Fender Unveils New Pro Reverb, '68 Custom Vibro Champ Amps
These sturdy amps are outfitted with new reverb tones, modified circuitry, and new speakers.
Fender has added two new models to its '68 Custom line of guitar amps.
The '68 Custom Pro Reverb and Custom Vibro Champ Reverb both feature new reverb tones, modified circuitry, and new speakers. You can learn more about both new amps below.
'68 Custom Pro Reverb
Inspired by the original, the 40-watt Fender '68 Custom Pro Reverb features all-tube circuitry, and tube-driven tremolo and spring reverb, controlled by bass, middle, treble, speed, and intensity controls plus a bright switch and a new middle tone control.
Weighing in at 35 pounds, the Pro Reverb features a 12" Celestion Neo Creamback speaker with a lightweight neodymium magnet for classic tones. Negative feedback has been reduced, for greater touch sensitivity, while the amp also boasts a new single-channel format.
Neat visual touches on the amp include a 1968-style silver-panel aluminum trim with a silver-turquoise grille cloth, a vintage-style two-button switch, and a fitted cover.
The Fender '68 Pro Reverb amp will be available in April for $1,299.
Fender '68 Custom Vibro Champ Reverb
Inspired by the original, five-watt Vibro Champ, the '68 Custom Vibro Champ Reverb features modified circuitry and custom-made Schumacher transformers inspired by those found on the original.
Boasting a 10" Celestion Ten 30 speaker, the amp features a new Fender hall reverb and tremolo. Like the '68 Pro Reverb, the amp features bass, middle, and treble, speed, and intensity controls plus a bright switch. Two ¼” inputs and an optional two-button footswitch also come standard.
Visual appointments on the amp include a 1968-style silver-panel aluminum trim and a silver-turquoise grille.
The Fender '68 Custom Vibro Champ Reverb will be available in April for $749.
For more info on both of the new amps, stop by fender.com (opens in new tab).
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