Vibroking Vs. Vibroverb - which is cleaner with buckers?

tch2112

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Hi All,

I am looking to get nice Fender blackface style clean amp and I really want to just start with Fender. I like what I see on the Vibroverb and Vibroking. I am not looking to turn up the volume past 5 - just want nice full clean warm tones with that Fender sparkle. I play a lot of humbucker guitars and am looking for which one can "keep up and keep it together".

Anyone have any thought or knowledge on these two amps?

Thanks,

Tom
 

eric-d

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I HATED the Vibro-King!!! Just WAY too bright (glass, twang - whatever you want to call it!!) then I tried input #2 - it actually sounded really nice!! Fattened and smoothed the sound!! Still a REALLY loud amp though!
 

Simpy

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Vibroking, the 3 10 thing just has serious mojo when you play a Paul through it. Disclaimer: I don't own a paul, or a v/k, I recently test drove this setup at a local guitar store and it had me second guessing my whole amp/guitar selections.
 

Profklamen

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I love the Vibro-King. Lots of high end sparkle and glassy twang. I suspect eric-d and I are hearing the same thing, we just have different tastes. It is a loud amp - and heavy.
 

Peppy

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If you're talking about the current Vibroverb, the '64 Vibroverb Custom (not a true reissue at all) is cleaner than the Vibro-King. I had the '64 and now have the King...much prefer the King...however the '64 stays cleaner much longer.
 

pjrhd28

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The 64 reissue does still stay clean longer


BUT

Even when the VK starts to break up, its already pretty LOUD.

My point is to think about just how much headroom you really need; as I recall, one of the reasons Fender intorduced the VK was to get LESS headroom than a Super- because a Super gets too loud clean before it starts to break up.

BTW, I have a VK and the sweet spot in that amp is right at the edge of breakup and even at that volume level, I'll often use an Attenuator.

Either a VK or the 64 is preety loud at 5 on the volume, especially with humbuckers.
 

Sam Cannon

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I stuck some NOS tung-sol's and Brimar 12ax7 in a 64' Vibroverb I bought and OMG it sounded so good I couldn't believe it. It is about a 300.00 fix to do this but it makes a big, big difference.

+1 for the Vibroverb 64' custom shop Fender with NOS tubes.
 

retep523

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My King breaks up at about 3 1/2 to 4, and it's fairly loud. To me it sounds thicker than other Fender amps I've owned and it has that certain something— an upper mid sparkle that's not harsh like other lower priced Fenders (Blues Junior, Hot Rod Deluxe). It's my favorite out of 35 years of owning amps (Fenders, Marshalls, and Matchlesses)! I have an LP with SD '59s that sounds great through it, but usually I'm a Tele guy.

Never played, a Vibroverb. I guess it'd be fun, but I don't need to. I'm happy with the King.
 




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