Vibrolux - loud enough?

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  1. jrbanjo

    jrbanjo Member

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    Anyone ever used a vibrolux in a band setting and not found it loud enough?

    I'm talking about at a volume level where it will stay pretty clean but still keep up with a drumset, bass amp, etc. (band is two guitar, bass, drums, pedal steel, medium/small clubs).

    In other words, have you had to crank yours into mush to stay at a good stage mix?
     
  2. louis

    louis Supporting Member

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    Not loud enough , if you do , you'll need to mike it and
    send to monitors !
     
  3. illini

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    I owned and gigged with a 71 Vibrolux for a bunch of years. What guitar are you using with it? With my strat I could get it up to 4 before it started to break up, and with the Les Paul around 3. That amp cuts very well, and is loud enough that every sound guy will be asking you to turn down. Is that loud enough for your setting, I don't know.
     
  4. Blue Strat

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    Which Vibrolux? there are many.

    Depends on the particular amp, if it's been maintained, the efficiency of the speakers, and how loud your band is. There's no simple answer.
     
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    How loud a band? Type of music? BF/SF V'lux?
    I had a '70 with Weber 10F150's in it. Once at a roller rink size venue (everything was mic'd) The sound man told me I was too loud and he had my amp mic off but I was still too loud. My amp was on about 3.5 volume.
    I'm not sure my current Vlux is that loud though....
     
  6. BigDiceBuddha

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    My '69 VR rattles the doors and windows of my house at 3 and a half. At small clubs, I can get away with 4, and I have tons of headroom after that, even.
     
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    I've gigged with a Custom Vibrolux Reverb (40 watts) and found it to be plenty loud for small to medium venues.
     
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    I have a CVR and a 67 bf. I had to get a Deluxe because I could never really open them up.
     
  9. jondanger

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    I gig a SF Vibrolux with a WGS G10C/G10CS combo (fairly efficient speakers), and I have always found it to be loud enough to keep up with a full band.

    Drummer is not a gorilla
    Bass - Acoustic B200H with a 1x15
    Other Guitar - DRRI
    Keys - Traynor YBA-1

    It's always going to pretty much come down to how loud the drummer is.
     
  10. 59Bassman

    59Bassman Plank Cranker Silver Supporting Member

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    Have a BF-ed '72 VR. WAY STUPID loud. Mine starts breaking up with single coils around 5 on the volume knob. I've gigged with it a few times, and always need a dirt pedal to get the gain going with it.
     
  11. Blue Strat

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    ...and CVRs have less headroom than BF/SF VRs.
     
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  12. doublescale1

    doublescale1 FSR Tele Silver Supporting Member

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    What Blue Strat said. if your looking for headroom, go with a real Black Face or Silver Face Vibrolux - they will stay a lot cleaner longer (even with humbuckers), the more recent Custom Vibroluxe's will begin to break up at 3 or 4 and be pretty loud at that point. A Silver Face will be less money than B/F of course. An early SF will most likely still be a BF circuit, some of the real aficionados here will know the year that CBS changed the schematic - If it has a pull-out any-knob it will need to be "Blackfaced" by a tech.
     
  13. Blue Strat

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    Not necessarily if the player likes it. If you don't like the pull boost, and few do, just don't pull it. And SF's tend to have a bit more headroom which could be perfect for some players.
     
  14. Bluesful

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    I have a '67 VR and used it once at a rehearsal. It was loud enough to get over the drums at around 5. That was with my Les Paul and at that point there was a little breakup but nothing crazy.

    Another option these days is a device like the Power Station. You can attenuate if need be and also use it the other way for more headroom.
     
  15. SGspecial

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    I gigged with a 1968 VR between 1970 - 1972. It was loud enough indoors.
     
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    I changed my old blackface VR to cathode bias. Depending on which rectifier tube you use it can sound from stock to less volume and much more sag. You can always use it with an attenuator.
     

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