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FDP Forum / Fender Product Reviews / '65 Deluxe Reverb Reissue

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Cleveland, Ohio

Nov 15th, 2003 09:11 AM   Edit   Profile  

I used to have one and played a Gibson Lucille through it. Used a TubeScreamer though. I got tons of compliments on my tone. I think the Fender speaker does kinda suck. The Jensen is sure to be better.



Jan 19th, 2004 06:32 PM   Edit   Profile  

I bought my DRRI back in September. I owned an early '70s Princeton Reverb and love it, but was looking for something with a little bit more power. I considered the DRRI, TRRI and the new "Twin" and "Pro Reverb". I was able to borrow the DRRI and Pro and fell in love with the DRRI. I liked the 1/4 power feature and channel switching on the Pro, but the high gain just didn't do it for me - my type of sound wouldn't let me get past "3". I know that I made the right decision buying the RI and my Epihone Casino sounds too cool through it. I wouldn't mind getting my hands on the Twin Reverb Reissue, too!

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Jan 21st, 2004 01:11 PM   Edit   Profile  

I May 2003, I said "I use my DRRI to gig with, but we mic eveything including drums, so I never turn up past 4."

Put a Weber C12N in a few months my DRRI and now I can't get past 2.5 on the volume dial at a gig.

I front-end my DRRI w/MFX pedals as I am in a cover band and have gotten compliments on my tone and have actually been happy with my tone most of the time.

That said, I'm going in for back surgery after which I can not lift mroe than 30lbs, so I have a Pro Jr that I have yet to gig with but will this month.


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Jan 29th, 2004 12:35 AM   Edit   Profile  

I own a DRRI also, and I love it! I happened to stuble upon it at a guitar shop in my area, kinda hidden in a corner. I liked price tag on it, and asked for the story. The original owner bought it a week beforehand and decided he didn't like it (I can't figure out why) so he sold it off. I plugged my '65 Jazzmaster reissue in and off I went, and was immediately impressed with the amps tonal qualities, and awesome reverb. Decently fat lows, especially thru a neck pickup, with ear-searing treble when you want it. I do agree with the lacking vibrato though. I still consider myself a beggining guitarist, and I play a variety of music, from the Beatles to Metallica, and it always seems to handle whatever I throw at it, and does so at what sounds like a lot more than 22 watts. It was money well spent, and I considered a lot of similar amps, but none sounded quite like this one.

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Wellsboro, Pa.

I knew I came here for something...
Jul 19th, 2004 07:58 AM   Edit   Profile  

Just picked one up (wife's 54th b-day present to me) through a trade in of my Blues Jr. What a marvelous amp! With the Jensen 12" speaker, the fullness of the sound, low to high, just has to be experienced to be appreciated. When playing by myself, at lower volumes I'm using a distortion pedal in front of it, but at higher volumes (above 5) it overdrives really nicely all by itself.

At only 9 lbs. and 7 watts more than the Blues Jr. it's portability/tone is a delight. Count me in as a VERY happy camper. It's great to read the product reviews and find that this amp is all that's been said and then some.




you're no daisy at all
Jul 19th, 2004 10:14 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've had my DRRI for over a year and my only regret is the time and money I wasted on other amps in the 5 years before that. Mine has the Jenson speaker and the tone I get playing my 52 ri thru it is just unbelievable. I think it is the perfect amp, small enough to play at home and still get into the tubes while having the extras that you don't get with little practice amps. I surely don't notice mine being excessively bright and I play blues as well as country. If money were no object I might be tempted to get a boutique amp with point to point hand wiring with the same features, but your talking about at least 3 or 4 times the money there.

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As seen on CNN
Jul 19th, 2004 12:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

I love me some DRRI.



Jul 20th, 2004 05:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

MLC keep us informed if you make a change to the Kendrick.



Jul 20th, 2004 05:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

What about the new jensen c12k. Are any of you guys very happy with it or is a change to a c12n a good move?


United States

Jul 20th, 2004 10:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

I love my Deluxe reverb. It sounds very close to my 66Bassman just smaller, lighter, and with more effects. Whats not to like?



Jul 21st, 2004 01:07 PM   Edit   Profile  

How do you guys feel about the Jensen c12k. Do you still think a weber c12n is a better sound?



Jul 21st, 2004 01:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

How do you guys feel about the Jensen c12k. Do you still think a weber c12n is a better sound?

auburn blues
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john a. hanau
Jul 22nd, 2004 08:51 PM   Edit   Profile  

I am back in the saddle again with this amp... I had one years ago, then experiemented with many others and after quite some time I am back to the DRRI... I played a Gretsch Electromatic Hollowbody through it yesterday and today and there is no better tone... sounded like a cello... I have been and still am a Strat man however, that hollowbody sound through the DRRI is unparalleled...what an amp!!!!




