Plugged into a Vibro King today with my strat, and holy crap!!

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  1. Senor Forum

    Senor Forum Gold Supporting Member

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    :bow:bow:bow:bow

    This was one of the Fender amps I'd never spent much time with, but WOW.

    WOW.

    The sound was so awesome... it was really fat, and the whole sound just kind of swirled around me, if that makes sense.

    Who all makes a clone or amp inspired by this bad boy?

    :bow:bow:bow:bow
     
  2. akivisuals

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    Don't know of any clones, but I've had a couple of VibroKings. Awesome amps. If they weren't so dang heavy I'm pretty sure I'd still have one.
     
  3. egkor

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    Isn't this Mr. Townshend's stage amp(s)?

    -Gary K
     
  4. Uncle Pat

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    Plug something with P-90's in and you'll wet yourself!:JAM
     
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    Ditto for info on a "clone". A head version would be really nice! BTW, I realize some of the magic of the amp is the three 10" speakers, I'd probably use it through my old 410.

    A guy in another band in my neck of the woods has been using one as long as I can remember and he always has tone! I just about got one in trade one time for a Voodoo V-Plex but it didn't happen. It was with a fellow tgp'er, he had some GREAT clips of it on his my space, real SRV kinda stuff IIRC.
     
  6. Uncle Pat

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    Better yet...how about the designer of the VK doing it again, only better?
    Zinky strikes again: the Tremolectric...and yes it comes in a head version.
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  7. stratlad

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    yes the Zinky is the only "clone"

    If you want a VK try them out. They all sound a bit different. There are great with a strat but I'm either going to sell mine or have a tech do some amp surgery to see if some harshness can be taken out. I've played VK's that are very smooth and some with some graininess like mine. They vary but you know you've heard one when you play it! Very unique amp IMO.
     
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    I just ordered some new tubes from KCA for mine. It's taken to sounding a little raspy as of late too.
     
  9. trinidad

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    If it sounded so great, why do you want to know if anyone clones it?
     
  10. Senor Forum

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    1) It wasn't for sale.

    2) I don't trust Fender's quality as much as I do a lot of boutique builders.

    3) I don't trust Fender's customer service.

    Anything else, Sherlock? ;):D
     
  11. VaughnC

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    Besides the weight issue, all the VK's I've played/owned didn't have much clean headroom and I thought they felt a little stiff. Sort of a one trick pony kind of amp...but it does its one trick pretty well. I thought mine was a decent amp until I played Komet 60 ;).
     
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    I like the VK, but damn is it loud.
     
  13. Peppy

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    I plugged my Strat into a Vibro-King a few months ago and bought it. Killer combination.
     
  14. billstets

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    Interesting. I played an amazing sounding VK in a rehearsal studio a bunch of times about 14 years ago. Smooth. Warm. Then I bought a used one from GC about 8 years ago, and returned it the next day. It was really harsh. I just figured there was something wrong with it, or that the one the studio was modified.

    They are way too heavy for me. But man, that one in the studio was one of the best amps I ever played by far. Up there with the two amps I currently own (Kingsley D30 and a JTM45 clone) and my old '68 plexi.
     
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    What about the "Custom Vibrolux" ? I recall reading somewhere that it's like a mini-VK. Can anyone comment on that?
     
  16. Senor Forum

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    Really?

    I can't imagine an amp as cheap as the Komet sounding THAT good.

    .... :rolleyes:


    :roll
     
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    if a VK was and is still good for jm, why not be good for us?

    it is a great, great amp
     
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    a fender into a fender is still my favorite combination. i know a few guys who have vibros, and they seem to be built really well. no problems to speak of. good luck finding a great sounding amp. there are usually quite a few around for sale, but like someone said, each seems to sound a little different. try to play the one you want to buy before purchasing..
     
  19. joejazzguitar

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    Jeff Golub cut a lot of his stuff using his '65 Strat and a VK... what a thoroughly AMAZING tone...

    But, then again, it's JEFF !!
     
  20. DrJamie

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    I heard an early VK, and bought one, only to sell because it was too harsh on live shows. It's still my favorite "bedroom" amp because of the beautiful tone, especially with strats, and teles, at low volume. I always use a VK as a reference amp, at a music store, when trying guitars out, if the shop happens to have that amp. Does the Supro have any tone relationship to the VK?
     

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