Fender '65 Deluxe Reverb [1993-Current]
Fender '65 Deluxe Reverb [1993-Current]

'65 Deluxe Reverb [1993-Current], Tube Combo Guitar Amp from Fender in the Deluxe Amp series.

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Average Score:4.4( 4.4/5 based on 16 reviews )
 8 reviews50 %
 5 reviews31 %
 2 reviews13 %
Value For Money : Excellent
King Loudness12/12/2011

King Loudness's review"Great reissue of a classic"

Fender '65 Deluxe Reverb [1993-Current]
The Fender Deluxe Reverb reissue is Fender's best take on the production line Deluxe Reverb amplifier as it appeared in its golden "blackface" era (so called because of the black face on the control panel) circa 1965. It's a 1x12 tube combo that puts out about 22 watts of power and runs on 6V6 power tubes. It's pretty standard in the Fender layout of two channels. The first channel (normal) has simple volume, treble, and bass controls. The vibrato channel (with its own separate inputs) has volume, treble, bass, reverb, and controls for vibrato speed and intensity. The amp is loaded with a single Jensen speaker as stock, and other than reverb and vibrato there are no onboard effects.


Getting a good sound out of this amp is pretty simple. It does the classic blackface Fender clean really well, and there's a reason so many players like and use these amps for a variety of applications. Dialing in each channel can be a tad difficult because on occasion the EQ tonestack might appear to not be doing a whole lot when you turn the controls. I find this more apparent on the normal channel than the vibrato channel with this particular amplifier. That being said, perhaps I'm just used to more modern amps and their tweaker mindset. Other than that, the controls react like you would expect and dialing in tones is not overly difficult. Most people run pedals into the front end of these anyhow, which will change your tone up anyway.


This amp is meant to do one core sound... classic Fender clean. It's not going to offer any of the overdriven sounds that many players today desire. You can get some nice drive sounds by using a pedal in front, but this is the type of amp that is used for clean and clean only. There's no master volume, so in order to get any kind of tube breakup you would need to turn the amp up to 10, which isn't feasible in many places. It's a very clear sounding amplifier overall, great for funky or bluesy tones. I find it a little bit sparkly in the top end for true jazz tones (which to my ears should be darker and richer) but for those types of tones where you need a classic wiry sounding blackface style clean at a reasonable wattage point, you can't get much better than this amp.


All in all I think the Fender Deluxe Reverb reissue is a great amp for someone looking for great clean tones in a reasonable package. Many players like the tone of a Twin Reverb or Pro Reverb, but don't wish to contend with the huge size and huge volume that amps like that put out. For those looking for true vintage Fender cleans in a portable package, this is your amp. They sell new for about $1,100 which is a good deal considering the quality and tone that you're getting. If you're into Fender cleans and want something good for jams or gigs that won't blow your ears off, check out the Fender Deluxe Reverb reissue. You won't be disappointed!

iamqman's review"Modern classic"

Fender '65 Deluxe Reverb [1993-Current]
Just about the most classic Fender amplifier that has ever been created. Fender has had quite a few solid amps such as the Blackface, bassman, Twin Reverb, and modern Hot Rod amps. This is one on the level as those classic amps that have rock n roll ingrained into the dna.

This amp is so colorful and rich with tonal flavor. It makes is hard to think about music without an amp such as this one. The tone that this contains coupled with a nice tubescreamer type pedal is just glorious.

Fender '65 Deluxe Reverb Features:

* All Tube Amp
* Output: 22 watts into 8 ohms
* Speaker: 1-12" Jensen C-12K, 8 ohm Speaker with Ceramic Magnet
* Channels: Two Channels (Normal and Vibrato)
* Tube Driven Spring Reverb
* Tube Vibrato
* 2-Button footswitch
* Baltic Birch Plywood Cabinet
* Normal Channel Controls: Volume, Treble, Bass,
* Vibrato Channel Controls: Volume, Treble, Bass, Reverb
* Vibrato Controls: Speed, Intensity
* Covering: Black Textured Vinyl with Silver Grille Cloth


Type Tube
Number of Channels 2
Power 22W
Speakers 1 x 12" Jensen C-12K
No Effects
EQ Treble, Bass
No Amp Modeling
Number of Models 0
Number of Tubes 9
Preamp Tubes 4 x 12AX7, 2 X 12AT7
Power Tubes 2 x 6V6, 1 x 5AR4 (Rectifier)
Inputs 2 x Instrument (Normal), 2 x Instrument (Vibrato
Outputs 2 x Speaker
Footswitch I/O Yes
No Effects Loop
Height 17.5"
Width 24.5"
Depth 9.5"
Weight 42 lbs.


