This is a vintage 1966 Fender Deluxe Reverb-Amp vintage guitar amplifier. This amazingly crisp example, serial number A15497, is so well-preserved, most would mistake it for a reissue. What makes it even more special, is that it sports an original Fender JBL D120F speaker, has the original VIB/REV footswitch, includes a snug-fitting cover and comes from the original owner.
Serial Number: A15497
Tube Chart Date Stamp: PH (Sept. ’66)
Transformer Date Codes: -606-6-21, -606-6-18, –606614, –606612.
While the photos do a great job of illustrating the near mint cosmetic condition, it is still necessary to emphasize the remarkable shape of the original vinyl tolex, the original grill cloth, the original control panel and the original chassis with all of the original transformers. There are NO scuffs on the vinyl. There are a couple of small little blemishes on the bottom, otherwise, it looks new. The original grill cloth is pristine and both evenly and slightly faded. The original chassis and metal parts are lightly oxidized. The original black face plate is super clean with perfectly intact screened numbers and font. Even the original foot switch is abnormally clean.
The amp sounds as good as it looks. The combination of original power tubes and N.O.S. preamp tubes give the amp rich warmth, while the original JBL (which was recently re-coned by Orange County Speaker) allow the amp to produce pleasantly clean tone at much higher volumes than usual. This completely serviced amp is highly efficient, loud and amazing. The Reverb and Vibrato are both in excellent working shape, and sound great. The Reverb is thick and musical, while the Vibrato is strong with versatility ranging from a subtle and mellow soft stream to an intense square wave oscillation.
This particular amp has a very rare and significant history. Purchased new by the previous/original owner as a young boy while living in southern California, this amp was loved and maintained with the utmost care and integrity. Several years later, when the original Oxford speaker was damaged from typical speaker fatigue, the original owner’s parents physically drove to Fender’s Fullerton factory, and had the standard 12″ speaker upgraded with a Fender-branded JBL D120F. This rare special order was reserved for serious players, as the JBL configuration cost an additional $100. The original owner maintained this amp better than any we have seen. When the original cover deteriorated, he immediately replaced it with an exact ’80s version. When a capacitor leaked, he replace it with an identical value Sprague. While it is not 100% original with respect to the inevitable replacement of caps, resistors and several tubes, it is beautifully intact, and as stated, remarkably preserved. A comparable analogy for this unique example and corresponding story, would be equal to that of finding an extremely low miles 100% original ’57 Chevrolet Bel Air where only the tires, fluids, belts, and air filter were respectfully replaced when needed.