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Fender Vintage Reissue '65 Super Reverb 4X10 Guitar Combo Amp  

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The all-time bluesy, funky rocker!

The Fender '65 Super Reverb Combo Amp is a long overdue addition to Fender's Vintage Reissue series. Here's a faithful re-creation of the legendary and highly collectible Blackface Super Reverb from the 1960s. This 45W, all-tube combo with 4 x 10" Jensen speakers, tube reverb, and vibrato has long been considered one of the best amps to "crank up" for unmiked club gigs or on the concert stage. The all-time bluesy, funky rocker! Includes 2-button footswitch.

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 Curcuit 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
  • All-tube 45W @ 2 ohms
  • 4 x 10" Jenson speakers
  • 2 footswitchable channels

Order today and enjoy the quintessential Fender sound of this classic amp.

SPECIFICATIONS

Vintage Reissue '65 Super Reverb 4X10 Guitar Combo Amp

  • 25-1/4"W x 25"H x 10-1/2"D
  • 65 lbs.
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4.8

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (9)
  • Good power output (9)
  • Warm / comfy (9)
  • Easy to use (8)
  • Portable (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (9)
    • Outdoor events / games (8)
    • Professional recording (8)
    • Amateur recording (4)
    • Home studio (4)
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    Best amp Fender has to offer

    The Fender Super Reverb amp (reissue) is the 'best amp' that Fender has to offer in their inventory at this time (in my opinion). This reissue amp is identical in sound...Read complete review

    The Fender Super Reverb amp (reissue) is the 'best amp' that Fender has to offer in their inventory at this time (in my opinion). This reissue amp is identical in sound to the 'original' blackface released decades ago. The tone is absolutely excellent (loud or soft). The tone controls are very sensitive and provide plenty of headroom to teak the tone. However with me, I simply run all the tone controls on "5" (Vibrato channel). I get what I want from that basic setting. The 'bright' switch is very sensitive and pushes the ultra-high's through nicely. Even though this amp is physically 'bigger' than a Twin Reverb, it is actually a little lighter. It is around 55 or 57 pounds. So, it's 'heavy, and it's 'big'. BUT… it's GOOD SOUNDING! The reverb circuit is especially high quality. For some reason, the reverb on a Super Reverb amp sounds better than on other Fender amps (including the Twin). It's probably because of the 10" speakers, as they are projecting the frequency which is closely linked with the reverb circuit. Even though the Super is rated at 45 watts, it gets as LOUD as a Twin Reverb at 85 watts. Why? Because the 4=10" speakers push more 'air' than the 2-12" of a Twin. So it gets LOUD, and it breaks up much nicer than a Twin as well. DON'T change the speakers! They are designed for this amp! If you start messing with the speakers, you'll lose the tone that this amp has to offer. With the reverb, I only have to set the reverb knob at "3" to really get a nice deep reverb depth effect. On some other Fender amps, you have to push it all the way to "10" to get the reverb 'front-and-center'. One thing I really like about this Super Reverb amp is that is has all the original tube circuitry. This includes tubes for the reverb, tremolo, AND a rectifier tube. Having a rectifier tube (rather than a solid state rectifier) is very important. This is because the rectifier tube produces the 'compression' that is typical of old amps. This natural compression is not there with amps that use a solid state rectifier circuit. I believe the Fender Deluxe reissue uses a rectifier tube as well… but I don't think any of the other Fender amps use the actual rectifier tube circuit, including the Twin Reverb reissue. I have even read reviews where the owner actually removed the rectifier tube and had a solid state circuit put in! Iche! With all due respect to that user, why would you even do this? Critical musicians pay big bucks to get that rectifier tube in the circuit of their amp, because it produces such a nice tone. Musicians go out these days and spend hundreds of dollars on a 'compression stomp box'. Hey folks, just use a tube amp that has a rectifier tube! So, all in all… if you want an amp that will take you through the duration of your music career, go with the Fender Super Reverb reissue! You won't be disappointed. You can play ANYWHERE with this amp. And anywhere you play, people will always recognize this icon as one of the 'legs' of the Fender Heritage. Yes it's big. Yes it's heavy (not as heavy as a Twin). Yes it's expensive (more than the Hot Rod series, even more than the Twin). But guess what? It's worth it! I've owned many amps in my days. Actually had about 4 or 5 Twins, and even 3 Super Reverbs before this current reissue. Because I was a 'crazy kid', buying and selling guitars and amps was just routine activity. Now that I'm in my 'senior years' as a musician… no more buying and selling. My Fender Super Reverb is my go-to gigging amp. (My Fender Blues Junior is my rehearsal amp). Whether I'm playing Jazz, Classic Rock, Blues, Country or big band tunes…. this Super Reverb produces the best sound there is. My main guitars are a G&L Legacy, and a Gibson ES-137 Custom (blue). Thank you. JBM (St.Louis, MO)

