68 Customs: Is Vibrolux an "upgrade" from Deluxe?

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  1. major-minor

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    I own the Deluxe.

    Would the Vibrolux give me a slightly bigger sound? Slightly more headroom?

    Big enough difference over-all, or just keep the Deluxe?
     
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    Yeah more bass, headroom, umph, 2 x 10"s and the ability to play with a loud drummer and still be able to hear your bass notes. And you won't be overdriven at band levels. Well maybe slightly, but not too much...
     
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    No. Different. I prefer the Deluxe to other Fender's personally. When I want the bigger amp tone, I got with my Mesa Mark III head.
     
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    Yeah, I know "upgrade" is a subjective term. Not really what I mean.

    "Different". I guess that's what I mean----and I like what e??? had to say. His description is pretty much what I'm after.
     
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    Yeah, his description is good. My Deluxe (its a vintage) would be pretty overdriven to keep up with my band. I use a Badcat Unleash with it, or my Mesa. The DR has a bit more of a mid-focus, but the feel is also different - a bit more touch sensitive than other Fenders. Its hard to beat the DR's reverb as well, especially with an RCA 12AU7 in the reverb driver position.
     
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    From a deluxe reverb to a vibrolux reverb your basically just moving from 6V6 to 6L6 with a different speaker configuration (assuming both are ab763).
     
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    There's been a little concern with QC on the 68 Deluxe , although I have not had any issues with mine.

    Have you guys heard about anything the Vibrolux? If so---I'm going to pass. Plenty other amps to look at.
     
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    A dumb question: What's the 6L6 going to do that's different from 6V6? I like the idea of two 10 inch speakers.
     
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    Slightly more headroom, a bit louder, and a bigger sound. The tens will be a bit snappier.
     
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    I'm hearing exactly what I wanted to hear.

    Think it's time to go test drive a Vobrolux.
     
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    I bought a 68 Custom Vibrolux Reverb last week and have had 2 band practices so far. Loving it.

    What was not obvious to me - having never owned a Fender amp before - is just how well the Bright switches turned off is great for taming the toppiness when using a fuzz.
    Handles pedals really well. I will be offloading pedals that are "non-transparent" in that they seem to colour to the tone in a way that was ok for my previous tube amp (Traynor YCS50, a master volume amp) but diminishes the Fender signature tone (kinda neutralizes it and makes it sound like a HRDlx). So, no more EP Booster for me. Barber drives continue to be winners.

    The guy at the store says he purchased a 68 Deluxe that sounds great, is loud, but he admits that it starts to get a bit tubby when running it at band performance levels. The 68 CVR doesn't suffer from that, to my ears.

    Still in the honeymoon period with mine.
     
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    I own a BFVR and a SFDR. Both are great sounding amps but the VR really shines at band volumes over the DR. Still love both amps but the Vibrolux is the amp that always amazes me.

    I have not tried the new 68 custom VR so I'm not much help.
     
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    ^This^ All things being equal, a 12" speaker will have more lows than 2x10 speakers. I think a VR with a 12" speaker would be about perfect.
     
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    I think you get a lot more low end out of a vibrolux than you would a deluxe though. And 1x 10" yeah your right, but multiple? A super reverb can be pretty bassy with its 10's. That's kinda like how people say that a 15" has less high end than a 12", I don't really buy that. It has way more to do with the amps circuit and tonestack than it does the speaker anyway, unless your talking about a 6" or something, being that small can affect it. But in a super general way of speaking, yeah "all things being equal" a 12" will have more bass. Yeah that's true. Just seems kinda misleading to the OP's question to say that, especially when comparing a deluxe to a vibrolux. A vibrolux with 1-2 12"'s would be really cool. Might have to try that some day...
    Check out Roy Buchanan's "sweet dreams" to hear an awesome vibrolux in action. He's the man... I think of a vibrolux as kind of a more rocknroll super reverb. Breaks up a little sooner and screams a little crazier, and way easier to haul around to practice n gigs. Seems to cut thru a band mix really well too
     
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    I wasn't going for an amp that has really deep lows, anyways. I end up dialing-out a lot of that when I get to band practice. To my ears, the 2x10" config is really punch-y when you start hitting "4" on the volume with the low/high set at moderate levels (w/Strat single coils, that is).
     

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