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A rebirth of the ultimate club amp.

The Fender '65 Deluxe Reverb Combo Amp has a sound big enough to cut through the muddiest mix, but it's small enough to turn up make the most of natural tube distortion in small clubs. This makes it the perfect studio amp, as well. It's a resurrection of a classic vintage tone monster, and its current iteration is used by many big-name bands, such as Flogging Molly, O.A.R. and Maroon 5. Crank up this faithful, U.S.-made reissue for your daily requirement of fat Fender tone. Delivers 22W through a 12" speaker. Features two channels (normal, vibrato), all-tube circuitry, tube vibrato, tube spring reverb, Blackface cosmetics and two-button footswitch to control the reverb and vibrato effects.

Designed to sound as close to the original as possible, the ˜65 Reissues are assembled in Corona, California and feature Jensen speakers (One C12K for the Deluxe and two C12Ks for the Twin, four P10Rs for the Super and one C10R for the Princeton), Schumacher transformers, traditional tremolo and tube-driven reverb to create that classic, "Blackface" sound so many players desire. They do have PCBs (Printed Circuit Boards), as opposed to the original's "hand-wired" circuitry, but the components (capacitors and resistors) are the same values as amps from that period. They also have hand-wired tube sockets and other parts for added strength.

Tonal Characteristics: Bright, scooped midrange that is known as the "Blackface" sound, pronounced "Wine Glass" highs from the Jensen speakers and a slightly more polite power amp for crystal cleans that can also be cranked for great overdriven tones.

Who's it for: Players that love the original versions but are priced out of owning vintage amps, blues players, country players, rock players, guitarists trying to get classic "Blackface" sounds (a la Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, John Mayer), American-made amp enthusiasts, traditionalists, avid Fender collectors.

FEATURES
Made in USA
22W tube power
12" speaker
2 channels
Tube spring reverb
Tube vibrato
Tube rectified
Four 12AX7 tubes
Two 12AT7 tubes
Two 6V6 tubes
One 5AR4 tube

No matter what your sound is, this amp will achieve it. Order today!

SPECIFICATIONS
24-1/2"W x 17-1/2"H x 9-1/2"D
42 lbs.
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FenderVintage Reissue '65 Deluxe Reverb Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.6

(based on 168 reviews)

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  • 3 Stars

     

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (31)
  • Easy to use (30)
  • Warm / comfy (26)
  • Good power output (23)
  • Portable (22)

Cons

  • Limited functions (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (27)
  • Amateur recording (21)
  • Home studio (21)
  • Professional recording (19)
  • Outdoor events / games (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (29), Professional musician (11)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Buy it for what it can be...

This amp is so amazing, I'm giving it 5 stars even though I had a couple issues (both fixable).

First: There is a service bulletin about the tremelo. Mine...Read complete review

This amp is so amazing, I'm giving it 5 stars even though I had a couple issues (both fixable).

First: There is a service bulletin about the tremelo. Mine sounded like a motorboat. A tech fixed it under warranty. No charge.

Second: Unless your amp is virtually silent at idle (as it should be), chances are there are some bad pre amp tubes. I was hearing an annoying hiss in both channels and a bad hum in the reverb. Got on the inter- webs and looked for suggestions - Result -put Stevie Ray's fave 5751 in V1 and V2 (This immediately got rid of the "too bright" sound and warmed the overall tone.)

Stuck balanced NOS Mullard 12AT7s in V3 (reverb driver) and V6 (Phase Inverter).
Also replaced V4 (reverb return) with a better version of what was in there. Didn't touch V5. Also didn't touch power tubes or rectifier.

The first time I played this thing with the new tubes I wanted to weep. Every bit as delicious as my Silver Face Princeton. And just as quiet at idle. It has taken it's rightful place as my favorite amp.

There are a lot of haters out there who want to mud mouth anything with a PCB - I guess because the originals were point to point hand wired... but this thing is unreal sounding. And, if the circuit board ever does take a dump after the warrant expires, I will have somebody do a PTP hand wire on it and I guess it will be same as the original then.

