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Fender Pro Tube Custom Vibrolux Reverb

Pro Tube Custom Vibrolux Reverb , Tube Combo Guitar Amp from Fender.

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Average Score:4.6( 4.6/5 based on 13 reviews )
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Eroachguitar09/27/2012

Eroachguitar's review"Best Purchased Used"

Fender Pro Tube Custom Vibrolux Reverb
The Fender Custom Vibrolux Reverb, or CVR, is a 2x10, 40 Watt all-tube combo amplifier in the tradition of Fender's most famous blackface amps. It has two channels, Normal and Bright, both with a high and low input. It features two 5881 power tubes, a tube vibrato circuit, and tube-driven reverb. The blackface costmetics, adorned by classic Fender round creme knobs and framed by a black tolex cabinet make the CVR a handsome sight to behold. It comes loaded with two Jensen P10R speakers.



UTILIZATION

The first thing I noticed about the CVR when plugging in was that it is rather noisy. A background hiss could be heard at nearly all volumes, developing into an almost low feedback whistle at higher volumes.

Despite this, the Vibrolux sounds beautiful and responsive, with less headroom than one typically hears from a Fender amp. I noticed power tube breakup around 10 O'Clock on the volume control.

With a minimum amount of online research, I discovered the headroom and noise issues were common with the CVR, and it was due to a variety of contributing factors in the circuit.

First, there is no negative feedback in the CVR. For those unfamiliar, negative feedback in this case is when a small voltage is taken from the speaker side of the output transformer and fed back into the power section. This has a frequency damping effect (which contributes to a more compressed, smoother and less ratty tone), and helps stabilize an amplifier that is otherwise teetering on oscillation (which means the amp begins to generate its own signal, most commonly heard as a steady squeal or "motorboating" type sound).

That explained the faint whistling noise I was getting when I cranked the amp.
Another design point that introduces noise and a large portion of the hiss into the amp was the reverb shared by both channels. In traditional Fender designs, the Reverb, if any, exists only on the Bright or Vibrato channel, never on the Normal Channel. While attractive in concept to have reverb on both channels, I felt that this arrangement created a lot of noise and crosstalk.



SOUNDS

I used my Les Paul, as well as my Charvel So-Cal through this amp on tour, and was able to get a great sound out of it no matter the venue. My personal preference is for 4 10's instead of two, so I ended up selling the CVR in favor of another amplifier.

The EQ controls on both channels are very responsive and moderate, with both channels having only Bass and Treble control - no Mid. The Bias Tremolo (here known as Vibrato) produced a beautiful, powerful modulating sound, adjusted with Depth and Intensity controls. Leave it on, and look into the back of the amp and watch the blue glow fluctuate on your power tubes as the circuit modulates the power tubes' bias. Rest assured this is safe, and I should also note that the CVR is non-adjustable, fixed-bias, so biasing is not much of a concern.

The reverb is weak, due to a change in some reverb circuit values from what they were in earlier Fender 'verb circuits. This, as well as the hiss and headroom issues, are easily fixable via mods readily found on the internet, and for those with the expertise and the guts, this amp can become an excellent workhorse worthy of the Fender name and fanfare. Once I made the modifications to the reverb circuit, the reverb response was rich and intense.

OVERALL OPINION

The Custom Vibrolux Reverb is expensive given that it's a small amplifier, and it's not hand-wired, so it's best to purchase one on the used market where the price more aptly reflects what you're getting. It's also worthy to look into the modifications available for the amp.

Nevertheless, it's a piece of gear with great potential, and for as small as it is, packs one hell of a wollop through it's two 10-inch speakers.
King Loudness10/30/2011

King Loudness's review"Classic Fender tones"

Fender Pro Tube Custom Vibrolux Reverb
The Fender Custom Vibrolux Reverb is a modern day reissue of the famous blackface amp. It features 40 watts of power driving two ten inch speakers. The power tube compliment is 12AX7s and one 12AT7 in the preamp section, and a pair of 6L6s in the power section. It features two channels with onboard reverb and tremolo available on both channels via a footswitch. Each channel has its own inputs as well. Though it lacks the modern channel switching capabilities of clean/high gain rigs, it has a great clean tone that is very lush and sounds wonderful for jazz, country or blues textures.

