The 22-watt ’65 Deluxe Reverb® amp is for rock, country or blues players who want a moderately powered amp they can crank up at the gig or in the studio. The full, snappy guitar tones heard on many famous recordings from Memphis to Abbey Road were made using the Deluxe™ amp. Features include dual 6V6 Groove Tubes® output tubes, one 5AR4 rectifier tube, four 12AX7 preamp tubes, two 12AT7 tubes, one 12” 8-ohm Jensen® C-12K speaker, dual channels (normal and vibrato), tube-driven Fender® reverb, tube vibrato, two-button footswitch for reverb and vibrato on-off, black textured vinyl covering and silver grille cloth.
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At 22 watts this amp is perfect for open mic/blues jams in small to mid size venues. With the volume set around 5, you get nice natural amp break-up. You just can not beat this awesome tube TONE. Reverb is perfect, nice lush sound. I like to set reverb at 3. I don't normally use vibrato, but it does sound great playing Suzy Q with it. If you want great TONE, this is the amp. For larger gigs you can mic thru sound system. Best part is I don't need to lug my vintage Fender amps around and worry about them. This amp sounds just as good, to my ears, and its under warranty!!! Always get compliments on Tone at our gigs.
Dutchy owns this item
I have owned Fender amps (and others) for over 45 yrs. I've played in several groups and always thought I needed something with high volume to get the tone I wanted. BOY, was I wrong! My local music store on my last Fender purchase tried to suggest the 65' deluxe but I opted for the Twin Reverb.
After lugging the twin up and down stairs a 10 or 15 times
I borrowed a '65 Deluxe from a friend. When He finally made me give his back I brought the twin and traded it for the 65' Deluxe. I started playing in a era when "big stacks" were the rage. Over the years I slowly migrated to smaller head/cab Fenders...Then on to combo size like Super Reverb and then the Twin. When I finally moved to the '65 deluxe I fell in love with the tone, the size, and the ease of use. There is nothing I can say that others haven't already said about the Deluxe. Fender got it right all those years ago, it just took me a while to catch up.
llauney owns this item
I have many Amps, Mesa Boogie, Blues Junior, JTM45, ENGL, Laney and so on and I used to play a TWIN for years. I am 50 years old now, so I have some problems with my back and I was looking for an amp with less weight but without tone compromise.
I tried the Deluxe Reverb and it is awsome. I play Funk & Soul in a 11 musician combo. I play the amp on 4 to get just a little grit and my bandmates mostly want me to turn it down. It is definitely loud enough for Blues, Soul and even classic Rock.
The Clean Sound is great. Try the left channel that does not have the bright caps automatically switched on.. It works very well with my pedals and it ist my favourite Amp to date.
I made two modifications that made him even more perfect. First i made the bright cap in the right channel (with reverb and Tremolo) switchable an second i built in a Middle pot on the back. That helps to bring in some more mids that make the am even more versatile. A great one, a classic and it sings.
stuehrenberg owns this item
I've had my DRRI since 2005, and it just gets sweeter all the time. For the first 5 years, I got ice picks, but over time, that disappeared. Now, it's warm and smooth, and it breaks up beautifully. Nothing like a cranked DRRI. This amp accommodates my needs. Of course, the greatest thing about the amp is its clean tones--heaven in a box. I'm able to dial in a wide variety of tones, and the amp compliments my Fenders and sounds great with my Gibson. A few weeks ago, I thought I was going to lose the amp (drink accident). I took it to a shop, and there was no damage. I was so relieved because I just love my amp. It's as important to me as my favorite Tele.
Ezra Poo owns this item
This is the best amp I have ever had and I have had a lot; marshals', mesa's etc. It compliments the sound of my Tele and my Strat. With most of my past amps I have had to fiddle around for hours before I was happy with the sound, this you just switch on and 30 seconds of dialling in and that's it done. It has a richer bass sound than you would expect from a relatively small amp and it is very loud. As others have said it starts to break up beautifully from about 4 on the volume control. The reverb does tick which is noticeable when your sat close to it playing at low volumes at home, but as the volume goes up the tick gets lost, personally I think it adds to the authenticity of its reissue status 'the original ticked and this does'. Driven with my Fulltone 2 its as good as it gets in my opinion, it can sound really raunchy or creamy and bluesy.
strummingstu owns this item
Played my 65 DRRI for the last few years. Always reliable and great for live and recording. Bad to the bone tone.
