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1965 Fender Deluxe Non-Reverb Vintage Black Panel Pre-CBS Tube Amp, w/ Oxford 12K5


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Up for sale, a 1965 Fender Deluxe, freshly serviced and loaded with the original Oxford 12K5 speaker. A Production Run #1 example with the model's earliest features, this Pre-CBS Black Panel amp features the famed AB763 circuit, early 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 very original, and the stock Schumacher-made output transformer and choke date to the 47th week of '64. The power transformer is a properly-spec'd USA-made replacement. The preamp is virtually untouched, with all of the original blue molded Ajax tone caps intact in the preamp. These caps are essential to the rich, musical quality of the Black Panel-era circuits. The CTS pots are stock as well, with visible date codes from the 2nd week of '65. The power supply has been professionally recapped with Sprague Atoms, and the power cable has been upgraded to a modern three-prong. A new bias pot and bias cap ensure the power tubes see the proper voltage. The power tubes are a pair of matched Groove Tubes 6V6s, and the tube complement includes a vintage GZ34 rectifier and a host of vintage and modern preamp tubes.

The speaker is the original Oxford 12K5-6 with a black frame and fresh professional recone. The stamp on the edge of the frame dates to the 48th week of '64. The tube chart is intact, noting the Production Run #1 provenance, and retaining an "OC" date code which translates to March of '65.

The original smooth black tolex and silver sparkle grillcloth is intact. A non-original logo was at one time installed (and subsequently uninstalled) as this 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 modern replacements.