Product Comparison: Fender 68 Custom Vibrolux Reverb vs Fender '65 Deluxe Reverb


General Specifications
Brand
Fender
Fender
Model
68 Custom Vibrolux Reverb
'65 Deluxe Reverb
Origin
USA
USA
About the Product
The guitarist with an eye and ear for late-'60s Fender "silverface" style will love the '68 Custom Deluxe Reverb, which honors the classic look and great sound of that era's amps. Small, light and moderately powered, the Deluxe Reverb received a fresh new face in 1968—a silver-and-turquoise front panel with aluminum grille cloth trim, with tone, reverb and tremolo that was still pure Fender. The '68 Custom Deluxe Reverb also has modified all-tube circuitry, vintage channel for traditional silverface tone, custom channel with Bassman® tone stack, and reduced negative feedback for greater touch sensitivity and quicker gain onset.
Played on countless hit recordings for decades now, the mid-'60s Deluxe Reverb is a timeless Fender classic and one of the most indispensable workhorse guitar amps ever made. Moderately powered and producing a full, snappy and crystalline tone revered in studios from Muscle Shoals to Abbey Road and on stages worldwide, it's a must-have tone machine. Today, the '65 Deluxe Reverb is still one of the coolest amps around, with the fantastic sound and vintage mid-'60s style still prized by rock, blues and country players everywhere. A classic then and a classic now.
Key Specs
Power Output
22 watts
22 watts
Number Of Channels
2
2
Controls Included
Treble, Bass, Reverb, Speed, Intensity, Volume
Treble, Bass, Reverb, Speed, Intensity
Footswitch Included
Yes
Yes
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Fender 68 Custom Vibrolux Reverb Vintage Modified Tube Guitar Amplifier
  • Clean classic tones, with the ability to change it up if I want. The 22 watt is plenty of power to play with a band. Whether you use it to be a monitor or the final output, in a small venue it does very well.
  • 22 watts is massively loud if you desire crank it but the older I get the more I desire lower wattage that breaks up easier. I simply love this amp and as others have said Fender knocked it out of the park yet again.
  • Might be the nicest sounding Fender amp I've ever heard especially for an amp that won't break your back. Plenty of headroom. You can AB/Y the 2 channels for vintage and custom sounds. Great Amp!
  • Anytime the reverb was up past 4 or 5 there would be a slow swelling of feedback that would eventually build so loud that the only way to stop it was to turn the reverb all the way down.
  • Had one for 3 weeks then it started hissing and crackling even when nothing was plugged in. Returned it, got a replacement and it crackled when played thru right out of the box. Returned it for a full refund.
Fender '65 Deluxe Reverb 22-Watt 1x12-Inch Guitar Combo Amp
  • Nice reverb, as usual from Fender. In fact...TONS of reverb...I don't run that beyond 2 except in very specialized situations!
  • A nice amp for the studio or small venues. It instantly reminded me of the amplifiers of my youth (I'm old!). The sound is clean and crisp but breaks up nicely at higher volumes.
  • The amp is very very responsive to your guitars volume control. Turn the amp up to 7 crank your guitar and and feel the fun! Turn your guitar down and the amp cleans up really nice!
  • It"s a legendary 22 watt Fender, used in more famous recordings and more smokey bars and honky tonks that any amp I"m history. It does everything.
  • When going on standby, this amp POPS kind of loud. None of my other amps do that when I flip the standby switch. It's annoying...
  • Everyone loves to say how great these are, but without a mid tone control they are stuck on a certain frequency. These are outdated. A professional can make them sound great, everyone else is underwhelmed.
  • Of course being 'vintage' it lacks the modern accouterments like a master volume or an effects loop. I use a pan pedal together with another small amp such as a 20W Marshall so I can get a nice spectrum from pristine to dirty.
Size & Weight
Height
17.5 in.
17.5 in.
Width
24.5 in.
23.7 in.
Depth
9.5 in.
9.5 in.
Weight
42 lbs.
42 lbs.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Fender 68 Custom Vibrolux Reverb Vintage Modified Tube Guitar Amplifier
  • Not real heavy, easy to move from gig to gig.
  • The '68 Custom Deluxe Reverb fit the criteria of all-tube and light weight.
  • I would recommend this amp for anyone seeking the famous Fender tone in an easy to use,light weight amp.
  • Great light weight combo.
Fender '65 Deluxe Reverb 22-Watt 1x12-Inch Guitar Combo Amp
  • It's a good size for gigging...doesn't break your back, plenty loud for the stage, sounds good.
  • Size and weight make it portable.
  • Small size and weight easy to carry.
  • Perfect weight, perfect wattage, perfect sound.
Features
Type
Guitar Amplifier
Guitar Amplifier
Number Of Speakers
1
1
Speaker Size
12 in.
12 in.
Compatible With Footswitch
2-Button (Reverb On/Off, Vibrato On/Off)
2-Button (Reverb On/Off, Vibrato On/Off)
Carry Handle(s)
Yes
Yes
Input(s)
2 x 1/4" Normal, 2 x 1/4" Vibrato
2 x 1/4" Normal, 2 x 1/4" Vibrato
Output(s)
Foot switch, 2 x 1/4" Parallel (Internal and External)
Foot switch, 2 x 1/4" Parallel (Internal and External)
Extras
12” Celestion® G12V-70 speaker, Late-’60s Fender “silverface” look, Modified Deluxe Reverb all-tube circuitry, Handwired tube sockets, Vintage channel for traditional silverface tone, Fender tube-driven spring reverb and tremolo
Two channels (normal, vibrato), Four inputs (two normal, two vibrato), Tube-driven Fender reverb and tremolo (“vibrato”), Includes two-button footswitch and cover, Tremolo, Fender spring reverb
What customers say about "Features"
Fender 68 Custom Vibrolux Reverb Vintage Modified Tube Guitar Amplifier
  • I have NOT noticed any noise/hissing issues whatsoever. And if anyone ever has that problem, you need to buy a Hum Debugger pedal from Electro Harmonix. Killer pedal.
  • The vibrato and reverb are tube driven and they sound like angels laughing. It's that amazing.
  • It handles pedals flawlessly. And the amp's EQ allows you to drastically alter your tone to your liking.
  • This amp is thick full and chimey and the vibrato adds an awesome dimensionality to the sound. It just loves my overdrive pedal!! I run an American Deluxe Stratocaster into it, and man is it a blast to play.!!
  • Way too noisy and I just couldn't keep it. I do know that this takes pedals well but there must be quality control problems with fender. At any rate, go with hand wired and boutique amps.
Fender '65 Deluxe Reverb 22-Watt 1x12-Inch Guitar Combo Amp
  • Pedals work well with it and single coils , P90's , and Humbuckers all sound great with the amp.
  • Clear, clean Fender sound in an amp I can carry without great effort. Hopefully,with the mic and stand,it will perform well in larger venues.
  • The Vibrato/Reverb inputs offer variety and addictive options, though I upgraded the Fender supplied selector pedal.
  • No dust cover included, not even the cheapo vinyl Fender cover.
  • The ever present, crappy metal feet that fender puts on their amps. They are cheap and they scratch the hell out of anything you sit the amp on.
  • The footswitch for the reverb and vibrato...is the odd duck two button oval footswitch Fender has used for years. I get it that this is a re-issue, but the switch is just el-cheapo. The buttons are too close together, and the plastic base is like a margarine lid.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
2 year(s)
2 year(s)
Certifications
CE
CE
Other Information
Manufacturer
MSRP
1049.99 $
1099.99 $


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