So, yeah, it took a little effort to get this thing where I wanted but I have been handsomely rewarded. I will try to find a way to take this one with me when I go. LoL.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Breaks Down Easily

I really don't like to write a negative review since I've been playing Fender products for over 8 years and love that Fender tone, but I feel that I need to give some perspective...Read complete review

I really don't like to write a negative review since I've been playing Fender products for over 8 years and love that Fender tone, but I feel that I need to give some perspective to any pro or semi-pro players out there that are considering this amp.

I readily admit that I may have a lemon on my hands, so please keep that in mind too. I am a professional recording and gigging guitarist. I've used this amp three nights a week pretty much every week since I bought it in October of 2013, as well as in the studio, recording for various clients. The amp has a really cool tone and takes pedals well, however, it broke down on me three months after I bought it, right during a gig. I had it fixed (to Fender's credit they have a great warranty) and it's done well for a few months until recently on a recording session it again started having problems. As a professional, you depend on your gear and need it to be consistent. Unfortunately I don't think I can rely on this amp anymore.

I love the Fender tone, but just don't like the reliability of this particular product.

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(36 of 55 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Gift of the Magi, sort of

By David Barnes

from Pennsylvania

Comments about Fender Vintage Reissue '65 Deluxe Reverb Guitar Combo Amp:

My tale of woe begins about a week ago. Curtis, of talkbass.com fame, put up for sale the most beautiful bass that I have ever seen, and being a bass player full of wanton lust for more bass gear, I had to have it. Unfortunately, I'm happily married man, so I asked my wife if it would be okay to buy Curtis' bass.

She said no.

That's not surprising. I just bought a bass amp and don't really have the smack for another bass.

Still, I desperately wanted Curtis' bass, and so I concocted a scheme to have it for my very own, and after much cajoling and persuasion, my wife agreed to let me buy Curtis' bass if I could raise the money by selling some of my other gear.

"How about selling your Fender Vintage Reissue '65 Deluxe Reverb Guitar Combo Amp?" she said.

"No!" I cried. "Not my Fender Vintage Reissue '65 Deluxe Reverb Guitar Combo Amp!"

Even though I'm a bass player, I've always said that someone would have to pry that amp from my cold dead fingers. It's a lifer. The Fender Vintage Reissue '65 Deluxe Reverb Guitar Combo Amp is an amp you keep forever.

The tone is unbeatable, it's loud, it is as clean or dirty as I want it to be, the size is perfect for moving from gig to gig, and it has sentimental value because I stole it from a close friend.

She shrugged. "Do you want Curtis' bass or not?"

I shifted uncomfortably in my chair and pondered while my lovely wife cleared the dinner table. "I could sell my electric guitar," I offered.

"What?" she said. "Then you won't have a guitar to play through your Fender Vintage Reissue '65 Deluxe Reverb Guitar Combo Amp. What good is an electric guitar amp without an electric guitar?"

"Don't care," I said. "At least I'll still have my Fender Vintage Reissue '65 Deluxe Reverb Guitar Combo Amp."

My wife stared at me the way she did the time I nearly burned the house down with a Smores Pop Tart. "Good luck with that."

So that's what I'm doing. I'm selling my electric guitar to help fund the purchase of a bass because I can live without the guitar, but I can't live without the Fender Vintage Reissue '65 Deluxe Reverb Guitar Combo Amp. Best amp ever.

(20 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Buy it for what it can be...

By 4FenderOwner

from The heartland

About Me Experienced

See all my reviews

Pros

  • End Of The Tone Quest
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth

Cons

  • Tubes And Trem Issues

Best Uses

  • Eargasm

Comments about Fender Vintage Reissue '65 Deluxe Reverb Guitar Combo Amp:

This amp is so amazing, I'm giving it 5 stars even though I had a couple issues (both fixable).

First: There is a service bulletin about the tremelo. Mine sounded like a motorboat. A tech fixed it under warranty. No charge.