UTILIZATION

Getting a good sound out of this amp is pretty simple. It has a pretty basic control layout and isn't really much to deal with as far as dialing in. It's primarily designed to be a clean sounding Fender amp, and that's what it does best. It doesn't have a distortion channel onboard, so any grit would likely have to come from a pedal of some sort. That being said, it's quieter/smaller than a Twin Reverb or similar high wattage clean amp, so it is a little more gig friendly than some of the high wattage Fenders out there.

SOUNDS

This amp sounds great with a whole variety of different guitars from jazzboxes to Strats or Teles. It's got that classic Fender sound in spades, but is at a more reasonable volume than the standard Twin Reverb. It has a nice crisp clean sound that is great for everything from jazz to blues to funk to surf. The reverb and tremolo have nice authentic sounds too, though they can cause feedback if turned up too high I find. This amp is also a fairly loud 40 watts, so it doesn't need to be turned up to get some volume happening.

OVERALL OPINION

All in all I think the Fender Custom Vibrolux Reverb is a nice take on the typical Fender blackface amp. The dual ten inch speakers offer a nice full stereo sound and the tones are true American clean. At about $1,200 new this amp is a reasonable buy for the gigging musician looking for a great Fender combo that has a little more firepower than a Deluxe Reverb or Champ but doesn't want something as big and bulky as a Twin Reverb.
iamqman06/25/2011

iamqman's review"Speaker update!!"

Fender Pro Tube Custom Vibrolux Reverb
The only real noticeable difference in this custom amp compared to the standard vibrolux reverb is the Jensen speaker. It will sound better for sure because Jensen speakers are some of the best speakers in the world. You get the same great features as the original.

Fender has really taking the major pice of the market when it comes to clean amps. They have been an empire on guitars as well as high quality and affordable clean amps. This amp like most Fenders has an unbelievable clean tone. Where this amp is highest in tone is from the tremelo and reverb features in the amp. This is a tube buffered reverb which is a little different than a spring reverb. It is not like one is better than the other but just a different spin on the process. I personally like the tube buffered one a little better than the spring reverb. That is just a total matter of taste.

• Type: Professional Tube Series (All Tube Circuitry). Designed in the Amp Custom Shop and Built on the Regular Tube Amp Line.
• Output: 40 watts into 4 ohms
• Speakers: 2-10" Jensen
• Channels: 2-Channels, (Normal and Bright)
• Features: Reverb (Functions in both channels), Vibrato (Functions in both channels), External Speaker Jack (4 ohms), 2-Button Footswitch, Tilt-Back Legs
• Includes: 2-Button Footswitch for Reverb and Vibrato On/Off

UTILIZATION

Details
Type Yes
Number of Channels 2
Power 40W
Speakers 2 x 10" Jensen P-10R
No Effects
Reverb
EQ Ch 1 & 2: Treble, Bass
No Amp Modeling
Preamp Tubes 5 x 12AX7, 1 x 12AT7
Power Tubes 2 x 6L6
Inputs 2 x Instrument (Ch 1), 2 x Instrument (Ch 2)
Outputs 2 x Speaker
Footswitch I/O
No Effects Loop
Height 19.37"
Width 25"
Depth 8.62"
Weight 46 lbs.

SOUNDS

This amp really needs to be played with a nice Fender Tele Stratocaster or Fender guitar of some sort. The single coil Fender guitars coupled with this amp is a match made is tonal heaven. The tone is so sparkly and chimy with a sweet overtone of clarity and bite. The amp is a not a high gain amp but will take high gain pedals or any pedal for that matter extremely well.

The 10 inch speaker really tighten up the low end of the tone. If you do use a Fender Stratocaster or Fender Telecaster you will feel a difference in these speakers from 12 inch speakers. Not to mention the Jensen speaker which is head and should above the Fender provided eminence that they usually drop in these amps.

OVERALL OPINION


This is a great blues, mild rock, country or pop amp. You will get a solid sounding tone fit for most music that I mentioned and will fit nicely in the recording studio as well.

At new these amps come in at around $ 1200, which isn't a bad price for something that sounds this good. I would recommend anyone who likes tube buffered reverb to get this amp or someone who needs a great clean amp for their recording studio
iamqman06/15/2011

iamqman's review"Clean amp"

Fender Pro Tube Custom Vibrolux Reverb
Fender has really taking the major pice of the market when it comes to clean amps. They have been an empire on guitars as well as high quality and affordable clean amps. This amp like most Fenders has an unbelievable clean tone. Where this amp is highest in tone is from the tremelo and reverb features in the amp. This is a tube buffered reverb which is a little different than a spring reverb. It is not like one is better than the other but just a different spin on the process. I personally like the tube buffered one a little better than the spring reverb. That is just a total matter of taste.


