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FDP Forum / Fender Amps: Vintage (before 1985) / I know it's heavy, but....Super Reverb content

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Calif. Foothills

Jul 2nd, 2015 12:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

Couldn't afford a Deluxe Reverb, Vibrolux Reverb, or a Princeton Reverb, so I bought the affordable option: A '67 SFSR, $800 plus shipping...Same exactly as a BFSR, right down to the 2-prong plug, blue ajax caps,alnico spkrs., AB763 circuit, etc. etc.
Wholly Crap!! I'm thinking this amp got scant use; it's hardly beat up at all. Only upgrade is new filter caps; everything else is stock. I can't rave enough about it's sound; nice and bright, big bottom end, lush reverb and tremolo, etc. etc.
It surpasses my 12 other vintage Fenders absolutely, though many/most of the others are awesome in their own ways. Yes, it will be a spot of heavy lifting to bring it to gigs, but I've got a handtruck and a pickup truck and the wherewithal to do it (It's always nice to have a buddy to help with the hoist into the truck!)
It's my 3rd try; finally found the good one....the other 2 got sold or given away because they didn't deliver the way I know they should (crappy speakers, bad mods, broken cabs, etc.) This is the ONE!
I'm curious to know if others use 'em despite their physical unwieldiness....I'm hooked!


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So. Cal. USA

Jul 2nd, 2015 01:23 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have an early '67 with BF cosmetics. It is the most tuneful amp I own save maybe the '57 tweed twin.

Mine has factory CTS ceramics in it and I love them. Heavy but manageable for the 58 year old man.


Calif. Foothills

Jul 2nd, 2015 02:01 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'm with ya H101! Still manageable after all these years!! After the heavy lifting is over, I become real happy with my stage sound; who could ask for more?!?!
It remains a mystery why they are so cheap!?!? I know about the weight complaints....Still, I bet you, like most players, are frequently carrying more than that as you move in the PA, etc...


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So. Cal. USA

Jul 2nd, 2015 03:15 PM   Edit   Profile  

You got a killer deal at $800. I have a mint AmDLx Strat invested in mine. Right place, right time. Enjoy!

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Birmingham, AL

Everybody loved us, except the people
Jul 2nd, 2015 04:46 PM   Edit   Profile  

Man, what a deal!

I think I'm going to go downstairs right now and fire up my '74.

(This message was last edited by lockbody at 10:50 PM, Jul 4th, 2015)

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watch sunrise from the bottom of the sea
Jul 2nd, 2015 08:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

A blackline drip edge 68 believer here. I couldn't agree more about the overall tonal bliss from the 4 alnico CTS speakers. Damn the weight! Full speed ahead!


United States

Jul 4th, 2015 05:18 AM   Edit   Profile  

$800 is a steal, congrats!! I have a 67 BFSR and it has been my favorite amp for 20 years. Sadly the weight is a problem but I'm not ready to part with it. I usually gig with a 68 DR I have but the SR is the big fat tone monster.

(This message was last edited by 68deluxe at 07:18 AM, Jul 4th, 2015)


USA / Memphis

I lost my pick and discovered my fingers
Jul 6th, 2015 01:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

Compare to a Blackline '68 Pro Reverb? Anyone have the opportunity to play both?

Love my Pro R but have heard some beautiful sounds come from a Super Reverb.


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So. Cal. USA

Jul 6th, 2015 01:18 PM   Edit   Profile  

Interesting, I also have a BF '67 Pro Reverb. When pushed hard the Pro is hands down eaten alive by the SR. 2-12s just can't compete with 4-10s. The OT in the SR is superior to that in the PR IMO as well.

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Seattle, Wa

Not My Tempo
Jul 6th, 2015 01:57 PM   Edit   Profile  

I gigged using blackface Super Reverbs and Vibrolux Reverbs back in the mid to late 70's-early 80's. My favorite Fender amps and still love their sound.