Second: Unless your amp is virtually silent at idle (as it should be), chances are there are some bad pre amp tubes. I was hearing an annoying hiss in both channels and a bad hum in the reverb. Got on the inter- webs and looked for suggestions - Result -put Stevie Ray's fave 5751 in V1 and V2 (This immediately got rid of the "too bright" sound and warmed the overall tone.)

Stuck balanced NOS Mullard 12AT7s in V3 (reverb driver) and V6 (Phase Inverter).
Also replaced V4 (reverb return) with a better version of what was in there. Didn't touch V5. Also didn't touch power tubes or rectifier.

The first time I played this thing with the new tubes I wanted to weep. Every bit as delicious as my Silver Face Princeton. And just as quiet at idle. It has taken it's rightful place as my favorite amp.

There are a lot of haters out there who want to mud mouth anything with a PCB - I guess because the originals were point to point hand wired... but this thing is unreal sounding. And, if the circuit board ever does take a dump after the warrant expires, I will have somebody do a PTP hand wire on it and I guess it will be same as the original then.

So, yeah, it took a little effort to get this thing where I wanted but I have been handsomely rewarded. I will try to find a way to take this one with me when I go. LoL.

(16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The BEST Clean Tone... Anywhere

By Telejangle

from Virginia

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Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Fender Vintage Reissue '65 Deluxe Reverb Guitar Combo Amp:

    This is, without a doubt, the most incredible clean sound anywhere. The reviews are neverending. I don't often take the time to write reviews which is hypocritical because I rely on them heavily in making informed choices. If you are seeking a flat out great clean amp without the need for ridiculous headroom (this covers most of us, really), this is THE AMP. I have owned most brands of low powered amps, solid state, hybrid and tube. The DRRI blows them all away. The full tubes make an amazing difference.

    I don't tend to use much overdrive. A Boss Blues Driver is sufficient for my needs. I run a compressor and chorus as well. For other effects, I have started with a Zoom G3 (highly recommended as well). This amp really does not need any effects. Simple to use and a joy to play. My American tele, strat, and Les Paul all sound amazing through this amp... I now have to catch up.

    If you are reading many reviews and are looking for a great clean tone, get it. I will not be looking for another amp. In the end, you will spend more time playing.

    (16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Fabilous

    By Johnny Denver

    from Denver, CO

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Great tone

    Cons

    • Cheesy Fiberboard Rear

    Best Uses

      Comments about Fender Vintage Reissue '65 Deluxe Reverb Guitar Combo Amp:

      The amp is designed to be run on 5 or higher. 6-7 is the sweet spot. Never mind all the myths you read online about the tubes, stock speaker, etc. Go with it stock and break it in at blue-collar volumes. The stock GT 6v6's are rebadged JJ's - same tube, I promise. Hit the front end with quality overdrive and whatever else strikes your fancy, then revel in the warm 3D overtones. Remember, channel 2 is a different animal and has a very bright character until the volume is past 5, then it's very close to channel 1 in tone. If you're using effects and cannot turn up very loud with your band, use channel 1. It is fuller and warmer at lower volumes. Enjoy!

      (15 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Back to where it all started

      By Denny Harvey

      from Louisville Kentucky

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Fender Vintage Reissue '65 Deluxe Reverb Guitar Combo Amp:

        I just recently acquired a new 65 Deluxe Reverb Reissue. It took me back to the day I got my first Deluxe Reverb. The sweet rich sound is unmistakeable.