• Type: Professional Tube Series (All Tube Circuitry). Designed in the Amp Custom Shop and Built on the Regular Tube Amp Line.
• Output: 40 watts into 4 ohms
• Channels: 2-Channels, (Normal and Bright)
• Features: Reverb (Functions in both channels), Vibrato (Functions in both channels), External Speaker Jack (4 ohms), 2-Button Footswitch, Tilt-Back Legs
• Includes: 2-Button Footswitch for Reverb and Vibrato On/Off

UTILIZATION

Details
Type Tubes
Number of Channels 2
Power 40W
No Effects
Reverb
EQ Ch 1 & 2: Treble, Bass
No Amp Modeling
Preamp Tubes 5 x 12AX7, 1 x 12AT7
Power Tubes 2 x 6L6
Inputs 2 x Instrument (Ch 1), 2 x Instrument (Ch 2)
Outputs 2 x Speaker
Footswitch I/O
No Effects Loop
Height 19.37"
Width 25"
Depth 8.62"
Weight 46 lbs.

SOUNDS

This amp really needs to be played with a nice Fender Tele Stratocaster or Fender guitar of some sort. The single coil Fender guitars coupled with this amp is a match made is tonal heaven. The tone is so sparkly and chimy with a sweet overtone of clarity and bite. The amp is a not a high gain amp but will take high gain pedals or any pedal for that matter extremely well.

OVERALL OPINION

This is a great blues, mild rock, country or pop amp. You will get a solid sounding tone fit for most music that I mentioned and will fit nicely in the recording studio as well.

At new these amps come in at around $ 1200, which isn't a bad price for something that sounds this good. I would recommend anyone who likes tube buffered reverb to get this amp or someone who needs a great clean amp for their recording studio.
moosers02/16/2011

moosers's review

Fender Pro Tube Custom Vibrolux Reverb
The Fender Vibrolux Reverb comes in a few different incarnations, but this review is for the original black face model. The picture above I believe is the reissue. Either way, it's a tube amplifier with two separate channels. Each has it's own 1/4" inputs and there are two 10" speakers inside. I don't know what years the original was made, but the one I've used is from the late 1960's.

UTILIZATION

The configuration of the Fender Vibrolux Reverb isn't hard to follow as it's much like many of the other classic Fender amps out there. The first channel just has parameters for volume, bass, and treble control, while the second channel is a bit more in depth, consisting of the same three parameters found on the first channel, but also reverb control and speed and intensity parameters for controlling the on board vibrato. No manual should be necessary...

SOUNDS

The sound of the Fender Vibrolux Reverb is definitely right there in line with the classic Fender tube amp sound. To me, these vintage tube amps from Fender are the best ever made, with the Vibrolux Reverb definitely being up there. The amp is as clean sounding as they come and the reverb and vibrato effects are both top notch and some of the best of their kind. If you've ever heard a Fender tube amp, you most likely know what you're getting here.

OVERALL OPINION

There's absolutely no way you can go wrong with the Fender Vibrolux Reverb! It's simply an amp that sounds that good. I don't know if I'd prefer this to the Fender Twin Reverb I've got at home, but they're certainly in the same ballpark and it really is just a matter of preference at a certain point. I don't know how this would stack up against the reissue, but I'd think the reissue is pretty close. Ain't nothing like the original though...
jeanfifou10/07/2013

jeanfifou's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Absolutely stunning"

Fender Pro Tube Custom Vibrolux Reverb
All features have been already been given previously

UTILIZATION

All that was more simple, turn the knobs to the right or left to find their own trimmings.

