Fender Custom 68 Deluxe Reverb Amplifier Review

Fender Custom 68 Deluxe Reverb Amplifier Review

This is the new Fender Custom ’68 Deluxe Reverb amplifier.  It’s quite possibly the best Deluxe Reverb amplifier I have played to this day.  It has all the fender cleans you could want on both the Custom and Vintage channels at lower volumes, but once you get the volume up past 5 or 6 it totally rocks out.  This is the sort of amplifier you buy to use at pubs and clubs where you want nothing but great, sustained power tube distortion.  The Fender Custom 68 Deluxe Reverb has a more prominent mid hump than the 65 Deluxe which will make it stand out more in the mix.  If you’re looking for a cleaner amp, this is not the one to buy but if you like rocking blues tone with the volume cranked, this is the best so far.  The video below is a demo of the 68 Deluxe featuring Ric and his wonderful custom shop Telecaster.

  • 22 watts of power into a 12″ speaker
  • 12AX7 and 6V6 tubes/valves
  • Both channels share the reverb and tremolo
  • Custom channel with modified Bassman tone stack
  • Reduced negative feedback design

(5 / 5)
I am giving this amplifier a 5/5.  This is the only item I have reviewed where I have given it a perfect score. Why?

  • Great tone
  • Great Reverb and Tremolo Effect
  • Loud
  • Small amplifier footprint (easy transportation)
  • Big sound
  • Perfect for blues and rock.
  • It looks awesome
  • The amp comes with foot switch for both the reverb and tremolo effect

Fender '68 Custom Deluxe Reverb
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Fender 65 Deluxe vs Fender 68 Custom Deluxe Reverb Review

Fender 65 Deluxe vs Fender 68 Custom Deluxe Reverb Review

I am the proud new owner of a brand spanking new Fender ’68 Deluxe Reverb amplifier.  These new silver-face amps are quite different to the regular ’65 Deluxe Reverb and not only in cosmetics but design too.  They do both feature the same size cabinet, power rating and selection of tubes, but that’s where it ends.  If you’re a fan of the ’65 deluxe but you wished it broke up earlier or had a little more character, then the ’68 Deluxe Reverb is a perfect choice.

The main differences between them both are:

  • The ’68 Deluxe has a Bassman tone-stack on the custom channel which totally kicks ass and has a fuller and warmer sound in the mids
  • The ’68 has a Celestion G12V70 speaker while the ’65 has a Jesnsen C-12k speaker
  • The ’68 breaks up quite a bit earlier
  • The ’68 also shares the reverb and tremolo on both channels which is awesome
  • The ’68 Deluxe’s reverb sound is not quite as washy as the ’65
  • The ’65 stays cleaner longer
  • The ’65 is a smoother sort of sound
  • The ’68 has more of a raunchy tone
  • The ’68 is made in Mexico while the ’65 is made in the USA
  • The build quality is awesome on both
  • Both totally rock and have their own unique sound
  • The taper on the volume is different.  I found the ’65 get’s louder faster early on.

This video below shows the difference between the two mic’d up with Rode M3 microphones at the same audible volume in the room.

All in all both amplifiers are awesome and it all comes down to personal choice.  I love both of them for different reasons but for me the 68 has more of the sort of Blues tone I really love when it starts to compress and overdrive and it does it at a less ear bleeding level which suits the pub/club gigs I do with my band.

If you have any questions just let me know.