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American Patriot

Not so famous dude.
Jul 6th, 2015 02:14 PM   Edit   Profile  

I had 3 of them back in the mid/late 70's. Two '65's and one silverface. Sure were good amp. One BF was stolen the same night we let 2 dudes set in with our band. Never saw it again.


Calif. Foothills

Jul 6th, 2015 06:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

One superior feature of these early SFSR's, as well as all BF's, is the strong cab corners, finger-jointed' a.k.a. box-jointed.....Not sure exactly when, but after a short while, CBS began using weak rabbet-jointed corners with staples on most SF amps.....Drop 'em once and they usually break.....My 2 previous SFSR's arrived broken due to typical handling by UPS; Fedex.....I can't really blame them, knowing how bogus the construction was.
This new amp arrived from Fedex laying on it's back in the delivery van, though clearly labeled "This Side Up"....pretty sure it fell over "accidentally" in transit.....anyway, everything remained intact despite the trip (seller had removed and separately wrapped all tubes, yay!) Man, those early-ish Fender's were built to last!!

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It's not just good..

...it's good enough.
Jul 7th, 2015 02:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

"A '67 SFSR, $800 plus shipping..."

An absolute steal, to be sure.
There are 2 in a local shop. One is a pretty beat up BF '66 with a $1499 price tag and the other is a pristine BF '67 with a $1999 tag on it.

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Whitehorse Canada

I don't get out much
Jul 7th, 2015 11:00 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have a 68 Black Line Drip Edge Super Reverb loaded with Weber Sig 10 alnicos.

Pine cabinet.....it's not particularly heavy.

I got a rather good deal on it....no tubes, no speakers, no charge.
It was headed for the dump.
That's what got me on this amp build/service/fix thing.
Probably one of the best things that has happened to me in my adult life.

Got to say....I don't get the heavy thing....yours has a pine cabinet and alnico speakers.....yes?

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Whitehorse Canada

I don't get out much
Jul 8th, 2015 12:58 AM   Edit   Profile  

On the other hand....I have a 70s Super Reverb on permanent loan...it too has alnico speakers, (CTS)...it's pretty damn heavy. Must be the cab.


Fiesta Ray

Pewaukee, WI USA

Jul 16th, 2015 10:46 AM   Edit   Profile  

Will you be replacing the 2-prong cord?


north jersey usa

black faced,with a silver lining
Jul 19th, 2015 12:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

My bud has a beautifull 68 Sr. Blackline AB763 circuit,He purchased at the Philly guitar show about 4 years ago for $1000., it is stunning and sounds as good as you would expect, all stock. I have a 73, SR. with 4 JBL K130? I believe spkrs. This is the heavyest amp I have ever carried. we are using it now for Key boards, and it delivers. It can handle the highs & lows very well. I always called this my basement amp as I never wanted to carry it, at 60 years old guess what 2 people are carrying. thank got it has casters.

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United States

Vance Erickson
Jul 19th, 2015 03:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

I don't always play clean, but when I do I prefer my 64 Super Reverb.

Doc Sarvis
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USA/Salt Lake City

Tuned Strings and Tight Lines
Jul 20th, 2015 07:20 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've always imagined the BFSR and early SFSR to be the perfect gigging amps. I have a '66 BFVR that defines the BF Fender sound for me. The SR has got to be more of the same.

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Calif. Foothills

Jul 24th, 2015 01:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

Hey, I'm always a bit slow to respond.....Yes. it's a pine cab with CTS Alnicos.....Yes, I changed the 2-prong plug; also reconfigured the incoming wiring so the fuse is 1st...Did away with the courtesy outlet and ground switch, etc. etc. Of course I harvested the .047 blue ajax "death cap" for future use!!
Say, I have occasionally blown fuses when switching on the standby switch with this and other tube-rectified Fender amps; Now, I just flip both switches on at the outset.....No more blown fuses....not sure why; perhaps the inrush current?!
The perfect gigging amp for me.....so far it kicks ass in every endeavor; practice, or gigs!! Yes, it's a bit heavy.....but I love it!

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