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NAD !!! 1963 Fender Deluxe

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I happened across this nice little amp by pure coincidence and am very grateful for it.

The tremolo is just out of this world.

It's a 1963 Fender Deluxe with a factory upgrade JBL , (Oxford was stock??)

Only things not original are tubes and the tilt back legs. We are not sure on the tilt legs as I can't find much if they were ever offered as an option or if maybe this was some prototype as Fender did shortly go to Blackface amps in mid 1963 and I believe the Vibrolux did possibly come with them but I could be wrong ??? The gentleman who owned this had it for many many years and he said he got it like this .

It also has the very very rare dark brown rubber handle . They were originally leather but Fender used a brown rubber for a very short time . This rubber was very brittle and most broke shortly after purchase. Fenders answer to this was to go to the more hefty black rubber ones we know today. Most of the brown ones don't exist today .

Here are some shots of it :

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That is one sweet looking Brownie. Nice score.

Couple of things to point out: 1) I'm not aware of ANY non-piggyback amps from the brown/blonde period that Fender supplied with tilt-back legs from the factory (with the possible exception of the blonde Twin Amp, can't quite recall); 2) I'm not aware of Fender supplying JBLs either as OE or as a factory replacement in ANY 6G3 Deluxe.

With that said, there are (by far) more documented singular examples and out-of--spec amps from Fender during the brown period than from ANY other time in Fender's history. My best guess would be that the JBL and tilt-backs were not original to that amp however and were added at a later date. I'm not sure Fender even made legs that size at that time actually.

Bottom line, NONE of that detracts from how utterly cool that Deluxe is. I will admit, I'm envious ;^ )

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