Middleman owns this item
This was my baby, and it went with me everywhere. then one day while I wasn't watching my back, my, (then wife), puts an ad in the local paper that it's for sale for $75.00, and this dude literally runs over to the house and buys it before I can get home. This was more than 27 years ago, and I still miss it. I don't miss her very much, but the amp? what's not to miss?
The only issue I had with it were the usual things, like bumping an amp with spring reverb, and a tube going out...nothing major. Nothing wrong with the design or operability. It sounded great, regardless of which guitar I plugged into it, (unless the guitar had a bad ground, but then this is not an amp problem).
Thanks for making a Great Amp, and I hope I win this one! Now that she is gone, I'll be able to keep this one longer.
63Hofner owns this item
I really don't like to write a negative review since I've been playing Fender products for over 8 years and love that Fender tone, but I feel that I need to give some perspective to any pro or semi-pro players out there that are considering this amp.
I readily admit that I may have a lemon on my hands, so please keep that in mind too. I am a professional recording and gigging guitarist. I've used this amp three nights a week pretty much every week since I bought it in October of 2013, as well as in the studio, recording for various clients. The amp has a really cool tone and takes pedals well, however, it broke down on me three months after I bought it, right during a gig. I had it fixed (to Fender's credit they have a great warranty) and it's done well for a few months until recently on a recording session it again started having problems. As a professional, you depend on your gear and need it to be consistent. Unfortunately I don't think I can rely on this amp anymore.
I love the Fender tone, but just don't like the reliability of this particular product.
HarpStrungTrees owns this item
Read this review with this in mind: I have certain speakers I know perform to my liking. I immediately put one of my favorite speakers in this amp. I feel that if you're a tone seeking geek like myself, you're going to end up replacing the speaker in almost any amp you buy.
I play professionally as a studio musician and on tour. I've used this amp in both places. On its own, and with an extension cab.
As a head (using an extension cab) live, it beats my vintage drip edge bassman and my Dr. Z Maz 38, and I never fear it's going to break down.
In the studio it stands up to all of my vintage amps. I've never had an engineer or producer complain.
Adam Shoenfeld owns this item
These '65 Deluxe Reverb Reissues just don't sound like the originals, and will not 'age' into sounding like the originals. Mine is 10 years old. They are, like so many reviews and forums have already stated for 10 years on the internet, HARSH sounding. There are so many modifications posted throughout the internet by players working and trying to make this amp sound pleasant. I've played Strats through it, LP's through it, PRS's and Gretsch's and anything else I could find. It just doesn't have the sound that keeps you playing and playing, skipping food and women because you just can't stop playing through it. I wanted to like it. I changed speakers several times, Webers, Tone Tubby, Celestion, Eminence etc. I upgraded power tubes and pre amp tubes, Tung Sols, JJ's, RCA's. It helped but only marginally. I understand people will disagree with me. Oh well, this is America. I wanted to like it, I really did. Recently I bought a Custom '68 Princeton Reverb, and Fender seems to have done a better job with that series lately. I rated this amp low in all categories, because if the tone/sound isn't there, how can any of the other categories be there either?