        Now for the technical stuff:
        This amp is a 22 watt, 2 channel amp. There is no channel switching. If you want channel switching, try a Super Sonic 22. Same size but has the channel switching. Make sure you know what you want. Don't buy and bad mouth this amp because you don't have what you want. This amp was originally designed back in the 60's when channel switching, FX loops and master volumes were not thought of yet. This amp is pure and simple. That is what it's designed to do. If you want distortion, use a pedal. That's the way they did it in 1965. As for it being a PCB, get over it. PCBs are a production standard. Still the same circuit as the original.
        This amp, as well as the Super Reverb and Twin Reverb reissues, are the creme de la creme of the fender lineup and some of the most sought after amps by both amateur and professional players. The Deluxe Reverb has the honor of being the most recorded amp in history. There is a reason for that. It's that Good!
        If you are a pedal junky, and love a great sweet rich clean tone to build your sound off of, this is the amp to do it. Not ear splitting, just pure tube goodness. If you need more power, try the twin reissue, I've been playing for 44 yrs now and have never heard one of those turned up enough to distort the tubes. If you do, you'd better be wearing earplugs! Buy the Deluxe Reverb for the amp she is. You will not be disappointed. This amp will satisfy every type of music, except for the metal stuff.
        You can't go wrong with pure tube sound. I own an arsenal of fender amps from a Superchamp X2, Blues Jr., Deluxe VM, and a Bassman 250. This will fit in nicely and I plan on using it for my Country group both playing gigs and recording with it. It is now definitely my go to amp. Try one, but make sure you know what you are wanting in an amp. This amp sounds great, clean. Put pedals in front of it (like in the old days when life and electronics were simple) and rock out! Great tone at a great price!

        (14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Holy Smokes!

        By Jerkowitz

        from St. Louis, Mo

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Fender Vintage Reissue '65 Deluxe Reverb Guitar Combo Amp:

          I was trying out some guitars at the local guitar barn and plugged into the closest amp. It seemed like every guitar sounded really good that day. My attention turned to the amp, it was the Fender '65 Deluxe Reverb. It had been a long time since I heard an amp that sounded like that, not since the early '70's when I first started playing guitar and owned some old beat up Fender tweed style amp. I left with a guitar that day but couldn't get that amp off my mind. On my next trip to the guitar barn I was browsing and saw a slightly used Deluxe Reverb with a very nice discount. I plugged into it and back came the memories of my first amp again. The warm clear sound, the sound you only hear on records from the 60's. I've always bought nice guitars but skimped on a good amp, then it hit me....I NEED THIS AMP! I got it home and started plugging different guitars into it, they all sounded good. I own 40 or so guitars and everything I threw at it sounded so good. It was easy to dial in beautiful tones. I've spent a lot of money on guitars, pickups, pots, caps, hardware, and other upgrades but nothing helped more than finding an amp that compliments the guitar plugged into it. All my single coils, humbucker's, hollow bodies, solid bodies sound good. I did some research to see what makes this amp tick...Made in USA, tube reverb, tube vibrato, tube rectifier (had to look up what that meant!) BUT only 22 watts? Guess that doesn't matter because this amp can get loud but not overpowering. I think maybe the Jensen C-12K has a lot to do with the overall sound. This amp gets a lot of glowing reviews and I can see why. I use the basic pedals with it, a tube screamer for overdrive, and delay when needed for rockabilly or for some subdued slapback, but no need for a pedal for reverb or tremolo, the built in ones are too good to use anything else. The stuff my group plays is easily covered from Jazz to Country, Blues, Classic Rock it does it all very well. Maybe not heavy metal but I don't do any of that so who knows. NOTE: It doesn't have an overdrive channel, no mid controls, no bright switch, BUT I think this makes the amp easy to dial in the sound it has, sometimes less is more.

          (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          What Took Me So Long?

          By Pubert Bicker

          from Mountain Home ID

          See all my reviews

          Comments about Fender Vintage Reissue '65 Deluxe Reverb Guitar Combo Amp:

          I'm kicking myself for waiting so long to get this amp. I'm 45 years old and I've been playing for 30 years. I've played through tube amps since 1985 and owned some very nice ones along the way (marshall, mesa boogie, fender, peavey classics). None of those amps could hold a candle to this one.

          The 65DRRI has such a pure sound to it. I forgot how nice it is to just plug straight into the amp and play. This amp is changing my playing for the better, my tehcnique and timing have more finesse. I thought I'd want use my pedal board with this amp but I've dismantled it and plan on getting rid of it. If I were to use pedals; it would be a tuner, overdrive and a boost.
          I'd like to thank all of the people before me who took the time and effort to write a review. I read every one of them and your reviews convinced me to buy this amp.

