NAMM 2021: Fender drops two new ’68 Custom amplifiers and a micro headphone amp
Two new Fender tube amps and one headphone amp
As Fender marks its 75th Anniversary, the company is charging into 2021 with a bunch of new gear. This includes three new amps, the ‘68 Custom Pro Reverb, the ‘68 Custom Vibro Champ Reverb and the tiny Mustang Micro. All three models are expected to go on sale by April this year.
New Amps for 2021
Fender has announced three new amps that will be part of its releases for 2021. This includes two tube amps that will join the company’s popular ’68 Custom series, the ‘68 Custom Pro Reverb, the ‘68 Custom Vibro Champ Reverb, and the Mustang Micro headphone amp.
Fender ‘68 Custom Pro Reverb
The ’68 Custom Pro Reverb is based on the original model from 1968, but with a smaller cabinet size and reduced weight, which should help not only with portability, but according to Fender, its ‘tonal flexibility’ as well. Other changes include moving to a single-channel format instead of a double, and a single 12″ speaker instead of the pair that was on the originals. This version also gets an added middle tone control. At 40 Watts, it should be loud enough for most venues.
Here are the specs:
- 40 watt all-tube circuitry
- Tube-driven tremolo and spring reverb
- Bass, Middle, and Treble controls plus bright switch
- 12” Celestion Neo Creamback speaker
- Weight: 35lbs (15.9 kg)
RRP – USD1,299.00/ £1,349.00/ €1,499.00
Fender ‘68 Custom Vibro Champ Reverb
The ’68 Custom Vibro Champ Reverb takes cues from the original Fender Vibro Champ. This single-channel amp comes with controls for Volume, Treble and Bass, Speed and Intensity knobs for the tremolo, and a Reverb knob for the hall-emulating DSP reverb.
The specs are as follows:
- 5 Watts
- 10” Celestion® speaker
- Optional 2-button footswitch
- Two 1⁄4” inputs
- Reverb and tremolo effects
- Weight: 20.4 lbs. (9.25 kg)
RRP -USD749.99/ £799.00/ €899.00
The Mustang Micro is a headphone amp that features a wide selection of tones from the company’s popular Mustang series of amps. You get 12 Mustang GTX amp models and 13 effects, Bluetooth connectivity and over 4 hours of battery. It should appeal to players looking to practice silently, or jam along to their favourite tracks using the Bluetooth streaming. Simply plug in your headphones.
These are the specs for the Mustang Micro:
- All-in-one personal headphone amplifier with onboard DSP
- 12 amp models from Mustang GTX for a wide range of clean and dirty tones
- 13 effect models with parameter modify control
- Adjustable EQ
- Convenient volume control
- Bluetooth audio streaming with audio/video sync for playing along in real time
- Rechargeable lithium ion battery (charged via USB)
- 4+ hours of continuous play time
- Rotating input plug for compatibility with most guitars and basses
- USB interface for recording output and firmware updates
RRP – USD99.99/ £89.99 GBP/ €99.99 EUR
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One channel instead of two, one speaker instead of two. Let’s call it what it is: Fender Amateur Reverb
sometimes less is more , 40 watts is more than enough for a gigging musician , if you need more than that on a stage ,
mic it up or change bands !!!
35 lbs ? Perfect gigging amp !
Things are more than proven, why not handwired Blackface / tweed made in USA and handwired silverface made in china ?, that would be great!