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FDP Forum / Fender Product Reviews / '65 Deluxe Reverb Reissue

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Love Princeton Reverb's
Jul 10th, 2005 10:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

I agree with all the positive comments on this great little amp.....Fender for sure has a winner here and with a Weber 12F150 and some NOS tubes this amp is very hard to beat in gigging situations...Takes to pedals very well also...Lots of positives !!

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I am not a complete

idiot - I have several pieces missing!
Jul 10th, 2005 11:01 PM   Edit   Profile  


Funny you should mention the tube. When I bought my new DRRI it had a jingling noise with certain notes. It was the Rectifier tube rattling. My dealer immediately gave me a new tube - problem solved.

I later found out that the guy who originally wanted that amp ordered another one because of the same noise in the store. The dealer sent it to the Fender factory authorized tech and got it back a month later with a hefty bill charged to Fender warranty. I already had decided on the DRRI w/Jensen so I didn't test it in the store.

When I got it home I immediately called about the noise and Fender wanted to send it to their shop. After some negotiating they agreed to let me check it out without affecting the warranty. I found the noisy tube and they STILL wanted to send it to the same guy who charged them a bundle and hadn't fixed it.

My dealer gave me the tube, the amp is perfect, and the dealer is supposedly tightening the thumbscrews on the Fender authorized repair shop.

Fender amp service is only as good as the local tech who talked them into getting himself certified. It's a good thing Fender makes great amps, and even better for us that we have access to the FDP brain trust.

And just to stay on track here, since getting my DRRI, none of my other amps have left the house. It's that good - with ANY guitar!



Cuban Bluesologist
Jul 15th, 2005 04:02 PM   Edit   Profile  

can you guys play outside with your DRRI's w/ a drummer?

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I am not a complete

idiot - I have several pieces missing!
Jul 16th, 2005 01:07 AM   Edit   Profile  

If by "outside" you mean outdoors, it's fine for a small BBQ type patio or pool party gig. For an outdoor festival or street fair a DRRI would have to be mic'd.

If you mean out as in a gig as opposed to playing at home, a DRRI is a HUGE 22 watts and easily handles small & medium size clubs.

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Jul 18th, 2005 12:24 AM   Edit   Profile  

I don't know, apparently I'm weird, but I've now played some REALLY big outdoor and indoor stages with my DRRI (mic'd of course, but often WITHOUT any ME in the monitors), with plenty of clean headroom. These include festival stages where I was a good 40 feet from the bass player, and Chicago's Congress Theatre (a frickin' cavern with an outrageously loud stage). I do tend to stand close to my amp, but I don't use a stand.

I've even played several shows where, because most of the acts were rappers performing over tracks and we were the only live band they didn't mic us. Believe it or not, in a 600 seat theatre we sounded halfway decent with the drri carrying well and balancing well with the unmic'd drums and bass. I heard a mini-disc recording made in the audience. It's amazing what such a little amp can do.



Cuban Bluesologist
Jul 20th, 2005 12:09 AM   Edit   Profile  

I figure it must be the cutting quality of the amp. Many people seem to rag on its brightness, and try to get rid of it, but in a live mix in front of a large audience, you need that brightness to fit with a band and be heard.



Cuban Bluesologist
Aug 2nd, 2005 07:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

Just got one and can't be happier-my only complaints-a noise i believe to be the standby switch having an arcing problem:when i switch off the standby it makes a pretty loud buzz sound for one second.

Is this something wrong with the standby switch?

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I am not a complete

idiot - I have several pieces missing!
Aug 5th, 2005 12:30 AM   Edit   Profile  

No. A switch won't give a one second symptom. They are on or off. Sounds like a cap circuit. You might want to ask in the current Fender amps forum.



Nov 19th, 2005 08:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

My post on the Fender Deluxe reissue Reverb Amp.
First as others have stated anything that you plug in sounds great.

Me i am plugging in a Hotrodded Kramer Focus with the Dual rail Quad rail pickup pack re strung with .011 flat wound jazz strings , my friend down the street who is great on guitar said you know between this great amp and you making this guitar from a low priced Honda to a Mer Bentz this rig rocks.

Mods to the amp i have seen guys gutting the whole amp out changing the speaker. I did some web work and found that the speaker that comes with it can handle 200 watts peak power, so i am leaving the speaker alone, the pcb board well the components are secure the ground return trace also is a great noise emi sheild. The cabinet i guess pine would be better, but the plywood should not warp and as it is music grade should sound good it does.

Tubes well again i checked out what the amp has did you know that Groove Tubes has purchased GE tube manufacturing equipment and is now doing production in Southern CA. And the output tubes are color coded so easy to change if needed without adjusting the bias.