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    Go for the original

    I recently used this amp at a gig because mine (Vox AC-30, UK reissue) was in the shop. What a huge disappointment! The amp produces an empty, high end shriek,...Read complete review

    I recently used this amp at a gig because mine (Vox AC-30, UK reissue) was in the shop. What a huge disappointment! The amp produces an empty, high end shriek, and little else. There was no body or warmth to the tone at all. I spent a lot of time trying to dial in a decent sound, to no avail. The worst part was that the louder the amp got, the worse it sounded as the 10" speakers start to "fart" with the volume at about 6. I'm not talking about natural overdrive either, I'm talking about the speakers not being able to handle volume and while retaining tone. Luckily, I was using this amp in a stereo setup with a Roland JC-80, and was able to back off the Fender. Still, it was a very unsatisfying sound and a poor sounding show. I would not recommend this amp to a gigging musician. Maybe it sounds fine in the bedroom, or in the studio at low volumes, but not on a stage.

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    5.0

    Buy two, one for you and a friend!

    By chad

    from Apo

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    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 Super Reverb 4X10 Guitar Combo Amp:

      Im the type of guy that enjoys a clean tone with some reverb. I was on the fence with this amp and the twin. I feel like I made a solid choice. I plugged it in and let the tubes warm up for an hour and came back. Then I sat down, busted out my 60th anniversary strat and immediately became lost in the tones that this thing was producing.

      Be forewarned metal junkies this may not be your thing. However, if you are like me and and enjoy amazing clean tones then you will want to add this one to the arsenal . I bought condition 2 and still haven't been able to spot any flaws. If you like the blues, country or classic rock or 90's grunge then this amp is for you. The vibe and reverb circuits are amazing. They got the name on this one right because its super. The second Im done writing about this I'm going to play until my fingers bleed.

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      AMAZING amp!!

      By jlsatkins

      from Atkins, AR

      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 Super Reverb 4X10 Guitar Combo Amp:

        I have the limited edition of this amplifier. AMAZING!! When you first get this amp, you need to have the tubes biased. Fender usually has them set at 22ma from the factory, which makes the amp distort when the volume is on about 4 and the volume is not real loud. Have the bias adjusted to between 32-40 ma (wherever sounds best to you, mine is set at 38ma) and I'd recommend a different set of power tubes too (JJ's are amazing), the preamp tubes are fine if theyre not microphonic, and it'll sing and sound awesome. For a reissue amp these are amazing if you get em set up right. I know it should be done from the factory, but lets face it, they put out WAY too many for the folks to keep up with how theyre set and everything. And rebiasing the amp and changing the power tubes wont affect the warranty on the amp itself. I love mine. Works great with all my pedals, TS9 and TS7 Tubescreamers for 2 different overdirve tones, Marshal Jackhammer for the heavy metal tones, delay, EH chorus, and a rotary speaker emulator and a Vox wah. The amp will do anything you want it to. Best amp I've ever played through.

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        5.0

        Just... wow!!!

        By guitarsonist52792

        from Nashville, TN

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Fender Vintage Reissue '65 Super Reverb 4X10 Guitar Combo Amp:

          I've been playing through a Peavey Classic 50/212 for YEARS. Finally, a buddy of mine was selling his Super Reverb, so I swooped it up fast.

          I don't regret this purchase one bit. This amp takes pedals better than I've ever heard. And sounds great whether it's through single coils and humbuckers. If you use the vibrato channel, you have a 3-band EQ which really expresses your tone if you have your settings right. I HIGHLY recommend buying this amp or one of it's (siblings).

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          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Didnt buy from here,

          By jlsrsvl

          from atkins, ar

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Fender Vintage Reissue '65 Super Reverb 4X10 Guitar Combo Amp:

            I have the Limited Edition Super. Aside from the junky Groove Tubes being bad, and having to rebias the amp when the tubes were replaced, this thing is INCREDIBLE! Anyone that says otherwise obviously has no idea what to do to make them sound better. My amp was biased at 22ma. WAY too cold. Rebiased to 38ma and now I cant hardly tell the difference between it and an original 1965 model. These reissue amp are not junk. Yeah I'm not crazy about the use of not so high end components, but the amp is amazing. I've played through reissues and they start to break up around 4 on the volume. Well they need rebiasing. The amp shouldnt start to break up til around 6 or 7, and they get so SOOOOO sweet when theyre set up right. Dont knock em til you know theyre for sure set up right.

