1965 Deluxe amp

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  1. Mayas caster

    Mayas caster Tele-Holic

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    Hello there. I just wanted to share with you my latest buy. It’s a 1965 Fender Deluxe reverb (month of march). So it is considered a pre CBS amp, although the Fender company was bought in january. Wonderfull amp, more than loud enough, great break up around 4-5 on the vol, beautifull reverb and tremolo and not too heavy. I think someone added the Fender logo. For now, I like it more than my tweed ‘56 Deluxe.

    Any other users of vintage blackface Deluxes???
     

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  2. corliss1

    corliss1 Friend of Leo's Platinum Supporter

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    Yup - go find a nice "tail" version of the logo and swap that out to make it look correct. Nice amp!
     
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  3. Wally

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    Nice amp, Mayas Caster. Congratulations! Although that amp has the AB763 circuit and the Fender Electric Instrument’s panel, ime and imho that is technically not a pre-CBS amp.
    That matters not for value or for the circuit, though.
    What speaker is that? What numbers are there? Something about it looks odd.....or I may just not be fully awake. That is a big magnet for a DR speaker. One can see that the speaker has been at the minimum pulled and remounted, but I think it may not be original.
    This speaker in this amp looks to be what I would expect to see...
    https://reverb.com/item/21894439-fe...7-blackface-original-vintage-usa-cbs-tube-amp
     
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  4. 4pickupguy

    4pickupguy Poster Extraordinaire

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    Nice amp. I have settled on a Deluxe for my next amp.
     
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  5. bluebirdrad

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    Beautiful! I love my 64 Deluxe (NR). The 64 Blackfaces did not have a logo on the speaker grill. If that is added on, could be yours is actually a 64 pedigree.
     
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  6. schmee

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    Yep very cool, and yes it should have the logo on the front. Although maybe very early 65 didn't? Mine is a '65 also, although I had 4 vintage ones about 10 years ago! I kept this one. That's not an original speaker, too big a magnet.
     
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  7. Paul in Colorado

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    I had a '66. I sold it in a time of financial ruin. I sure do miss that amp!
     
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  8. Alex W

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    At first I thought you meant a Deluxe non-reverb.
     
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  9. Mayas caster

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    From what I red, there was no logo before mid 1965.
     
  10. Mayas caster

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    Thanks Wally!!! It looks like an original Oxford speaker, but I am not an expert. Those ´65 Deluxes were equipped with an Oxford, a Utah or a CTS speaker.
     
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    Nope, there is a reverb
     
  12. schmee

    schmee Poster Extraordinaire

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    Yeah, maybe so. I have not seen a 65 with no logo but it's certainly possible that was the thing early 65. 64 = no logo, or non Reverb Deluxe = no logo.
     
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    Nice!
     
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  14. Martin R

    Martin R Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    The previous owner of my 65 no-verb really wanted a Boogie.
    BF Deluxe.jpg
     
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    I don't get too carried away about the whole "pre-CBS" debate, but there are those that do. I have really nice '64 Bandmaster and a Feb. dated '65 Bassman, but are they both pre-CBS?

    Does that matter? Hell no it doesn't matter one damn bit. It is not the CEO of a company that builds anything, it is the employees and they were still there doing the job....likely never left.

    Very nice amp, congrats!
     
  16. zombiwoof

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    That speaker looks to me to be a later Fender-labeled Pyle speaker, the 4 impressed "dots" in the middle of the magnet structure are the telltale sign. Most likely a later replacement.
    Al
     
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    Congrats, a nice amp and welcome to the BFDR club.

    I also have a 1965 DR. I bought mine with a ‘73 Oxford in it, other than the speaker, a 3-prong plug, and new filter caps, it is pretty much original, even the RCA tubes. I swapped the Oxford with an Alessandro GASC64 almost right away, it sounds great, and is staying put until I pick up a vintage Jensen C12N.

    I agree with Corliss1 above, replace that ‘70’s logo with a tailed logo ASAP. That would drive my crazy.

    My amp is definitely a keeper amp and I’m sure yours will be also.

    Enjoy

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    Did you check to see when it was last serviced? Most newly purchased BF Fenders I see still have original filter capacitors - or at least some of them - and have rarely been serviced properly. Those caps can blow with no warning and cause serious....and expensive...damage.

    The FIRST thing I recommend is that any vintage amp be taken to a qualified tech immediately ; filter caps over 15 years old replaced, pots and jacks cleaned and lubed, voltages checked, off-spec parts replaced, and bias checked and adjusted if necessary.
     
  19. Mayas caster

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    Thanks for your tips Silverface. Yes all my vintage amps are checked by a certified tech when bought. The previous owner of this Deluxe had put 500$ on the amp just before selling it.
     
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    I bought an early ´65 Bassman head a couple of years ago. It came with a 212 Period correct Bandmaster cabinet.
     
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