BRENT-O-BLASTER owns this item
What more could possibly be said about the Deluxe Reverb, or the whole Historic Deluxe line. They are Iconic, One of the 4 or 5 pieces of equiptment most responsible for defining the sound of American Popular music in its Greatest days. These 65' Reissue Deluxe Reverbs are a very well thought out compromise with legendary design and traditional circuit architecture, and the low cost low value, high - volume production principle of modern manufacturing. If only other companies could find the balance the Fender has These amps deliver an authentic sounding and looking, Made in the USA amp that are within reach of just about anyone. I cant wait to try the new 68 Custom Deluxe Reverb, but if you had to have just one amplifier only, I think it would have to be a Blackface Deluxe Reverb (although the Blackface Princeton Reverb is almost even in the running)
I bought this amp about two months ago it is my first tube amp and i think i have made the right choice. The reverb is great, and the vibrato makes me want to play Linchy stuff (David Lynch). Maybe it doesn't have such a full tone like the Twin, or the Roland Jazz Chorus but it is far more practical. Tried it with fenders, tried it with gibsons, sounds good with everything (makes cheap guitars sound a lot better too). Since i rarely use distortion, the fact that this amp was built for more of a clean sound is a perfect thing for me. The best thing about it out of all, that it makes me want to spend more time on my instrument, just practicing, not gigging or rehearsing with a band.
Domnor owns this item
I used to own an original early version 1966 Deluxe Reverb. After I got the DRRI, I sold the original. Not because it sounded better, but because I wanted something I could take out with no worries of harming a vintage amp. I'll leave that to someone that just has to go vintage. The DRRI is very close to the original although has a bit more clean headroom before it starts to sing. The original has a bit more complex sound but once the drummer kicks in it doesn't really matter. The only thing I did to mine was replace the tubes with all JJ's. They can handle 14 watts each on the power tubes so I was able to bias the amp to get close to a 28 watt output with even a little more headroom. There's plenty of power anywhere I play. I have played outdoors at smaller shows without micing and had plenty of volume. Note, I don't play with extremely loud drummers, we don't do heavy music so don't need extreme volume. But, for the music we play, mainly blues, jazz, country and classic rock, the amp has no problem keeping up. A side benefit is that it sounds good at lower volumes and works great with my pedals. It's a great value too, especially if you find a slightly used one. I got mine for the price you would pay for a new Blues Jr (got one of those too). My advice is to go to your local guitar barn and try one.
The DRRI is perfect for what it's supposed to be, a simple and reliable amp at a reasonable price. Yes, there are cheaper amps that have all sorts of onboard effects and whatnot, and there are more expensive amps that appeal to the tone snobs and are out of the price range of most hobbyists like me, but if you're looking for a versatile amp that won't break the bank, the DRRI fits the bill perfectly. Great clean tones right out of the box, a solid built-in reverb, and it takes pedals really well, especially considering that it doesn't have an effects loop. I play a Gibson Les Paul Traditional with a Fulltone OCD for distortion, and to me there is no better setup classic rock, hard country, or Bonnamassa-style blues. I've played good guitars through cheap, below average amps for so long, I'd forgotten what a good amp can do for your tone. You can't go wrong with the DRRI.
BigGreggo owns this item
I went into a local guitar store with my mind set on a new Gretsch hollow body guitar. I had played a friend’s Gretsch a few times already so I knew which guitar I wanted and planned on an in and out transaction. The guitar manager recommended me to plug it in to one of the floor amps just to make sure. I plugged into the ’65 Deluxe Reverb and 30 minutes later I walked out the door with a new amp also.
I couldn’t be happier. This was my first full tube amp. The tone is amazing at both low and high settings. The tube driven reverb and vibrato couldn’t be better.
This amp is an industry standard and it reinforces my satisfaction of this purchase every time I see the same amp being used on the professional stage by professional musicians of every genre from rock and roll, blues, and country.
bhunter owns this item
Big sound, great reverb tube tone, perfectly usable for gigs and still portable. The Deluxe Reverb is the best of both worlds.
breun owns this item
The 2000 Deluxe Reverb Amp w/ Eminence Speaker is an excellent amplifier. I use it with a 2004 Acoustasonic Junior w/ DSP, and a 1987 Concert w/ 12" Eminence Speaker. I use these Fender amplifiers with a 2012 Gretsch G5120 Electromatic Orange w/ Deluxe Case, a 1993 Telecaster Custom Reissue Sunburst w/ Deluxe Tweed Case, a 1978 Stratocaster Sunburst, and a 1984 Guild D-17M Natural. And, I use Fender 351 Extra Heavy Shell Picks and the AX-12 Chromatic Auto Tuner.