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            (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Amazing, with caveat

            By monkeyxx

            from NC

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Some Corners Cut In Mfg

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Fender Vintage Reissue '65 Super Reverb 4X10 Guitar Combo Amp:

            The stock tubes that come in this amp are absolute rubbish. I put in some quality valves (JJ), set the bias properly (I doubt this was done from the factory) and this amp just came to life!! I was dumbfounded at the transformation. Just a reminder to me how important tubes are in a tube amp. Sounds absolutely glorious, now. Equal to any of the vintage amps I own. With the factory tubes the sound was overcompressed, harsh, and weak in the bottom end.

            The other problem was the speaker cable is very poor quality, and needed to be replaced. The amp was cutting in and out. I am amazed that Fender puts a molded plastic cord in such a crucial position on an amp that costs as much as this one, but, oh well, at least I found it.

            One of the speakers died, too. Still sounds good with three, though. This amp was bought brand new.

            The last problem that this amp has is common to virtually all newer production Fenders in the past 30 years or so using circuit board construction, rather than point to point. Circuit boards are an elegant way to construct an amp, but, the plastic board mounted jacks Fender uses are of poor quality, and start to go bad after a few years of normal use. They are hard to replace is the other problem, compared to the easy task of replacing a standard guitar-type jack on a vintage amp. Both jacks on my Normal channel need to be replaced. The amp is about 6 years old. I think they could at least take the time to wire in some decent jacks in an amp as nice as this, for a lifetime of use.

            In proper order, this amp quickly displays its legendary qualities. I think the 30-40 watt range is magic for tube guitar amps. Loud enough to gig, but not so loud that you can't crank it up a bit and get the goodness happening without deafening people and drowning out everything else. It's still pretty dang loud, though. You have to love the Fender effects as well, the tremolo and reverb. Another chunk of genius from Leo and company.

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            (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Blues, Funk, Soul & Rock Machine!

            By Mojo Monk

            from Australia

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Clean sound
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Powerful
            • Tone

            Cons

            • Demands Expert Handsears
            • Difficult To Use
            • Loud
            • Size

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording
            • Studio

            Comments about Fender Vintage Reissue '65 Super Reverb 4X10 Guitar Combo Amp:

            This amp has the best clean sound you could find, you might prefer other flavours within the same standard but that's about it.

            Takes pedals incredible well and is extremely responsive to the attack in the guitar.

            LOVE IT!!!!

            I also had a Twin Reverb (As Good) if this one is loud, the tween reverb can dismember you after braking you back!

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            (7 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Try it for yourself, ignore the stars

            By Alex

            from Guam

            About Me Professional Musician

            Ask me a question

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Looks Great
            • Portable

            Cons

            • Breaks Up Way Too Soon
            • Poor Sound Quality
            • Strange Reverb Bleed Over
            • Weak

            Best Uses

            • Not Sure Yet

            Comments about Fender Vintage Reissue '65 Super Reverb 4X10 Guitar Combo Amp:

            Well I just got my new 65 re-issue and man was I excited! I couldn't wait to play it after seeing all of the 5 star reviews. I ordered this because I was not willing to wait for my Blues Deville replacement which is on back order. I decided to go with the 65 re-issue Fender Super Reverb. It was daamaged during shipping and MF was quick to try to resolve the problem. Unfortunately it was on back-order. This amp was "made in America" so it must be good right? Well now I'm not so sure.
            The tone is kind of strange and compresssed sounding. It gets loud but it's not a sparkling clean sound even at 3 on the volume. When you play chords the tone will mushy up a bit. The reverb has a strange way of bleeding continuously even when you stop playing. Not a crystalline splashy sound you would expect from a vintage re-issue. The chords do not have good note separation.I play loud and like the amp to stay clean until I push it. This thing wimps out way too early in the game. 45 watts should be loud enough but, I'm afraid not with this one. I only use minimal pedals. I use a tube screamer and a Boss CE2 chorus. Very old stuff. Just the way I like it. They both did little to help this amp. This amp has a strange solid state tone to it.
            Last week I bought the Blues Deville 4x10 and it was every bit as amazing in tone as people say. It blows this thing away without even breaking a sweat. It may be made in Mexico but if you're like me, you don't care if it has great tone.The Blues Deville has AMAZING tone. This thing can't hang at a real gig. Buy something else. Let Fender know we don't want hype. Just great sounding dependable gear!

