fan, but compared to my 65 DR RI, I like it. The amp looks great, looks to be well constructed, as it should at this price point. The vibrato is very lush and more than my existing amps. I only wish amps like this had an external way of biasing tubes so you have the ability to swap. Only had it a few days, but its a keeper. I plan on gigging with it soon and will update. All in all, highly recommended.

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            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Dissapointed- doesn't meet expectations

            By TieDye

            from Central Florida

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Horrible Quality Control

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Performances

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

            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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            (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Two amps, multiple issues

            By ibreakbanjos

            from Boston, MA

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Great tone

            Cons

            • Reverb Feedback
            • Standby "pop"
            • Trem "tick"

            Best Uses

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

              This amp sounds great and can get very loud with great balance between clean Fender tones and grit when pushed.

              However, the quality issues with the amp make it not worth purchasing. I went through two of these and they both had issues. Luckily Musician's Friend has such great customer service and a great return policy.

              Amp 1 had a loud "pop" when putting amp into standby and feedback from the reverb when volume was anywhere over 2.

              Amp 2 had the same standby "pop" and also had a "tick" in the trem.

              Really wanted it to work out with this amp because it is the perfect size, volume, tone, etc. but the quality issues with the first two made me not want to take a chance with a third.

              I have since decided to try my luck with the Fender Custom Vibrolux Reverb and that too has a lot of issues.

              Sorry Fender - you may be losing a long time customer.

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              1.0

              It blew up after 30 minutes of play

              By scuttlebuttin

              from Hanover NJ

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Portable
              • Powerful

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                  about 30 minutes after opening this amp out of the box brand-new it started to blow up. The amp was making a sound like someone scratching the needle on a record and it did so without my guitar being plugged in. secondly the reinforcing wood in the back of the amp that faces the speaker was loose. In addition the wood this amp is made of is not as thick as it used to be. Fender is cutting corners on new production after going public. there is now a second era and fender history. The first is pre-CVS, the second is before going public.

                  before the amp blew up I bought it with the intention of getting clean pristine fender tone. but the amp starts to break up at volume of 4 1/2, and doesn't take pedals very well

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