          Everything you need to dial in a killer tone is here, don't sweat not having a midrange knob.
          I used to be a point to point snob, not anymore. This amp delivers the goods, jaw dropping mouth watering that is a pure to joy to listen to everytime you play through it.
          The price of this amp is definitely worth every penny. I got rid of a lot of gear to get buy it (3 amps and a 52 RI tele) and never regretted it for a second.

          (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I Love these Amps

          By Marco

          from Baltimore

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          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Standby Switch Pop

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Fender Vintage Reissue '65 Deluxe Reverb Guitar Combo Amp:

          WoW-O -Im extremely impressed with this amp. It Sounds beautiful, especially cranked - I know, what about "the sparkle" and the clean sounds and all that, which these amps have in spades - but the Deluxe Reverb belongs to Rock and Roll. I don't think there is a production amp being made today that sounds better cranked, all on its own with no processing and pedals. The build quality of these amps is BRILLIANT. I've heard some people complain about "PCB construction" but that's really a non issue. My hobby is building vintage tube amp clones and The Fender Vintage Reissue amps are built about 95% the same as they always were.In the few ways construction differs it has been mainly been an improvement. The board components, for instance, are laid out pretty much the same as they always were, but are connected with copper traces embedded in the plastic circuit board instead of by individual wires soldered to connection terminals. The new amps win here - the traces are much better insulated and protected (and the runs are shorter) than the old style wiring but the circuit topology remains the same. The tube sockets are chassis mounted and chassis (point to point) wired. Sure the quality and purity of materials (such as rare earth metals used to make components) has gone down as cost has gone up, but in many ways parts today are better. Electrolytic capacitors are much better now. The transformers are Shumachers just like in the 60's. All in All this made in the USA Deluxe Reverb is a fantastic amp that sounds 100% authentic.

          (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Incredible Jazz Amp

          By Richard Greig

          from Northern California

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          Comments about Fender Vintage Reissue '65 Deluxe Reverb Guitar Combo Amp:

          I play jazz guitar and I wanted an amp that can give me a traditional jazz tone. This amp delivers. This is a wonderful amp with the glorious tube sound. It's a great quality amp and it gave me the tone I was looking for. I have no complaints or drawbacks about this amp. This is a wonderful, great amp. This amp is not reserved only for the rock, blues or country guitarist. This is also an incredible jazz amp for the jazz guitarist.
          I love the two channel inputs (the ability to plug two guitars at the same time or one guitar and one ipod for aebersold jazz back up tracks). By plugging my ipod into one of the channels I can jam to a full band with the aebersold back up tracks.

          The tone knobs are simple/straight ahead (no mids, just the basic controls). However, the simplicity is what I like about this amp because it gives me the pure jazz tone I want.
          The quality is great. All the material used seems like it's really good quality.
          I think the amp is worth it's price. Yes it's expensive, but it is a very valuable amp. I consider this amp one of the best amps I've ever played.

          (11 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Breaks Down Easily

          By HarpStrungTrees

          from Oklahoma City

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Good Tone
          • Takes Pedals Well

          Cons

          • Breaks Down Frequently
          • Weak

          Best Uses

          • Bedroom Musician
          • Semi-Pro

          Comments about Fender Vintage Reissue '65 Deluxe Reverb Guitar Combo Amp:

          I really don't like to write a negative review since I've been playing Fender products for over 8 years and love that Fender tone, but I feel that I need to give some perspective to any pro or semi-pro players out there that are considering this amp.

          I readily admit that I may have a lemon on my hands, so please keep that in mind too. I am a professional recording and gigging guitarist. I've used this amp three nights a week pretty much every week since I bought it in October of 2013, as well as in the studio, recording for various clients. The amp has a really cool tone and takes pedals well, however, it broke down on me three months after I bought it, right during a gig. I had it fixed (to Fender's credit they have a great warranty) and it's done well for a few months until recently on a recording session it again started having problems. As a professional, you depend on your gear and need it to be consistent. Unfortunately I don't think I can rely on this amp anymore.

