Fender '68 Custom Amplifiers
Fender welcomes three new "Silverface" remakes, the ’68 Custom Princeton Reverb, ’68 Custom Deluxe Reverb and the ’68 Custom Twin Reverb.
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These amps are based on the look, sound and performance of Fender’s late-‘60s “silver-face” amps, and adds modern pedal friendly circuitry.
The story goes that 1968 became a visual change of pace for Fender amps, featuring amps that have a different look while still retaining the same Fender tone. The new '68 Custom Series amps follow the same look, featuring a silver-and-turquoise front panel and aluminum “drip edge” grille cloth trim.
The three amps feature dual channels that come with reverb and tremolo. These channels are said to provide modified Bassman tones that work well with pedals. Common to the three amps are the use of tube-driven spring reverb, custom-made Schumacher transformers based on the original models, and Celestion speakers.
The ’68 Custom Princeton Reverb (MSRP:$1,199.99) is meant to be ideal recording amp. It is the smallest of the three new amps featuring a 12-watt amp that drives a single 10” Celestion TEN 30 speaker. This compact amp houses 3x12AX7 and 1x12AT7 preamp Groove Tubes, while the power amp section is driven by 2x6V6 Groove Tubes. This tribute provides the same big tube tone in a small package that helped make the Princeton a popular among gigging guitarists.
The '68 Custom Deluxe Reverb (MSRP:$1,349.99) is a bit bigger and more powerful than the Princeton model, featuring a 22 watt amp that drives a single 12” Celestion G12V-70 speaker. The Preamp section houses 4x12AX7 and 2xAT7 Groove Tubes, while the power amp section has the same 2x6v6 tubes. The result is the same tonality as the Princeton, but with more power, volume and headroom.
The biggest of amp of the series is the '68 Custom Twin Reverb (MSRP:$1,799.99). Working vintage Twin Reverbs continue to be much sought after by established artists and the regular guitar guys alike. It is simply the go-to amp if you are going for the distinct signature Fender sound. This Amp pushes 85 watts of tube power through dual 12” Celestion G12V-70 speakers. It features 4 x 12AX7 and 2 x 12AT7 for the preamp section, while 4 6L6 Groove Tubes drive the power amp section. Fender describes this tribute version as being "clear, deep and powerful, it produced big tube tone, with world-class Fender reverb and vibrato effects".
More information and hopefully demo videos will soon be available. You can visit Fender for the complete specifications of the three new amplifiers.
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