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FDP Forum / Fender Amps: 1985 - Current / '64 Vibroverb Custom Club

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bedroomtone

United States

Jul 11th, 2011 07:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I checked my bias today. It was around 16mA!

(This message was last edited by bedroomtone at 10:47 PM, Jul 13th, 2011)

bedroomtone

United States

Jul 13th, 2011 07:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

(This message was last edited by bedroomtone at 10:57 AM, Jul 15th, 2011)

bedroomtone

United States

Jul 27th, 2011 02:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I don't understand the bias on this amp. There's a big difference in mA between the solid state and tube rectifiers. It's around 10mA. So which one should I use?

bedroomtone

United States

Jul 28th, 2011 05:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hello! (voice echoes) Anyone there?

Voodoo Blues

Mississippi

Jul 31st, 2011 06:14 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm here, I just don't know the answer to your question. :o)

Well now that I think about it, if you look up the schematic, the suggested bias is writen on the diagram I believe. Does that help?

bedroomtone

United States

Jul 31st, 2011 10:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yes,I know. But I don't think it specifies whether the bias is for solid state or tube rectifier .

bedroomtone

United States

Aug 15th, 2011 05:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I took mine to a gig last Saturday. The amp is great, sounds perfect for blues and has a touch of grittiness to it. Big range of round tones from big lows to singing highs. And of course, there's that woody tone from the big speaker.

I bought a Weber Mass Lite 100 which really helps. I'm just going straight into the amp, turning it up to 5 or 6 in the modified/solid state mode, and attenuator is set to around 3 or 4 on the bass. This gives quite a lot of tube saturation. If I want to clean it up, I turn the volume down a bit and turn the Weber up. It's much easier to adjust this way than with pedals. I like the reverb, too.

So far, I really can't find fault with this amp even with the stock speaker and stock tubes.

(This message was last edited by bedroomtone at 06:00 PM, Aug 15th, 2011)

Voodoo Blues

Mississippi

Aug 16th, 2011 04:04 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've thought about get an attenuator for my 64VVC but I think it sounds great at 2-3 so I haven't bothered.

bedroomtone

United States

Aug 16th, 2011 05:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The amp is pretty clean at 3, even in Modified mode. Mine needs to get to at least 4 to start to break up.

hideawayblues

USA / WNY

Aug 19th, 2011 07:42 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That sounds about right for mine too, bedroomtone.

bedroomtone

United States

Aug 19th, 2011 07:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

May have been too much saturation with the attenuator set to about 3 and the amp on 5. I wanted more headroom but didn't have time to fool with it. Next time, I'll go up to 4 on the Weber Mass Lite and maybe down to 4 on the amp. Or, I could try normal mode. The modified mode really does a number on this amp.

Voodoo Blues

Mississippi

Aug 20th, 2011 05:09 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I never use either of the mods on the amp, I just play it in stock mode. I really don't notice much of a difference in sound other than a volume increase... but I don't think I play it loud enough to get the full effect anyways.

As far as I know the Modified circuit does the same as removing the V1 tube, it cut outs the Normal channel sending all of the signal to the vibro channel and hence the lower headroom.

I usually have a drum machine or a microphone plugged into the normal channel so I can't disconnect it.

bedroomtone

United States

Aug 20th, 2011 07:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If I put my volume on 4 or higher in modified mode and dig into the strings (strat), I will get noticeable distortion. Problem is, that is way too loud without some attenuation.

hideawayblues

USA / WNY

Aug 20th, 2011 08:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Especially if you're looking for that nice bedroom tone, eh?


bedroomtone

United States

Aug 21st, 2011 04:28 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

When I started on this forum that idea did appeal to me because I was playing at home a lot. Now I'm in a group with a pretty loud drummer playing in clubs and it's no problem getting much further into the amp's capability.

hideawayblues

USA / WNY

Sep 8th, 2011 09:28 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I haven't hit the limit to this amp's capability. I plan to keep exploring it for many years to come.

Strat91

USA

Fender's are all I need!
Sep 23rd, 2011 04:30 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Holy Cr*P! I put a 1965 Jensen C15N in my Vibroverb & I cannot belive what I'm hearing. I was under the impression the stock speaker was great untill I heard it with the C15N in it. I'm lovin this amp! The best amp ever built. Hands down.... Thank you Fender....

Voodoo Blues

Mississippi

Sep 23rd, 2011 05:01 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You need to post sound clips!

I've been thinking about changing the speaker in mine but have only really considered an original JBL D130F.

Does anyone have a list of companies that offer a 15" speaker?

Strat91

USA

Fender's are all I need!
Sep 24th, 2011 07:54 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've been down the road of speaker manufactures. Weber, Jensen (reissue), Celestion, etc. What I've noticed. Get a vintage. It's worth the money. I'm not sure of a vintage that's reconed. Never tried one. But let me tell ya. I gigged the amp last night & here's the areas that changed. The amp I can now crank to 7 & put a mic in front with out it tearing your head off. The notes jump out & are very clear. No more upper mid ice pick & completly smooth with all the attributes of od. The amp sounds like what I've been looking for for years. I've always played twins (w/pedals). I never liked the weight, high output (watts) & SS rec. I went to a Deluxe reverb & played that for years (which ruined my ears with the ice pick thing, even after the cap clip). I purchased a 63 VV (Marsh apms). I loved that amp but no clean tone. Always like a blanket was on my amp (dark). Purchased the 64 Vibroverb & I loved it but always knew it had that Eminence speaker sound. Upper mid shreek. A JBL did not seem like a good fit fo me. I like smooth non piercing tone. The dust cover on the JBL is not what I felt would help. The C15N has a smaller voice coil & dust cap is felt removing the pinch. I bought it installed it & now it's my mini twin with more breakup a tube rec (nice sag). I also have the Diaz mods if I like. Which I do with the C12N. Hands down this amp is perfect for me. I'll be looking for another. I purchased this one about a year & a half ago for $1350 shipped. Long before the price jumped. Anyone looking for an amp that can do it all. Stop here... This is buy far the best amp Fender made. I've tried pretty much the whole line. At least 100. I only own 3 now the Princeton reverb (reissue), Champ 600 & the Vibroverb. Thanks Leo.............

(This message was last edited by Strat91 at 07:58 AM, Sep 24th, 2011)

bedroomtone

United States

Sep 24th, 2011 01:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

So what vintage speaker do you have in there?

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