Up for sale, a 1963 Fender Deluxe in excellent condition and in perfect working order. One of the very first Black Panel Deluxe amps to roll off Fender's assembly line in late 1963, this amp has a full contingent of component source date codes from '63 as well as an extremely low A002XX serial number on the chassis. Benefiting from a thorough checkup by our techs here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar to ensure optimal performance, this amp is stage and studio ready, boasting the model's earliest features with an AA763 circuit, no-logo cabinet, and "Fender Elect. Inst. Co." text on the faceplate.
This amp has notable headroom, something that sets it apart from its reverb-equipped brother. Since the addition of the reverb effect into the Fender circuit adds another gain stage, the non-reverb Deluxe really stands out as Fender's premier 1x12 Black Panel combo amp, with incredible warmth and clarity. Perfect as a platform for pedals and an ideal amp for studio use, this Deluxe captures the quintessential Fender clean sound, with smooth tube overdrive and a hint of compression at higher volumes. The tremolo has a strong, even pulse as well, with a wide range of speeds.
The circuit is untouched save for a single electrolytic cap in the preamp, and the Schumacher-made transformers date between the 23rd and 43rd weeks of '63. The preamp retains all of the original blue molded Ajax capacitors, essential to the rich, musical quality of the Black Panel-era circuits. The CTS pots have visible date codes from the 36th week of '63, and even the power supply remains untouched, with viable original Mallory filter caps that are individually stamped (47th week of '63). A modern three-prong power cable has been installed for safety's sake. The power tubes are a pair of matched JJ 6V6s, with a Telefunken GZ34 rectifier and a bevy of vintage tubes in the preamp from the likes of GE and Amperex.
The speaker is an era-correct Oxford 12K5-6 with a clean gold frame (the very first Black Panel amps had these gold framed speakers before switching to black frames in the subsequent months). The speaker benefits from a modern recone, and the stamp on the edge of the frame dates to the 41st week of '62. The tube chart is intact, noting the AA763 circuit, with an "ML" stamp that translates to December of '63.
The original smooth black tolex is intact, and the aged silver sparkle grillcloth is modern, stretched tight on the original baffle which is designed to be logo-less. There are a couple cleanly repaired tolex tears on the bottom of the enclosure, light wear on the cabinet edges, and patina on the original chassis straps and handle caps. The faceplate retains a full complement of vintage witch hat knobs.