1968 was a transitional year for Fender amps, with tone that was still pure Fender and a look that was brand new. With a silver-and-turquoise front panel, classy aluminum “drip edge” grille cloth trim, and the big Fender tube tone, Fender amps quickly became the go-to amps for countless guitarist worldwide! Now they’re reissuing 3 classic models…
’68 Custom Twin Reverb
The Twin Reverb received a fresh new face as it remained the backline amp of choice for pros and amateurs everywhere. Clear, deep and powerful, it produced big tube tone, with world-class Fender reverb and vibrato effects. For countless guitarists ever since, the Twin Reverb has been the go-to amp for classic Fender sound.
’68 Custom Deluxe Reverb
The Deluxe Reverb received a fresh new face as it remained the ideal recording and performing amp. Small, light and moderately powered, it produced big tube tone, with world-class Fender reverb and vibrato effects. For countless guitarists ever since, the Deluxe Reverb has been the go-to amp for classic Fender sound.
’68 Custom Princeton Reverb
The Princeton Reverb received a fresh new face as it remained the perfect recording and gigging amp. Small, light and moderately powered, it produced big tube tone, with world-class Fender reverb and vibrato effects. For countless guitarists ever since, the Princeton Reverb has been the go-to amp for classic Fender sound.
A Testimonial From Ross…
I am a firm believer in the use of simple tube amps that deliver both crisp and clean tone. Some of the best known rock, blues, and country tones have been derived from this platform using Fender amps. Every recording session and show I have ever been a part of has relied heavily on the tonal variation of certain circuits, speaker combinations, and amp break up. Whether I am pushing a lower wattage amp for natural break-up or running a higher wattage amp at a lower volume for clean headroom, the signature “Fender Tone” allows the amp to be manipulated with individual effects while providing a clean and crisp template. Leo Fender wrote the book on amplification and through his innovation, over the years Fender has produced some of the most sought after amps in history. The new reissue of the ’68 “Silverface” amp lineup is a road ready tonal tribute to the originals.
Since 1946 Fender has been developing and refining instrument amplification. Over the years, various models have become staples for both recording and live performance. In the late 40s Leo Fender’s hand wired predecessor models of the Princeton and Champ amps created the foundation of the classic “Fender Tone”. During the 50’s models such as the Bassman, Twin, and Tremolux hit the marketplace; each amp expanded upon prior circuits and offered groundbreaking features such as independent bass and treble controls. The 1960’s amps were given not only given a new tolex wrap, but the circuits introduced a control for both Presence and Reverb.
The 60’s era amps were widely popularized by the “Reverb Series”. Instant classics such as the Super, Twin, Deluxe, and Princeton Reverb models defined and influenced the sound of generations. In 1968, Fender amps took on yet another change. The amps moved from the “Blackface” to the “Silverface” control panel, complete with the silver and turquoise name plate, aluminum drip edge grille cloth trim.
The new ’68 reissue line up is paying tribute to the early “Silverface” amps. This lineup includes; Twin, Deluxe, and the Princeton Reverb models. All three models offer that classic tube driven “Fender Tone” with genuine Spring Reverb and Tremolo. In tribute to the originals, each model is equipped with a handmade Schumacher power transformer, just like in 1968. These amps come equipped with Celestion Speakers which brings a more present “Rock and Roll” vibe to the stage.
The Twin Reverb offers two 12 inch G12V-70 speakers, powered by four 6L6 power tubes with an 85 watt output. The Deluxe Reverb is equipped with a single 12 inch G12V-70 speaker, powered by a pair of 6v6 power tubes delivering a raw 22 watt output. Both the Twin and Deluxe Reverb amps offer reverb and tremolo on both channels as well as a custom channel with a modified Bassman tone stack. The tone stack allows players flexibility and boosted tone control when using effect pedals. These features add a slight twist to the classic models while offering added tonal versatility.
The Princeton Reverb brings a whopping 12 watt output to the table. Powered by a pair of 6v6 tubes, the Princeton Reverb has become one of the most versatile amps to be used in both recordings and live performances. A single 10 inch Celestion Ten 30 speaker delivers the vintage characteristics while boosting versatility with a straight forward “Rock and Roll” attitude.
These amps offer a wide range of utility to any player’s tonal character. The late 60’s are back thanks to Fender.
Music Villa Manager
Singer/Guitarist for Sasquatch Funk and Power Wagon
Interested in these amps? We sold our first 2 immediately, and are waiting for 2 Princeton’s and 2 Deluxe’s to arrive (late September). Please call (406) 587-4761 with questions.