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1965 Fender Deluxe Reverb Pre-CBS Black Panel Vintage Tube Amp AB763 Circuit, FEIC


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Up for sale, a 1965 Fender Deluxe Reverb in excellent condition, very original and professionally maintained. A notably early example of the Deluxe Reverb model, this amp is a true Pre-CBS example with a "Fender Electric Instruments" faceplate, no logo grill, flat metal speaker jack, and Oxford 12K5 speaker without a Fender foil sticker on the ceramic magnet, all hallmarks of the earliest Black Panel Deluxe amps. Stocked with a matched pair of Electro Harmonix 6V6 power tubes and a vintage Mullard GZ34 rectifier, this Deluxe delivers the shimmering, balanced clean tone that has made these amps a mainstay in studios and on stages for decades.

This amp is very dynamic and responsive to player inputs, 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 the intensity is increased.

The circuit is very original and only serviced as strictly necessary to ensure optimal functionality. All of the original transformers are intact and date to 1964, manufactured by Schumacher, Fender's primary transformer supplier in the '60s. All of the 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 spanning 1964 and the first weeks of '65.  The power supply has been professionally recapped with high quality F&T capacitors, and there are smaller Sprague electrolytics in the preamp as well. A three-prong power cable has been installed too.

The original Oxford 12K5 ceramic magnet speaker is intact, and the speaker has a clean black frame, professional recone, and date stamp from the 35th week of '64. The tube chart is also intact inside the cabinet, with an "OB" stamp that translates to February of '65.

The amp retains the original smooth black tolex and silver sparkle grillcloth. The cloth has uniformly aged and has been re-stapled in the amp's lifetime. The original faceplate retains a full complement of stock witch hat knobs, and the faceplate itself is quite clean overall with a few dings and scuffs. There are a few bald corners on the bottom edge of the enclosure, and the amp was at one time fitted with Fender-style nickel corners which have subsequently been removed. All of the original hardware is present including the handle caps and sphinx glides (feet).

A modern two-button footswitch is included.