          I love the Fender tone, but just don't like the reliability of this particular product.

          (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          best amp ever for my needs

          By Scott Bailey

          from Ft.Peirce,Florida

          See all my reviews

          Comments about Fender Vintage Reissue '65 Deluxe Reverb Guitar Combo Amp:

          I like all the features of the amp but wish it had "channel switching".I like the "no mid control".
          They say there is a mid range built in.That is good for me.Although I am some surprised that
          the amp did not come with lean-back legs.No problem as I use an amp stand.
          I began using Fender amps in 1959and always prefered tube type.Have owne dor played most all
          the models.Had 65 deluxe reverb in 68 but let it slip away. Bought 65 reissue this last Jan and vowed
          to forever keep it. I really like the rich,clean tone and vibro.I play country and country gospel using
          Tele and an AS-73 Ibanez.IMO,nothing I have played through can compare with it.It is a very loud
          22 watts.and gives any Twin a run for their money.I thought it was a bit expensive but I got what I
          paid for. I find no fault with this amp,,,,,It's sure nuff a keeper.
          The amp seems to be ruggedly built and has the same Fender quality that one might expect from
          a manufacture like that.It does have a "pop" when turning stand-by switch,,but they say that is amp
          characteristic??
          I rate this amp according to the type of music I play.I am well satisified with it.

          (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Outstanding (and Revealing) Amplifier

          By LouieLand

          from Central Pennsylvania

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Powerful
          • Versatility

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Fender Vintage Reissue '65 Deluxe Reverb Guitar Combo Amp:

            A friend of mine who also plays through a Deluxe Reverb probably said it best: when you plug into one of these amplifiers, you find out whether or not your guitar can sing. Of course real tone comes from your fingers, then from the guitar, and then from the amplifier, but the Deluxe Reverb gives you everything: a clear, powerful, articulate tone. This amp illuminates your guitar and your playing like few amps I've plugged into can. Everything is on display, and if your fingers aren't quite up to snuff, you'll know it immediately. You can also learn wonders about your rig just by plugging in and picking a few notes; I learned almost immediately that I need to replace the pickup on my jazzbox.

            For those interested, I play blues rock as well as straight-ahead jazz and the amplifier is perfect for both. I prefer a clean guitar tone in both settings (very Robert Cray-esque for the blues rock) and this amp is the perfect fit. The only downside for some might be that the amplifier doesn't have an overdrive channel, but I probably wouldn't bother with it anyway as I use an assortment of pedals when I dip into distortion.

            This amp reveals everything about the character of your playing. I cannot say enough positive things about it.

            (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Classic Fender clean tone!

            By JimmyJ

            from Way up North

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            Comments about Fender Vintage Reissue '65 Deluxe Reverb Guitar Combo Amp:

            I really like this amp! The clean sound might not be for everyone. It will break up if you crank it, but it doesn't have the raunchy sound that other amps have. I have other tube amps, but this amp seems to be the perfect combination of tone, volume, and portability. You do not have to be a power- lifter or know a chiropractor to carry this out to your vehicle. It is in a class by itself...
            This is a reissue, so don't expect an effects loop or an attenuator. It does, however, have a great spring reverb that is the standard that others are judged by, and a cool vibrato (tremolo).
            This amp seems to be well made, in the United States. The cabinet could be a little more rugged, and it is of course a printed circuit board, not point-to-point handwired. The first one had to go back because of a problem with the vibrato. When the footswitch was plugged in, there was a fluttering sound that responded to the speed control knob. The new one works as it should. The standby switch makes a loud popping noise when shut off. This is normal, according to Fender.
            This amp is too much money compared to some other Fender amps. You could say that all Fender amps are too much. But if you want that clean Fender sound complete with spring reverb and vibrato, you pony up and pay for it.

