I’m a Fender guy through and through, my first amp was a
Brown Deluxe, and my first workhorse gigging amp was a silver-face Twin Reverb;
with the JBL D130F speakers, the thing actually weighed more than I did at age
15! Since then I have played a plethora of
vintage tweed, brown, blackface, and silverface fenders. For the last decade or so, a ’67 Super Reverb
has been my gigging amp of choice. But
several months back a ’67 blackface Pro Reverb followed me home from a used
music store … and she’s giving the Super a real run for the money!
The Pro is an amp that has all the right stuff to be a
fantastic club amp. She’s tube
rectified, for nice early sponginess, and she does not quite have the huge
trannies of say the blackface Bassman or the Super Reverb, so again, she gets
juicy a little earlier, but she DOES have enough clean headroom on tap for a
loud club date, unlike say a Deluxe Reverb.
She IS about the same size as a Twin Reverb, but with half the power
section and WAY smaller transformers, she’s a LOT lighter! And then there’s the TONE…
Tone-wise, the Pro Reverb has its own beautiful niche. It’s way bigger and bolder than a Deluxe, or
even Vibrolux Reverb, but not quite the all-out force of a Super … and a LONG
way from the hard-hitting Twin. She
really sits in that sweet spot of having enough of everything without having
too much of anything … which makes her VERY rewarding to play at medium-loud
stage volume. And, the sound is uber
juicy Fender tone at its best. And maybe
it’s just the one I have … but of all the Fenders that have rode through my
stable, this one has the best reverb of ANY of them! Oh, and the tremolo sounds super sweet, too.
I just happen to have an old Twin-Reverb road case that the
Pro fits in perfectly, so I’m definitely seeing this Pro Reverb under the buss
on my upcoming shows!
One SPEAKER related side-note: My Pro came with fully healthy stock Fender/Oxford
speakers, and she sounded sweet … but she just started to loose bottom-end solidity
and “fart-out” as she was pushed. I took
my own advice (given on the Q&A forum many times) and installed a pair of
ET-65s and man … it went from sweet to sweeeeeeet … and no more farting
out. Probably a good idea to keep those
original speakers safely boxed and stored anyway.