Up for sale, a 1964 Fender Deluxe Reverb, very original and freshly serviced, complete with the original two-button footswitch. A Production Run #1 example of the Deluxe Reverb model, this is the earliest Deluxe Reverb to ever come through our shop, with all transformers, pot codes, and chassis stamp dating to 1963 and only the tube chart date stamp pushing into January of '64.
Widely considered to be one of the greatest tube amps of all time, this Deluxe Reverb is a true Pre-CBS example with a "Fender Electric Instruments" faceplate, no logo grill, and flat metal speaker jack, all hallmarks of the earliest Black Panel Deluxe amps. Stocked with a matching set of modern JJ tubes, this Deluxe delivers the shimmering, balanced clean tone that has made these amps a mainstay in studios and on stages for decades.
The amp has a sweet, balanced sound that delivers the top end sparkle and clarity characteristic of the best amps from Fender's Black Panel era. This amp is very dynamic, working as a perfect platform for effects pedals and while the treble response can cut with the best, there's a smoothness to the top end that keeps the amp from ever sounding harsh. Turning up past 4 on the volume dial, the amp begins to push into overdrive territory with light compression and plenty of sizzle. The Reverb is lush, with long decay, and the Tremolo has a strong pulse with an almost three-dimensional quality to the effect when you increase the intensity.
The circuit is very original and only serviced as strictly necessary to ensure optimal playability. A bevy of original blue molded Ajax tone caps are intact in the preamp (an essential part of the Black Panel sound), and all of the original CTS pots are intact, with visible date codes from as early as the 18th week of '63. The original Schumacher transformers date between the 25th and 50th weeks of '63. The power supply has been professionally recapped with high quality Sprague Atom capacitors, and there are smaller Sprague electrolytics in the preamp as well. A three-prong power cable has been installed too.
The speaker is a vintage Oxford 12L5 ceramic magnet driver with a blue Fender foil label on the magnet, and while correct for this model, the speaker has been recently installed, dating to the 21st week of '65. The original tube chart is intact, noting the Production Run #1 provenance of the amp as well as retaining the "NA" stamp which translates to January of '64.e
The amp retains the original smooth black tolex, and the baffle is a modern solid pine replacement complete with aged grillcloth. The original faceplate retains a full complement of witch hat knobs, some of which are original to the amp along with a few vintage substitutions. The tolex shows some wear on the bottom corners in particular, with a few cleanly repaired tears on the bottom of the enclosure. All of the original hardware including the corners, handle caps, and sphinx glides (feet) are present.
The original two-button footswitch is included.