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

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Clear, deep and powerful.

1968 was a transitional year for Fender amps, with tone that was still pure Fender but a look that was brand new. With a silver-and-turquoise front panel and classy aluminum "drip edge" grille cloth trim, the Twin Reverb received a fresh new face as it remained the backline amp of choice for pros and amateurs everywhere. Clear, deep and powerful, it produced big tube tone, with world-class Fender reverb and vibrato effects. For countless guitarists ever since, the Twin Reverb has been the go-to amp for classic Fender sound.

The '68 Custom Twin Reverb Amp pays tribute to the classic look, sound and performance of Fender's late-'60s "silver- face" amps. In a special twist, both channels boast reverb and tremolo, and the "custom" channel has a modified Bassman tone stack that gives modern players greater tonal flexibility with pedals. The amp also features quicker gain onset and reduced negative feedback for greater touch sensitivity. The '68 Custom Twin Reverb's dual 12" Celestion G12V-70 speakers also deliver a more distinctively rock ˜n' roll flavor.

Comes equipped with Celestion Speakers (V Type) for a more modern, punchy sound that breaks up nicely when pushed. Reduced negative feedback lends a more "touch-sensitive" feel, quicker break up and added harmonic richness. The shared tremolo on both channels adds to its versatility. Because of this the '68 channels are wired in phase and can be blended for more tonal options, via A/B/Y box. "Custom" channel features a 50s Tweed "Bassman" tone circuit for more low mids and sooner breakup.

The '68s are ideal for players that love their amps to break up a little sooner, rock players, alternative players that like something a little different, players that use pedals,players that love the look of "Silverface" amps.

FEATURES
  • 85 watts into 4 ohms of all-tube power
  • Both channels with reverb and tremolo
  • Custom channel with modified Bassman tone stack
  • Quick gain onset and reduced negative feedback

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SPECIFICATIONS

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

  • Electronics
    Controls: Custom Channel: Bright Switch, Volume, Treble, Middle, Bass. Vintage Channel: Bright Switch, Volume, Treble, Middle, Bass, Reverb, Speed, Intensity
    Voltage: 120V
    Wattage: 85 watts into 4 ohms
    Inputs: Four - (1/4", Two Custom and Two Vintage)
    Speaker Jack: Two 1/4" Parallel
    Channels: Two - (Custom and Vintage)
    Hardware
    Pilot Light Jewel: Blue Jewel
    Handle: Molded Plastic Strap with Nickel-Plated Caps
    Tilt Back Legs: Includes Tilt-Back Legs
    Front Panel: Silverface Style
    Grill Cover: Black Textured Vinyl Covering with Silver-Turquiose Grille Cloth
    Amplifier Depth: 10.375" (21.9cm)
    Amplifier Width: 26.15" (66cm)
    Amplifier Height: 19.87" (50.46cm)
    Amplifier Weight: 64lb. (29kg)
    Effects: Reverb, Vibrato
    Speakers
    Speaker: Two - 12" Celestion G12V-70
    Impedance: 4 ohms
    Tubes
    Pre Amp Tubes: Groove Tubes - (4 x 12AX7), (2 X 12AT7)
    Power Tubes: Groove Tubes - (4 x 6L6)
    Miscellaneous
    Unique Features: Modified Twin Reverb all-tube circuitry, shared reverb and tremolo on both channels, "Vintage" channel for traditional silverface tonality, modified "Custom" channel with Bassman tone stack, reduced negative feedback for greater touch sensitivity, hand-wired tube sockets, custom-made Schumacher transformers (like the originals), genuine Fender tube-driven spring reverb, genuine Fender tube-driven tremolo ("vibrato"), 1968-style Silverface aluminum trim around silver-turquoise grille cloth.
    Accessories
    FootSwitch: 2-Button Footswitch Included
    Knobs: Vintage-Style Skirted Black Plastic
    Cover: Fitted Cover Included
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Fender'68 Custom Twin Reverb 85W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp with Celestion G12V-70s Speaker
 
4.0

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (8)
  • Easy to use (7)
  • Good power output (7)
  • Warm / comfy (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (7)
  • Performances (7)
  • Professional recording (7)
  • Outdoor events / games (6)
  • Amateur recording (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Exceeds expectations

I have had the amp for about 5 weeks now, and like it better each time I play it. It exhibits the well known characteristics of the legendary Twin Reverb; remarkable clean sound...Read complete review

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

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Excellent Concept, Faulty Execution

This is the amp I would design as the ideal gigging amp. As a musician in an active classic rock band on a US base in Tokyo, this amp has the ideal sound and...Read complete review

This is the amp I would design as the ideal gigging amp. As a musician in an active classic rock band on a US base in Tokyo, this amp has the ideal sound and flexibility for me. One channel is classic Fender blackface, the other, though marketed as 50's Bassman tone, to my ears sounds more like a brighter, cleaner variation of a brownface amp, all wrapped in unique 1968 packaging of silver and turquoise, with drip edge molding and blackline highlighting. To top it off, reverb and tremolo are available on both channels. The amp delivers every sound I need, when it works. I have had two of these amps now. The first was an open box return unit. For three weeks it was the perfect amp. We held band practice twice a week, playing it about two hours at a time with no problem. During the third week, one of the practices was spirited and lasted about three hours. The next morning the amp was dead. Other reviews have noted that this amp has an internal fuse link, prone to overheating and killing the amp. That is apparently what happened with this one when exposed to more than light use. I then "upgraded" to a brand new unit thinking that a quality company, such as Fender, would have addressed the early quality control problems of one of their products, no matter where it is made. The second one lasted approximately five seconds after switching from standby mode to power mode. The amp immediately emitted a very loud hum and the replaceable fuse in the back of the unit burned out. I replaced the fuse three times and had the same results. I bought this amp to take the place of a vintage Fender silverface Twin Reverb, thinking that the new unit would be more reliable. Such is not the case. I am going to return to use of my vintage unit. If you try one of these and get a good unit, you will be pleased. If you do decide to try one of these amps, make sure you buy from a reliable vendor like Musicians Friend that will readily accept returns of defective units.

