Here is a vintage 1968 Fender Super Reverb electric guitar amplifier. This particular drip rail example, serial number A 28099, is in very nice original condition and includes the original Victoria protective cover! This first variety “Silver Face” Super Reverb, featuring a chrome panel with black lines, also sports a drip rail edge around the transitional blue and black stripe grill cloth. Essentially, the same schematic as those produced with the Black Face control panel, the drip edge/rail Fender amps have long been revered as the best vintage Fender amp bargains, and are highly desired by players and collectors alike.
Serial Number: A 28099
Transformer Codes: 606743, 606742, -606-7-36, -606-7-40
Tilt Legs Serial Numbers: L19739, L20571
This particular example is the rare drip-edge/drip-rail Super Reverb which was only offered from 1968-69. During these transitional years into the Silverface aesthetic era, these amps were still built with blackface era components and schematic design, making this example just as great sounding as any early ’60s blackface Super Reverb. The black vinyl tolex exterior is in very good condition with expected wear. The blue and silver stripe grill cloth is evenly and attractively faded, and is still rather crisp and intact. Aside from one very minor snag in the grill, the appearance and structural integrity is very fine. The control panel exhibits typical wear from plugging in instrument cables, and manipulating the knobs, but overall looks fine. All of the hardware is in very excellent condition, the chassis is quite clean, with no evidence of damage, let alone signs of oxidation. Quite interesting is the original Fender service tag placed upon the electrolytic tray, which would explain the more recent Fender tubes and caps.
The Fender Super Reverb utilizes: (1) GZ34, (2) 6L6, (3) 7025, (2) 12AT7, and (1) 12AX7 tubes through 4 x 10″ Oxford Fender Special Design speakers. This particular Super Reverb sounds better than any reissue and just as good as most blackface era Super Reverbs. It sounds extremely efficient, and is quite loud and robust. Surprisingly intricate at loud volumes, this Super Reverb would be perfect for playing live or recording in the studio. The amp works perfectly and sounds fantastic. The (4) Oxford 10″ speakers features original cones and do not exhibit speaker fatigue nor voicecoil distortion. Both the reverb and vibrato work and sound exceptional.
The amp includes the non-original set of casters, which required the addition of 4 non-factory screw holes when installed. The amp does not include a footswitch, though a new reissue can easily be purchased for approximately $30.