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Fender Vibrolux Reverb (Silverface)

Tube Combo Guitar Amp from Fender belonging to the Vibrolux series

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Fender Vibrolux Reverb

Fender Vibrolux Reverb (Silverface)Published on 06/25/01 at 15:00
I've always been an "act first - think later" kind of guy when it comes to buying music equipment. So it was one evening after furniture shopping with my wife. I had patiently trudged through the entire furniture store, convinced that the evening would be written-off as boring but good for a few brownie points with my spouse. I had been researching tube amplifiers on the internet and in music catalogs. My mind kept itself occupied with those words and images while I feigned interest in couches and love-seats of all designs, fabrics, and colors. There were two tube amps I was anxious to try out and compare - both Fenders; the Deluxe Reverb and the Vibrolux Reverb. I figured I would need...…
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I've always been an "act first - think later" kind of guy when it comes to buying music equipment. So it was one evening after furniture shopping with my wife. I had patiently trudged through the entire furniture store, convinced that the evening would be written-off as boring but good for a few brownie points with my spouse. I had been researching tube amplifiers on the internet and in music catalogs. My mind kept itself occupied with those words and images while I feigned interest in couches and love-seats of all designs, fabrics, and colors. There were two tube amps I was anxious to try out and compare - both Fenders; the Deluxe Reverb and the Vibrolux Reverb. I figured I would need to visit a Fender dealer to get an opportunity to do a true side-by-side comparison. We finally finished the interminable furniture shopping session and emerged from the store in a swirl of cold, rainy wind discussing the relative virtues of fabric durability and color-fastness. In the same strip-mall was a small music store that dealt in new, low-line guitars and lots of used stuff. My wife agreed to a quick stop in there - mostly out of mercy knowing that she had dragged me through a furniture store. Upon entering, I quickly scanned the used amp corner and saw BOTH a Deluxe Reverb AND a Vibrolux Reverb - WOW! Talk about instant karma. I promptly told the storekeeper that I wanted to try them both out. About an hour later I owned a Vibrolux Reverb in return for a little over $600 (smokin' deal!). It also cost me every brownie point I had ever accumulated with my wife (ouch) but, she was happy that I was happy - actually, I was delerious and she was tolerant.


I've played through MANY amps over the years. I know what I like - and I've gone to great lengths to get it. At one time back in the 80's, I played through a system so complex that it could have doubled as NASA's Mission Control System. I always thought that it could never be as simple as a guitar, a stomp box, and one amp. Well folks, I'm here to tell you that it can be that simple - if the amp is a Vibrolux Reverb. The non-master volume, non-channel switching, non-digital simplicity is just gorgeous sounding. Now, don't get me wrong, the sound is complex and detailed. Plug a Strat into the bright channel with the volume on 2, dial in a little reverb and subtle tremolo, and you will have an out-of-body experience. Every frequency of every note is served up on a silver platter in a virtual banquet of sonic treats. Tight, full lows that move you - crystal highs you can almost see - and mids that talk with the voice of an angel. Laying it on pretty thick, aren't I? You've just got to hear the clean sound of this amp to understand. You also need to bump that volume knob up to verify that this amp ain't no one-trick-pony. At about 4 it is really getting loud but retaining that clean, hi-fi quality. Rest assured that beyond 4 is not more volume, but more texture. Between 4 and 6 is a gritty overdrive that preserves the guitar's sound but takes it to the next level. With a Strat - it's SRV all the way, baby. Plug in a Les Paul, switch to the bridge pickup, and you're grinding meat. Now, leave that Lester on the bridge pickup and push the bright channel volume knob up to 8 (trust me - you might want to back up a little from the amp). You're not just grinding meat - you're shredding it. You will not believe the textures coming out of this conservative looking 2 x 10 combo. This is only the beginning. I've tried a lot of different settings on the amp with several different guitars and I have yet to find a sound that isn't useable. Country clean, blues, old rock 'n roll, modern rock, alternative - it's all in there somewhere with one exception - there is no scooped-mid death metal tone to be found. If that's your thing, this amp is NOT for you. Need more clean volume (a country player with permanent ear damage)? Plug in an extension cabinet. Believe me when I say this thing is loud for 40 watts. It's loud enough that I need to use an overdrive pedal for crunch when I gig. I play in the house band at a large club. In this setting, the amp breaks up into distortion at a level that's OK for 3rd or 4th set but it's a little too hot for the first set. A tube screamer is perfect to get a little crunch at a lower volume.


There is another channel on the amp. It's called the "Normal" channel and has the same Treble, Bass, and Volume controls as the bright channel. It's voiced just a little darker - and to my ears, it's just not as nice. There is a 2-button footswitch with the amp that controls whether the reverb and tremolo are on or off (they work in both amp channels). Seems a little silly to me to offer 2 channels but no switching. There's just one other thing that strikes me as a little odd and that's the choice of cream "ivoroid" knobs for this amp. Why? It does make the amp distinctive looking as it stands out from the rest of Fender's line-up. I'm just used to the good 'ol Fender blackface with black numbered knobs - the family resemblance shouting at you rather than just talking to you. I'm getting used to it - maybe someday those knobs will be at the heart of an elitist club of Fender Vibrolux owners. The club logo will be an ivoroid knob. (Har!)



Aside from the knobs (sorry - last jab) the amp looks traditional Fender. The cabinet is shallow and light but quite solid. It puts out a remarkable amount of low end. Tilt-backs are included and are a handy feature. It's obvious that the quality and attention to detail that the Fender folks have put into this amp are a source of pride. It's a high priced amp and built like one.