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5.0

LOVE MY NEW TWIN

By Ray

from undisclosed

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Powerful
  • Two separate channels

Cons

    Best Uses

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

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

    The first purchase of this amp had a hiss/crackle noise but under MF excellent return policy was replaced with another of the same type. This one works fine, has plenty of power, excellent tone and 2 channels with separate tone and volume control which was a necessity for me to separate guitar and my guitar synth.

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    5.0

    Great

    By Rocky

    from Palestine, Texas

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

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

      Love this new Fender Twin Reverb 68 reisuue

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      2.0

      GREAT AMP..just not this one

      By Ray

      from undisclosed

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • 2 separate full featured channels
      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Powerful

      Cons

      • noisy static and hiss

      Best Uses

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

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

      Love the tone possibilities and ability to run guitar thru custom channel and guitar synth thru vintage. Plenty of power and tone at all volume levels and I love the classic reverb and vibrato available on both channels. The only negative was a static sound along with a popping sound, much like bacon frying. I checked all possible external sources for noise but it made the noise without anything even plugged in. Musicians Friend`s great return policy made it fast and easy to resolve. I hope there aren`t common problems with this amp cause I liked it so much I ordered another. Hoping for no more issues.

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      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Excellent Concept, Faulty Execution

      By Soundman008

      from Tokyo, Japan

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Powerful
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • No quality control

      Best Uses

      • Performances

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

      This is the amp I would design as the ideal gigging amp. As a musician in an active classic rock band on a US base in Tokyo, this amp has the ideal sound and flexibility for me. One channel is classic Fender blackface, the other, though marketed as 50's Bassman tone, to my ears sounds more like a brighter, cleaner variation of a brownface amp, all wrapped in unique 1968 packaging of silver and turquoise, with drip edge molding and blackline highlighting. To top it off, reverb and tremolo are available on both channels. The amp delivers every sound I need, when it works. I have had two of these amps now. The first was an open box return unit. For three weeks it was the perfect amp. We held band practice twice a week, playing it about two hours at a time with no problem. During the third week, one of the practices was spirited and lasted about three hours. The next morning the amp was dead. Other reviews have noted that this amp has an internal fuse link, prone to overheating and killing the amp. That is apparently what happened with this one when exposed to more than light use. I then "upgraded" to a brand new unit thinking that a quality company, such as Fender, would have addressed the early quality control problems of one of their products, no matter where it is made. The second one lasted approximately five seconds after switching from standby mode to power mode. The amp immediately emitted a very loud hum and the replaceable fuse in the back of the unit burned out. I replaced the fuse three times and had the same results. I bought this amp to take the place of a vintage Fender silverface Twin Reverb, thinking that the new unit would be more reliable. Such is not the case. I am going to return to use of my vintage unit. If you try one of these and get a good unit, you will be pleased. If you do decide to try one of these amps, make sure you buy from a reliable vendor like Musicians Friend that will readily accept returns of defective units.

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      5.0

      Amazing Amp

      By Joey

      from Bozeman, MT

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Amazing Cleans
      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Loud
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

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

        I play guitar in a post rock band so this amp is perfect for that style of music. The cleans are the cleanest cleans I've ever heard come out of any amp I've played. The vintage channel is great sounding and the custom channel is as well, but I will probably end up using the vintage channel more. It seems like it has more "sparkle" to it, whereas the custom channel has a little more low end it seems. Either way, both sound great... I just prefer the Vintage channel, bright on, treble at 7, mids at 8, and bass at 6 1/2. The built in reverb is pretty and clean.

        This amp takes pedals incredibly well. I run quite a few reverb/delays as well as a chorus and a couple overdrive/fuzz pedals. The overdrive is absolutely incredible through this amp, it sounds fat and dirty but somehow still so clean and crisp.

        I have read some things about noise coming from the amp and the overall quality being poor but, so far everything seems perfect.

        Buy this amp.

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        (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Not to loud for you

        By jojo-75N9a

        from new mexico

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

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

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

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          (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          This amp. is fantastic !!!

          By Duster

          from Mass.

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          Pros

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

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

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

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

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

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          (3 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          like new almost, oh well

          By villa41

          from Omaha

          About Me Novice

          Pros

          • The Amp Looked Great

          Cons

          • Limited Functions
          • Sounded Great No Reverb

          Best Uses

          • All Around

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

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

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          (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          A better version of the Twin but beware

          By FF

          from NJ

          About Me Professional Musician

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

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

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          (28 of 28 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Exceeds expectations

          By Old Kat on the River

          from East Tennessee

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • A Bit Of Idle Hiss

          Best Uses

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

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

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

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