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FDP Forum / Fender Amps: 1985 - Current / 64 Custom Deluxe Reverb Club

back breaker

eureka, usa

Kid! STOP! you're rockin' the forest!
Dec 20th, 2017 01:46 PM   Edit   Profile  

There may only be a couple of us other but it would be good to start a thread for comments and concerns about this amp.

I just got mine through an online dealer because one didn't come to my area to test. I normally play a Vibro-King (stock) so this is a step down in weight and volume with a whole different set of parameters than I am used to.

I play a Thin Skin 62 Fender Jaguar through this but am about to try my J.R. Signature Airline Tuxedo through it as well. I haven't gotten this thing off the ground and so it really sounds quiet to me compared to what I am used to but the natural break up is very pleasant. I don't know much about the 65's so I can't compare but I did however own an 80's deluxe reverb that reminds me that this is about as quiet as that was.

The dimensions are slightly different than what was on the other reissues (this being a little taller and deeper). The vibrato is smoother than what I remember on other black faces and it does not go as vast as say a twin... I know they change the circuit out for something like a brown face amp.

So far, I am stoked about this amp but have not tried to play with a group of people yet so hopefully I will feel good about that as well.

If there is anyone else out there with one, it would be great to hear from you......



Ike Turner is my guitar hero!
Feb 1st, 2018 01:23 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'd love to play one...

back breaker

eureka, usa

Kid! STOP! you're rockin' the forest!
Feb 6th, 2018 02:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

Played it in a group setting (experimental group with 3 guitar players and one drummer/percussionist). Drummer asked me to turn it down a little (which I was happy to have been asked...lets me know it's loud. I also have tried with with it's first pedal - Acid Fuzz Sonic Boom 3 in one (repeater, fuzz, tone booster)- I just use the fuzz but it sure sounds very natural and earthy sounding... once again, I attribute this to the tube rectifier... the sponginess/sag is something I don't get much of using my vibro-king so this is an interesting thing to experience after all these years. In all honesty, I am a sucker for the Velvet Underground and read about Lou using a deluxe with this circuit and a vox distortion plugged into a hollow body and solid body for the John Cale era stuff....so I went for it... really enjoying playing this set up. At some point i am going to retube this thing but it's still stock at the moment.

Deek Rivers


Apr 5th, 2018 08:32 AM   Edit   Profile  

I picked up a 64 Deluxe Reverb today, traded my Boogie Mark five, 35 watt combo.
Gigging with the DR this weekend so I'll report back next week...

Deluxe Jazzmaster

Eureka, USA

Life's the only thing worth living for!
Jun 27th, 2018 10:46 PM   Edit   Profile  

Been going wild with my 64' plugging my Jazzmaster straight in- it's such a great sound!

Contributing Member


Jun 28th, 2018 05:44 AM   Edit   Profile  

I honestly had no idea this amp existed. Sounds dandy, but expensive. I went from a Vibro King to a DRRI years back and felt more at home with the latter. VK is a great amp but way different from Blackface, which I think the DRRI did convincingly.

I see no Princeton Reverb equivalent from Fender. You'd think...

Deluxe Jazzmaster

Eureka, USA

Life's the only thing worth living for!
Jun 28th, 2018 08:05 AM   Edit   Profile  

I also have the V-K. I tinker with unloading it but I know I would regret it. I think the V-K sounds like how it was described when it first came out: A brown face bandmaster with a 63 reverb thrown in front of the circuit (with a couple audio bells and whistles thrown in).

People have said that the 64' has a transformer correction to make it more like an original and because of that the 20 watts brings it closer to a princeton. It sure is light and easy on the back in to comparison to the v-k



Happiness is a warm tube amp
Aug 7th, 2018 12:51 PM   Edit   Profile  

The on-line review from The Guitar Magazine was generally very favorable, but the reviewer mentions that there is some background hiss, similar to the modern Custom Vibrolux Reverb, perhaps due to the shared reverb across both channels.

Has this been the experience of any here who own or have tried the amp?

Count Olaf

USA, Boston

Mar 26th, 2019 10:20 PM   Edit   Profile  

Unearthing this thread because I may be very close to pulling the trigger on a 64 Custom Handwired. Initial idea was to buy a Kemper as a lighter alternative to my usual Boogies. But this thing seems to get me more excited.
Looking forward to maybe hearing more experiences and maybe pedal recommendations.
This would be amp number four and serving a different purpose than my previous gear. More of a rock/country/pop thing and I’m sick of hauling my lovely Mark IV every week at the moment.

Progressive Kit


Mar 27th, 2019 02:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

I love my amp- still using it all the time- 1 year strong.


usa Thumb area Mi

Mar 28th, 2019 03:29 PM   Edit   Profile  

A Sica Jensen C12Q comes stock with that amp.

I just installed a C12Q in my "Highly" (understatement lol) modded Blues Jr

So far... I'm really liking it. It's got that vintage American chime with that lower note sizzle thang going on. Looking forward to how this speaker is going to sounds after I break it in. n

Ditto on gassing for a Deluxe. I think my next Fender is going to be either the 5e3 Deluxe or the 64 Deluxe Reverb

Count Olaf

USA, Boston

Mar 28th, 2019 03:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

Just pre-ordered one.

Progressive Kit


Mar 28th, 2019 09:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

Mine is stock just like it came out of the box. Still sounds killer and I don't hear the hiss that people are claiming. A very quiet sousing amp with no notes are being coaxed from it.

Progressive Kit


Apr 12th, 2019 04:09 PM   Edit   Profile  

Count Olaf- did you get your amp? I am about to play mine and it made me think of your amp. I am hoping to hear your impressions when you have gotten some time.

I pretty exclusively play my 65 avri Jazzmaster through it. Both made and bought in the same year. Great together and it sounds so good that I don't put any pedals between them... just straight in.



Jun 25th, 2019 04:09 AM   Edit   Profile  

Deek Rivers.....Gigging with the DR this weekend so I'll report back next week...

Hey Deek, It's sure one long week. How is that '64 treating you these days?

Contributing Member

Republic of Texas

Lyrics = Breaks in between guitar solos
Aug 17th, 2019 08:47 PM   Edit   Profile  

I bought my '64 CDR in January of 2019 and I have to say It's my new favorite . It's up against some stiff competition (check profile) and I couldn't be happier. I do not get any hiss or any other unwanted noises. I love the feel of the rect sag. Both channels sound muy bueno. Comes with footswitch and a really nice cover. I'm gonna say that this is the finest sounding amp I've ever owned. I got a good deal on it too! Oh...takes pedals well and I've thrown a butt load of pedals at it (again...see profile) Gitcha one!



We had the hit but Van got the money
Dec 7th, 2019 06:56 AM   Edit   Profile  

I found a gut shot of the component board on te '64 DR and it looks better than a lot of the handwired we've seen come before. Sort of a blend of BF & SF. The original's blue molded are replaced by Fender's own blue caps, and a polypropylene in the "brown blob" reverb output slot. Looks promising, with good reviews generally.

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