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1964 Fender Deluxe Non-Reverb Vintage Pre-CBS Black Panel Amp, Collector-Grade w/ Oxford 12K5, Ftsw


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Up for sale, a 1964 Fender Deluxe in collector-grade condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original one-button footswitch. A stunningly clean and early example of the Deluxe model, this amp is 100% original save for a new bias cap, loaded with a full complement of vintage tubes. This Deluxe also benefits from a thorough checkup by our techs here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar to ensure optimal performance. Boasting the model's earliest features, this Pre-CBS Black Panel amp features the famed AB763 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 the previously mentioned bias cap) and the Schumacher-made transformers all date between the 30th and 34th weeks of '64. 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 38th week of '64, and even the power supply remains untouched, with viable original Mallory filter caps. A modern three-prong power cable has been installed for safety's sake. The power tubes are a pair of matched RCA 6V6s, with a NOS Sovtek 5V4 rectifier and a bevy of vintage tubes in the preamp as well.

The speaker is the original Oxford 12K5-6 with a clean black frame and stamp from the 35th week of '64. The tube chart is very clean with crisp corners, retaining an "NK" date code which translates to November of '64.

The original smooth black tolex and silver sparkle grillcloth is near mint. There are a couple cleanly repaired tolex tears on the bottom of the enclosure, and the grillcloth shows virtually no aging, with plenty of sparkle in the thread and only one tiny snag in the upper right corner. The baffle is the earliest style of the Black Panel era, designed to be logo-less. Stock hardware includes the handle caps and chassis straps, and the witch hat knobs on the faceplate are all stock with gleaming chrome caps.

The original one-button footswitch to engage the tremolo is included.