The '65 Fender Super Reverb: Real Or Reissue?

Fender 65 Super ReverbIf you’ve ever wandered through the racks of sparkling new “vintage” re-issue amps at your local guitar retailer, wondering exactly what you’ll get when you throw down your hard-earned cash on a piece of Fender faux-history, you might want to give this article over at Guitar Player a good read.

In true face-off fashion, the guys at GP have compared one of Fender’s recent Vintage Reissue ’65 Fender Super Reverbs with the real thing––a thoroughly worn-in Super Reverb, circa 1964.

I won’t spoil the suspense by cluing you in on their findings, but suffice it to say the author went all out, even going so far as to plug that original ’64 head into the reissue’s 4×10 Jensens––just to see how much of the ’64s mojo could be attributed to its rather war-torn speakers.

This one’s well worth a read if you’re in the market for a “new vintage” amp, particularly when you consider that an original mid-60s Super Reverb won’t cost you all that much more than one of Fender’s expensive reissues.