NAD ‘68 Deluxe Custom GC edition.

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  1. 4pickupguy

    4pickupguy Poster Extraordinaire

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    Picked up my ‘68 Deluxe Custom from GC this afternoon!! Got 15% off with the coupon that expressly excluded Fender products.... so, there ya go.
    The ‘65 BF is sparkly spanky where this ‘68, even in the vintage channel is a tad bit more aggressive. The ‘Custom’ channel is a tad more aggressive still and has more lower mids going on. Love the sound of the BF but I think the 68 SF will serve the fusion thing a bit better. No mistaking this thing for anything but Fender though. If I were in a country band still I would have gone with the BF.
    The Guitar Center edition just means it comes with the red lettered face plate and a 150 watt Celestion Redback speaker. This speaker is really something. 2” voice coil, massive ceramic mag and adds a bit of extra weight to the amp, which I don’t care about (mainly because I haven’t skated across an icey parking lot with it at 2:00am yet). Celestions take forever to loosen up because of the thick, tight suspensions and this one needs it bad. The demo unit speaker sounded beautiful, I am confident this one will work itself in. This amp is the center dry section of my new Wet/Dry/Wet main band rig and will serve alone on sub gigs and jams!! So stoked, I’m giddy as a school girl!!!

    The matching amp stand is on back-order. Sitting on the floor for now...

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    Super cool amp congrats!
     
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    Beauty!l Congrats!
     
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    gridlock Friend of Leo's

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    Love the ‘68 Custom Deluxe Reverbs and I’d love to hear one with that speaker.

    Congrats and enjoy.
     
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    You look to young have been around when Gauss speakers roamed the earth, but, its like a Gauss and a greenback had a baby. its really quite tight until you get some electrons through it. This one isnt broken in yet so that point is quite loud. I trust/hope that point will lower with use. I suspect some more highs will peak through with use as well. Very thumpy and crisp. Seems quicker than say, a greenback but it does have a 2" voice coil to motivate it. There is absolutely no way to hurt this speaker with this amp.

     
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  6. El Tele Lobo

    El Tele Lobo Friend of Leo's

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    Nice! Can't wait for your inevitable (I hope) demo. Happy New Amp Day!
     
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  7. stevekolt

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    Very nice, what is the matching amp stand you are talking about? I bought the limited edition DRRI, solid pine cabinet, tweed covering and a Celestion G12-65 speaker. Had it shipped directly to Andy Fuchs for his ODS mod. He mentioned a folding stand called "Standback" that angles the amp up, while still maintaining contact with the ground.
     
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    Wow that sounds like a very special amp! What is the mod Andy does? I take it to be dumblesque?

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    This is the stand I was talking about. They are super handy. They fold up into tiny little things and they are not very expensive at all. I dont use the mic stand thing, I just drape E609s over the front. There are sturdier, heavier ones out there but I just love these things!
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    4pickupguy, I have that stand, and use a gooseneck for mic placement. I seem to lose some bass though since the amp has no contact with the floor. Here is a link to the stand Andy was talking about. http://standback.net/?dcv=1#purchase and yes, the ODS mod is very "dumblesque". Ive been playing a 50 watt Fuchs ODS head into an open back Fuchs 1x12 cabinet for a good while now. Just wanting something a bit smaller/more manageable for the smaller clubs.
     
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    Pretty cool! Of course, We could both just go old school....
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    The stand makes it all fit. It’s about as small a W/D/W rig as I can make..

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    that's hot
     
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    Beautiful- my dream amp.
    You are so lucky in the US. Here in Oz that would be a few thousand $$$s second hand.
     
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    Congrats. The reason why you hear a difference in the Vintage channel compared to the BFDR is that they doubled the resistance of the top resistor in the negative feedback loop. That affects both channels. Fwiw, if a person wanted that Custom channel to move even into a more customized mode, that can be done. fender did not make much of a change there....they could have gone much farther toward the ‘tweed’ thing. I have modded the ‘65 RI long ago...in the manner that has been done on vintage Fenders for decades.
     
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    Thanks! I tried in vain to find out what they meant by “reduced negative feedback”. I like the subtlety of the difference so far, I have yet to use this amp with a band, so I will keep this info in mind.

    On an unrelated note, one thing this Deluxe confirmed for me is just close the Ethos preamp/power amp (the two outboard cabs) portion is in tone. The Fender wins out in the ’sparkly highs’ but it really is pretty close. If you want to mount a Deluxe on a pedal board, the Ethos really does a great BF/SF emulation.
     
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    HNAD, Congrats
     
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