Yes, I do realize that they are not reissues...I have read some on them...and I should have said that in the post. I have owned a 65 reissue in the past. I have never tried this 68 model....and was wondering if people that have ...like them more or less than the reissues and why .Just an FYI... the 68 Series amps are not reissues, they’re “Custom” models. Sorry to the that guy.
Yeah, the feedback in the circuit was changed, and that increased the noise floor. If you’re handy with a soldering iron you can change the value of the one resistor to its original value and eliminate the problem.A lot of people complain about them being noisy.
I unboxed a Custom 68 demo from Sweetwater today and it is perfect . I put a 8 ohm Hot Plate on top so I can turn it up and it grinds esp with the Celestion speaker. It maintains the trad Fender sound on the vintage side and is still more touch sensitive. I won’t change anything about it. Had a ultra clean silver face with all RCA tubes modded with effects on both channels and variable negative feedback and I liked it cranked up a lot . This saved me a trip to the tech . Might put some anos preamp and reverb tubes at some point. The plywood cab is heavier than pine but it won’t be traveling much.The speaker is not going anywhere but have some extension cabs to try. I like the look also .I'd previously owned for nearly 20 years, a 1964 and 1966 Deluxe Reverb.
When I went looking at getting another Deluxe Reverb, I A/B'd the 65 RI and the 68 Custom
at a local mom and pop store with my favorite Strat.
I was intrigued by the two different sounding channels on the 68 and having reverb/tremolo on both channels.
A concern was that I'd read that the amp had a fair amount of baseline hiss.
The one I tried at the mom/pop store was dead silent and was warmer sounding than the 65.
I "thought" I'd probably go home with a 65 RI, but instead took home the 68 Custom.
I'd go that same route again in a heartbeat, but I'd probably once again try to play one in person due to hiss issue.
Jumping the two channels and blending them (like on a 4 hole Marshall) is where the amp really shines. Can't do that on the 65 RI due to phase issues.