This is a vintage 1977 Fender Deluxe Reverb guitar amplifier with the original Fender vinyl cover and the original footswitch! This particular example, serial number A731769, is in very excellent condition and is original where it counts! This is THE Fender Deluxe Reverb for the player who wants a near perfect cosmetic example that sounds great and works perfectly. This amp has been serviced, and the usual electrolytic capacitors have been replaced and the tubes have been updated. Otherwise, this amp is bone stock.
Serial Number: A731769 (stamped on the back of the chassis and on the sticker inside the chassis)
Transformer Codes: -606-707, –606634, 606707, 606–920
Speaker Code: 465-709 (Oxford)
The black vinyl tolex exterior is in extremely excellent condition. The silver/gray/double-orange stripe grill cloth is not faded, and still looks surprisingly crisp and attractive. There are no snags, rips, or tears in the grill and the appearance and structural integrity is very fine. The control panel is also crisp and clean with no visible blemishes. All of the hardware is in very excellent condition, the chassis is quite clean, with no evidence of damage, let alone signs of oxidation, or indications of leaky/exploded capacitors.
The Fender Deluxe Reverb was one of Fender’s smaller, more practical combo amps initially offered in late-1963 along with others in the new “Blackface” panel line. The Deluxe Reverb Amp utilizes; (1) 5U4 (2) 6V6 (3) 7025 (2) 12AT7 and (1) 12AX7 tubes through 1 x 12″ speaker to produce a warm controllable sound. Since this particular example has been very well-preserved, it sounds as good as it looks. The power tubes were replaced 8 years ago with Electro-Harmonix 6V6s. The preamp tubes were also replaced. The rectifier tube appears to be original. All of the electrolytic capacitors were replaced, and it appears that two other caps on the board, and 2 other resistors were replaced approximately 20 years ago, presumably by “Uncle Albert’s Tube Amp Repair” of Indianapolis in 1992, as indicated by the service sticker on the underside of the chassis. Although the choke has a date code of 606–920 (1979), it does not appear replaced. It is obviously the correct make and spec., and even the solder joints look identical to those for the other transformers. While it might be possible that the transformer was replaced by the factory in 1979 under a warranty, it is difficult to say, because it was installed perfectly if so.
This particular Deluxe Reverb sounds better than any reissue, and is better than some blackface mid-60’s Deluxe Reverbs I have owned. Sometimes, they’re just good, like this one.
The amp works perfectly and sounds fantastic. The single Oxford 12″ speaker features an original cone and does not exhibit speaker fatigue or voicecoil distortion. Both the reverb and vibrato work and sound exceptional. As mentioned, the amp comes with the original footswitch and Fender amp cover.