Fender deluxe reverb silverface dating
It is a 71 silverface Deluxe Reverb that we bought from the Linda Ronstadt band.It came with a fantastic vintage flight case that had travelled around the world, 6L6 tubes, a GZ34 rectifier tube, a JBLd120f speaker and had been totally AB763-blackfaced with new wiring, a professional cap job and all.The DR is a small/medium-sized amp with an ability to deliver both sparkling clean tones and low wattage breakup at 22W with 6V6 tubes and relatively small transformers (power and output).It has found its way in to more recording studios, clubs and bars than any other Fender amp. It is just powerful enough to cut through in practise in a band with a drummer and, unlike some bigger amps, it will reach its sweet spot at a reasonable volume.Then we pulled the V1 preamp tube and replaced the tremolo intensity pot with a new switchable one that can completly disconnect the tremolo circuit from the signal path when turned to zero (see tremolo disconnect mode below), both to thicken the tone by increasing the preamp gain in the amp. The pick attack was now acceptable and the hard treble frequencies were compensated with punchy lower mids.These mods took us 25 minutes including assembling the amp chassis and cabinet back together. It was now much easier to find a sweet spot and good EQ settings and we enjoyed a lot playing the amp with no boost pedals.Many people consider the silverface amps just as sonically good as the blackface models.
We are also very happy with a EVM12L speaker in this amp. It sounds like most blackface/silverface amps, full American tone with sparkle and punch. It has 22w clean headroom and breaks up at around 4 on the volume knob with a single coil guitar.
Unfortunatley it was too shrill and needed to be cranked really hard.
Even then there was too much of the ice picky attack in the treble notes.
Why has the desire for low wattage amps with 20-25 watts of tube power come up so late?
Both the Deluxe Reverb (DR) and Princeton Reverb (PR) “survived” the CBS silverface periods with minor changes.
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Since the year 2002 we have observed, by monitoring the amp market on US ebay, that low wattage amps have increased dramatically in popularity.