The Deluxe Reverb is a fine amp in it's own right - but the Vibrolux Reverb is FAR superior in many different aspects. I honestly didn't think I would like the sound of 10" speakers for guitar. These Blue Alnico speakers in the Vibrolux are wonderful - well matched to the amp. In conclusion, I'll tell you that there is no such thing as the perfect amp or the perfect guitar sound. As a working musician, I have to consider a lot of different variables to determine what is a good amp, or a great one, or a terrible one. The Fender Vibrolux Reverb is one great amp! It's simple, light, attractive, and it sounds superb. What more could you ask for?



This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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moosersmoosers

Fender Vibrolux Reverb (Silverface)Published on 11/23/11 at 12:43
While the Fender Vibrolux Reverb has been reissued in recent years, this review is for the original vintage, blackface version of the Vibrolux. The version of this amp that I've used is from 1964, and I've used a few different ones from this year for whatever reason. The amp has two different channels, with the first one being strictly clean and the second one to be used for the built effects of reverb and vibrato effects. This is of course a tube amp, but I don't know all of the different tubes that you'll find in here. Each of the two channels has two 1/4" inputs.

UTILIZATION

Using the Fender Vibrolux Reverb isn't difficult. It's a pretty basic set up for a guitar amp and is one...…
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While the Fender Vibrolux Reverb has been reissued in recent years, this review is for the original vintage, blackface version of the Vibrolux. The version of this amp that I've used is from 1964, and I've used a few different ones from this year for whatever reason. The amp has two different channels, with the first one being strictly clean and the second one to be used for the built effects of reverb and vibrato effects. This is of course a tube amp, but I don't know all of the different tubes that you'll find in here. Each of the two channels has two 1/4" inputs.

UTILIZATION

Using the Fender Vibrolux Reverb isn't difficult. It's a pretty basic set up for a guitar amp and is one that has been used throughout the years and has been pretty much ubiquitous amongst Fender amps. The first channel has volume, bass, and treble controls, while the second channel has the same plus reverb, and speed and intensity controls for the vibrato. Each channel also has a bright switch. I've never seen a manual for this and I don't intend on ever needing to find one.

SOUNDS

The sound of the Fender Vibrolux Reverb is pretty much unparallelled when not compared to other vintage Fender amps. It's definitely one of the best sounding amplifier I've ever recorded with, as it makes it easy to record guitar when it sounds this good coming through the amp. I've used it with all different types of guitars, including my own Fender Jazzmaster as well as a Telecaster and others as well. It's just got such a full sound that it's hard to beat. The vibrato and built in spring reverb are also some of the best of it's kind.

OVERALL OPINION

While it's going to cost you a pretty penny to find an original blackface Fender Vibrolux Reverb, for professional guitarists or those looking to add a pro amp to their studio, it's probably going to be worth it in the long run. I've haven't had the chance to try out the reissue version alongside the original, but for what the reissue costs, it might be worth it to get the original if you can locate one. The original Vibrolux Reverb is going to be tough to beat!
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nicolasfaburelnicolasfaburel

Fender Vibrolux Reverb (Silverface)Published on 04/11/05 at 05:13
(This content has been automatically translated from French)
Tube amp 40 watts RMS. 2 6L6 for power, 5U4GB to rectify, and 12AX7 and 12AT7 prampli for the reverb and vibrato.

Mount in 2 Hp 10-inch Fender.

2 channels: one with normal volume, treble and bass with a bright switch. I vibrato with a volume with pull boost, treble, bass, vibrato speed and intensity with a bright switch.

Brigth the switch will increase the clarity and the sharp sound characters. Pull the boost goes into action by pulling on the volume knob. This boosts mdium acute.

It comes with 2 foutswitchs. An operating the pull boost and one for the reverb and vibrato.

UTILIZATION

The start is very simple in view of rglages available ...

One branch is lit up on the...…
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Tube amp 40 watts RMS. 2 6L6 for power, 5U4GB to rectify, and 12AX7 and 12AT7 prampli for the reverb and vibrato.

Mount in 2 Hp 10-inch Fender.

2 channels: one with normal volume, treble and bass with a bright switch. I vibrato with a volume with pull boost, treble, bass, vibrato speed and intensity with a bright switch.

Brigth the switch will increase the clarity and the sharp sound characters. Pull the boost goes into action by pulling on the volume knob. This boosts mdium acute.

It comes with 2 foutswitchs. An operating the pull boost and one for the reverb and vibrato.

UTILIZATION

The start is very simple in view of rglages available ...

One branch is lit up on the volume and we play!
No gain or master volume ... if you want distortion, mount the 10's and lower the volume on your guitar! Be careful, you may get angry with some neighbors!

The clean sound is terrible, full-round hot ... top.

SOUNDS

So the sound is clear gnial! Fortunately, since the point of distortion ... tural

Ideal for funk, blues and Jazz. The sound is warm and crystalline trs.

OVERALL OPINION

I use this amp for more than 10 years. I bought a mouth of bread a friend who had rcupr a flea market ...
Its particularity is its clear sound and warm blues typ.
In the era in 1994, I pay 1500 francs. For an all-tube Fender amp of this age walk in perfect state ... is given!

In the era I could not afford anything else ... So the choice I would do without hesitation!
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sylto1sylto1

Fender Vibrolux Reverb (Silverface)Published on 07/13/07 at 16:33
(This content has been automatically translated from French)
40 watts
PULL BOOST BUT ON MINE, STRANGE??

UTILIZATION

Very simple to use.
c for its clean sound is great for crunch lamps must push it, then
must be the right place.

SOUNDS

Fender

OVERALL OPINION

Great for the blues, soul ....
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  • Manufacturer: Fender
  • Model: Vibrolux Reverb (Silverface)
  • Series: Vibrolux
  • Category: Tube Combo Guitar Amps
  • Added in our database on: 12/08/2006

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