OK i did mod my amp after seeing the big brothers of the amp i said to me yes it needs it so i ordered the 14" tilt back legs boy is this amp neet now. Just a note it looks like a simple mod it took 5 hours to lay out, each cabinet is different per Doug Hoffman of "Hoffman AMPS". But once done it is so nice plus it is a Fender part.

So now i can tilt the amp back stand or sit and sound is projected up.

Closing comments i have found the amp to be very good cranked up or guitar volume cranked way low, the FDRR makes a great practice amp too.

Music talent i like i go from Arte Shaw clarinet, Cliff Gallup, Carl Perkins, Dick Dale, Les Paul, SRV Jimmy V, Johnny A Scotty Moore, Gatemouth Brown, Thomas McRocklin

(This message was last edited by nf104s at 11:25 PM, Nov 19th, 2005)



Nov 21st, 2005 12:00 PM   Edit   Profile  

I like the stock Jensen in the DRRI. It has good headroom and plenty of bass.



Feb 16th, 2006 10:57 PM   Edit   Profile  

Looking for some confimation here. First, I'm a SRV fan as well as many other guitar greats, Albert King, Jimi, you know the rest. I can think of only two times that I've been honestly floored by the sound of an amp. I plugged in to a Original Vibroverb about ten years ago and it nailed the old SRV tone (no suprise). Wish I could have bought it but it cost more than the car I was driving at the time. I've latley rekindled my hobby and went to a local store to plug and play a few amps. I was very impressed by the 65 DRRI. It seems to have the ability to let the sound of the guitar come through with just enough grit. I liked that with the amp turned up I could back off the volume to 8 or 9 and the guitars tone didn't get muddy. I think that this will be more bang for the buck. Especialy compared to the SRV Vibroverb reissue. I played a VRI shortly after it was released and I can't say I was that impressed. Maybe I didn't turn it up loud enough to hear what it was capable of.I realized that Stevie himself didn't always rely on his Vibroverbs. He used Marshalls, Dumbles, etc. I know the guitar, big strings, Stevie's big hands, were big parts of his tone. I think the DRRI gets me as close as I've been to the SRV tone I've wanted for years. I bet it sounds great with a TS9/808 and a Wah pedal. If you've read this far thanks a bunch.


Yuma, AZ

Dec 16th, 2008 07:52 AM   Edit   Profile  

I was thinking about getting a Fulldrive 2 for my DRRI and I was wondering if anyone would happen to have any sound bites i can "chew on." I play a lot of Christian Alternative with a PRS, and a tele Copy with a hotrails in the bridge if that gives you an Idea of the sound I'm going for. So if you have a hubucked guitar...

No Limits

Maryland, USA

Never squat with your spurs on!
Dec 21st, 2008 11:13 AM   Edit   Profile  


I have tried the FD2 with my DRRI and it sounds pretty good for that growling classic rock overdrive.

FWIW, I ended up settling on a Barber Direct Drive. It does what the FD2 did, but even more and better. I use it with both Single Coil and HB guitars and it sounds great with the DRRI at any volume.

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Pookie's dead...

...that's what I said.
Dec 25th, 2008 11:50 PM   Edit   Profile  

An almost 9 year old thread on top...cool.

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I am not a complete

idiot - I have several pieces missing!
Jan 19th, 2009 01:20 PM   Edit   Profile  

"An almost 9 year old thread on top...cool."

Yup - and DRRIs just keep getting better with time.

I wanna be a DRRI. This old frame is gettin' creaky.

Duff B

Rural N. Central Pa.

The wind began to howl . . .
Jul 7th, 2013 03:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

Obviously some of you guys have had the DRRI for some time now.

Have you had any breakdowns/problems with it that you care to mention?

Feedback appreciated.

I have a DRRI that is about a year old now. I had a warranty repair because of a power tube failure that took something out.



Jul 16th, 2013 07:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

Can't be many problems because nobody has answered you for a while. I also own a DRRI and haven't used it much lately but I have had no problems yet.


South Florida

Jul 16th, 2013 09:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've had no problems and it gets used almost everyday for the past 2 years.

murray sanders


Oct 14th, 2013 11:55 PM   Edit   Profile  

After having issues with the 2 supersonic 22s and returned them , I just purchased a DRRI in mahogany with the blue alnico speaker from celestion , what a lovely sound , I play shadows instrumentals and it nails the sound beautifully , for dirt I put a love pedal eternity in from , I am a very happy vegimite now :)

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Loud N' Proud
Oct 27th, 2013 05:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

I ordered one of there a few weeks ago, got it last week, and have played a bit with it, did a live show this weekend and it sounds amazing. I ordered it 08Oct13, the sticker inside says 09Oct13 kinda cool. I tell everyone that they built it for me the next day after I ordered it.....

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