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Fender '68 Custom Deluxe Reverb Guitar Amp

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SKU: # 402968
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227-4000

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1968 was a transitional year for Fender amps, with tone that was still pure Fender but a look that was brand new. With a silver-and-turquoise front panel and classy aluminum drip edge grille cloth trim, the Deluxe Reverb received a fresh new face as it remained the ideal recording and performing amp. Small, light and moderately powered, it produced big tube tone, with world-class Fender reverb and vibrato effects. For countless guitarists ever since, the Deluxe Reverb has been the go-to amp for classic Fender sound.

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

FEATURES

• 22 watts
• 12" Celestion G12V-70 speaker
• Late-'60s Fender "silverface" look
• Modified Deluxe Reverb all-tube circuitry
• Handwired tube sockets
• Vintage channel for traditional silverface tone; custom channel with Bassman tone circuit
• Fender tube-driven spring reverb and tremolo

SPECS

ELECTRONICS
Voltage: 120V
Wattage: 22 Watts @ 8 ohms
Inputs: Four - (1/4", Two Custom and Two Vintage)
Speaker Jack: Two 1/4" Parallel
Channels: Two - (Custom and Vintage)
Rectifier: Tube (1 x 5AR4)

HARDWARE
Handle: Molded Plastic Strap with Nickel-Plated Caps
Front Panel: Silverface Style
Grill Cover: Black Textured Vinyl Covering with Silver-Turquiose Grille Cloth
Amplifier Depth: 9.5" (24.13 cm)
Amplifier Width: 24.5" (62.2 cm)
Amplifier Height: 17.5" (44.5 cm)
Amplifier Weight: 42 lbs. (19.05 kg)
Effects: Reverb, Vibrato

SPEAKERS
Speaker: One - 12" Celestion G12V-70
Impedance: 8 ohms

TUBES
Pre Amp Tubes: Groove Tubes - (4 x 12AX7), (2 X 12AT7)
Power Tubes: Groove Tubes - (2 x 6V6)

MISCELLANEOUS
Unique Features: Modified Deluxe Reverb all-tube circuitry, shared reverb and tremolo on both channels, Vintage channel for traditional silverface operation, modified Custom channel with Bassman tone stack, reduced negative feedback for greater touch sensitivity, hand-wired tube sockets, custom-made Schumacher transformers (like the originals), genuine Fender tube-driven spring reverb, genuine Fender tube-driven tremolo (vibrato), 1968-style Silverface aluminum trim around silver-turquoise grille cloth, fitted amplifier cover included, five-year warranty (United States and Canada; other territories may vary).

ACCESSORIES
FootSwitch: 2-Button Footswitch Included
Knobs: Vintage-Style Skirted Black Plastic

