Fender tweed Vibrolux

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  1. Kmaz

    Kmaz Member

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    Any owners on board of a vintage tweed Vibrolux? Are they considered a rare find? How do you like yours?
     
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    I have the Harvard which is more rare but essentially the same amp minus tremolo. Sure aren’t as many Vibroluxes up for sale as Deluxes it always seems to me.

    I love the tone — it’s clean up til about 8 or 9 on the volume and pairs amazingly well with my Princeton Reverb via a Lehle p-split. I run a Honey Bee for overdrive at the house, and this is an inspiring rig.

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  3. es137p

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    I have the Victoria chicago lux, vibro lux clone, like the ivy league with tremolo, great little amps.
     
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    I have an Ivy League (12”). Not a trem guy. The 5F10 is a great circuit.
     
  5. Figaro

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    3 inputs, each with different levels of gain make the 5F11 tweed Vibrolux a very versatile amp. Also, it’s Deluxe size cabinet can accept a 12” speaker.
     
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    plumberstrummer Fatal3Records.com Supporting Member

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    I have one at our studio with original speaker and untouched solder joints.

    It is probably the best recording amp we have; it's tweed vibe at low volume and has late tweed circuit upgrades.

    Love them, great for bedroom/ studio.
     
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  7. Kmaz

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    Is it as loud as a tweed Deluxe?
     
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    No, almost as loud as a tuned up Princeton Reverb. It does stay cleaner longer than a tweed Deluxe though.
     
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    Thanks, rusty. "RUSTY!!!" - Seinfeld
     
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    I formerly owned a 1960 tweed Vibrolux. The best amp I ever owned.
    But I listened to too many stories of a blown transformer knocking the value way down, got scared and sold it.:nuts
     
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    The 6G2 Princeton is a very similar circuit and seems to be more easily found.
     
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    Have one. Found in the garbage 40 odd years ago without the baffle and missing tubes. Now its all fixed uo with a 12" Jensen Neo and good tubes. Sounds great. Tremelo is great. Overdrives into feedback sustain without a pedal and cleans up great. I play it wide open and use a volume pedal...thats about it.
     
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    put an old jensen c10n in it, its as loud as a deluxe now, seems real nice so far, more clean headroom.
     
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    Great little amps! The father of the 6G2 brown Princeton, almost exact minus a couple parts.
     
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    Thanks for the info, guys.

    A friend of mine currently has some pretty cool musical gear in her family. It belonged to her father who passed away two years ago.

    I'm planning to see all of the stuff in the very near future. I do, however, know that there are a few Fender tweeds in the collection.
    They are:

    1960 Princeton
    1959 Vibrolux
    1954 Champ

    I'm certain that I'll have the opportunity to try them out and am looking forward to. Quite a find!
     
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    1960 Princeton. Was that 5F2A or 6G2 by then?
     
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    That was still 5F2A IIRC. 1961 started 6G2.
     
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    '58-'62 tweed Gibson GA18T Explorers are a similar circuit and still reasonable price-wise. That's a '61 in my Avatar. Paid $600- it had a recent re-cap, and a re-coned original P10R-otherwise all original. Trem is beautiful...
     
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    i had a 59 tweed vibrolux for years...it departed under tragic circumstances i won't repeat

    my favorite amp EVER
     
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    Should the Vibrolux be available for sale (and still have the important original parts), please contact me. I'd be very interested.
     

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