1965 Fender Pro Reverb

Here is a vintage 1965 Fender Pro Reverb -Amp AA165 tube guitar amplifier. This particular FEIC (Fender Elect. Inst. Co.) blackface panel example, serial number A00544, is in remarkably well-preserved 100% original condition, and includes; the original dual-function VIB/REV footswitch, original Victoria vinyl cover, the original owner’s manual/schematic envelope (no manual inside), the original schematic sheet, and an original Tolex hangtag (replaced black string)! This low serial number example is literally from production batch #1, and is consequently stamped on the tube chart as such. With known production beginning in 1965, this is virtually the earliest version made, featuring both an incredibly rare pre-CBS control panel, as well as, many transformers and pots with ’64 date codes from the pre-CBS era. Bewilderingly under-appreciated and confusingly overlooked, the Pro Reverb is perhaps the best all-around Blackface Fender amp, yet it barely commands the price of it’s much smaller and under-powered Princeton & Deluxe Reverb counterparts.

Serial Number: A00544
Transformer Codes: -606-4-43, -606-4-45, -606-5-13 606523
Tube Chart Date: OG (July ’65)
Speaker Date Code: 465-510 (Oxford, March ’65))

This ’65 Fender Pro Reverb AA165 combo features; (2) 6L6 power tubes, (3) 7025 preamp tubes, (2) 12AT7 reverb/vibrato tubes, (1) 12AX7 preamp tube, and (1) GZ34 rectifier tube through (2) 12″ Oxford 12L5-1 speakers with original cones. While all of the preamp tubes appear to be original Sylvanias, the power tubes appear to be just slightly more recent than the amp, and were possibly replaced sometime in the ’60s. Otherwise, the amp retains an entirely original set of capacitors and resistors, with even the electrolytics under the can remaining well-preserved and intact. The original 2-prong power cable is also still attached.

The cosmetic condition of this Pro Reverb is extremely fine, with no notable flaws nor distractions. The original grillecloth is perfectly preserved with no fraying, no stains, no discoloration, etc. The orignal black vinyl tolex is in comparably excellent shape with no rips, no tears, no scuffs, etc. The amp looks incredible, and is an exemplary example of an amp that has remained under the original cover for the last 45 years!

The Fender Pro Reverb may appear identical in size to a Twin Reverb, and to some may seem like an inferior 1/2 powered version of a Twin, but in actuality it’s a totally different beast. Firstly, the Fender Pro Reverb is 1″ shorter than a Twin Reverb, nominal sure but worth noting, though it does share the same width and depth dimensions. And while the amp harnesses it’s power from (2) 6L6 tubes, unlike the Twin’s utilization of (4) 6L6 power tubes, the nature of the sound is surprisingly unique.

The Pro Reverb is sweeter sounding than a Twin Reverb, however, that is still highly relative considering a Pro Reverb achieves a much more pronounced head room than a Deluxe Reverb, or even Vibrolux Reverb, so it’s not to say that a Pro isn’t an amp capable of achieving a classic Fender clean tone. Yet, the Pro does have something the Twin Reverb doesn’t, and that would be the ability to be played loudly with a more musical overdrive, much more pleasant than the sometimes shrill Twin Reverb. Definitely more practical for most applications, the Pro Reverb should really be the standard by which the other blackface amps are used for comparison, in that, they’re all quite different, but the Pro features a very intuitively engineered arrangement, and shares a similar design to most other 40w-50s amps.