What do YOU think a '65 Deluxe reverb is worth?

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  1. Phil M

    Phil M Supporting Member

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    I have a hard time going by gbase and ebay, because the prices seem so inflated and you don't even know if they sell. I saw A LOT of them in the 2,000-2,800 range. Clean or not, that seems nuts to me!

    I have one that I'd put in 7/10 condition, semi-original. The tolex is OK, but there are a couple of places where the tolex has gone down to the wood. Works great and was recently gone over by a tech who replaced some tubes and caps. It also has a 3-pong plug. So far so good, but ... it has a replacement speaker (Red Fang), so I guess that's it's downfall.

    I wouldn't think this was worth more than $1300 or so. What do the experts think? (ballpark, I know you can't see the amp...;) )

    Thanks.
     
  2. fullerplast

    fullerplast Senior Member

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    Put it on ebay any you'll find out *exactly* how much it's worth.

    If you want to see what others have sold for, look under "sold items". The prices there are not inflated, they just "are".

    Without seeing your amp, I would guess it would sell quickly at $1300, sell more slowly at $1600, and not sell for a long time at $2000 (if you were selling it on a bulletin board).
     
  3. carltonh

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    Sort of an aside, I remember recently looking at an old 1992 or so Guitar magazine, and they were mentioning that a mid 60s BFDR was worth about $450. Yes I typed that right. Hard to believe.
     
  4. radialaced

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    Not really, I bought this one about 5 years ago for $900.

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    BTW, my wife hates the color of that carpet.
     
  5. drbob1

    drbob1 Silver Supporting Member

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    I'd agree with the above. Finding a replacement speaker isn't that hard (Cold Springs has them in the $200 range) so deducting a little more for the wear I'd say $1600 tops but an easy sale at $1300-1400.
     
  6. Tomo

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    I bought my first '67 Pro Reverb in 1991 or 1992.
    It was $700 with great condition. Back then BF DR was $400-500
    most.

    Now my students bought BFPR for $1800, $2000.
    BF DR for $2200... It's really hard to get real good one,
    real one( Be careful cosmetic changes)

    I did forget my answer.
    How abut $1500-$1800?

    Tomo
     
  7. sws1

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    About a year and a 1/2 ago, I sold a 100% original (I mean 100%), near perfect 65 Deluxe Reverb (post CBS) for about $1750. (I think.)

    But in hindsight, I do think I undervalued it. If I had been willing to look around, I'm sure I could have done better.
     
  8. Cranknfrank

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    Yeah, amp prices were still very reasonable in the early to mid '90's. I scored my Super for $500, my Vibrolux for $400 and my Deluxe for $600. I also bought a Silver Face Super for $400 and a Champ for $100. Yep, those were the good old days....

    My old BF stuff just smokes....I chuckle when I think about what they're worth now......
     
  9. rgt320

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    This is usually my starting point too.
     
  10. Bryan T

    Bryan T Guitar Owner Silver Supporting Member

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    Blackface amp prices really have taken off in the last several years. I regret not buying a BF Deluxe Reverb in the 90s. I remember seeing lots of them for very good prices - well under a grand. Now it seems like even the trashed or modified examples are over $2K, at least in my local shops. The fact that you then have to budget for a new speaker, a cap job, and possibly new tubes makes owning one an expensive proposition.

    Personally, I think a gig-worthy Deluxe Reverb should sell for around $1,500 based on what features the amp has. The collector's status has driven the price way beyond that. I've seen blackface Princeton Reverbs selling for $1,500, which is outrageous. They are killer amps (I have a '65), but I don't think they are worth what people are paying.

    Bryan
     
  11. Phil M

    Phil M Supporting Member

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    Thanks one and all. I'm still undecided about mine. I really like it but there's always something else out there that's cooler than what you have, and I'm not a collector. My Deluxe is not collector quality anyhow; it's got wear. radialaced, yours looks mint for such an old amp! Was it recovered? Anyway, I'm looking for a Tophat CR or possibly one of the /13s. Thanks for helping me with my research.


    Thanks, fullerplast, I never saw that feature before.
     
  12. drbob1

    drbob1 Silver Supporting Member

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    What maintenance issues on a 65 Deluxe? If it's gone thru and caps and drifted components replaced, it's as durable as any other handwired, all tube amp. There're BF (and tweed and brown) Fenders that have been gigged since the 60s with no problems (there's a guy in a band here who's gigged a brown Super that his father bought new at least every weekend since 65, and it's still going strong).
     

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