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Dream amp #2 of 2 coming home! 1964 Deluxe Reverb

Stratoben127

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Wow. On Saturday I walked into a guitar store to browse and ended up putting some money down on a well-priced Quad Reverb. At the same time I was also testing some guitars out through a player grade '65 Deluxe that sounded remarkably good. I had pretty much no money aside for a few hundred for the Quad though. Turns out, my good friend (and a burst owner) was actually the former owner of the Quad.

So I called him up and he said he's been trying to get some money together to buy it back from the store, but if I want it I could grab it and sell it to him if I ever wanted to let it go. During this phone call he asked me to come out and play at a gig he had the next day (Sunday). So I came out, brought my reissue Deluxe that I barely use because most of my gigs are on a 50 watt Alessandro (dream amp #1), and we got to talking. His main amp is a '65 Deluxe. I mentioned before the gig how much I loved the portability of the reissue Deluxe for small gigs over the Alessandro, but it sounded crappy, especially compared to his '65. He asked me if I had plugged into the '65 Deluxe at the store with the replaced PT and I said yes, and he said it's a great amp and I really should try to talk them down on it because it was priced on the high side.

So that night I listed the RI Deluxe and some other things on Reverb and made $1,100 in four hours. I was thinking I could talk the guy down a few hundred and grab the Deluxe at the store for under two grand. Around the same time, a trade deal I was in the middle of started to go sour, so I got my other Alessandro that I was in the process of trading away back. I decided to throw that on Reverb and this morning it sold. So I ended up with almost $2,500 extra in my pocket. Time to go shopping!

I spent all of today shopping around and couldn't find a single Vibrolux, Deluxe, or Pro that I liked enough in my price range. I was ready to just hold off until the right one came around so I just clicked on the Reverb home page before closing my computer, and the newest listing was for a '64 no-logo Deluxe Reverb (the exact variety I wanted) that was all original save for a cap job and three prong cord. I made an offer that was immediately accepted and now I have a clean '64 Deluxe with a road case and old RCA tubes coming for well under $2,500. Dream amp #2 is mine. Unfortunately it will get here while I'm away next week. The wait begins...

Shitty teaser pic:


And this is dream amp #1, now my main rig, pictured with my '53 "semi-conversion" Les Paul "Patchy."
 

rockabilly69

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I have an vintage '64 Deluxe Reverb from the first run and it has some transition parts from the brownface era. Along with replacing the speaker for a Weber 12A150, forum member Professortwang really tuned it up nice for me. He changed the power cord, reflowed some bad solder joints, replaced the filter caps, replaced my reverb tank, and found a bunch of good NOS tubes for it. I also had a new Rogers baffle made for it with his aged grill cloth. The amp looks great, sounds incredible (past five on the volume), and is tight as a drum so to say! Here it is...

 

rob livesey

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Congrats!

Everyone should have a Deluxe Reverb, I've had my '65 for over 20 years and would never sell it. I have never played a gig where it wouldn't cut it with my band.

One thing is, you need to find the right speaker. I'm sure there are lots of opinions and basically none of them will be wrong, you will just need to find one that's right for you.

Rob
 

redisburning

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I played a single owner 64 that had just been gone through by a very, very good tech and it was pretty glorious; I think you will be very happy.

The wait is always the hardest part!
 

Michael Minnis

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Congratulations! I, too, have a 64 Deluxe Reverb. Fantastic amp. I agree about the search for the right speaker for you. Enjoy!
 

Stratoben127

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It will have an Altec 417-8H right after I plug it in and make sure it's all working.
 
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