The Fender Deluxe dates back as far as 1946 when it was known as the Model 26. Like most Fender amps, the Deluxe evolved cosmetically throughout the '50s and '60s, and used the Brownface style from 1961 to 1963. The Deluxe was eventually supplanted by the Deluxe Reverb starting in 1963.

Between 1959 and 1963, Fender began redressing several of their existing amp models in a light brown material known as tolex, and moving the control faces from the top-rear of the cabinet to the front. These amps are referred to as the Brown or Brownface Fender amps. The Deluxe was one such model that made this transition in 1961. The circuit was also changed to include a tremolo effect, and the output was increased to around 20 watts. The preamp tube complement was changed to a trio of 12AX7's, and the rectifier was changed to a more potent GZ34 tube. The pair of 6V6GT power tubes remained the same, although the bias structure was changed from cathode to a non-adjustable fixed state. The circuit number was changed to 6G3, and Fender continued to build and dress the Deluxe in these circuits and cosmetics until 1963.

Years of Production: 1948 - 1967

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