            (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Best Clean sound you can get

            By Geoff

            from Goshen, IN

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            Comments about Fender Vintage Reissue '65 Deluxe Reverb Guitar Combo Amp:

            For any clean sound that you use, this is the amp to buy. Period.

            I bought the Marshall JVM 205 2x12 combo and plugged it in with a Whirlwind A/B box alongside the Fender '65. (Yes, I know they are different amps with different voicing and different uses... I get all that.)

            My hope was to use the Fender for my clean and dial in some tasty dirty sounds with the Marshall. But there was no comparison in tonal quality. The Fender just crushed the Marshall. Not even close. I turned every knob on that Marshall for 2 solid days on the clean channel and compared to the Fender, it just sounded tinny, small, thin and cheap. Yes, I realize the Marshall is a modeling amp. But considering all the positive reviews about great tone and the price, I thought the two amps would be somewhat comparable in just pure tonal quality. Nope.

            The Fender sounds rich, thick and full and the sound is right there. It sounds professional. The Marshall just sounded small and thin and cheap. With a Gibson Les Paul on the Rhythm pickup, the Fender sounds downright heavenly. Plenty loud. I play at less than 2 on the volume. Anything past 2 shakes my windows.

            If you use any clean sounds at all... and we all do.. then this amp has the best sounds I've found in 25 years of tinkering. Should have bought it a long time ago.

            I sent the Marshall back. And I appreciate Musicians Friend being cool about it and even paying for the return shipping. Very cool. They'll get that money back later.

            My search goes on for a dirty sound. But I've found my clean. And I think I'm a Fender convert. They all just sound bigger and fuller and more "real" than anything else out there. And they're usually half the price, too.

            Buy this amp and set it up with an A/B pedal side by side with any other amp you want and compare them. You'll see what I mean.

            (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Old tme rocker

            By Scott

            from Blaine, WA

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            Comments about Fender Vintage Reissue '65 Deluxe Reverb Guitar Combo Amp:

            I have been playing since 1958 and have run through a whole lot of guitar amps. This one sounds better than all of them with the exception of my 1963 Bandmaster which I wish I still had. The 65 is a great amp that works well for me as I get gigs playing quite a cross section of music. I had been using a Hot Rod Deluxe before I got the 65. No comparison, get the 65 it sounds great and doesn't weigh a ton. Costs a bit but you get what you pay for.
            Limited features but great sound
            Haven't had it long enough to judge but it sounds great.
            A lot of money but it's US made and worth it to me.

            (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Broke down and bought one

            By Seano

            from Maine

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Fender Vintage Reissue '65 Deluxe Reverb Guitar Combo Amp:

              So I've had the Deluxe reverb reissue for a couple of weeks now and its a great amp. Feels sturdy, everything looks as it should. It is what it is, a Deluxe Reverb. Loaded with classic sounds. Probably the most versatile amp I've ever owned. Great for country, pop, classic rock etc. The only thing it really won't do is metal and thats not a factor for me. I've been stuck with a PEavey Valve king for a few years and having this deluxe, its almost like learning to play again. So much more responsive to tweaks on the guitars volume and tone knobs.

              As for performing, I'm not sure it'd have the headroom to hang with a lot of drummers I know but then the drummers I know are crazy and play way too loud. You know the type, the guys who want to add double bass fills to "the Thrill is gone." :)

              I had thought I had heard that Fender shipped these things with cheap tubes but mine has quality Groove Tube and not the cheap "silver" GTs.

              Not many cons. The footswitch is cheap, doesn't match the quality of the amp and I get a loud pop when I switch the standby switch on. Other than that, this thing is dead quite for me with my American strat. I would say that maybe its a tad overpriced but the quality is there in comparison to amps that cost less and I got it during a promotion for a discount so I felt fine about the purchase. I've reached a point in my life where I would rather spend and extra buck or two as opposed to settling for something cheap.

