However, the first drip-edge models appeared in late August of 1967 as the black-face cosmetics were being replaced by silver-faced amps.
The most popular amps, like the Deluxe Reverb, were the first to receive the new look, which included not only the silver face-plate and aluminum drip-edge, but also a slightly different grill cloth with added subtle vertical blue stripes.
Finally, the footswitchable tube-driven reverb and vibrato are classic Fender all the way – deep, lush reverb with a nice, splashy decay and smooth pulsing vibrato that doesn’t kill the amp’s volume or tone.
someone said their drip-edge Bassman was a 1968 because “that’s the only year they made drip-edge amps”. And by the way, just in case you don’t know, the term “drip-edge” refers to the aluminum trim surrounding the grill cloth on the earliest silver-face Fender amps (see highlighted drip-edge in the photo above). Are y’all ready to settle this question once and forever? Okay, to be fair, dude WAS partially correct, in as much as that 1968 was the only FULL year of production for the drip-edge models.
In contrast to every other aspect of the silkscreen printing, they just don’t seem “right”.
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Fender guitar amps have been a constant in rock music, featuring legendary clean tones, lush spring reverbs and, in the case of the newest solid-state models, some of the best modeling and built-in digital effects available today. After all, with so many different models, it may get a bit complicated...
so let's go back a bit to have a look at the history of Fender amps, at some famous users, and find out which are the best Fender amps you can find today!
I don't believe there was any difference between a '63 and '64 models, but they seem to be far less common. '63s were brownface, not blackface, and IIRC did not have the full complement of tone controls.