Review: Fender Deluxe Reverb

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Thought I’d review one of my amps, a Blackface Fender Deluxe Reverb ’65 reissue. I bought this second hand from World Guitars (Stonehouse). It features include:

  • 2 channels
  • Several inputs, so two people can play through it at the same time
  • Reverb
  • Vibrato

I was sold on this amp because of the fantastic clean tone. It has also been an industry standard since it’s conception and has been used by many favourite artists of mine (from Wes Montgomery to The Bealtes & Johnny Marr). The strange thing about this amp is people seldom use the first channel as it doesn’t allow access to the reverb or vibrato. Going back to the clean tone, it is stunning. At 22.5 watts, home use won’t allow me to crank it enough for it to break up, so I have to use pedals at home for gain.

The clean sound gives you bell like, crisp tones and it’s very versatile, I use it for mainly jazz and blues though. One thing that has slightly disappointed me is that it can be very fizzy sounding with overdrive pedals. I’ve been through a few to find one that works with it and have settled on the the Hardwire Tube Distortion and the Spark from TC Electronics. Other pedals I tried just sounded too bright. There is a treble cap mod that you can do to solve this, but I didn’t want to compromise the clean tone at all. Overall it’s a keeper and whilst I can’t get it to break up at home, having a great clean tone is always a good starting point. If you are after gain, then go for the Blues Junior.