Fender ‘68 Custom Pro Reverb review

Classic Fender style and tone from one of the all-time great guitar amp circuits revisited and refined in a more contemporary, portable package

Fender '68 Custom Pro Reverb
(Image: © Future / Olly Curtis)

Guitar World Verdict

A desert island amp for pros and serious amateurs? Quite possibly: this combo takes the scenic route through classic American guitar tones and offers a superb platform for pedalboards.


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    Authentic American clean and mild overdrive tone.

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    Superlative reverb and tremolo effects.

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    Build quality.


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    One minor disappointment at this price is the lack of a pair of tilt-back legs.

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With arguably the world’s richest guitar amplification legacy, Fender can hardly be blamed for occasionally looking to its own back catalogue for a little inspiration. Fender’s classic early 60s black-panel amplifiers are universal benchmarks for American guitar tone, responsible for countless hit records and the industry-standard backline on the world’s stages for decades. 

We all know the star turns from this era such as the mighty Twin Reverb with its quartet of 6L6 valves, and the Deluxe Reverb, powered by a pair of 6V6s driving a single 12-inch speaker – ideal for studios and smaller venues.

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Nick Guppy

Nick Guppy has been a regular contributor to Guitarist magazine for over 20 years, mostly writing reviews on guitar amps and related products. He built his first valve amplifier at the age of 12 and has since bought, sold and restored many more, with a particular interest in Vox, Selmer, Orange and tweed-era Fenders, alongside Riveras and Mark Series Boogies. When wielding a guitar instead of soldering iron, he’s enjoyed a diverse musical career playing all over the UK, including occasional stints with theatre groups, orchestras and big bands as well as power trios and tributes. His favourite musical genres are ‘anything that’s good’.