Glassy, chimey, sparkling cleans shimmering with tone dripping for days are all words to describe the nature of a winning amp for decades. The tone with this amp will leave you satisfied but ready for more. Try this amp out with a nice Fender Stratocaster and you will hear the combination that this amp was made and voiced for.

This amp has so much potential and all you need is some creativity for style and you will have a killer tone that will rival most professionals. Add a nice analog delay to the mix and couple that with the reverb channel and there you;ll have a sweet rich ambient tone that will give more creativity that you can dream of .


One of the greatest amps ever to exist and that god they made a reissue of it. At new these amps come in at around $999 which is a great price for a classic amp. I would recommend this amp to any guitar player who needs probably the best clean tone in existence. The versatility of this amp is really endless. It doesn't have much to get in the way of the tone with just a few control knobs and a second channel for a reverb feature. This is a great classic amplifier.

moosers's review

Fender '65 Deluxe Reverb [1993-Current]
The Fender '65 Deluxe Reverb is a tube based guitar amplifier with 1/4 inch inputs in the front. It has two channels and two 1/4 inch inputs for each. The first channel is the normal channel with volume, treble and bass knobs and the second is the vibrato channel with settings for volume, treble, bass, reverb, speed, and intensity (for vibrato).


The layout of this amp is simple and has the classic controls that originated in Fender and have now become ubiquitous on guitar amps. It is real easy to get a good sound on this amp - just turn it on and turn it up and sounds good! I don't have the manual to this so I don't know if it is helpful or not.


This amp is great for just about any type of music, as you can get a variety of sounds and has a incredible clean tone. The effects are also top notch - the reverb is a real spring reverb and the vibrato is one of the best of its kind. This amp has become a classic because of these features and the inherent great tone and overall sound it has. I have only used this with guitar and that is what it is intended to be used with.


I've been using the '65 Fender Deluxe Reverb for about two years. To me it is one of the best amps on the planet, as Fender amps from this time are really just some of the best amps ever made. The overall tone is great and the effects are some of the best of their kind. If you can get an original one of these, it will cost you a bit of money but is probably worth it as it is a great amp with a classic overall tone. This is one of my top choices for amps in a lot of different situations and I can't say enough about how much this thing cranks!
M Elise12/20/2008

M Elise's review

Fender '65 Deluxe Reverb [1993-Current]
This is a classic 60s blackface circuit with 2 6v6 tubes, 22 watts, a tube rectifier, reverb and tremolo. The main differences between this and an original blackface are: a ceramic vs alnico speaker, a printed circuit board vs point to point wiring, a light weight cab vs a pine cab, differences in the components do to differences in modern and original component manufacturers, no tilt back legs on reissue and a grounded wall plug on the reissue. As the original, this amp has no master volume.


Positives: light weight, speaker cab does not sound boxy, 20 watts is great for recording, 20 watts is great for playing distorted classic rock when the amp is on 10.

Negatives: The classic 2 channel design is not very useful (I don't know why it was so prevalent), bright is always on on effects channel, 20 watts is not enough clean headroom for many situations depending on your drummer, the style of music, and size of the band etc.


The Fender 60s blackface circuit is indisputably one of the best sounding ever designed. I would imagine an original Deluxe Reverb sounds slightly better then the reissue but the reissue sounds great! I recommend using vintage RCA tubes and trying a Weber 12F125 or Celestion 12H30 speaker. I'm sure there are other great speakers too. The oldest reissues use an emminence speaker which sounds bad at high volumes and should be replaced. The Jensen reissue speaker in the newer models is better.
This amp is famous for its sweetness (the 6v6 tube is unique this way) but the low notes are not as big and rounded like 6L6 tubes produce i.e. Fender Super Reverb or Twin Reverb amp. This amp is very versatile but at different volume levels. It goes from a classic clean country amp below 4 to a great blues amp at middle volumes to a rock and rock sex machine at 10. At 10 you get power tube distortion with tube rectifier sag at a volume level that is near perfect for a loud band.
All my other tube amps (newer Fenders, Marshalls, Peaveys) sound poor and anemic in comparison to this amp (though they do have other useful sounds and features). The Fender Deluxe Reverb Reissue sounds more musical with much smoother and much more beautiful harmonics. It sounds stronger, clearer, cleaner, and warmer. And its easier to EQ.


