1965 Fender Deluxe Mods

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  1. hdiddy

    hdiddy Supporting Member

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    Howdy
    I have a chopped 65 Deluxe that is in a newer cab. I was reading somewhere that some people do mods on them. Supposedly Glenn Frey has a similar amp that has been modded. Just wondering if you know anyone who does them
    Thanks
    HOward
     
  2. JubileeMan 2555

    JubileeMan 2555 Member

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    Lots of people can mod them. Heck, I've been modding and experimenting with my amps for a while now.

    Are you looking for a specific mod/modder that is well known? Or are you just looking to get more out of the amp?
     
  3. hdiddy

    hdiddy Supporting Member

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    Other than changing to 6l6's, there was a thread about the Glenn Frey mod
    What have you done
     
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    A few things here and there. But most important I've found in all fenders is to disconnect the normal channel and make the tremelo switch in and out of the circuit. Adds fidelity and gain to the amp. Opens it up per-say.
     
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    Howard,
    I've got the mother of all modded BFDR's, a 1965 as it happens. Trouble is, i don't know how to do it, only how to play it! The normal channel is turned into a plexi type sound, while the reverb channel is just like a really good BFDR till 4 on the volume, at which point it just gets "more". The trem is disconnected, and the two trem controls are turned into a global mid and a global presence. I can't think of a single negative to this mod(s).
     
  7. Blue Strat

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    Many of us who have modded blackface Fenders have found, after years of experimentation, that Leo had it pretty much "right" after all. ;)
     
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    Agree completely! I did remove the bright cap from the volume control on my '65, though.
     
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    how the hell do play taco wagon without trem!
     
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    :D:roll

    Loved that skit. Disturbingly hilarious.

    DR mods
    1. better speaker. Jensen neo, Cannabis rex, celestion g12h30 are all good.
    More volume and headroom and a bigger bass response.

    2. SS rectifier, JJ6v6 tubes and rebias.
    Tighter bass response and 1 less tube to blow at the gig.

    3. 25k midpot in the extension speaker jack.
    Turn it up for more gain and a raw tone on demand. Turn it down for stock sound.

    4. Clip the bright cap on the normal channel.
    Tames the icepick in your ear at lower volumes.

    5. raise the negative feedback resistor from 820 ohms to 1.5 k. Adds a bit of gain, takes away a bit of headroom but the amp transistions into distortion more smoothly. Makes the amp more touch sensitive. You can also install a pot to dial the NFB to your liking.

    6. Allen amps TO-25 upgrade output transformer ($45).
    I have read that the original OT's are not spec'd correctly for 6v6's causing an impedance mismatch which exacerbates the flubby lowend on the deluxe. The Allen OT (custom made by heyboer) is correctly spec'd and much beefier than the original which should help tighten up and boost low end performance.
     

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