Fender Silverface Deluxe Reverb
Years of Production: 1968 – 1982
Controls: Silver, forward facing w/ blue labels
Knobs: Black skirted w/ chrome center, numbered 1 – 10
- Front: Normal: In, In, Vol, Treb, Bass – Vibrato: In, In, Vol, Treb, Bass, Rev, Speed, Intensity – Pilot Lamp
- Rear: AC Outlet, Ground Sw, Fuse, Power Sw, Standby Sw, Speaker, Ex. Speaker, Vibrato Sw, Reverb Sw, Reverb Out, Reverb In
- Dimensions: 17″ x 24½” x 9½”
- Hardware: Medium Chassis Straps 4 5/8″
- Handle: Black Strap
- Feet: Glides
- Corners: Corner Protectors
- Blue sparkle grille cloth w/ aluminum frame ~ 1968-1969
- Blue sparkle grille cloth ~ 1970-1975
- Orange and silver grille cloth ~ 1976-1980
Logo: Grille mounted, raised, chrome & black script
Weight: 40 lbs.
- Size: 1 x 12
- Impedance: 8 ohms
- Model: Oxford 12K5, Utah, CTS(For more info, check out the Jensen Replacement Speakers)
Effects: Reverb, Tremolo
Watts: 22 watts
- Pre amp: 4 x 7025, 2x 12AT7
- Power: 2 x 6V6GT
- Bias: Fixed with Bias Pot
- Rectifier: 5U4GB (and sometimes GZ34/5AR4)
Fender switched back to the blackface era cosmetics some time in 1980. Deluxe Reverbs produced between late 1980 and 1982 have a black control panel and silver sparkle grille cloth. A “Boost” pull switch was added to the Volume control around ’77. A Line Out jack added to back panel around `79.
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I just bought a 1979 Deluxe Reverb. Does “fixed with bias pot” (above) mean that I can re-tube it without adjusting the bias?
No. In general, you should re-bias fixed-bias amps when you change tubes. Cathode-biased amps generally do not need re-biasing when tubes are changed (although if you change rectifier types or something like that, you will probably need to make some adjustments.)
Preparing to sell a 1973 (Silver Face) Deluxe Reverb Amp. Once owned by my brother-n-law that recently passed away. It appears to be all original.
What would I look for that would prove it is “not” original.
It is in very good condition cabinet, grill etc…I am not sure if he bought it new or not. Unable to find any P/W on it. I cannot seem to find a manual on line or in any fender archives.
I had a Silverface DeLuxe Reverb 1978 in 1979-83. I remember it had 2 10″ speakers, instead of one 12″. Do i remember right, was there such a model version too in existence?
You probably had a Vibrolux (it has 2 10s)
Does anyone know where I may find a componant layout and wiring schematic for a 1975 silverface deluxe reverb
any way to tell me what year my deluxe reverb is by the serial # A42653
Mark, my late ’69 DL has serial # A29479, if that’s any help.
A guy named gagliano has a list of chassis serial numbers and advice on how to date the amp beyond just chassis number. Apparently fender made these in large lots and put them in bins and techs just grabbed any one and used them so a chassis could have sat around for a year before getting used as guys didn’t often grab them from the corners.
DELUXE REVERBS BF AND SF ARE ALSO DIFFERENT AS MOST OF FENDERS ??
i have a 1979 fender deluxe reverb,and i never had the original speaker. i want to put the original type back in this amp.any suggestion what might have been original? been thinking about an oxford 12k5. i do use pedals, but i would like to have this amp be a grab and go. guitar into amp. go. i also play a strat. thankyou very much!
I have a 1980 silverface, it came w/ a pyle 12″ speaker w/ fender label, want to buy it for $30 + shipping. Fender did not put very good speakers in these amps. That is why I replaced it. Eric
…mine (1980) also had a Pyle – I replaced it with a 1979 CTS and am most happy with it!
Danny, Vin-Tone offers speaker re-coning and restoration of Era Correct speakers for these amps. We also have a large inventory of Era Correct speakers to choose from. Please contact us for options.
I have a Reverb Deluxe Amp with serial number A895855 Can you tell what year this was made?
A8+5-digits – 1978
Very likely a 1978.
What was the original speaker in a 1973 DR?
I have a deluxe reverb w/ numbers on transformer 606-828. What does that mean
Hi Jason. 606 means it’s a fender original transformer and 8-28 means 8th year, 28th week. So if it’s silverface it can be 1968 or 1978. I think a 1969 would have a silver border around the grill cloth known as the drip edge.
Sorry *1968, not 1969 in my previous comment
I have a 71 silverface deluxe reverb with a 6L6 tube chart + tubes.
Cannot find any info on this as most 6L6 DR I have seen are modified.
The tube chart is original
any info would be appreciated.
I call Brian Toma in Tiger Ga. He built me an exact copy of a Deluxe Reverb. His company is TomaTone. Pretty low key but superb knowledge
I’m the proud owner/user of a 1971 DR. I had 2 late 1960s- early 70s JBL D110Fs laying idle, so I decided to use them in the DR. I built and covered a 2×10 baffle, and installed the D110Fs. The difference in tone was amazing: bigger lows that are tightly focused and broad, mids that are replete with the famous JBL punch, and crystalline, shimmering highs that only Fender can provide. Enthralled as I was, I knew I was not done. I added a SS rectifier, JJ 6L6s and a rebias and presto! I have a mini Twin. Since I play clean about 95% of the time, this little monster is just about perfect. The 6L6s add about 8-10 watts output, which is not enough to make the amp sound a whole lot louder, but it does provide clean headroom that is markedly increased.
I’m looking at purchasing a ‘91 DR. It’s a silverface, but I’ve not been able to find info about whether the 2 channels are like the new DRs, ie a Custom and a Vintage channel.
Anyone have a good link or knowledge on the DR tonestacks from 90s?
I have a 1968 Deluxe Reverb. There is a label on the back of the speaker, underneath the (peeling off) blue Fender label, that says on three lines: 023028, 465-749, 12K5-12.
I don’t know that the first line is, but the second number (465) means Oxford speaker, and 749 means it was made in the 49th month of the year 1967. The last line is the model number. I’m familiar with the 12K5-6 model, but not the 12K5-12 model.
Does anyone know what the number after the hyphen in the third line means?
I noticed with the SFDR volume boost schemati, c the standby switch is after the reservoir caps instead of before (as with earlier schematics). This seems like it would put a lot of stress on the rectifier tube. Is this something that needs to be addressed? Or is it not a big deal?