FDP Home Page / FDP Forum / FAQ's

The FDP is made possible by the following companies and individual members like you.
Please use the links below to show them we value their sponsorship.

WD Music

Yellowjackets Tube Converters

Apex Tube Matching

Amplified Parts



Jensen Loudspeakers

Antique Electronics Supply

* God bless America and our men and women in uniform *

* Illegitimi non carborundum! *

If you benefit and learn from the FDP and enjoy our site, please help support us and become a Contributing Member or make a Donation today! The FDP counts on YOU to help keep the site going with an annual contribution. It's quick and easy with PayPal. Please do it TODAY!

Chris Greene, Host & Founder



Find musicians
in your area!
  Search the Forums  

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

Previous 20 Messages   Next 20 Messages  


the blues hides in the strangest places
Jan 8th, 2010 09:41 AM   Edit   Profile  

I agree with Mein. For a non reverb model I absolutely LOVE my '63 brownface. The favorite of all my amps.
For blackface style amps..as mentioned before the blackface version with Jensen C10NS speakers would be my favorite. Best sounding speakers I've ever heard.

Contributing Member

Philly, B-3 Capitol

don't dream it.....be it
Jan 8th, 2010 09:51 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'm thinking he means the combo amp as he mentioned the years of production for reverb models and tried a 70's model he liked.

Contributing Member


Jan 8th, 2010 11:20 AM   Edit   Profile  

A friend of mine swears by a '74 he has. It's the only one he takes out, and his vintage amp collection is huge. If you like that '74, grab it. Like Jazzguy says, every amp is different. One in 50 might have the tone you're after, irregardless of the year. Caps, resistors, tubes, speakers can all be switched out but some amps just don't have it.
Price wise now is a good time to buy. If you could find a nice clean '66 VR with Jensens, you'd pay 2/3rds what you would have 2 years ago (about 2K vs. 3K+). This won't last.



RonHalen Jokingly He Says
Jan 8th, 2010 12:31 PM   Edit   Profile  


Contributing Member

Tiger Town

Holy Djangomoley!
Jan 8th, 2010 04:50 PM   Edit   Profile  

Love my 73 SFVR. It's been my main amp for years. The circuit has not been blackfaced, but the cosmetics have (prior to my acquisition of the amp in 2003)

It's terrific, and takes pedals faily well, although it sure doesn't need them to sound great. It doesn't have a ton of clean headroom, though, and seems to get warmer/dirtier towards the latter part of a 4-hour gig with the volume set on 4-5. That tends to wreck havoc with delays and chorus pedals.


Central Florida

stock is for puffs!
Jan 11th, 2010 01:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

+1 on Tele295's comments. The Vibrolux Reverb runs lower voltages on the preamp compared to the Pro and Super, resulting in less headroom (relatively speaking). The AB768 and AA270 Vibroluxes (late 68 and up) were set up for a little less gain and more clean headroom than the blackface models. If the clarity was what really impressed you on the '74 SFVR you played, a BF Pro Reverb may suit you better than a BFVR would.




the blues hides in the strangest places
Jan 13th, 2010 06:05 AM   Edit   Profile  

> and seems to get warmer/dirtier towards the latter part of a 4-hour gig with the volume set on 4-5. That tends to wreck havoc with delays and chorus pedals.

If you don't want it to loose power you can install a small fan pointed on the power transformer. This will keep the PT cool and wont change the sound of the amp during a gig

Contributing Member


Jan 13th, 2010 10:48 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have to question why the interest in this specific amp? Hopefully not SRV motivated. I'd put my '66 Pro Reverb up against any Vibrolux any day of the week.

It has the added advantage of not having every SRV groupie driving the price up looking for SRV tone.

I also love my '57 Vibrolux but in fairness it is a significantly different amp than its blackface cousins.

Contributing Member


Don't watch my foot!
Jan 14th, 2010 05:55 AM   Edit   Profile  

I thought SRVs amp of choice was a Vibroverb. I like Pros too, had more than two in my past.

Paul Boudreau
Contributing Member

Washington, D.C.

Just a smile, just a glance...
Jan 15th, 2010 06:27 AM   Edit   Profile  

Anyone have a tweed Vibrolux?


United States

Jan 24th, 2010 04:15 PM   Edit   Profile  

Hi guys,

Thanks for your responses. No I did not even know that SRV was a Vibrolux player. I am just looking for an overall great amp with amazing clean and reverb.

Initially I watched a german guitar player on ebay (Gregor Hilden), playing dozens of instruments with always a great sound. I contacted him and learned that he was playing a BF Vibrolux. Then I got a chance to try one at GC in San Francisco. Ever since, I have loved the clean sound.

Bobby Jones

Ms Gulf Coast

Jan 26th, 2010 06:31 AM   Edit   Profile  

Re Paul B's question. I have a Marsh reproduction of the late 50's Tweed Vibrolux. I think it's great, perfect for me.

Contributing Member

San Diego , Ca.

Clam King
Jan 26th, 2010 03:47 PM   Edit   Profile  

Value wise SFVR's from 69/70 without the drip edge are less costly than drip edge and BF ones, yet they still retain good cabinetry with removeable baffles. My 69 was Blackfaced and along with my late 70's Princeton Reverb and my 65 Super reverb, my quest for Fender tone for every venue imaginable is over. Good Luck.


Lawrenceville, GA

"I'm not joking, this is my job!"
Jan 27th, 2010 09:29 AM   Edit   Profile  

Revisiting the original question (things seem to have drifted a bit...lol)...

Ive owned and or worked on virtually every model and year of VR ever made..multiple times over the years. To me, the best VR ever were the ones made from about '65 to '66. I owned and traveled with one that I bought new back then..kept it for a long time, and it was heavenly. You can indeed modify later models to sound wonderful..but the question was about what original issue was/is thought of as best. That said, the best value in VRs is certainly in the silverface issues no doubt cause folks are wanting "stupid money" for the blackface issues these days.


(This message was last edited by willie at 06:24 PM, Mar 27th, 2015)

Contributing Member

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
Contributing Member

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.

Contributing Member

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

Previous 20 Messages   Next 20 Messages  

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

Reply to this Topic
Display my email address             Lost your password?
Your Message:
Link Address (URL):
Link Title:

Moderators: Chris Greene  Iron Man  reverendrob  

FDP, LLC Privacy Policy: Your real name, username, and email
are held in confidence and not disclosed to any third parties, sold, or
used for anything other than FDP Forum registration unless you specifically authorize disclosure.

Internet Application Development

Copyright © 1999-2019 Fender Discussion Page, LLC   All Rights Reserved