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

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Rob Luter


Jul 31st, 2001 06:09 AM   Edit   Profile  

I just picked one of these up myself. They must be evolving. The one I played in the store had the ground switch folks talk about as well as an Eminence speaker. When I got mine out of the box it had no ground switch and had a Jensen C12K speaker installed. The demo sounded really good. The one I came home with sounds amazing.

Anyone else noticed these changes?


Master of the angry Tele. VA, USA

Jul 31st, 2001 08:23 AM   Edit   Profile  

Count me in on this amp. Recently purchased one, and have never been happier. Feel kinda stupid for negelcting to really try one of these little gems sooner. I absolutely LOVE this amp. It takes pedals very well, and distorts beautifully. Also: I bought a new one, but it was the floor model, and I suspect that it had some serious playing time on it. It has the Eminence spkr., not the Jensen, and I am quite pleased w/ the stock Eminence. It must be "broken in" already, because it sounds great. No excessive shrillness (and I like some nice top-end), and no flabbyness.(although I never dime the amp) It really has increased my respect for Eminenece. Although tempted by the many posts praising alternative speakers, I am not gonna mess with the "mojo" on mine. Man, this amp CUTS so well live too.


United States

Bird, Trane
Nov 12th, 2001 07:16 PM   Edit   Profile  

Would a '52 Telecaster RI mated with one of these be too much treble entirely?

Jayson Chance

Hotlanta, GA.

Nov 12th, 2001 08:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

Hmmmmmm. A Tele and a Deluxe Reverb not being a good match???
I don't know, ask Brent Mason, Pete Anderson, Roy Buchanan, Vince Gill, etc.
If you are a Tele player, and play any kind of "roots" music (country, blues, rockabilly),
I can't imagine a better combination as far a small amps go. I'd love one myself, but the wife refuses to let me have any GAS attacks right now.......


The Tyler Wails Band


United States

Bird, Trane
Nov 13th, 2001 11:32 AM   Edit   Profile  

But what if you're more a jazz player than a roots player? Someone here says the Vibrolux is the least typical Fender sound (typical being high-fidelity, scooped-out mid, prominent bass and treble). Vibrolux more Marshall-like, more mids? Am looking for an amp to use with ES 335 and Telecaster.

Jayson Chance

Hotlanta, GA.

Nov 13th, 2001 11:58 AM   Edit   Profile  

Well, the Deluxes I've played through have a great clean sound as long as you don't require much volume. If you are into jazz and are just playing in small combos, you should probably have no problem getting good, projected, clean sound. But if you get in to any type of rock or blues, you will get a considerable amount of overdrive from the amp as you crank it to performance volumes.
My suggestion would be the "default" answer for clean tone at any volume, the Twin Reverb.


The Tyler Wails Band


United States

Bird, Trane
Nov 13th, 2001 12:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

Jayson, thanks for your replies. I'm looking mainly for a smaller practice and small group amp, and it sounds as if the Deluxe may be what I'm after. I mainly want clean, but actually like the fact it is somewhat lower power, so I could push it naturally without resort to pedals if I want.



Let's ROCK!
Nov 13th, 2001 08:15 PM   Edit   Profile  

I just bought a DRRI 3 weeks ago. I am VERY pleased with it. It was a floor model. It has the Emminence speaker but it has a dent in the front, which I didn't like. The deal was for me to keep this one until a new one comes in. I'm thinking I might not want to give this one back! This thing's got soul and serious mojo! It's sweet at every position on the volume knob. Distortion pedals sound great through it. Smooth and musical. The Emminence is now broken in nicely from much loud rockin'. I've never heard one of these with a different speaker or tubes, but jeez, how much better could it get? I could strum first position power chords with the volume on 3-4 until my hands fall off! My pedals sound great and I am a hard rocker, but sometimes I don't even want to stomp on them because the amp is so intoxicating by itself! I know most of you have done this, but for anyone who hasn't, just for kicks, turn the volume up to about 8 and play the opening riff to Jumpin' Jack Flash. This is the REAL DEAL! You BECOME Keith Richards circa 1965. Duh, it IS, afterall, a 1965 Deluxe Reverb! (O.K., so Jumpin' Jack Flash probably didn't even come out intil the early 70's, but you get the idea)



Dec 16th, 2001 03:47 PM   Edit   Profile  

O.k. You guys have give me GAS. I think this will be my next purchase. But, what is the tone difference between the older Emminence speaker and the Jensons? Also, I love the Twin Reverb but it is too heavy for me. Does this sound similar?



