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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.

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
Single 12" Celestion G12V-70 speakers

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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
 
4.2

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86%

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Pros

  • Easy to use (33)
  • Excellent sound (33)
  • Good power output (30)
  • Portable (29)
  • Warm / comfy (29)

Cons

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  • Performances (34)
  • Home studio (29)
  • Outdoor events / games (17)
  • Professional recording (17)
  • Amateur recording (16)
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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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(66 of 70 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.

    (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Looks stunning sounds awesome

    By Startocaster

    from Disney World

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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.

    (12 of 12 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.

      (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Things do Come in Small Packages !

      By Mr. Guitar

      from Appomattox, Va

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Effects On Both Channels
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Reverb
      • Good Warmth
      • Great Tremolo
      • Portable
      • Powerful
      • That Fender Sound
      • That Fender Vibe
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • No Effects Loop

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Amplifing A Guitar
      • 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 love this AMP !!!
      I had two late 70's silver face Deluxe Reverb amps back in the mid 80's. They were in mint condition and I had bought them used for a price because people were just looking to get rid of them. I ended up trading my small collection of Fender and Music Man amps to buy a couple of Mesa Boogie amps after playing through a Mark I at a local club.
      Mesa Boogie amps have been my main gigging amp since that time, but I've always had a soft spot in my heart for Fender amps.
      I bought this amp to revisit my old Fender silver face Deluxe Reverb amps and have found an amp that is more versatile and in my opinion sounds better than I remember my original Fender silver face Deluxe Reverb amps sounding ! If you want a Fender amp and you like the way a Fender sounds, buy this amp you won't be disappointed !!!

      (10 of 14 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.

          (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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.

          (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Could not be happier with this amp!

          By dkinnear

          from San Diego

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            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:

            I had the Reissue '65 Deluxe Reverb and it was good, this '68 Custom Deluxe Reverb is great. I put a lot of money into my American Deluxe Stratocaster with a loaded John Mayer Strat pick guard to get those Big Dipper pickups. This amp delivers every sparkling ounce of the iconic Fender tone I paid for and more. My Analog Man King of Tone overdrive pedal sings now like never before and both of the channels (called Custom and Vintage on this amp) have reverb, vibrato and distinct tonal qualities. Fender got it completly right on this amp from the Groove Tubes, to the Celestion speaker, to the superbly toned Vintage channel, to the thick canvas cover with embroidered logo and the brushed chrome face plate with blue/green lettering. This amp even comes with a tourquoise on/off lamp. The only negative thing I can say about this amp is the layout for the lettering is incorrect. It should be Deluxe-Reverb Amp not Deluxe Reverb-Amp. That is a pretty small complaint overall but it does make me laugh when I see it. Why not center the word "Amp" too so the lettering would have been as gorgeous as the rest of the amp face. Oh well. I have learned to like it! Here's how it sounds.

            (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            great amp

            By custom deluxe reverb

            from Fl

            About Me Novice

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            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

              (7 of 8 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!

                (5 of 5 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.

                  (4 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Not a good amp

                  By vii

                  from Toledo, OH

                  About Me Professional Musician

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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

                      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      smoooooooth

                      By jr

                      from PA

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                      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

                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Overall a Very Nice Amp

                        By Bluesman5364

                        from Santa Maria, CA

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                        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.

                          (3 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          1.0

                          Dissapointed- doesn't meet expectations

                          By TieDye

                          from Central Florida

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                          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!

                          (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Fender 68 Deluxe Reverb

                          By Tguy2

                          from Ohio

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                          Pros

                          • Has All The Right Feature

                          Cons

                          • None

                          Best Uses

                          • Everything But Heavy Meta

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

                          Finally a great amp from Fender. previous trys have not hit the mark.
                          Had a 60 watt supersonic and it was shrill and loud on 2. The super sonic 22 has the same problem. theDeluxe you can play in clubs and not have everyone screaming to trun it down.

                          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          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.

                            (3 of 3 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

                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Wow - now that's TONE!!!

                            By Jack the Ripper

                            from New York

                            About Me Professional Musician

                            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:

                              I've owned this amp for 3 months now. In that time I've rehearsed with my band, played gigs and recorded. This amp is it! I've owned a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe and a Fender Supersonic - both great amps. But the '68 Custom Deluxe beats them both. SUPERIOR TONE. Rich and crisp. Very responsive to pick attack. And super quiet.

                              It took me a few weeks to figure out to two channels - Custom and Vintage. My main guitars are a Tele and a 335 - two very different guitars. And the two channels on this amp are very different. The Custom sounds like a Bassman. It's got a tight bassy tone...and my Tele sounds fantastic through it. The Vintage channel is brighter...which favors the 335 which is naturally bassy.

                              Unlike my Hot Rod and Supersonic, there's no overdrive which for me is a bit of a bummer. In general I don't like using pedals but I'm using a Tube screamer and the amp responds well.

                              Oh yeah, and the reverb is Brilliant ! The best reverb I've ever had on an amp. The vibrato is cool also but I need to mess around with it some more to get the hold of it. Also, btw...before buying this I played and Vintage '68 Custom in a repair shop. It was great and it looked fantastic but I was concerned about reliability since I gig. While I did not do a side by side comparison, I think this reissue really comes close!

                              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              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!

                                (2 of 2 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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