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Fender Vintage Reissue '65 Deluxe Reverb Guitar Combo Amp Black  (Used)

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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.

Protect your investment with an optional genuine Fender cover. (See the accessory box on this page.)

Features

  • 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!

 

Vintage Reissue '65 Deluxe Reverb Guitar Combo Amp 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 147 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (112)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (13)
  • Excellent sound (13)
  • Warm / comfy (12)
  • Good power output (9)
  • Portable (9)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (11)
    • Amateur recording (10)
    • Professional recording (10)
    • Home studio (8)
    • Outdoor events / games (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (12), Professional musician (8)

    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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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great çlean amp, Tremolo too fast

    By DuJour

    from Santa Cruz

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        i'm on my second Deluxe Reverb reissue. the first was was made in the late 90s and this one was made around 2013. Both are very gig able, clean sounding amp, perfect for club dates but there are a few differences between the two. Fender added rubber covers to the power and standby toggle switches and they added a cover for the power tubes, presumably to protect the back baffle from heat. Bother of those are admirable upgrades but the one downgrade is the newer models have a tremolo speed that is way too fast. Arguably criminal! Even as the slowest setting, it's still way too fast (equal to about a 7 on any standard tremolo pedal (Boss, Fulltone, etc). They also changed the schematics so instead of a simple fix, it ended up costing me a substantial sum to swap out the capacitors to get it back to a reasonable speed

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        (2 of 3 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.

        Comment on this review

        (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        The BEST Clean Tone... Anywhere

        By Tele Jangle

        from Lynchburg, VA

        About Me Experienced

        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.

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Outstanding (and Revealing) Amplifier

          By LouieLand

          from Central Pennsylvania

          About Me Experienced

          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.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Worth it

            By Lutedog

            from Jacksonville, fl

            About Me Experienced

            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.

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            (8 of 8 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.

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            (9 of 10 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!

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              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              The greatest workhorse club amp...ever?

              By thelatenessmonster

              from Boston, MA

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

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

                I have owned and used a variety of these from vintage original to brand new, although components change over the years, they remain a foundation for great tone. It's primarily a clean to natural overdrive amp, but with the massive array of great fuzz/high saturation pedals these days...I have indeed crunched, grinded, shredded, and melted a few faces when mic'd up. It loves virtually anything you put in front, is warm, tube, and true to your sound.

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                (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Sweet sounding amp

                By Papa 66

                from Ridgefield, Wa.

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Good Warmth
                • Portable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Performances

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

                  This is a very nice sounding amp. However, I wish they would actually do the sound check they claim they do. The tremolo has steady tick, tick sound that varies with the speed control. Apparently Fender is aware of this so why continue to ship their product with this issue, therefore the three star rating.

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                  (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Amp and Service

                  By Tom

                  from New Orleans

                  About Me Novice

                  Ask me a question

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                      Amp is great! First one shipped seemed to have a problem with a reverb tube. Musicians Friend swapped it out pronto.

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