This amp changed my life! It made me realize how weak and sad many modern amp designs sound with all their features that rob the amp of tone and of how wimpy preamp distortion can be. This amp made me love and always want a tube rectifier if possible. This amp has started me on a path toward getting better more vintage tone and seeking out simpler amp designs. The Fender Deluxe Reverb is one of the most recorded amps in history for good reason. The Reissue Deluxe Reverb sounds great! It may or may not be suitable for live use depending on style and volume since its only 20 watts.

oxas16's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" good amp with a good gibson"

Fender '65 Deluxe Reverb [1993-Current]
you will find details on the net


very clear
good sound, without more, at this price point is the minimum


great tremolo, but it does not save any


2 years of use.
honestly this is a good amp, but I played on a Mesa Boggie 5.25 HP Express 12In parallel, and even with a pretty face, it does not hold a candle to the mesa, because it is too loud with a real strat .
value very average price.
I wanted one, I had, I sold it and I do not regret it. I kept the mesa and I'm really happy.

lauke_lux's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Unbeatable"

Fender '65 Deluxe Reverb [1993-Current]
lamps 2x 6V6, all transformers & inductors upgraded mercury magnetics in
1 channel with one without vibrato. Modified with master volume on the back
HP 8ohm G12H30 Greenback 75
600 Euro secondhand


Can not be easier
25W with no need to go to have a good background for the lamps
Through the mix like butter group


Blues, rock without pb, motown funk without pb &
In this configuration it was rather a beast of greasy rock
A copy Telecaster G & L, a Fame Forum IV (copy PRS), a grate jazz and strat
Everything is good, the amp is not made for metal or hardcore


I sold it in 2012, four years of use without any pb
Value for money among the best
If I would take a combo I certainly would resume another

ejppdb's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" This is a deluxe reverb"

Fender '65 Deluxe Reverb [1993-Current]
all-tube, two independent channels, a "normal" and one with reverb and tremolo.
no effects loop, line out, or percolator.
22 watts, I put mine in a Jensen P12R Alnico since the G12 was mounted folded (the joys of secondhand), external hp output is there if needed.
To switch from one channel to another requires a / b box.


Simply put sth at the other end of the jack and it sounds.


Ideal for the rockabilly or country, you can do all of the time it is associated with good guitars and good pedals.
Fender clean sound up to 4, then it starts to crunch but it's starting to be strong too. Personally, I use 4 pedals with upstream (alberta, lightnin 'boy, mudhoney, super chili picoso ...) when I need a variety of sounds, and 7 with just a boost for a crunchy sound I personally love. In this case, I insert an attenuator between the amp and the HP (P & P 50)) not to hurt the ears of my colleagues in the game and not to offend the mesa of my fellow guitarist.


Used for a few months, I have other amp not especially bad (Cornford Harlequin, A Wai Jack White) and I played in different places on lots of stuff. Well this one does what is expected of him, the Deluxe Reverb. If you love it is filled (or nearly have still not push), otherwise we say that it is not one manufactured 26 January 1796 at 19h28.
The only thing I dislike about this amp is its new price. This also applies to all production Marshall, Mesa et al. When we see a mass produced amp is not really know where, sold by the thousands, is the same price as amp made by a craftsman in the unit, it makes me a little. (The harlequin channel 5 watts should be around 1000 euros, the white jack 15 watts and three channels around 1400 euros).
So yes, I really like this amp but my next deluxe reverb, I'm done.

leatherdevil's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Neither hot nor cold"

Fender '65 Deluxe Reverb [1993-Current]
RAS see other opinions. We take it as it is, ie the old, one is warned, no reason to grumble on this point. For me on paper, it was the perfect amp




Here I will explain my title and am going to contradict previous opinions that speak of heat lamps, crystal pure sound (it makes me laugh a bit overused that term). Although the clean sound is good, banging, but can be a little too precisely. Where I am critical, is that just for a tube amp, I do not sound so warm it. Certainly there are dynamics, much the same, but the grain of his shots a little towards its "pulp board" by forcing the line really. Grade I indicating that the hp that I put on were new (the original jensen, and a weber 12f150) and they have not had time to really be-oiled. Pushing the volume, some say mellow, I would describe the sound of "screaming".

