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1964 Fender Deluxe Non-Reverb Pre-CBS Black Panel Vintage Tube Amp, AB763 Circuit w/ Ftsw


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Up for sale, a 1964 Fender Deluxe in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with a one-button footswitch and modern cover. A true Pre-CBS amp from the first full year of Fender's famed Black Panel amps, this Deluxe retains the "Fender Elec Inst Co" faceplate text and no logo cabinet that visually sets apart the earliest examples of this amp.

Featuring the famed AB763 circuit, this amp has an incredible amount of headroom and power, something that instantly sets it apart from its reverb-equipped brother. Since the addition of the reverb effect into the Fender circuit essentially adds another gain stage, the non-reverb Deluxe really stands out as Fender's premier 1x12 Black Panel combo amp, with incredible warmth, EQ balance, 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 has been largely rebuilt with premium components used throughout. Transformers include a boutique USA-made Mercury Magnetics Tone Clone power transformer, the original choke which dates to  the 34th week of '64 and a vintage output transformer, possibly original yet with a replacement bracket over the bell. All of the original CTS pots are intact, with visible date codes from the 20th week of '64. The chassis stamp also dates to '64 and the preamp features Mallory tubular capacitors, smaller Sprague electrolytics, carbon comp resistors, and some larger Sprague Orange Drops. The power supply has been professionally recapped with Sprage Atoms, and a three-prong power cable has been installed.  The power tubes are a pair of properly biased and matched Electro Harmonix 6V6s, along with a JJ GZ34 rectifier. The preamp tubes include three likely original matched RCAs, along with an Electro Harmonix 12AT7 phase inverter.

The speaker is a vintage Utah 12" with a very clean black frame and original blue foil Fender label on the magnet. This speaker dates to late 1965 and has been freshly reconed, with good wattage handling and strong low end response. The original tube chart is intact, with an "NI" date code that translates to September of 1964.

Cosmetically, the amp retains its original smooth black tolex, while the grillcloth is new silver sparkle material on the original baffle, lightly aged for a vintage look. Hardware includes the original handle caps, chassis straps, and sphinx glides (feet), while the faceplate retains all of the original witch hat knobs.

A one-button footswitch is included, along with a modern Fender-branded slip cover.