SOUNDS

This is the sound of a nonlinear tube amp, like a transistor amp, this is the charm of these amps, the sound is crystalline and warm at the same time.
I play it with a Fender Stratocaster or a Gibson Les Paul. Both can provide exceptional sound without effects, just plugged directly, it gives a very round sound or crunchy depending on the power of volume.
I prefer to use it with a multi-effects, an old Boss GT6 consencieusement rule because his or her find THE requires patience, listening. I spent a fortune on analog effect pedal unit. I realized that in many cases, the difference in quality or rendering was tiny in my ear and the coldness deemed a multi digital effects was instead transcended through a tube amp. After analog pedals will do nicely.
However, there is a condition, it must increase the volume of the amp to enjoy the warmth of the whole. The knob displays increments from 1 to 10, I usually sets of 3 and already sending this very strong. To give you an idea of ​​the power in position 3 is the value I used to play with an orchestra of 20 musicians with sound during a rehearsal, the room is 200 m2 and 5 meters high and with acoustical panels. that is to say the power. The volume pedal is set at 50%. Beyond 4 or 5, I must digress from the monster at least 4 meters between 6 and 10, leave your clothes in tatters, you spray one who plays just in front of the amp. No, it is better sound with a microphone and stitching on the general sound, hard to bear so much power at the hearing. Yet it is only 40 watt minuses!
Sure, you can play 1 or 2, it is very beautiful, but it lacks a bit of character anyway.

On the negative side, I had the problem of snoring, very unpleasant when you do not play, to the point where I sometimes put it on stand-by between two pieces. So I decided to change the wiring to mitigate the blast at the con! The solution is on the net. I left the amplifier specialist tube amps in my area. I gave her instructions clear and he made them. from the blows actually plummeted. IT should be noted that the blast also comes lamps, in general, the technician you must try several changes before selecting the one that makes hardly any noise. Be careful!
I also tried the same amp range but had no change, there was almost no wind, I was stuck and a little disappointed to have spent € 150. However, this was not an expense for nothing because I have felt the difference but it means that the intrinsic quality of lamps is also on the breath. I also learned a lot of things rather new on the tube amp by the technician who work for more than 35 years on tube amps. ? it is quite as magical device.
Finally, the weight! less than 20 kg, it is quite heavy but easy to carry, compared to a twin 45 pounds. must carry the bazaar or repeated on stage ... even with wheels!

OVERALL OPINION

I have for 10 years, I enjoy every time with all my belongings. Once your sounds are processed and clean, you can play in any style with this amp. Unfortunately, I have not tried other amp of this type, so for comparison, it is useless to me speak. I guess it's like wine from a certain price, everything is good, there is that tastes change.
What I am sure of is that when you feel vibrate with pleasure with your gear, this is the essential. It also means that you will also progress through your game and the hardware on which you play will output better. nothing without the other. For me, this amp starts to offer me the sound fruit of my labor.

In the end, owning a tube amp hand assembled (custom shop) is already a source of pleasure and prestige, like the great Italian car brand, the competition can also provide better, more expensive, more powerful, but it is that it does not always have: legend, history and everything else that evokes Fender is a special flavor ..... futile perhaps, but still .. Thank you to Leo!
pebbonnet01/28/2008

pebbonnet's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Fender Pro Tube Custom Vibrolux Reverb
All-amp lamp.
40W
4 inputs: 2 normal, 2 bright.
Volume, bass, treble on whether bright as the normal.
2 between diffrent to allow to control at least the famous fender crunch.
No need to quibble trs long to get his sound. The bass and treble its my opinion to fix the guitar.

UTILIZATION

Setup could not be more simple.
Pa sgrand thing as rglage and therefore no great range of sound. The EQs are not specially effective, but they are just fine.
The reverb is idalie. The vibrato / trmolo rings of hell. With the micro bridge on the guitar, you get older 35 in once: vintage as his hyper: left that do surfrock!!
There was probably a manual but I did not read.

SOUNDS

Oh my god, a breath .... Deutsche real hair, it's crazy ... For cons, the level of breath does not believe rglage proportionally with the volume. Like it? Why?
In short, low-volume recording: not possible. It's a real point ngatif of the amp.
To del a: the sound of the amp to one meter ahead: the sound comes out of the amp, nothing parat stop the sound. Each attack bounces without problem: none of the dynamics of your instrument will be damaged. Dynamic point of view of the sound is standard, which relays a rare amp with such a great devotee.
Viewpoint sound color: trs fender. Bright enough / so flashy, not heavy, slightly warm and well-rounded and not severe drooling.
I'm using the bright channel with two microphones for a Fender Jazzmaster. I redcouvre grace bridge this amp that I always pricked ears with the Jazzmaster. With this amp, is going wonderfully: the ct spice mellows a little without the mute. By the neck against, has become a bit "boomy" is less than the Previous prcis.
Entries 1 to go fast enough to crunch own fender, entries 2 as they can be pushed a little more before we get l.
Basically, this amp is trs trs end, trs subtle in the sense that the sound retains its DEFINITIONS. It shows "color fender". If you are looking for loud, bold, not to you.
Again, the trick quite thunderous, it is the breath: I even asked if he had a problem. Apparently, it is possible to change the lamp of the first Tagus with one that would make it less of breath but would lose a bit of noise too.
I also tried the famous super sonic with a simulation of the Vibrolux and I did not remember such a breath.