May 2nd, 2002 09:59 AM   Edit   Profile  

Got one on order and it should be here this week. After hearing one that has been well 'broken in', I can't wait to get mine. It will replace my Tweed HRDLX as my main amp(Yep, I got one of the Tweeds, but it ain't for sale. It's a keeper).



Sep 1st, 2002 09:52 AM   Edit   Profile  

I hate to rain on this parade so I will call my comment an observation rather than a complaint. I have a reissue Deluxe Reverb and don't find the reverb to be as compelling as the original. It sort of has this slight subliminal flutter to it as it decays. Also, and go figure; I also own a Rivera era Princeton Reverb II with the abbreviated sideways mounted and unclothed accutronics box. The reverb in this amp is outstanding not only belying the short box, but rich and deep like an old Deluxe Reverb. Any input would be appreciated.


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I feel the need for tweed
Mar 17th, 2003 10:26 AM   Edit   Profile  

I played a BF, SF, and RI all next to each other. They all sounded great but my only complaint was that the reverb on the RI was not as deep.

Supposedly a tube change helps. I am currently considering one.



Apr 5th, 2003 04:52 PM   Edit   Profile  

I had a Deluxe Reverb Re-issue for awhile. Although I really loved the sound in the store and at home, I was lost in the mix when it came to competing with stage volume. Ended up trading it in for a Hot Rod Deluxe, which I wish I would have bought in the first place. The DRRI is a nice amp, but just didn't have enough gas.

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I feel the need for tweed
Apr 7th, 2003 08:28 AM   Edit   Profile  

I played a 52 RI into a 65 DRRI yesterday at guitar center. Man, I have played DRRI's before and thought they were good but for some reason, this combo sounds incredible.


Voodoo Telenomics

Have Tele, will travel
Apr 28th, 2003 09:24 AM   Edit   Profile  

Just picked up a new one last week, came equipped with a Jenson speaker. One great amp. Not too bright as I have heard in the past, could be the Jenson. Love it.



May 16th, 2003 04:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

yeah the jenson was a big improvement over the emi... that crappy "fender special design" emi was the only downside to an otherwise killer amp. but with the new jenson they are tone monsters.



Elk Point, SD

I'm way out there.
May 18th, 2003 07:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

I played a church gig on Wednesday night in front of a bunch of extremely active junior high kids. The DRRI was at about 9 or 10 all the time - but it was WORTH IT! During the first song, I killed the multi-fx pedal and just got this incredible, sustaining OD tone from the amp. We played for a full half-hour at this volume, which was pleasantly loud, ;), and the amp never skipped a beat. The amp chassis was EXTREMELY hot afterwards, which of course I know is normal, but hot enough to melt part of a mic cable someone had stuck in the back of my amp...sheesh!

The DRRI is an incredible amplifier. You don't know who this amp really is until you have it dimed for a while. Textbook case of schizophrenia, docile at low volumes but killer at high volumes!


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May 27th, 2003 12:12 PM   Edit   Profile  

Iuse my DRRI to gig with, but we mic eveything including drums, so I never turn up past 4. A couple of weeks ago, everybody was gone out of the house, so I dime'd her for an hour. Exquisite tone!



Huntingdon Valley.PA

Scots Wha' Ha'e
Jun 8th, 2003 06:08 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've been playing mine for a little over a week. My main amp has been a Marshall JCM 2000 DSL 100 with a 1960 cab with greenbacks. I always will like strats into Marshalls for the heavy crunch but now I use the DR for my clean signal. It is a surprising little amp and it dirtys up nice when you crank it up. I am selling my TRRI for all the reasons heard on this forum namely weight and clean til your ears bleed. I own a lot of pedals but with my Marshall I don't use any OD pedals The DR suits me fine. Now I have an amp I can crank up and it breaks up nice at 6. If you need to fill a big room,mic it. For practice it can't be beat. It handles OD pedals nice. It sounds good to me and in the end that's all we really care about



Jun 13th, 2003 05:32 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks.........i really needed the gas. Now what? I suppose i'll be robbing my savings account because of you all. You guys really know how to make a guy go broke. ;)

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