Best Fender Amp For Les Paul?
Fender '64 Custom Deluxe Reverb
The '64 Custom Deluxe Reverb is a Fender tube combo with a bright channel to accommodate the "sear" quality of the higher Les Paul register. But you also get the classic warm cleans we love about Fender tube amps. To be honest, you could put most Fender tube amps here. They're all quite good.
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BEST FOR: Clean tones, reverb, clean ambience, warm rhythm.
- Bright channel is your Gibson Les Paul lead base of operations.
- Turns a Les Paul into a more rhythm-esque guitar with its warm clean tones.
- Onboard reverb and tremolo sound great and add a lot of flexibility.
- Two channels
- These Fender tube amps are all stinkin' heavy.
- Onboard gain/distortion is only bluesy.
Why I Like the '64 Custom Deluxe Reverb
I'm always looking for balance in my guitar rig, so if I'm combining a Gibson Les Paul with a Fender amp, I want something that will:
- Accommodate the natural style of the guitar.
- Balance it out with strength in an area where said guitar might not be as strong.
So with the Les Paul, it's typically a more lead-focused guitar, which works out well with the '64 Custom's bright channel. On the other hand, the warmth of the Fender tube amp's clean channel, perhaps the best clean tone in the business, gives your Les Paul some appeal on the rhythmic side of the playing spectrum.
You could put a lot of Fender tube amps in this spot by the same reasoning, but this amp seems like a good balance of price and quality, similar to the level of a Gibson Les Paul.
Hand-wired, Jensen speakers, manageable wattage levels, and the in-house reverb/tremolo are just a great combination.
Selection and Recommendation Methodology
This is an especially difficult selection to make, because so many Fender tube amps have similar features. But I'm taking some creative and subjective liberties here, and going with an amp that I have more direct familiarity with. I'd also recommend checking out the Fender Hot Rod Deluxe. I used that one for several years as well and it would be a similarly good fit for a Les Paul. If you have questions about our methodology, please don't hesitate to ask. Just know that all recommendations are made by real musicians, based on real life experience.
Conclusion and Questions
Assuming you've settled on a Fender amp for your Gibson Les Paul, don't overthink it. Aim for two channels, reverb, and a tube circuit. Otherwise, it's hard to go wrong with this guitar/amp combination.
If you have questions about our recommendations, feel free to reach out via the comments section below. I'll jump in and help out as much as possible.
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