Regarding the natural saturation, same remark, I find it rather resembles transistor amp that will push hard, you lose definition, and I never tu this velvety feel that some plebiscitent.

So I find it all very cold.
Now the distortion pedals. Forget the OD1 and OCD on the vibrato channel, it is ignoble, then we all agree. As I have no Tubescreamer which seems to be popular with users, I would say that a channel is not done to saturation. We must switch to the normal channel for use pedals oD, the rendering is correct but still I fall back on that feeling of cold. By no means do I feel this jubilation I feel with amps style blues or Delta blues junior.

I issue these criticisms when I really tried various configurations of lamps (5721NOS, AT7 NOs etc.) and hp.

The big plus (yes there are, anyway) of this amp lies in the effects it integrates. The reverb, first really typical Fender, deep, powerful and warm for once. To gain more definition, I recommend putting a AU7 in place of the AT7, which provides increased definition. This is a simple and effective change.

Then the tremolo; hyper dynamic and precise. Coupled with the reverb sound is easily obtained in the Duane Edddy. With my ES 355, it was the only config that I personally really triper, without restraint.

Finally, I note this evil, because I find this total lack of tolerance for distortion pedals absolutely unacceptable for an amp of this price. Some talk of changes to make, change lamps etc., to compensate. I say stop there! An amp at that price should sound as desired with the factory settings. Why did I buy it? because I am charmed by the clear, and I foolishly thought my od pedals went on any amp, and that therefore, I have not tested. Also I remained on my favorable impression about Fender, following the use of fully satisfying blues junior. I trusted the brand and wanted to get ahead with a higher end amp.
Conclusion: listen to this amp, do not buy it after reading your forums (including my blah blah). It may please you, this is the case, I think of lots of people, including the person I bought it.


I used it two years before selling. Miscalculation so I have not tried enough before buying. Without saying that this is a bad amp, I would say it is not endearing. You can play it, but enjoy, it's less obvious, at least for my case. ;-)

Pucelle_Dabidjan's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" You see my son, that's a Fender amp"

Fender '65 Deluxe Reverb [1993-Current]
Return on all specificity of this combo seems unnecessary. My colleagues here have explained everything. It is in all-tube amp, modern, which derives its power from two 22w 6v6 and incorporates many features of the Fender amps of the big time. I, myself, a fan of amps with few controls and gris-gris, in my experience, it is almost always better served when only two buttons to rotate to change all that when you are six. This amp is no exception as we shall see later.

The finish did not seem spectacular. After opening my test model, I even tend to say that it cools slightly. A PCB with full cable, is a little messy. I regret the woodwork a little light that keeps me up on my amp when I crises fads. The finish not impressed me in anything, but do not make me feel bad.


In use, the simplicity of the controls allows for families to spend a lot faster than you love her. Yet it is not deprived of freedom in the choice. Everything sounds good and is quickly findable / configurable.


We are not at the critical stage of my Marshall heads, but the device shall not be construed with people who want to play in an apartment or have a / a girlfriend / are reluctant at their leisure. By-cons, it has its place in a group where he will speak, even in a pure clean to adequate.

The lack of effect loop fills me. But the only two onboard effects are démerdent perfectly.


I make a deal ... haaaaaaaaaaaaa
I let a chord resonate ... hoooooooooo

Damn! It sounds great that little fender. Dynamics lies in the average single channel amps industry. We have seen better, but I know worse. His real strong point is the sound it offers panoramic scene.

Whatever your guitar, it offers, from clean to crunch, a wealth of easily attainable with a standard amp. In addition, the sound has a harmony and lightness that puts a tear in his eye. Especially with the channel effects can create beautiful tablecloths. The sound immediately adapts to the guitar / pickup / knob chosen / selected / rotated, which offers lots of beautiful sounds without touching its settings on the amp. I emphasize this point. I spent an Epiphone hollow body jazz, a Dean Flying V, a Gretsch White Falcon and a prs modern eagle through the amp. I have always received excellent sound. It's rare to have an amp that works well with everything. It's just beautiful.

