Fender reissue the ’68 Custom Pro Reverb and Vibro Champ Reverb amplifiers
15.01.2021

Fender reissue the ’68 Custom Pro Reverb and Vibro Champ Reverb amplifiers

Words by Will Brewster

Two valve classics receive a new lease on life.

Amid their slew of product announcements, Fender have dropped details of two tasty amplifier reissues set for release in 2021, with the company reviving their classic Vibro Champ and Custom Pro Reverb circuits for the modern player.

Modelled on the original 1968 unit – albeit with a smaller cabinet size – the ’68 Custom Pro Reverb feeds 40 watts of tube power into a 12″ Celestion Neo Creamback speaker, with Fender also adding in an extra channel to the amplifier.

A three-band EQ and bright switch can be used to sculpt the sound of the amplifier, while tube tremolo and spring reverb help you tap into those classic washy tones of the surf rock era.

There’s also the new ’68 Custom Vibro Champ Reverb, a modified take on a small-scale valve amp that’s been used as a studio weapon by the likes of Eric Clapton and Mac DeMarco.

This new version, loaded with a 10″ Celestion speaker and featuring two inputs, adds DSP reverb to the tiny five-watt terror, while controls for Volume, Treble, Bass and Tremolo sit pretty on the amp’s front panel.

Find out more about the two new amplifiers over at Fender Music Australia.