All of my Fender Family instruments are out of production, and many have been highly customized by me or a Fender-Amp-Tech. A Fender Guitar is where I started in Granada Hills, CA in 1966 with a 1965 Jaguar Olympic White. I can't say that that guitar made me famous or even popular, but to this day some still talk of me and the 1965 Olympic White Jaguar. So good enough.
John Anthony Menanno owns this item
Tone, tone, tone. If the room can handle it, play it at about 7 for sweet, clean or subtle, warm drive depending on guitar settings and attack. I run an OD pedal when playing at lower volumes and the amp handles it well. Many compliments on the tone, with and without the pedal.
Add an extension cab for some crazy big sound.
STWMaine owns this item
this amp is great for just about any style. it has a great warm sound. it can be clear as day, or if you turn it up it's got a nice natural overdrive.
the reverb and vibrato add a great dimension.
some people are down on the lack of a true overdrive/distortion, but spend a few extra bucks on a nice pedal and get this great amp!
toothysaw2 owns this item
When I first played one I thought wow this is the clean sweet tone I am looking for, and from that moment I had to have one.
Well I got one and I'm in reverb heaven. Sweet sounding verb and a nice vibrato. I only use channel two and the amp does what I need it to, to sound great clean. Oh, it's sweet pushed dirty as well.
I've owned my DRRI now for over 5 years and little tweaking some nice NOS tubes and a speaker swap, and it's perfect. Don't get me wrong the original speaker was nice but I just wanted a bit more crisper cleaner sound with a tighter low end, and hey what guitarist doesn't tweak his gear?
Everyone says these amps can be a bit bright, but you've just got to learn to use the tone knobs on the amp and your guitar. Works great with a tele and a strat, even those les paul thingy's.
For shimmering clean and reverbalicious sound the DRRI is the amp
leftrightout owns this item
Stop contemplating it, and just buy it. This is THE Fender sound. You want that chimey clean bell like tone that only a Fender amp can produce, then you must buy the amp that makes that sound. You want crunch and dirt? Use a pedal or look into getting a Bassman or a Champ. This thing is clean all the way up and takes pedals like a pro. If you're used to solid state amps, you'll have to tweak your pedals a bit for the difference in sound, but you'll be happy to do it. This is the first amp I've ever enjoyed just plugging a guitar straight into it.
Dr. Satan owns this item
This amp has the best clean tone of any I've ever had or played. The reverb is fabulous for blues and anything else you'd like to drench. The tremolo will make you want to play surf. You can get a little distortion by cranking the volume, but not a lot. This is not a problem because it can wail and scream with pedals. The Deluxe Reverb (with the the Twin Reverb and Super Reverb) is hands down the most versatile amp among the major brands. It sounds just great. At 22 watts, it is surprisingly loud. Setting the volume knob at 3 may drive you out of a room at home and drove my ex crazy. It is easily loud enough for gigs at small venues. I would have give this five stars, but my amp was made shortly after they started making them in China when there may have been a reliability problem. The reverb tank acted up early, appeared to be ok, but then failed just out of warranty. It is now in the shop again for the first time in about 10 years. Not bad and it may be sometthing simple like a tube problem. It has been used a lot more than any of my other amps including Vox, Marshall, and Mesa Boogie. Great amp.
slickstring owns this item
I've owned my 65 Deluxe Reverb Reissue for about 5 years now and it's been a great all around amp. The clean tones are as sweet as you can get. With 22 watts you have plenty of volume. You can also get a smooth overdrive tone if you crank things up. Very surprising big bottom end as well. With the reverb and tremolo you can play anything from classic rock, surf, country, blues or jazz with the 65 Deluxe Reverb. I've had the opportunity to try out vintage units for the 60's and 70's and the reissue compares very favorably.
