With the first reverb units appearing on the illustrious Hammond organs of the 1950’s, Fender quickly saw how the addition of this effect could have a monumental influence on the Fender sound. So the company commissioned a free-standing reverb unit in 1961. This was to be the birth of what has become a cornerstone in guitar tones and was made famous by the likes of Dick Dale, The Ventures and The Chantays to name only a few from that early period.
This vintage Fender Reverb Unit features three controls – Dwell, Mix and Tone and is powered by two pre-amp tubes and a power tube, delivering classic Fender reverb which ranges from simply adding a bit of space to your sound, to opening up a completely cavernous tone. We believe this one is from 1963, and presents in excellent working condition.
Years made: 1961-1966
Control Panel: Brown (61-63) or black (63-66) top facing with white labels
Control Layout: Power Switch, Fuse (¾ amp), Pilot Lamp – Dwell, In, Mix, Tone, Out
Knobs: Brown round (61-63) or white round (61-66), numbered
Cabinet Size: 10″ x 19″ x 7½” (25.4 x 48.3 x 19.1 cm)
Cab Covering: Brown tolex
Cab Hardware: Brown leather handle
Logo: Grille mounted, flat
Weight: 16 lbs. (7.3 Kg)
Tubes: Input: 12AT7;½ 7025 Reverb Driver: 6K6GT; Reverb Recovery: ½ 7025
Additional Info: Reverb In, Reverb Out, and Footswitch jacks are located under the chassis.
Please note, this is NOT a reissue, but a true vintage Fender Reverb Unit from 1963 in original brown tolex.
The power transformer has been updated to 240v so no stepdown transformer required. It has had a few of the smaller capacitors and three pots changed, and a newer Acutronics reverb tank.
It wears some scuff marks and small blemishes on the tolex, but no notable tears or rips. The wheat coloured front grille is in perfect condition. The 6K6GT tube appears to be an original RCA unit from the early 60s.
With the relatively short original production run of these now classic and collectable units, we’re happy to offer this one in very good condition. We’re sure that wherever its new home ends up being, it will be valued as not only a wonderful piece of Fender history but a truly usable piece of vintage equipment.
Video Demo – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StSissZzfuE