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Digital Subscriptions > Guitar Magazine > Dec 17 > FENDER ’64 CUSTOM DELUXE REVERB


A hand-wired Deluxe Reverb with blackface AB763 innards and a solid pine cabinet is the reissue many players have been dreaming of. HUW PRICE discovers if it’s worth the wait…

The Fender Deluxe Reverb is great all-round amp that has found favour with countless country, funk, jazz, rockabilly and blues players. At 20 watts there’s enough clean headroom for most eventualities, but it’s suciently low powered to crank up for pub gigs and you can carry it with one hand.

What we have here is Fender’s latest recreation of one of its classics, and on first glance the ’64 Custom Deluxe Reverb looks like a mint and ultra-clean mid-60s amp – at least from the front. Even so, some may be concerned that Fender tends to ‘update’ the circuitry of its classic amplifier reissues. It might be suggested that there were reasons those amps became classics, so why not make bang-on vintage-correct replicas and be done with it?

The strength of that argument depends on the product in question, and it should also be noted that many of the vintage amps still being used out there have been tweaked along the way. Indeed, the Fender Deluxe Reverb is surely amongst the most modded of all amplifiers – and often with good reason.

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The December 2017 issue of The Guitar Magazine is on sale now! Inside, you’ll find a massive 24-page feature devoted to The Secrets Of Studio Guitar. Following exclusive insights into the golden era of session guitar from Wrecking Crew luminary Carol Kaye and Tommy Tedesco’s son Denny, we move into the modern age (albeit via a raft of vintage tube amps) with recording tips courtesy of Grammy-winning producer Dave Cobb, first-call LA guitarist Josh Smith’s guide to the perfect session and a tale of how digital modelling can be the answer to your sonic prayers. Elsewhere in the mag, we pay tribute to Tom Petty, review a raft of hot new gear from the likes of Fender, Maybach, Satellite Amps, G&L and Keeley and show you how to build your own acoustic guitar in the latest instalment of DIY Workshop. For all that and a FREE 2018 calendar packed full of beautifully photographed vintage and star guitars, pick up your copy of the December issue of The Guitar Magazine now!