gk8489 owns this item
I bought this amp about 8 months ago, my first tube amp. I had initially thought I would use a smaller modeling amp at home, but this has become my only amp for home or band use. It is WAY more than loud enough to keep up with a drummer, and the louder you turn it up the better it sounds. At home, I rarely turn this up beyond '2'. With a band and drummer indoors - typically 4-5 on volume is all that's needed. In my home I use a tube screamer clone for dirt at lower volumes, but really love the warm, clean sounds out of this amp. I play mainly classic rock and some blues, and for me this amp nails the tone I am after. It sounds good with my Strat, but I was really surprised by how well it sounds with an LP style guitar. I could be happy plugged straight into this amp as well with no other effects than a TS. Build quality is fantastic, no reliability problems, classic looks and design. If it got stolen I'd just buy another one.
db2112 owns this item
Since the purchase of my first 65 deluxe reverb I fell in love. The tone stands out solid and direct in the small to medium blues venues that our band plays in. I did however notice that a little more bottom end would make it sound must bolder and after working with a fender tech via email we came to the conclusion to add a closed back single 12" Hot rod extension cabinet. Wow this has added so much bottom that this Amp can now hold up to a even bigger house without adding a mic. I have since purchased the limited edition wine red 65 with the upgrades they have added and the tweed front this Amp stands out and amazingly sounds exactly the same as my 17 year old 65. Now I know why I has been the most recorded amp in history! Nice product ...
magoos owns this item
I love it ! More with eminence canabis rex inside. Take very well pedal. Super thanks!
Episound owns this item
This is my main amp and I use it to it cover a variety of styles, from country to classic rock, in different bands. It nails the classic Fender clean, and gets even better as you turn it up to the sweet spot where there's just a hint of break-up. Takes pedals extremely well too, which is a major plus. The speaker needs a bit of time to bed in - it can sound a little harsh "out of the box" but before you do a speaker swap, give it a few hours of cranking it up and the tone really mellows. It seems pretty robust (something that I can't say about the original Blackfaces I've used in the past) and has served me well in 100s of gigs. The volume knob on Channel 2 has always been a bit scratchy, I'll get it looked at one day but it's not a biggie.
It's very close to the sound of an original Blackface - not exactly the same, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's worse. If you want classic Fender clean, or bluesy dirt, you can't really go wrong. It's also very poky - no need to worry about cutting through, I've used this in everything from small halls to theatres (mic-ed) and with a very loud drummer. It is very loud for its size. Replaced my Twin with this - nice to be able to carry your amp in one hand!
|Model Name:||'65 Deluxe Reverb®, 120V|
|Controls:||Normal Channel: Volume, Treble, Bass. Vibrato Channel: Volume, Treble, Bass, Reverb. Vibrato: Speed, Intensity|
|Wattage:||22 Watts @ 8 ohms|
|Inputs:||Four - (1/4", Two Normal and Two Vibrato)|
|Speaker Jack:||Two 1/4" Parallel (Internal and External)|
|Channels:||Two - (Normal and Vibrato)|
|Rectifier:||Tube (1 x 5AR4)|
|Cabinet Material:||7-Ply 5/8" Birch Plywood|
|Pilot Light Jewel:||Red Jewel|
|Handle:||Molded Plastic Strap with Nickel-Plated Caps|
|Front Panel:||Blackface™ Style|
|Grill Cover:||Black Textured Vinyl Covering with Silver Grille Cloth|
|Amplifier Depth:||9.5" (24.13 cm)|
|Amplifier Width:||24.5" (62.2 cm)|
|Amplifier Height:||17.5" (44.5 cm)|
|Amplifier Weight:||42 lbs. (19.05 kg)|
|Speaker:||One - 12" Jensen® C12K with Ceramic Magnet|
|Pre Amp Tubes:||Groove Tubes® - (4 x 12AX7), (2 X 12AT7)|
|Power Tubes:||Groove Tubes® - (2 x 6V6)|
|Unique Features:||Tube Driven Spring Reverb, Tube Vibrato, 2-Button footswitch, Baltic Birch Plywood Cabinet|
|FootSwitch:||2-Button Footswitch Included|
|Knobs:||Vintage-Style Skirted Black Plastic|
|Accessories:||2-Button Footswitch Included|
|Cover:||Optional Fitted Cover Available|
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