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1969 Fender Deluxe Reverb Drip Edge Vintage Tube Guitar Amp 1x12, Transitional Model


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Up for sale, a 1969 Fender Deluxe Reverb in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original two-button footswitch. A transitional "drip edge" example with aluminum trim framing the grillcloth, this Deluxe Reverb retains the sonic signature of its "Black Panel" predecessors.

Freshly serviced by our techs here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, the Deluxe Reverb has a sweet, balanced sound that delivers the top end sparkle and clarity characteristic of the best amps from Fender's golden era. This amp is very dynamic, working as a perfect platform for effects pedals, and while the treble response can twang with the best, there's a smoothness to the top end that keeps the amp from ever sounding harsh. Turning it 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 increasing the intensity.

The circuit retains all of the original Schumacher-made transformers (Fender's primary transformer supplier in this era), all with date codes from the first weeks of 1969. All of the original CTS pots are intact, also with visible date codes from the 7th week of '69. The preamp is completely original save for a few smaller Sprague capacitors to ensure performance in-line with original factory specifications. The power supply has been professionally recapped with high quality F&Ts, and a three-prong cable has been installed too. And while the tube chart has the AB763 circuit nomenclature, the amp features the very similar transitional AB868 circuitry, which can be reverted to Black Panel spec at the next owner's discretion.

The speaker is a vintage Fender-branded Utah 12" ceramic magnet driver with a clean black frame, Fender foil label on the magnet, and date stamp from late 1965. The speaker is mounted to the original baffle, notable for being one of the very last screw-in baffles used by Fender before the glued-in baffles became the norm for the remainder of the Silverface run. The baffle is in great shape, and this earlier style is considered to be more resonant and also far easier to replace if the necessity were to arise. The original tube chart is intact inside the cabinet too.

The original smooth black tolex and silver sparkle grillcloth with turquoise stripe are intact, with modest wear on the enclosure edges and light, uniform aging of the grill. The original faceplate shows a couple spots of wear through the turquoise text, with a full complement of witch hat knobs, and the hardware includes original chassis straps, handle caps, sphinx glides (feet), and raised Fender logo. This vintage Deluxe Reverb works exactly as it should, sounds great, and is ready for another 50 years of use.

The amp comes complete with the original black two-button footswitch to engage the Reverb and Vibrato effects.