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5160 posts
Dec 31, 2017
10:10 PM
I just played a stage where all backline was provided.
Amps were Twin Reverb, AC30 and 65RI Deluxe Reverb

I plugged into the Deluxe.

To my surprise, I had zero drama with the amp. Plugged into input 2 of the normal channel, bass on 8.5, treble on 2, volume started around 3 but I eventually had it up around 4.5, felt I could get more out of it but didn’t really need more.

Basically i treated it like my Princeton Reverb and it behaved like the PR only sounded a fair bit better. I was using a bullet mic and running my normal pedals.

I suppose I’m surprised because I had the impression this amp would be very gainy, and I’d have trouble getting the volume setting right, but I actually seemed to have a very friendly range on the volume.

I don’t recall seeing this amp get much love on the forum, but after this experience I reckon I’d be quite happy to have one. I’d happily swap my J12A jet and PR for 1 of these I think. There’s a guitarist I jam with who uses one; I’ll see if I can check it out a bit more before I decide.
Of course, they arent very cheap.

Guitarist was playing through a Twin Reverb and I was not struggling with level
3510 posts
Jan 01, 2018
7:39 AM
The reason some of us are skeptical about using the Deluxe Reverb for harp is that it is hard wired as if it has a bright switch that is always on. You know how the Super Reverb and the Twin Reverb have a bright switch which tends to create feedback if turned on when playing harp through one of those amps? The DR is hard wired that way. But if it sounds good, that's all that matters...

Last Edited by hvyj on Jan 01, 2018 7:41 AM
5161 posts
Jan 01, 2018
1:26 PM
Interesting; I’m used to running the Princeton reverb with treble dialed right back, which is what i did with the deluxe. I was expecting it to be a pill to dial in besides that, and had my harp tone + (minus) pedal at the ready, set up the way I’d use it on the PR. I thought the DR had ‘fuller’ tone than the PR. I’d like to check it out in a different situation; i was really just happy to be able to hear with no feedback. The gig was a big stage, open air event and lots of road closure. Seemed that bringing in my own amp was gonna be fraught with hassle, so went equipped with pedalboard, figuring i should be able to make something work. They didn’t mention the DR in the info i received. I expected i was gonna have to use the AC30; not sure how that would’ve gone.
4613 posts
Jan 01, 2018
1:56 PM
i can't think of a bad fender amp for harmonica.
725 posts
Jan 01, 2018
8:23 PM
Hard to beat a deluxe!
I usually prefer non reverb versions ,but I never met a deluxe I didn’t like.

)I am not counting blues deluxes or hot rod deluxes as real deluxes)
2450 posts
Jan 02, 2018
8:27 AM
The deluxe Custom Reverb reissues have a "custom" channel with a bassman tonestack.
It's a nice harp amp. The whole line of customs from deluxe up to twin has the custom chanel.

I've got a 5e3 I'm not very thrilled with. It'll be up for sale shortly.
4615 posts
Jan 02, 2018
12:12 PM
the issue with a 5e3 as i recall is getting a decent volume from it.especially if a super high output mic is used.

it should sound fine, just not a very useful amp.
2452 posts
Jan 03, 2018
6:37 AM
Yea 1847. That's pretty much it. I can get a decent tone from it with the volume relatively low. But this amp is a tone machine for guitar. The sounds you can get out of it are rediculous.

With some modding I'm sure I could make it more useful... but quite frankly it sounds a bit thin with a mic until you can get it up past 12 oclock. AND that's just about impossible with a stock 5e3.

I would rather sell it to a guitar player who would love it instead of bastardize it
Barley Nectar
1335 posts
Jan 03, 2018
7:21 AM
Your right in all regards there Supe. I have a 76 DR that I used for years. It is a loud bastard! Finally I gave it a tune up and did a couple of harp mods in chnl 1. Never liked the modded chnl after that so used the 2nd channel. I got away from that amp for some reason. I guess I should get it out and put it back to stock. That amp has beautifull reverb. It needs to see a stage again...Thanks for the prod...

Last Edited by Barley Nectar on Jan 03, 2018 7:23 AM

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