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Axis40

Fredericksbu, Va USA

John F.
Aug 22nd, 2014 09:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I believe the original is actually closer to 35 Watts. I know my 69 is a little quieter than my '63 Vibroverb (which is also quoted at 40 watts). Even when the VR had Weber speakers in it.

I've seen it listed at both 35 and 40 watts... Depends on who did the write up, I guess.

urby
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Seattle, Wa

Aug 23rd, 2014 12:02 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Can't wait until one arrives at my local shop. I've been itching to try one.

tahitijack
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Aug 24th, 2014 10:57 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Is there any discernable difference between 35 watts and 40 watts?

I'm playing a 40 watt Deluxe VM. Our lead guitar is playing a Cyber Twin. He likes it loud (yes, we have had that conversation). My amp can keep up but I run it a 7 to 8 volume. My Strat has Fender vintage noiseless pups, no pedals other than tuner.

urby
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Aug 24th, 2014 12:33 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Is there any discernable difference between 35 watts and 40 watts?"

Not much. I've got a 40 watt Moyer moded CVR and an original 35 watt 1965 VR. The '65 VR sounds louder to me. Probably due to the speakers i have in each amp.

Axis40

Fredericksbu, Va USA

John F.
Aug 26th, 2014 03:36 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Is there any discernable difference between 35 watts and 40 watts?"

Clean? Yeah. Dirty? Maybe not so much.

Not night and day... But, like I said, my Vibroverb is a touch louder than my Vibrolux.

I have a 50 Watt Bassman and it's noticeably louder. Especially clean volumes. But, it's louder dirty too.

reverend mikey
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Aug 27th, 2014 08:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Our local store in Omaha just got one - played it today next to the Deluxe Reverb version. They were very similar... at least at the store volumes I was playing them.

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So. Cal. USA

Sep 8th, 2014 04:03 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Anyone here buy one yet? I'm interested in an I gigged it review.

5Strats
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AXE VICTIM
Sep 9th, 2014 07:30 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm thinking of buying one, but I wish I could try it out first.

Hammond101
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Sep 9th, 2014 09:54 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Now that I can just lay down the ole debit card and buy one, I'm torn between buying the '68 CVR or building a clone. If I leave out my time costs I can build the clone for a bit less. I guess if don't really like it I can send it back. Not really my way of doing business though.

I have so many blackface amps however I'd like something just a bit different. I'm even considering the Allen Encore 2-10. I built one of those for a friend and loved the thing. (pricey kit)

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Sep 9th, 2014 09:14 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Interesting that this amp has the tube bias tremolo circuit. If that was mentioned before, I missed it.

If I decide I really need another amp this one is certainly on the list.

Now on the Fender site

back breaker

eureka, usa

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Sep 10th, 2014 04:11 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Am I the only one that sees this as being basically the old CVR? I like that it is still there but minus the speakers and a slight tweaking of the electronics was this color change really necessary?

carsten

on the rhine

Sep 10th, 2014 11:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hi back breaker!

Sure, there´s not a lot of apparent differences in two 2x10", 40w-combos with the classic Fender-Features ;)
I do think, though, that the new Vibrolux sounds quite different - well, at least from what I´ve heard so far...

Plus, the CVR is a 20 year old design - and you need to come up with something new(ish) every now and then to keep your customers interested.
I´m sure they´d kept the CVR in the line if it still sold well...

cheers - C.

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AXE VICTIM
Sep 11th, 2014 07:34 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It has a Bassman tone stack that is an extra feature on the 68 CVR.

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Sep 11th, 2014 11:35 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I agree with Carsten. The market for CVR is saturated; everyone that wanted to buy one has done so, there are a ton of new and used models available.

I haven't played the new '68 but I hope they left some clean headroom in there. With the CVR, it would break up almost immediately, especially with a humbucker equipped guitar.

ruger9

USA/NJ

Sep 15th, 2014 06:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

SO THEN..... since these are finally on the streets.....what we need is a CVR vs 68CVR side-by-side comparison...... overall tone, headroom, etc....

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Sep 15th, 2014 07:37 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I don't care much about how this new amp compares to a CVR. I'm more interested in how it stacks up against a good silverface Vibrolux Reverb. Like my beloved 1970 VR for instance.



ruger9

USA/NJ

Sep 16th, 2014 05:09 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I think all you "vintage vibrolux guys" need to stop expecting Fender to put out a REAL VL RI. When they do, they'll SAY THAT, and it'll most likely come out of the custom shop first, for big bucks.

I'm 99% sure the new 68CVR isn't going to "compare" to the vintage VL, and instead will be much closer to the CVR.

back breaker

eureka, usa

Kid! STOP! you're rockin' the forest!
Sep 16th, 2014 10:42 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Right off the bat, no tube rectifier... doesn't an original have that? neither the CVR nor this one does (this was my first thing to make the comparison to the modern vl's) I always imagined when they came out with this line (68) that is was pretty inspired by what Zinky did with the 63 vibroverb and birthed the CVR. This was also, in part influenced by the Vibro-King (no negative feedback loop) but where the CVR was lacking (and not the VK) was that it was very noisy and the headroom was lacking... In my mind, all things lead to the Vibro-king.... haven't considered swapping mine out yet.

ruger9

USA/NJ

Sep 16th, 2014 11:57 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"all things lead to the Vibro-king.... "


LOL. I have been thinking that for years myself.... and the only thing that keeps stopping me is the sheer volume. Even if I kept it at home so I didn't have to lug it around, it's still SO DAMN LOUD....

Which is partially why I have become interested in the Bandmaster, and CVR, (and now, 68CVR)
[I currently run a Super-sonic 22]

(This message was last edited by ruger9 at 01:58 PM, Sep 16th, 2014)

back breaker

eureka, usa

Kid! STOP! you're rockin' the forest!
Sep 16th, 2014 10:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I hate to be the one to break this to everyone about the vibro-king but you can play it at low volumes (without a hot plate) and it sounds pretty amazing. the passive electronics allow for this.... next time you are at a store that has one, put the volume on 10 with all the eq's at zero and tell me how loud it is.... then dial the eq's up slowly until you like what you hear at the volume that you like.... you will get the idea pretty quick and lay that myth of "too loud" to rest. now "too heavy" is not so easy to disprove.


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