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FDP Forum / Fender Amps: Vintage (before 1985) / Best year for Fender Vibrolux...

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Go ahead and keep it

Keep my mood ring, too
Jan 31st, 2010 07:30 AM   Edit   Profile  

What's the word on the modern "Custom Vibroluxes"?

MT Buckaroo
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Big Sky Country

Guitars, Cadillacs,...
Jan 31st, 2010 12:02 PM   Edit   Profile  

Different animal. Check out the CVR thread on the modern Fender amps page next door. Have a reputation for being "hissy" is all I know (and I guess there are well-publicized cures for this problem sort of like the rattling baffle on the PRRIs).


Columbus, Ohio

Feb 6th, 2010 09:22 AM   Edit   Profile  

Not sure about SRV being a Vibrolux player but he did play Vibroverbs with a 15" speaker. I have 1981 Vibrolux Reverb (the model that had gone back to blackface cosmetics). It has been "blacfaced" internally as well. It is my favorite amp although a few pounds heavier than my Deluxe Reverb. It has a little more clean headroom for country stuff I play occasionally. It has Weber speakers in it because I pulled the Fender speakers after one of them stopped working. I think VRs are underrated as far as Fender amps go. They are probably the perfect club gigging amp from a sound and portability perspective.

(This message was last edited by lox at 09:23 AM, Feb 6th, 2010)



Feb 13th, 2010 07:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

The 66 Pro Reverb is a totally different amp than the 61-63 Vibrolux. They both have their places. I will not part with either of them



Feb 18th, 2010 01:27 PM   Edit   Profile  

If you want to spend all the money, I have a '66 with C10N's, flight case, etc. 3K.

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Philly, B-3 Capitol

don't dream it.....be it
Feb 18th, 2010 01:51 PM   Edit   Profile  

uh, dude, you can't post for sale stuff here

best to read the FAQ's and guidelines before you get timinated



Feb 18th, 2010 06:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

Uh, dude, it wasn't a for sale post. Like, ya know...

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Mar 27th, 2015 02:46 PM   Edit   Profile  

Personally I think the time has past for these great amps, I could never invest in something that it virtually imposible to turn around and at this point is declining in value and dependability.
Kemper and clones are now a better all around value. Victoria has satified my tweed needs and there are some bonafide blackface buiders out there that I can depend on if needed .IMHO Matchless has replaced Fender in the used most wanted and hard to aquire category.
I wish Clark would go back to building Vibroluxes though, I hear he was one of the best.

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So. Cal. USA

Mar 27th, 2015 03:05 PM   Edit   Profile  

Not to argue but I disagree. Nothing looses more value than a clone. How would I know? I built no less that 12 DR and VLR amps in 2014. With real deal vintage gear there are market adjustments for sure but over the long haul, unless you paid real stupid money for a vintage Fender you will certainly get your investment back. I always have or better.

Declining in dependability? Nope. Properly serviced these amps are as dependable as when new, maybe more so. I see far more TR, DR & PR reissues across my bench than vintage gear. Do them right the first time and you won't see them again for years.

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Near Atlanta GA

Amp Tech Emeritus
Mar 27th, 2015 04:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have to totally concur with Hammond101...and for the same reasons. ;-)


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Mar 27th, 2015 07:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yes I realize clones lose value off the bat but the parts are new.
Properly serviced is the key word here and service costs money.
I was looking at a mid 60's Vibrolux, once I factor in the original cost plus cap maintenace, replacement speakers,brittle wire, reverb tank wire, etc, how much is this going to cost?
Silverface Twins and Supers are the exception to the rule as they can be aquired for decent dollars. I would love to have a tip top perfect BF Vibrolux but I have to draw the line somewhere." I ain't no millionairs son"

John Peden


John Peden
Mar 27th, 2015 07:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

Tweed Vibrolux, the perfect bedroom amp.

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So. Cal. USA

Mar 27th, 2015 09:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

So the problem isn't the vintage amps it's the price of admission? I Can't say it's a fault of the amps they have become valuable. Keep a vintage Fender for 10 -15 years and you will make money on it, at least on paper if you keep it.

That clone will need caps in 10-15 years or sooner. All consume tubes & speakers. Good tube amps are not cheap to aquire(clone or otherwise). Some a cheap to maintain but it is required by all of them.

All this make the Fender silverface amps real bargains today.

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Country city guy

I like to bend a B.
Mar 28th, 2015 09:56 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have owned a '65 and a '68 Vibrolux amp and both were great amps. They are hard to find these days.

(This message was last edited by BbendFender at 08:22 AM, Apr 23rd, 2015)

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Mar 28th, 2015 11:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

Hard to find, no. Hard to find localy and try , yes.
I have been monitoring Ebay, Reverb,Gbase, and the local adds, prices are steep but nothing is moving. If i was to purchase sight unseen ( or unheard) and it's not to my liking I would have a hard time selling. Conversley. a Clark Vibrolux clone went up on my local craigslist and was sold in the hour for top dollar. I can't even find one anywhere. So yes, price of admission does weigh on my personal decisions when resale is a concern. I agree that a stock model will appreciate as a collector piece, but even collector stock needs a buyers market.
I am waiting patiently until one comes available locally that meets my needs and most importantly I can audition, until then a clone will have to do.

Roger Ball
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More Mel Bay, less eBay!
Mar 29th, 2015 12:56 PM   Edit   Profile  

I don't think there was ever a bad year for the Vibrolux Reverb. They are great amps!

I bought my 1970 model about eleven years ago and it wasn't in great shape. The faceplate was almost unreadable, the baffle was warped and crumbling, and the amp itself was crackly and shrill. It had obviously had a lot of use and abuse over the years.

I took care of the cosmetic and structural stuff and went through the innards, updating the power cord and filter caps. I also re-wired it to the blackface bias and phase inverter circuits which didn't require much change at all.

This has been my gigging amp ever since and hasn't given me any problems at all. I've had a few offers to buy it but it's not going anywhere.

(This message was last edited by Roger Ball at 02:59 PM, Mar 29th, 2015)

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Apr 18th, 2015 11:16 PM   Edit   Profile  

Found it! Bought it!
A 71 SF at a very reasonable price and very clean.

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Country city guy

I like to bend a B.
Apr 23rd, 2015 06:23 AM   Edit   Profile  

When I was back home over the weekend a friend gave me two 1970 10" Oxfords that came from a Vibrolux Reverb. One needs a recone.

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Seattle, Wa

Apr 23rd, 2015 10:55 AM   Edit   Profile  

"Personally I think the time has past for these great amps, I could never invest in something that it virtually imposible to turn around and at this point is declining in value and dependability."

"Found it! Bought it!
A 71 SF at a very reasonable price and very clean."

Solid reasoning. 8v)



Don't watch my foot!
May 13th, 2015 05:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

I just bought a 65 VR with FEIC markings for under 2K. Still waiting for it to show up. I always loved these amps but haven't owned one for a few years.

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