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Fender Reverb Unit

The Fender Reverb Unit (6G15) was a tube, spring reverb-equipped effects unit made by Fender. The Reverb Unit was originally introduced in 1961. It was discontinued in 1966 and was replaced by a solid-state model, the FR1000.[1] The unit features three controls: Dwell, Mixer and Tone and includes a 12AT7 tube as a preamplifier; a 6K6 tube as the reverb driver; and a 12AX7 as the reverb recovery tube. The rectifier is a diode-type solid state unit. The circuit board, like Fender's brown, "blackface" and "silverface" amplifiers is an eyelet board and the unit its completely hand wired. Physically the unit looks like a small amplifier head and since the early 1960s the unit has become synonymous with surf music.


The tube reverb was reintroduced in 1976 with a silver control panel ("Silverface"). It was discontinued in 1978.[1]

Reissue (1994)Edit

A reissue of the original tube reverb was introduced in 1994. Some changes in the circuit were made to accommodate a 6V6 reverb driver tube, replacing the obsolete 6K6. Reissues also have two printed circuit boards (potentiometers are mounted on the smaller of the two) and a mix of hand wiring and spade connectors. It is available with white, black or brown tolex. Fender also now makes a tweed covered Reverb Unit to match the tweed amplifiers of the 1950s.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Teagle, J. and Sprung, J.: Fender Amps: The First Fifty Years.