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Vibrolux reverb?

gtrplr71

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out tooling around yesterday I found a vibrulux reverb NIB for 800. Any thought on these?
 

James_E

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No idea if that price is good or not, but the other guitar player in my band uses one. He sounds great through it. He's had it for years and uses it for a clean platform and has a pedal board out front. Plently loud for our gigs (2 guitars, bass, drums)
 

Vibroluxman

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Are we talking about the cream knob custom vibrolux reverb? It's an awesome amp!! I'm biased lol. Normal channel is cleaner than the vibrato channel. No negative feedback loop means more gain but you do get more noise than normal. It's not a vibrolux circuit. It's a hotrodded vibroverb circuit. More brown than blackface. Best tremolo in a fender amp. Loud 40 watts. $800 is a great price. New they were $1200, used they sell from $700-900
 

gtrplr71

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Are we talking about the cream knob custom vibrolux reverb? It's an awesome amp!! I'm biased lol. Normal channel is cleaner than the vibrato channel. No negative feedback loop means more gain but you do get more noise than normal. It's not a vibrolux circuit. It's a hotrodded vibroverb circuit. More brown than blackface. Best tremolo in a fender amp. Loud 40 watts. $800 is a great price. New they were $1200, used they sell from $700-900
Yes cream knobs.
 

Vibroluxman

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Yes cream knobs.

Try before you buy if you can. Some people love them, some hate them. I loved mine but it was a loud amp and I'm not currently gigging. I went with the Mesa Lonestar and a Voodoo Labs Tremolo pedal instead to have an amp with a master volume.
 

zosozep7

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I had mine on Craigslist several years ago and couldnt get $600 for it. I had people trying to talk me down. I aquired this amp in a trade about 6 years ago and never really spent time with it, Finally, i got discouraged and decided to keep it. One night i pulled it back out and took it for a good test drive. Glad i did!! This amp really kicks ass when cranked. Its a little noisy but not overbearing. So glad nobody wanted it for $600.
 

joevacc

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Great amp man! I love mine. It has a unbelievable tremolo. Loud enough for any gig and sounds good at lower volumes. It's light too!
Already has been said, a little more Brown sounding than Black Face.

There are a lot of modded CVR's out there but if you ask me those loose that great response and 3D sound of an original one.
The more research you do - the more you will find people that say it is too noisy. Not sure why that is brought up again and again, but I don't think it is any more noisy than many great Fender amps I've tried. There is a bit of hiss but at any gig levels it is imperceptible.

If it is your thing you can't get any more amp for that kind of money. Make them an offer. There is more than one out there NOS.

Good luck,
 

e???

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They sound really good, but if you're the type that hates single coil hum and such, may not be for you.
 

joevacc

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I would not pay $800 for a CVR.
Why? What would you pay for a brand new one?
I would offer less than $800.00 but I love to bargain and you can never get a bargain if you don't ask.

I do think that $800.00 is not too bad a deal for one though...

I did get mine for less (traded for it with about $600.00 worth of gear) but when I got it - looked like it had been through hell and back. It crackled badly and the pots were making awful noises... haha

I used that as a bargaining chip. In the end all it needed was a set of tubes and really thorough cleaning. I got the better end of the deal I think.
 

Figaro

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Why? What would you pay for a brand new one?
I would offer less than $800.00 but I love to bargain and you can never get a bargain if you don't ask.

I do think that $800.00 is not too bad a deal for one though...

I did get mine for less (traded for it with about $600.00 worth of gear) but when I got it - looked like it had been through hell and back. It crackled badly and the pots were making awful noises... haha

I used that as a bargaining chip. In the end all it needed was a set of tubes and really thorough cleaning. I got the better end of the deal I think.
One just sold near me for $500. Hasn't it been discontinued? Just my opinion but I preferred it when it was the 63 Vibroverb Reissue.
 
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Tone wise, I didn't care for mine. I mistakenly bought it thinking that it had a typical Blackface tone, which it does not.

It's more somewhere in between brown and blonde, IMO. I was disappointed that I couldn't get the nice pristine clean i was hearing in my head out of it.

But if you're looking for an amp that gets hairy soon on the dial or easily works with overdrive and dirt pedals, you might love it.
 

VaughnC

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I have my newish '68 Custom Vibrolux in the emporium. I think it's an excellent amp and I especially like its Bassman voiced Custom channel...but I'm downsizing with a solid state amp in my gigging retirement. But no offers on the Vibrolux, which kind of puzzles me. I've heard complaints of the amp being noisy but mine sounds no noisier than other tube amps I've owned and I have no complaints with its sound.
 

pedalcr8z

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Really wanted one a few years ago but every one I tried ( 5 or 6 units) at several shops all had the same flaw..........with the volume all the way down there was an incredible amount of hiss that could be heard from 10 feet away with or without a guitar cable plugged in. Love the circuit design but simply couldn't live with that type of noise level.
 

davidespinosa

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Did you like the amp? If you like it, $800 sounds good. If you don't like it, then save yourself the trouble.
 

FF71

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$800 is a good price for a "Custom Vibrolux Reverb". I would suggest a '68 Custom instead though..
 

guitarnut_1

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It's one of my favorite Fender amps. Doesn't sound as bright as a BF Fender and still sprakly enough. Sounds warmer than a Deluxe Reverb. Never noticed any hum or anything, just sounds AWESOME!

Plus it's light and easy to carry around: BIG PLUS!
 

zosozep7

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Wonder when Fender will quit screwing around and offer a real Vibrolux reissue to their lineup?
 






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