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1965 Fender Super Reverb Black Panel Vintage Tube Amp AB763 w/ Ceramic Speakers & Ftsw, FEIC


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Up for sale, a 1965 Fender Super Reverb in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original footswitch. This amp has been very well cared for over the past 50+ years and hails from early in the second full year of production, retaining the Pre-CBS "Fender Elec Inst Co." faceplate text and stock quartet of desirable ceramic magnet speakers. Perfect for gigging situations and an ideal recording amplifier, the amp provides pristine Fender cleans and ideal headroom, cascading into smooth tube overdrive midway up the Volume dial. The reverb is lush and deep, and the tremolo has a nice pulse, with everything from swampy and slow to machine gun fast tremolo.

The circuit is extremely original, with all of the coveted blue molded Ajax tone caps intact in the preamp, an essential part of the sweet, musical nature of the Black Panel circuits. The original Schumacher transformers feature date codes spanning mid 1964-early '65, and all but one of the original CTS pots are present, with visible date codes from the 8th week of '65. The power supply has been professionally recapped with Mod capacitors, and the preamp features new smaller electrolytics as well, ensuring optimal performance. A three-prong power cable has been installed too. The tube complement includes all matching JJ valves with the exception of a vintage RCA-branded 5AR4 rectifier.

In terms of the speakers, the amp boasts its original ceramic CTS quad with clean black frames and matching date stamps from the 52nd week of '64. More balanced and full-sounding particularly in the bass register than the alnico speakers more commonly seen in a Super Reverb, these CTS ceramic drivers perfectly capture the nuance, sparkle, and power of the AB763 circuit. Inside the cab, the original tube chart is present as well, with an "OF" date stamp which translates to June of 1965.

The original smooth black tolex and silver sparkle grillcloth are well-kept, with minimal aging of the grillcloth and plenty of sparkle in the thread. The faceplate is notably clean, with all of the original witch hat knobs and Pre-CBS "Fender Elect Inst Co." text. The original nickel corners, sphinx glides (feet), chassis straps, chrome tilt-back legs, and raised "Fender" logo are present too, and all hardware is in excellent shape.

The original two-button Reverb/Tremolo footswitch is included.