Fender '68 Custom Vibrolux Reverb Combo Guitar Amplifier

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1968 was a transitional year for Fender amps, with tone that was still pure Fender, but a look that was brand new. With a silver-and-turquoise front panel and classy aluminum "drip edge" grille cloth trim, the Vibrolux Reverb received a fresh new face as it remained the compact, gigready amp of choice for pros and amateurs everywhere. The 1968 Vibrolux Reverb featured a unique 2x10 speaker configuration, which delivered snappy twang and big tube tone, while still incorporating world-class Fender reverb and vibrato effects. For countless guitarists ever since, the Vibrolux Reverb has been the go-to amp for classic Fender tone.

The '68 Custom Vibrolux Reverb Amp pays tribute to the classic look, sound and performance of Fender’s late-'60s "silver-face" amps. In a special twist, both channels boast reverb and tremolo, and the "custom" channel has a modified Bassman tone stack that gives modern players greater tonal flexibility with pedals. The amp also features quicker gain onset and reduced negative feedback for greater touch sensitivity. While fitting a sweet spot between the Deluxe Reverb and Twin Reverb, in respect to power and size, the '68 Custom Vibrolux Reverb’s dual 10" Celestion TEN 30 configuration and 35 watts of all-tube power deliver distinctive rock ‘n’ roll flavor.

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  • Guitar Amplifier
  • 2-Button Footswitch
  • Fitted Amplifier Cover

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5.0

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Pros

  • 6l6 Power
  • Handy Form Factor

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Bedroom
    • Club Gigs
    • Practice With Drums
    • Recording Studio

    Getting the '68 Vibrolux to go from clean to overdrive takes some skill. If you are not careful the speakers can flap if the amp attempts a bowel movement. Some owners notice that the 6L6 tubes can produce low end frequencies and that can translate into the power section trying to output all of that either clean or overdriven. If the dynamics go way beyond the operational limits then you get the amp dumping power and the speakers flapping - it sounds horrible. So, to solve this problem: EQ the low end to avoid the amp giving a burping sound when loud. Then get a compressor in the front end, something like an Empress compressor, with variable compression ratio. Then you have armed the '68 Vibrolux to be a deadly weapon. The '68 Vibrolux has a lot going for it: 6L6 power tubes, almost twice as much power as the similar sized and weighted Deluxe, two 10" Celestion rock and roll speakers, custom channel that gives a tweed sound option, classic tube driven reverb and vibrato, footswitch and amp cover.

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    A real Go-To Amp

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    from Victoria, BC

    Pros

    • 6l6 Power Tubes
    • Bassman Tweed
    • Blackface Sound
    • Power
    • price
    • Size
    • Two channels
    • Weight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Bedroom
      • Practice
      • Stage
      • Studio

      I previously wrote a review based on Fender's bragging ad that the Vibrolux was a smaller version of a Vibro-King. Since Fender introduced the comparison I explained what the Vibrolux lacked and what the Vibro-King had. However, it is true that you can buy three or four Vibrolux's for the price of one Vibro-King.

      I am beginning to like the idea of getting a second '68 Vintage Modified Silverface Vibrolux. The '68 Vibrolux can sound like a traditional (midrange scooped) blackface amp or it can sound like a tweed (midrange not scooped) or FAT. Two '68 Vibrolux's gives you more power and more speakers than a Vibro-King. Plus you can run two '68 Vibrolux's in stereo.

      Overall, the '68 Vibrolux gives you almost double (35 watts vs 22) the power of a Deluxe. Plus, I like the 6L6's that power the '68 Vibrolux better than the EL 84's in the Blues Junior or 6V6's in the Deluxe.

      Comparing the Vibrolux and Vibro-King is like comparing a Toyota to a Lexus. I can afford a Toyota or a Vibrolux. If you buy a Vibro-King you will be in the doghouse or you will be single. I am single.

      A Strat is probably your best choice for a guitar for your '68 Vibrolux. A multi-effect pedal is a good choice for the '68 Vibrolux. You will want EQ and compression in the effect bank. The amp itself can produce Reverb and Vibrato well enough by itself. The amp has just enough power to be able to play with a drummer. Getting an acoustic sound via a James Tyler Variax will overpower the poor little amp unless you have EQ and Compression set for that type of sound. The Strat pickups are more forgiving for the sound to get a pleasant overdriven sound. I tried using the bright switch but audience members complained that sound was not pleasant. Don't use the bright switch and the sound will be more balanced. The 10" Celestion speakers are responsive to rock playing style. The amp is a handy size and weight. The '68 Vibrolux is the same size and weight as a Deluxe but twice the power.

      This should become a very popular amp for musicians who record in the studio and play live in clubs. Stadiums not so much. The amp is the other half of the instrument.

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      Fender Musical Instruments Corporation warrants that the Fender product you have purchased shall be free of any defects in parts and workmanship if used under normal operating conditions for a period of five (5) years from the date of purchase or initial lease, except that footswitches, covers, speakers, rechargeable batteries, cabinets, handles and cabinet hardware are warranted for a period of one (1) year from date of purchase or initial lease and light bulbs, vacuum tubes, meters, cables and all other included accessory products are warranted for a period of ninety (90) days from date of purchase or initial lease. This warranty shall run to the original purchaser or lessee when purchased or leased from an Authorized Fender Dealer and any transferee of a retail purchaser. IMPORTANT: PLEASE RETAIN YOUR SALES RECEIPT OR LEASE, AS IT IS YOUR PROOF OF PURCHASE COVERING YOUR LIMITED WARRANTY.

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