              (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Great Clean Amp

              By Stratman1

              from Salem, Wi

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Powerful

              Cons

              • Limited Functions

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Performances

              Comments about Fender Vintage Reissue '65 Deluxe Reverb Guitar Combo Amp:

              I bought this amp from a buddy of mine at a great price. I use this for clean sounds with a strat and a tele. I use a Marshall TSL601 for distortion. The 22 watts in this amp is load as hell. I use it on stage and in the man cave studio. Turn this amp up and you get a great old sounding crunch. I mic it up for larger venues. I am a bit frustrated that the reverb tank and footswitch had to be replaced after 2 years. I have owned many amps in my life and I am not sure I will ever part with this one.

              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Perfect Power

              By JFreed

              from Houston Texas

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Performances

                Comments about Fender Vintage Reissue '65 Deluxe Reverb Guitar Combo Amp:

                I am just blown away by the tone of this amplifier! It has the perfect amount of power for recording, rehearsing and small/medium gigs. I am mostly a jazz player and it has the tube warmth in spades with great dynamic control. I wish I would have bought this amp years ago.

                (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Worth it

                By Lutedog

                from Jacksonville, fl

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                Pros

                • Awesone Spring Reverb
                • Bucket List Cleans
                • Easy To Use
                • Good Distortion
                • Great Tremolo
                • Just Right Power
                • Portable

                Cons

                • A Few Cheap Touches
                • heavy

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Fender Vintage Reissue '65 Deluxe Reverb Guitar Combo Amp:

                Great cleans. Played high output Gibson 500t humbuckers and strat single coils through it. Brilliant. Overdrive is of the classic, gritty Blackface type. It is a bright amp on the vibrato channel, but nothing the simple tone controls couldn't handle. Volume at 5 is where OD starts to kick in, depending on guitar volume. That is also the volume setting where a nice amp becomes the stuff legends are made from. Don't get me wrong, you can get nice sounds at volumes below that. But at 5, you will get IT.

                Great spring reverb sound to about 3 on the dial. Varying shades of ridiculous after that. Tremolo is also pleasing, but I've always wanted it to throb SLOWER than the its rate when set to 1. Oh well.

                Power, to me, is perfect. You can play many situations with this amp. Loud enough to gig small/medium places. Sane enough to get good tone without being the villain constantly.

                Now to the downsides. This is not a particularly light amp, despite its size. I know everything is relative, but every guy who has helped me lug it around has some comment about its deceptive weight. Despite its pricetag, there are some cost cutting measures employed. Footswitch does feel cheap. Preamp tube guards will vibrate free from their "locked" position, causing frequency rattlings you might mistake for something "going" on the amp. I now spend about a minute checking said guards before playing.

                Cons are very minor for what you get, tonewise. Have owned for 2 yrs. Would replace in like kind if stolen...no question. Reliability wise, no probs. Only "moddling" I've heard that comes close is Amplitube's Deluxe Reverb! And you'll never get the interactivity between amp and guitar with it.

                (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Great Classic Fender Tone

                By Clayman

                from Connecticut

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                Comments about Fender Vintage Reissue '65 Deluxe Reverb Guitar Combo Amp:

                I'm a Fender guy. I wanted that classic Fender clean tube tone...I'm not much into distortion at all. As a teen/young adult, I couldn't afford a Fender amp...my amp of choice then was a Sears Silvertone Twin Twelve. Lately, I've been using a Super Champ XD...great little amp, but, even with an upgraded speaker, didn't really get the tone I was looking for. I finally found what I wanted in the DRRI.
                Volume, Bass, Treble on two channels; Reverb and "Vibrato." Nothing fancy. What more does one need?
                I'm gonna penalize this amp...it arrived with a non-working reverb. It turns out that the black and blue wires in the Accutronics reverb tank weren't connected to the little white connector...looks like they were never connected from the factory. I don't know how this got thru Accutronics' and Fender's QA. And, since this was a "used" amp (MF's Level One, "Mint Condition"), I would have thought that MF also QA's returned products...I guess not. Anyway, out came the small tools and the reverb was working again in short order.
                Although made in USA, the "street" price is a bit high. Glad I was able to find a "Mint Condition" (except for the reverb) DRRI for less than "Street."

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