nice amp but too many problems1 of 1 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreLaval, Quebec
Bought this new. After only about 40 hours of total playing time it died. I only used this amp at home and rarely turned the volume past 3. Always had a loud pop when switching standby off or turning power off. Been in for repairs under warranty and not impressed as it has been over two weeks now and still no word on the repairs. Will buy a Vox next time.
Posted by Robert on Jul 14, 2017
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Excellent amp! Some things to consider though1 of 1 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreWinnipeg, Manitoba
This amp sounds amazing, and I haven't even been able to get it past 3, even that shakes my entire basement. It does come with a pretty steep learning curve though, or at least it did for me. Some things to be aware of before buying this amp; there is some idle hiss by design, the reduced negative feedback that fender lists as a feature is the culprit behind this mystery hiss. What they've done with this amp is preform a pretty common mod and swap out the original resistor (hence the "custom" name) for one that lets more sound/electricity through. I'm sure there is a more "techy" way to describe it but the bottom line is greater touch sensitivity and response in return for some built in hiss. This hiss can be GREATLY reduced by setting the volume of the channel you aren't plugged into to zero...which is somewhat disappointing as I was hoping to a/b the channels with a switcher but it's just too loud. The reverb can also bring the noise floor up a considerable amount when turned past five but I never go that high anyway, I've read just turning the tank around fixes that, which in no way voids the warranty but mines been fine so far. The hiss is really only noticeable when you aren't playing anyway. There is a pop when turning it on standby, just part of the package. On to the Reduced negative feedback; it's a nice feature but also a bit of a double edged sword in that the thing can get SO LOUD when you dig into a chord and SO QUITE when you play a melody. This isn't a knock on the amp at all, if anything it's just revealing some inconsistencies in my playing but it is sort of annoying when I'm playing at 2am then accidentally hit a chord too loud and BWONG my whole basement is rattling. So just something to be aware of if you're comming from a solid state or valve preamp/modelling deal like I was, they aren't joking when they say it's responsive, it reacts drastically to changed on my guitars volume and tone knobs as well, which is awesome but takes a little while to learn the sweet spots with each guitar. In fact when I first brought it home I was pretty dissponted, I thought it sounded very dull. Turns out I just needed new strings, something I just didn't notice on my modelling amp. World of difference after a string change. This amp reproduces every little thing you give it, the good and the bad. And lastly is the tone stack, the EQ on this thing is a little different than most modern amp designs in that there is no mid control and the treble and bass controlls interact with each other. I've found it's best with them both at 6 on home volumes then just bring them down a bit as you start turning up. People always say fender amps sound scooped in the mids and I thought that as well when I was setting both my treble and bass at 3 when I brought the thing home...i was actually getting pretty disheartened until I turned both controlls up and BOOM instant mids, sweet, sweet midrange! I read somewhere that fender set the mids on these things to around 7 in the factory But then just didnt include a potentiometer for the mids to bring costs down. So that's been my journey so far with this amp, it really is great and it's the best sounding amp I've ever played through. Plenty loud for gigs and built really solid. I don't plan on parting with it ever, the speaker is starting to break in and sound SO sweet. Stock tubes sound fine to my ear but this is my first tube amp so what do I know haha. All in all I'm very happy with my purchase, I love this thing more every day and it just has the mojo..its just got that thing! You know what I mean.
Posted by Paul on Jun 24, 2017
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Just go get one0 of 0 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreWindsor, Ontario
Big, full, warm sound. Unlike the previous versions both channels have reverb and vibrato. Both channels have thier own distinct personalities. Since the channels are in phase you can channel jump and blend them for some additional cool sounds. This amp does it all and does it very, very well. At 4.5 to 5 it absolutely sings. Imho it's the perfect amp. Plenty of power, warm yet crisp beautiful cleans, breaks up very nicely when pushed, and won't make your ears bleed getting there. Just awesome.
Posted by Jim on Apr 19, 2017
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Best Amp0 of 0 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreWinnipeg, Manitoba
simply the best amp i've ever played and owned.
Posted by Jordan on Mar 22, 2017
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68 fender deluxe reverb amp3 of 3 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreWindsor, Ontario
what a beautiful tone machine..sounds so rich and full..nice reverb and tremolo and bassman stack is a nice add..worth every dollar.
Posted by Bobby D on Mar 28, 2016
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Finally got a noise free example of this modern classic amp4 of 4 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreLethbridge, Alberta
After a few tries L&M got a noise free example of this amp. It has no loud hiss, no tremolo tick and no loud pop when going onto standby. It is worth waiting to get a newer production date of these amps as they seem to have sorted out the initial problems. This amp is definitely one of fender's best sounding amps and more versatile than a vintage deluxe reverb.
Posted by T.O on Jan 28, 2015
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Best sounding Deluxe Reverb with mystery hiss problem10 of 10 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreLethbridge, Alberta
Very excited to get the new 68 Custom Deluxe Reverb, awesome looks and amazing sound. Unfortunately mine had a varaible hiss, sizzle and crackle noise problem which was just bad enough to force me to return it before 30 days.Tried to exchange for another 68 deluxe but it was way worse than mine and needed to go back to Fender. Finally exchanged for a used 65 Deluxe Reverb which was dead quiet with no hiss. Not impressed that I had to pay over $100 to exchange the amp because I had it more than 3 days (I financed $150 of the purchase) Will not finance anything in the future even with 0% finance sale because of restock fee. I have tried to post my review on this item two times already with no luck. Hope Fender gets these sorted out because these amps are amazing without the noise problem
Posted by anonymous on Dec 27, 2014
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Classic Fender Magic but not perfect4 of 4 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreLethbridge, Alberta
The fender 68 Custom deluxe reverb comes as close as you can get to being the perfect do-it-all amp. The shimmering fender cleans are on the vintage channel are as good as any vintage fender. The 68 also has an upgraded speaker, added touch sensitivity and a Bassman Eq channel added to the mix. This makes the amp able to cover more classic Fender tones you wouldn't expect from a deluxe Reverb. The Reverb is deep and spacious and never gets out of control or tinny. The Tremelo is organic and adjustable from barely noticeable to psychedelic. The amp is almost perfect except for some hiss sound which is present when not playing. Also, some degree of tremolo tick and pulse sound. I may do some tube swapping to see if a different tube brand will help. I'm not sure if amp design differences or construction makes the 68 noiser. It's a minor distraction that keeps the amp from being a perfect 10.
Posted by anonymous on Dec 11, 2014
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Classic Fender amp with average build quality4 of 5 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreLethbridge, Alberta
This amp sounds as good as my original 68 drip edge Fender amp which I didn't think was possible. The 68 Custom Deluxe Reverb does everything you expect of a great Fender amp but also will appeal to a wider range of guitarists than ever before. The added versatility of a Bassman Eq'd channel and wide frequency range Celestion speaker makes this a great amp for more music styles and genres. These amps are manufactured using computer assembly build quality so treat it like a well built computer in a sturdy cabinet and it should last. The tubes are mounted on the chassis which eliminates the possibility of premature PCB failure common to many other cheaper amps. The noisy Groove tubes are the least groovy thing in these amps other than dollar store footswitch which Fender included to show they have a sense of humour. This amp hisses, pops and makes ticking noises at random times but also may be the best sounding Fender amp of all time. If Fender made this exact amp in a point to point version I would sell my soul (or car) to get it. Until then I'll count on Fender's 5 year warranty if the amp has a problem.
Posted by Tubehead on Dec 10, 2014
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Sounds great, but lots of background noise3 of 3 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreVictoria, British Columbia
I bought this amp and returned it after a week. I loved the tone, but the background noise and tremolo tick drove me crazy. Bought an AC 15 instead, which has been great.
Posted by anonymous on Jul 17, 2014
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Amazing Amp!!2 of 2 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreVancouver, British Columbia
If you want balanced chimey cleans with lush reverb and tremelo look no further!! Amp has 2 tone circuits with 2 totally different sonic capabilities. Custom Channel has so much bottom end (great for Jazz). Beautiful vintage looks too. Takes pedals great (especially on Custom channel). I've been searching for this sound for 30+ years. I currently have a Mesa, Rivera, Marshall and Fender SuperChamp and this amp TRUMPS them all. Jazz to Rock and everything in between. The reviews on youtube DON'T do justice to this amp. I recommend trying it out for your own earholes. I tried the Supersonic 22, Hot Rod Deluxe and this amp on the day I bought it. This one outshone them ALL!
Posted by anonymous on Apr 22, 2014
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Great amp!2 of 3 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreOttawa, Ontario
I prefer it over the 65 reissue, great amp
Posted by anonymous on Mar 6, 2014
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