Mar 26th, 2005 07:07 PM   Edit   Profile  

hi guys,
i have to say i bought a DRRI a few month ago and the sound when pushed is horrible !
i was told tyhose c12k were awfull but i'm even wondering if the amp is worth the money compare to an original !
i'm wondering about chabging the jensen reissue but will it be enough to erase those horrible fizzy/fuzzy upper high mids.
that's not at all the sound i knew from them listening to great solos of barry "the fish " melton (from country joe and the fish), or many other acid rock /psychedelic bands from the SF bay area !
maybe the speaker replacement would do it, but if not, i suppose i'd have to check for b+ which is lower maybe about 50 or 75 v, making it distorting a different way maybe, as well as for the output transformer too; i've heard some people use mercury magnetic replacement OT's.
where i'm really surprised, it's that some fender engineer worked on these amps, knowing people would be looking for original tone, and they use some horrible speakers in the last reissues.
those jensen seem to be awful in many amps, cause i have the super reverb reissue as well as the bassman 59' ltd, and they all sound overbright !! i'm obliged to lower treble or presence much (they put a 25k presence knob instead of a 5k on the bassman 59' ltd) as well as bass when i push this bassman, nearly to 1 or zero, or they get much too unfocused and drawning the sound.
what's the problem ?
i suppose they have great engineers at fenders, so why do they release those amps with such awful speakers ?
i paid much for these amps and nearly bought them eyes closed , trusting fender as i love their guitars and have heard much about original amps.
at that price, i thought i'd get a tone really close to original ones, but it's not the case; at least when the amps are pushed !
if ever anybody has the solution to help me make these amps sounds decent and close to original ones, please help me.
cause i invested much in those amps for my recording studio, and i'm really not satisfied with them actualy.
i sincerly hope it's just a matter of speaker , cause even if i do think they could have released them with decent speakers, i can replace them.
but if i have to replace the whole amp (knowing even the cab is not exactly as thick as original !), with transformers, parts on top of speakers, then it would be more interesting to sell them and buy the real ones !
actualy, i'm disapointed, but if i can make them sound close to original ones with say, some weber speakers, then it will be alright.
not just slightly better, but nearly exactly the same as an original; or i would think it was a rip off for the money i paid ! as i said , i have the super reverb and bassman 59' ltd, so i can say i know these jensen reissue speakers and read much about people who didn't dig those reissues, maybe because of these speakers.
check legendarytones.com, you'll see what i mean, there's a very true review about this last reissue bassman 59' ltd; i have it and can say this website says the truth.
why can't they reissue something that really sounds like the original ? would it be so difficult or expensive ?
that said, i love fender's tone and have a few strats and teles i love, but i'd be curious to compare those reissues to original ons, side by side; then i'd know if i'm raving or if they really don't sound the same.
some gear's reissues do sound the same as original, but some don't. i really wonder how to think about these ones and won't say for sure as i've not ab'd them with original ones.

slappy jackie
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is a funny place, so get happy.
Mar 31st, 2005 10:55 AM   Edit   Profile  


I have a '65 DRRI that makes me smile every time I played it. I was a working musician in 1965 and wanted this amp for its looks as well as its sound. I did revisions to mine and it now sounds like I remember from long ago. But, I put in a $100 Weber speaker and about $150 worth of NOS tubes to get it to this point.

It's really pretty sweet now, though. Quiet as a mouse, sweet and chimey when I play through it. The reverb is fine, fine, fine. And the tremolo is just perfect.

I didn't put in different transformers because even I would think that was asking too much. I'm no electrical engineer. Sorry to hear you're disappointed. And, just like you, I'm not entirely happy that anything was required to make this amp meet my expectations. But I sure like the way it sounds now. Good luck.

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Apr 3rd, 2005 12:23 AM   Edit   Profile  

Sorry you're disappointed too. I gig heavily with a funk/soul band here and do a lot of sessions as well. I now use a DRRI exclusively. I've a/b'd it with vintage DR's on more than one occasion and I actually prefer it. 99% of the difference is the speaker--if you play a drri through a 40 year old speaker it sounds just about the same as the vintage DR. With the stock speaker the main difference is it's a bit brighter and "stiffer." But most people around here like the current Jensen stock speaker. I tried a Weber but ended up going back as the Jensen had more focus at volume.

As for the SRRI the Jensens sound great to me: lots of sparkle and super low end thump. Better than most vintage SR's I've played and I've played a few.

Is there possibly something wrong with your amp? If you're curious you can check out my bone stock DRRI's tones at www.ampcast.com/shysoul and www.ampcast.com/justnick. All the guitars are through a DRRI, most sounds with no effects.

Best of luck getting your sounds where you want them.

just nick



Apr 30th, 2005 01:03 AM   Edit   Profile  

Oh, the G.A.S!! I played thru a DRRI about two weeks ago and have been debating ever since as to whether or not to buy it. I loved, loved, loved the tone but the thing is, I really can't justify buying it. I just play at home and already have an amp so it's not like I really need it. But wow, what tone that amp had! Oh man, this is tough!!

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Highland CA

Close to Corona
Jul 3rd, 2005 07:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

You only live once. I play mostly only at home these days and to me having a great sounding amp IS a need! I could be living under a freeway bridge, broke and starving but there's no way I'd give up my DRRI.

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I am not a complete

idiot - I have several pieces missing!
Jul 3rd, 2005 09:15 PM   Edit   Profile  

My new DRRI w/Jensen has knocked all my other amps to the back. The Twin Reverb sounds fantastic, but is too big and heavy. None of the others come close to the DRRI.



Jul 8th, 2005 05:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

I absolutely love my 65 Reissue and this is from a guy with four Marshalls. I also have a Blonde Blues Junior and various modellers (that are covered with dust)No matter what axe I plug in, the deluxe sounds great and I have 9 guitars, My main being a 57 Custom Shop Goldtop Reissue. I simply love the amp. The only thing I didnt like is it was DOA. I simply found the bad tube and replaced it. I called fender and they said I had to send them the old tube first, It was already out for trash. I called up MF and told them and they sent me a tube immediately no charge. Cant say much for fenders customer service after that and it will make the difference between another Fender or something else. I think they lost a customer over a tube they dont pay crap for. But thats the way they want to operate so let them. At least I have a killer sounding amp. But it looks like I wont be buying the 65 Twin for my collection because of their customer service. Shame on you Fender.

Little Manatee Sound

(This message was last edited by Turquoisestrat at 05:50 PM, Jul 8th, 2005)

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