Fender '63 Tube Reverb review

The king of spring, in outboard form

  • £862
  • €919
  • $769
The Tube Reverb sits between guitar and amp with a remote footswitch to turn the effect on and off

MusicRadar Verdict

The daddy of all spring reverbs is still potent, even half a century on.

Pros

  • +

    Beautiful, shimmering reverb tones. Looks the part.

Cons

  • -

    The expense. Another box to lug around...

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Fender's first reverb, the 6G15, is now available in as the '63 Tube Reverb. Not to be confused with an amplifier, this is a valve powered outboard unit, which sits between guitar and amp with a remote footswitch to turn the effect on and off.

"Those huge surf sounds are here, but you can tone them down to complement any guitar music"

The Mix knob dials in the reverb, Dwell drives the springs harder, turning up the intensity/length of the reverb, while the tone knob takes the sound from dark to ultra-tinkly - all giving a great level of control.

Those huge surf sounds are here, but you can tone them down for sounds to complement any guitar music. It's the real deal - a proper, classic spring reverb with all of its shimmery nuances.

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