OVERALL OPINION

Everyone's expectations. I must have tried at least 15 amps before choosing the one. For me it is gnial except this story of breath, once again, that I qd same mouth Permit be!
The four inputs can stepfather EXAGRES some but not all. If you use like me distos, crunch and fuzz pedals in, you will be glad to have both inputs to delay the natural crunch of the amp.
iggy2512/16/2007

iggy25's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Fender Pro Tube Custom Vibrolux Reverb
Pure lamp 40W
2 HP 10-inch Jensen at (tradition requires fender)
2 channel EQ with bright and normal spare, vibrato and rverb on two channels.
A small BMOL all of the same: the hum. Shame to have the breath of an amp "high end"

UTILIZATION

Nothing too complicated there is a use of the old. No gadgets (not even a master branch ....), it is adjusted the legalization (very effective in this case) according to the style Search the higher up the sound more overdrive imposes, the more we want to push it over the beast becomes deaf .... The 40w is not the right to look pretty on the label.

SOUNDS

Fender pure juice. We like it or not.
The clean is clean ..... trs. On my fender telecaster mind is really enhanced by the amplifier.
The crunch has made me out as dry as my old crumpled sheet of Clapton, SRV and others.
I pushed a little more spring the bandana and khaki jacket Keith.
Only BMOL vibrato did not transcand trs beautiful even if it is, it does not possde the magnitude of that proposed by Vox.
PS I just tested a strat highway 2 above. The sound is truly sublime fender amp, the flute is really stratum omniprsent .... really impressive

OVERALL OPINION

Yum, yum
Megajp08/24/2007

Megajp's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Fender Pro Tube Custom Vibrolux Reverb
All-tube amp, 40W on paper, it seems to have a lighter one of 100Watt.
Between jack, volume and 3EQ ... classic. Effect: we must clarify that there is a vibrato? not what is not ... it's a vibrato vibrato, the system tries to reproduce all the pedals denom tremolo, vibrato, vibe, etc ...

UTILIZATION

Hh these questions .... that is one of the amps legendary brand.
The sound is right away but can not exceed the first graduation of the volume if that is too strong

SOUNDS

ROOOOOarrrr the sound of that fucking amp! Its only clear, vibrato moves the furniture. We must add a small Tubescreamer and that is good for her.

OVERALL OPINION

I have a friend who lends me from time to time, I play the guitar for 30 years, that is one of the best amps that I t helped aproach with the VOX AC30, the JCM800 or MESA MarkIV. It touches the grail with that is amp.
Cactus Deville12/18/2006

Cactus Deville's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Fender Pro Tube Custom Vibrolux Reverb
It's all-tube (reverb and tremolo as well).
This amp does "only" 40 watts, but adcoiffe really!
Connectivity minimalist (vintage-inspired).
Rglages idem: volume, treble, bass + reverb + tremolo intensity and speed.
Reverb and vibrato are controllable with the pedals provided.
So little rglages, but frankly, was enough.

UTILIZATION

Easier, there's not. You plug, you play, a ring.
Just play with the bass and treble knobs to fine tune the sound.
A manual? What for?

SOUNDS

I have this amp for a few weeks and I could not do without.
I play a DeArmond Starfire Special and it was the top.
The sound is warm trs trs.
Impressive dynamics.
The clean sound is really beautiful, although the reverb and vibrato trs is die for.
The bass is round and warm wishes and Aiges crystal without being aggressive.
Like all amps lamps, push the volume that this amp works best.
For cruncher, just turn the volume.
More you ride, plus a beautifully crunch.
But beware, it's really, really powerful trs!
The direct sound in the amp is so beautiful that it would be almost one to add a sacrilge pedals.
However, an overdrive is really useful to get too much crunch level lev.
I add also a BBE Sonic Stomp. This is the rve.
The vibrato is lovely.
Disadvantage: this amp blows a little. But personally, has not impede me.

OVERALL OPINION

The Vibrolux is really fabulous. For those who love the sounds Roots / vintage is the IDAL.
To play blues, rock, jazz is the top.
For mtal, there will be more appropriate. Whatever
Power is laaaaaaaaaargement enough to play in groups.
In addition, it is lightweight!