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1971 Fender Deluxe Reverb Vintage Silverface Tube Amp, Serviced w/ Dr Z Brake Lite Attenuator


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Up for sale, a 1971 Fender Deluxe Reverb in excellent condition and in perfect working order. An ideal gigging amp, this Deluxe Reverb features a fully serviced original chassis from 1971 housed in a modern MojoTone speaker cabinet, complete with a Weber 12F150 ceramic magnet speaker and Dr. Z Brake Lite attenuator.

This amp excels at delivering sparkling, detailed cleans with great headroom, and the lush reverb accentuates the chiming, smooth treble response. Both channels sound distinct and strong, and turning things up past 5 on the Volume dial introduces glassy overdriven textures and a touch of compression. Of course via the Brake Lite attenuator, overdriven grit and full-sounding cleans can be achieved at bedroom-friendly volumes. The onboard Reverb and Vibrato add dimension and depth to the signal, with great splash and decay from the Reverb and a strong pulse with a wide range of speeds via the Vibrato effect (technically tremolo).

The circuit boasts all of the original Schumacher-made transformers that date to 1971. The preamp retains a bevy of original blue and brown molded signal caps, and the preamp and power supply have new electrolytic capacitors, ensuring reliable operation. The CTS pots are all stock as well, with visible date codes from the 8th week of '71. The tube complement includes a pair of properly biased Electro Harmonix 6V6 power tubes, a vintage Sylvania 5U4 rectifier, and a combination of vintage and modern preamp tubes.

The MojoTone cabinet is actually a superior build compared to Fender's Silverface-era cabinets, featuring a screwed-in baffle (as opposed to glued-in) constructed of pine instead of MDF, increasing both the resonance and the resiliency of the cabinet for gigging use. The Dr Z Brake Lite attenuator is cleanly mounted inside the cab.

Cosmetically, this amp is quite clean, with light wear on the edges of the smooth black tolex, and sparingly little wear on the silver sparkle grillcloth. The original faceplate retains its turquoise text (including the early Silverface "Deluxe Reverb Amp" wording) and full complement of witch hat knobs. There is a small silver plug from a previously removed mod on the faceplate as well.