Fender '65 Super Reverb Reviews4.9/5.0 based on 6 customer reviews
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March 19, 2009Music Background:
Pro Musician/Recording Engineer (Age: 23)
My favorite amp out thereI toured with this amp a few years ago and every single night it blew me away. Since then I've been trying to find another amp that came close, and I haven't been able to. I just bought the '65 Super Reverb and to no surprise I had my favorite sound again. Tone, reliability, looks, it's got it all.
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from St. Paul, MN
January 27, 2009Music Background:
Great Amp!I have been playing guitar for 32 years and play every weekend in a band. I have 2 Marshall's, a 5150, Mesa 550 Express, Line 6 Spider Valve, a Fender The Twin--and I must say the Super Reverb I recently picked up is the best sounding, if your looking for that crisp sparkling sound. I am finding myself wanting to get back to playing a guitar direct through a tube amp, no effects. This would not be a good amp in my cover band where I need many different souds from metal to heavy rock. Lastly, I have enjoyed a fantastic relationship with my Sweetwater sales rep Bob Mondock! Sweetwater rocks!
April 2, 2008Music Background:
GodlyI plugged my American Standard Strat into this at a local shop and WOW. I played it for an hour.
Amazing tone. The reverb is so smooth, the tremolo is other-worldly, and the bright switch is amazing.
The next thing I buy will be this amp.
from United States
January 6, 2013Music Background:
musician and engineer
Great! With a little love...The stock tubes that come in this amp are absolute rubbish. I put in some quality valves (JJ), set the bias properly (I doubt this was done from the factory) and this amp just came to life!! I was dumbfounded at the transformation. Just a reminder to me how important tubes are in a tube amp. Sounds absolutely glorious, now. Equal to any of the vintage amps I own. With the factory tubes the sound was overcompressed, harsh, and weak in the bottom end.
The other problem was the speaker cable is very poor quality, and needed to be replaced. The amp was cutting in and out. I am amazed that Fender puts a molded plastic cord in such a crucial position on an amp that costs as much as this one, but, oh well, at least I found it.
One of the speakers died, too. Still sounds good with three, though. This amp was bought brand new.
The last problem that this amp has is common to virtually all newer production Fenders in the past 30 years or so using circuit board construction, rather than point to point. Circuit boards are an elegant way to construct an amp, but, the plastic board mounted jacks Fender uses are of poor quality, and start to go bad after a few years of normal use. They are hard to replace is the other problem, compared to the easy task of replacing a standard guitar-type jack on a vintage amp. Both jacks on my Normal channel need to be replaced. The amp is about 6 years old. I think they could at least take the time to wire in some decent jacks in an amp as nice as this, for a lifetime of use.
In proper order, this amp quickly displays its legendary qualities. I think the 30-40 watt range is magic for tube guitar amps. Loud enough to gig, but not so loud that you can't crank it up a bit and get the goodness happening without deafening people and drowning out everything else. It's still pretty dang loud, though. You have to love the Fender effects as well, the tremolo and reverb. Another chunk of genius from Leo and company.
March 30, 2006
65 super reverbgreat amp. almost perfictly recreates the original a good friend of mine has the original and it is very close.
from Lompoc, Ca
January 1, 2004
I have played Fender amps all my life. This Super Reverb comes very close to "nailing" the original sound. It lets you SPANK and HONK when your right hand asks for it! It's not too bright on the high end, and is working hard on the bottom. It "comes to the party" around 6-7 on the volume, and responds well with todays out-board FX's. You will dig this, I know you will !!! Have funnnn !