The only two manquos for me were:
1) limited the side of saturation. It tends to have the lead, but do not want the road next to a Two Rock, Marsh Dumble clone or Carol-Ann OD2, are able to offer versatility (cleans with comparable course). But the price is not the same either, though (see next section)
2) some harsh harmonics between the transition from clean to crunch. That does not include false, this is done with a lot of liquidity, but something in the midrange sounded hard. I do not know if this is the horsepower or the cab file that causes this (see below)

Another negative point. The cab does that poorly digested 22w howling of the beast. The amp test tended to vibrate when I approached 6 to channel volume. that's boring, because, for the craziest of us, it will re-buy a cab to deliver quality in all (with weights and finance major).


... Indeed, in Switzerland, I have to almost 1500 euros to the bill. And marsh or carol-ann is just 500 euros more expensive. At the price usa however, nothing wrong. The machine is estimate to 1300 dollars, making the 1000 Euros. It's very good with the light tones.

That's a nice little Fender that will delight young and old with quality sound. I regret a little trim mean, that has nothing to do on this amp. It would also have earned a little less light-mail. But I think since the appearance of marks as Tube town, it is possible, without breaking the bank, to make high quality boxes.

It is rare that a car amp to touch many emotions. This is the case here. If you're interested, I can advise you.

EDIT: As stupid as it sounds, I was looking for a head version of this amp. Found at Fender, I turned to "Vintage Sound" who offered me a re-edition of the original model blackface PTP, for a price of 1400 euros. A test will be available soon.

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Fender '65 Deluxe Reverb [1993-Current]
All tube, 22 W, an HP 12 "JENSEN, normal channel 1, channel 2 reverb and vibrato, etc..

A footswitch reverb + tremolo

Side is very simple settings, volume, bass and treble all sound settings. The 22 w are well presented, is sturdy and generous in low and medium high. Pure Fender.

I put 10 if it is considered an amp to the old is to get a beautiful clean sound.


Simple setup, you plug and play. The reverb is very generous (beautiful, but generous), it is well determined. Vibrato breath a bit (as always), it is very well built and very warm.

We get easily full of beautiful sounds blues, pop and rock.


It is a wonderful amp, I have a Blues Junior Jensen very good, but the reverb and the clean sound it has nothing to do, the deluxe reverb is over.
I hesitated with more modern stuff: Fender Hot Rod, clubster RIVERA 25, Vox AC 15. But ultimately the Fender won. Its strong point is the sound clear, and it is especially valued the fact that the instruments used and the nuances of the game I emerged from my Start Plus Deluxe that I had abandoned because of a JCM 2000 Marshall. I use it with an Epiphone Sheraton II (microphones Gibson 57), it is velvet. With my Tele pickups custom shop is very precise and incisive.

The only restriction is the absence of master, for the crunch must exceed 4 / 5 for the overdrive to 7 / 8 (where you do more ears and neighbors on the back) .
The solution is to find good pedals that do not betray the amp: the Ibanez Tube Screamer him very well.

I bought it mainly for my home studio to cover a lot of different applications, so for the types of sounds produced, I'll make a small list:

- Start + 5 + reverb vibrato pm: the beautiful intro of the last Arctic Monkeys, bridge pickup in it sounds very 60's small plane on the 007
- Start + Ibanez TS9 gain at least: SRV, beautiful sound of blues well qualified
- Tele neck pickup, volume 4, Reverb 4 / 5: Jeff Buckley, the finger, plectrum, all shades pass
- Tele bridge pickup + TS9 at noon for the general good little riff Riff Keith Hard
- Epiphone Sheraton + reverb and vibrato to 6 pm: Portishead Dummy atmosphere
- Epiphone Sheraton neck pickup, some reverb, it's jazzy fingers

That is, in fact it made a lot of different stuff, but never metal or modern, at first I search for vintage sounds good, I've used.


I use it for 15 days.

What I like most:

- The look Fender Black
- TWIN reverb sound with a weight and a reasonable volume
- Warm vibrato
- The true musical reverb
- Inspiring the next
- Respect the game and used guitars
- HP Jensen

What I like least:

- No Masters
- It does not forgive the approximations in the game
- The Marshall JCM 2000 I will miss the large distortion

I find excellent value for money (970 euros Pigalle), obviously we always love to pay less, but compared to a Blues Junior Vintage 30 to over 600 euros, it holds the road (BJ is great, but its price remains very high). I do it again this election easily.