Fender Deluxe Reverb – Blackfaced Legend
Fender Deluxe Reverb – Anytime there is a poll amongst guitarists for an all time ‘top five’ of guitar amplifiers, the Fender Deluxe Reverb invariably appears in the list.
First introduced by Fender in 1963, the Deluxe Reverb was immediately successful with even the most discerning guitar players. The now much sought-after black face period of production lasted until 1967 when the amplifier was cosmetically altered to feature a new silver face design.
Whilst the later silver face amplifiers are excellent in their own right, it is the black face models that generally attract the greatest interest from tone hounds and collectors worldwide due to their distinctive tonal circuitry.
The built in reverb and tremolo circuits are considered classic guitar tones and have been much copied by both amplifier and effects pedal manufacturers over the years, which is a testament to their sonic quality.This classic 22watt combo amplifier not only delivers the glassy clean sounds long associated with Fender tube amps, but also offers up some of the finest overdrive and ‘break-up’ tones you will ever hear from a tube amplifier.
The portability and sheer sonic versatility of the Deluxe Reverb have long made it a studio favourite for session guitarists. As a ‘go to’ amplifier for the club musician who is seeking outstanding tone in a small package, it is almost without parallel.
When you plug into a Deluxe Reverb you know immediately why it has the reputation it has. Not many amplifiers can truly be termed legendary, but hit your first chord through this and you’ll hear what all the fuss is about.
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Guitar Neck Shapes – Which One?
Guitar Neck Shapes – We get a lot of enquiries about the shape, radius and length of guitar necks from customers who understandably want to know how a guitar will actually feel when they play it. There can be a significant difference in terms of playing comfort from a ‘U’ shape through to a hard ‘V’ shape and of course everyone’s fingers are unique, so learning a little about neck shape is a valuable exercise if you are seeking your perfect guitar.
Guitar neck shapes vary considerably from thick necked ‘U’ shapes (which are great for players who employ their thumbs on the back or side of the neck) through to a medium ‘V’ shape which are popular with blues and country players.
Beyond neck shape, other factors that influence the feel of a guitar neck include; depth, width and radius. Depth is the thickness or the distance from front to back. For example, 50′s Fender guitars run from .870″ at the first fret through to .980″ at the 12th fret. Width is measured from side to side and usually at the nut. An American Standard Stratocaster is measured at a width of 1.6875″
Radius refers to the curvature of the fingerboard and can very much affect playing comfort, especially if you bend strings a lot. The flatter the radius of a neck the easier it will be to bend strings and lower the action if you so prefer.
Many modern guitars also feature what is referred to as a compound radius, which usually means that the curvature of the fingerboard is more evident in the lower registers and gradually flattens as you progress up the fingerboard.
So whatever your preference is as regards the neck on your dream guitar, you can now see how all these factors will affect your playing experience.
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