Fender 65 Deluxe vs Fender 68 Custom Deluxe Reverb Review

Fender '68 Custom Deluxe Reverb

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.