The Rivera 68 Deluxe with Stage 2 Modifications delivers nice, quiet Gain in the pre-amp, and an amazingly warm and even Tone in the power section.
The Rivera 68 Deluxe is a wonderful example of something already great being improved further by the “community.” The “community,” in this case, is a reference to Paul Rivera, Sr., who has modified amplifiers for the likes of Chet Atkins, Steve Lukather, Vince Gill, and many others. You have heard Rivera’s highly sought-after modded amps on countless records. Paul Rivera modified the Fender ’68 Custom Deluxe, turning an already great amp into something really special.
The Modified Deluxe is a two-channel, 22-watt combo amp, weighing in at 42 pounds, so it is fairly easy to move around. A combination of four 12AX7, and two 12AT7 tubes deliver nice, quiet Gain in the pre-amp, while two 6V6, and one 5AR4 tube deliver an amazingly warm and even Tone in the power section. An Eminence Legend EM12 is provided, which is a clone of the original speakers used in Rivera’s mods. The approach here is to let you push the amp a bit harder.
The first channel is the clean channel, which produces a straightforward dry sound. The second channel is the “magic” channel with the addition of a six-position “fat” switch to give your sound just the right midrange thickness. There’s a pull-out “boost” added to the master volume for more crunch at lower volumes, and a two-band EQ with pull-out notch filters to further tweak your sound. Classic spring reverb is also featured here, and for something a bit unusual, on the back of the amp Rivera added the tremolo controls.