In praise of: Fender Deluxe Reverb

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In praise of Fender Deluxe Reverb

In 1963, Fender revamped its range of amps. The line had been updated previously, in 1960, when, at the behest of regularly gigging customers, Fender replaced its attractive but fragile tweed covering with the more hard-wearing Tolex.

"This was the start of Fender's 'blackface' era, during which the company produced some of its most revered valve amplifiers"

1963's revamp featured a black control panel with white lettering (or 'blackface') and upgraded circuitry; spearheading the launch was the new Deluxe Reverb.

This was the start of Fender's 'blackface' era, during which the company produced some of its most revered valve amplifiers.

The Deluxe Reverb was a redux of Fender's tweed Deluxe amp; the most obvious of the Deluxe's improvements over its predecessor was the inclusion of a spring reverb tank, which offered a lush reverb effect that's prized to this day.

The Deluxe Reverb also boasted two channels, one 'normal' and one 'vibrato'. Its versatility and extra headroom, which made lush clean tones available at gig volumes, saw it become a hit with gigging musicians in many genres, from surf rock to jazz, while in the studio it became one of the most recorded amps in popular music.

Fender Deluxe Reverb timeline

1963

Fender's first Deluxe Reverbs roll off the production line

1968

CBS-era 'silverface' Deluxe Reverb replaces the 'blackface'

1982

Fender announces that it is to cease production of Deluxe Reverbs

1993

Fender '65 Deluxe Reverb reissue released, with the same circuitry as the original

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