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Fender Vintage Reissue '65 Deluxe Reverb Guitar Combo Amp 

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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 natu...Click To Read More About This Product

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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

Vintage Reissue '65 Deluxe Reverb Guitar Combo Amp

  • 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 162 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (123)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (27)
  • Easy to use (26)
  • Warm / comfy (23)
  • Good power output (19)
  • Portable (19)

Cons

  • Limited functions (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (24)
  • Amateur recording (19)
  • Home studio (19)
  • Professional recording (18)
  • Outdoor events / games (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (24), 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.

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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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5.0

I would buy this again in a heartbeat

By Neal M

from Woodbury, MN

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Pros

  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances

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

    This is the best amp that I have ever played through. I simply love it and it makes me want to play my guitars more often. It defines what I think a guitar should sound like, and it takes pedals nicely. I couldn't recommend this amp more.

     
    5.0

    Hands down best sound

    By leftylespaul

    from Albuquerque, NM

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Portable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

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

      No frills except the reverb, this 22 watt tube amp stands up to any and its sound
      overdriven is beyond its 1 twelve inch speaker. Portable for a tube amp and has
      great range in the bass. Hard to explain the rectifier tube but I believe the best amps
      have them. I could keep going...........

       
      5.0

      What A Suprise!

      By Rick

      from Vicksburg, Michigan

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performances

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

        I've owned the DRRI combo for over a year now and have had NO problems! My guitars are Gibson Les Paul Elegant, Fender Thinline and Tele. I liked the combo so much, I bought the head! Using a Mesa Lonestar 23 open back 1X12 and a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe 1X12 closed back that I put a Celestion Gold into. Sold my Mesa Mark V and now gig with the 65 DRRI. It's just a fun amp to play! After hearing mine, the other guitarist bought one too.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Reissue of a classic amp with the same issues

        By Nando

        from New Orleans, LA

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Powerful

        Cons

        • Buzzing and rattling
        • Does not play well with distortion pedals
        • Limited Functions
        • Poor Sound Quality

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Performances

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

        Since this is such an accurate reissue, there is a rattle that you get when playing. Also, this amp breaks easily. Had multiple problems with the amp in less than a year.

        (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Sounds Great, When Works

        By LKNJ

        from NJ

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Portable

        Cons

        • poor quality

        Best Uses

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

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

        This is a fantastic sounding amp, when it works. I bought mine as an open box unit. Visually, there was nothing wrong with it, and it functioned perfectly for the first couple of months. Just long enough where it was too late to exchange it once problems became apparent. The amp started losing volume, and began exhibiting all the signs of burned out tubes. Fender retubed the amp under their 90-day tube warranty. Unfortunately, after about a month, the same problem returned, and with a horrible ringing noise, to boot. Fender is now replacing the tube sockets, as at least one of them has been found to be faulty. However, the tubes, themselves are no longer covered. Considering that their repair facility takes 6 weeks to get the amp back to you, this amp has now spent almost as much time in the shop as it has in my house, and I haven't had a chance to gig it, at all. Huge disappointment.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Truly Exceptional!

        By Chuck

        from Kent, Ohio

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

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

          I've had bunches of amps over the years but I truly LOVE this one! Versatile, crisp, clean, incredible! Only minor drawback is that the foot-switch, which controls the vibe and verb functions has no on/off lighting so that it is hard to tell in the middle of a performance which functions are kicked on until you hear the sound. Otherwise- Whew! I'm in love with this amp!

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          American Made Vintage Sound

          By Fuzzy

          from Austin, Texas

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio

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

            This American made amp is powerful enough for almost any type of job you want it to do. Wonderful reverb and vibrato with a 12" Jensen speaker. They got this one right!

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            One of the best Amplifier from Fender product

            By DAL

            from Quebec - Canada

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            Pros

            • Clean
            • 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 like so much this Amplifier for the Clean and Crunch sound. With Telecaster and Stratocaster, it has the only best sound of the sixty with easy adjust.
              One of the best sound for who like clean and crunch sound ! ! !

               
              5.0

              Outstanding Amp

              By Jim

              from Houston

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio
                • Performances

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

                Easy to use and great vintage sound

                (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Great amp by a great company!

                By The Classic 76

                from NJ

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                Pros

                • Classic Fender Tone
                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Good Warmth

                Cons

                • Limited Functions
                • On the heavier side
                • Very Bright Tone
                • Very Loud

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

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

                Facts for buying this amp....Amazing clean tones. Very warm and pure. A great clean amp. Reverb and Vibrato sound excellent. Now for the things you should know. Not the amp for you if you live in a apartment, multiple dwelling or dorm room. Neighbors will complain with this amp on 2. It is a very very loud amp. The amp does not break up until it hits 7-8 which is ear splitting volumes so unless you are playing live it probably wont happen. Dirt pedals sound ok through it but have a very bright fizz. This model also has a "Bright cap" on channel 2. That will make the OD/Dist pedals sound even more fizzy. Wish they would remove that from the circuit. Channel 1 was more mellow and appealing to me but it has no reverb or vibrato. What I have learned, Fender amps are not meant for gain. They produce amazing cleans. IF you need something smaller/ less powerful/ lighter amp but the same tone, I would go Princeton Reverb. Same amp just a smaller package. Sounds Identical. I eventually returned this amp for the loudness and limited functionality on the first channel. I would recommend this amplifier for gigging musicians and anyone who has an area where they can turn it up :)

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