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            (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            best tone possible

            By chris

            from new jersey

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Performances

              Comments about Fender Vintage Reissue '65 Super Reverb 4X10 Guitar Combo Amp:

              i bought this used - put 4 new celestions in it, and designed a closed back cabinet with a fan to suck out the heat, and WOW! les paul or strat with a ts9, and an lpb-1 for lead boosts, plus an mxr delay - unreal

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              (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Beautiful Perfection I LOVE THIS AMP!!!!

              By Mojo Monk

              from Australia

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Excellent Sound
              • Good Warmth
              • Powerful

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Fender Vintage Reissue '65 Super Reverb 4X10 Guitar Combo Amp:

                This amp will allow you to do be 100% satisfied in any style that requires perfect tone

                Comment on this review

                (23 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Best amp Fender has to offer

                By Sadhu

                from Saint Louis, MO

                About Me Professional Musician

                Ask me a question

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Excellent tone
                • Good Warmth
                • Like the rectifier tube
                • Powerful
                • Powerful for any venue

                Cons

                • Big
                • Expensive
                • heavy

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Fender Vintage Reissue '65 Super Reverb 4X10 Guitar Combo Amp:

                The Fender Super Reverb amp (reissue) is the 'best amp' that Fender has to offer in their inventory at this time (in my opinion). This reissue amp is identical in sound to the 'original' blackface released decades ago. The tone is absolutely excellent (loud or soft). The tone controls are very sensitive and provide plenty of headroom to teak the tone. However with me, I simply run all the tone controls on "5" (Vibrato channel). I get what I want from that basic setting. The 'bright' switch is very sensitive and pushes the ultra-high's through nicely. Even though this amp is physically 'bigger' than a Twin Reverb, it is actually a little lighter. It is around 55 or 57 pounds. So, it's 'heavy, and it's 'big'. BUT… it's GOOD SOUNDING! The reverb circuit is especially high quality. For some reason, the reverb on a Super Reverb amp sounds better than on other Fender amps (including the Twin). It's probably because of the 10" speakers, as they are projecting the frequency which is closely linked with the reverb circuit. Even though the Super is rated at 45 watts, it gets as LOUD as a Twin Reverb at 85 watts. Why? Because the 4=10" speakers push more 'air' than the 2-12" of a Twin. So it gets LOUD, and it breaks up much nicer than a Twin as well. DON'T change the speakers! They are designed for this amp! If you start messing with the speakers, you'll lose the tone that this amp has to offer. With the reverb, I only have to set the reverb knob at "3" to really get a nice deep reverb depth effect. On some other Fender amps, you have to push it all the way to "10" to get the reverb 'front-and-center'. One thing I really like about this Super Reverb amp is that is has all the original tube circuitry. This includes tubes for the reverb, tremolo, AND a rectifier tube. Having a rectifier tube (rather than a solid state rectifier) is very important. This is because the rectifier tube produces the 'compression' that is typical of old amps. This natural compression is not there with amps that use a solid state rectifier circuit. I believe the Fender Deluxe reissue uses a rectifier tube as well… but I don't think any of the other Fender amps use the actual rectifier tube circuit, including the Twin Reverb reissue. I have even read reviews where the owner actually removed the rectifier tube and had a solid state circuit put in! Iche! With all due respect to that user, why would you even do this? Critical musicians pay big bucks to get that rectifier tube in the circuit of their amp, because it produces such a nice tone. Musicians go out these days and spend hundreds of dollars on a 'compression stomp box'. Hey folks, just use a tube amp that has a rectifier tube! So, all in all… if you want an amp that will take you through the duration of your music career, go with the Fender Super Reverb reissue! You won't be disappointed. You can play ANYWHERE with this amp. And anywhere you play, people will always recognize this icon as one of the 'legs' of the Fender Heritage. Yes it's big. Yes it's heavy (not as heavy as a Twin). Yes it's expensive (more than the Hot Rod series, even more than the Twin). But guess what? It's worth it! I've owned many amps in my days. Actually had about 4 or 5 Twins, and even 3 Super Reverbs before this current reissue. Because I was a 'crazy kid', buying and selling guitars and amps was just routine activity. Now that I'm in my 'senior years' as a musician… no more buying and selling. My Fender Super Reverb is my go-to gigging amp. (My Fender Blues Junior is my rehearsal amp). Whether I'm playing Jazz, Classic Rock, Blues, Country or big band tunes…. this Super Reverb produces the best sound there is. My main guitars are a G&L Legacy, and a Gibson ES-137 Custom (blue). Thank you. JBM (St.Louis, MO)

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