Early 1967 Fender Blackface Vibrolux Reverb anyone?
Beloved for their bell like cleans and dynamic driven tones, blackface era Fender amps hold a justified position as the archetypal Fender amp. Often copied, never bettered. The Vibrolux, as with the other models that had survived the myriad incarnations, delivering all these qualities in a compact yet powerful package from a pair of 6L6GC tubes, the lower wattage giving the amp a juicy, full tone at reasonable volumes.
Cosmetically this amp is in pretty much MINT condition, a few very minor knocks and scratches but the Tolex is intact all over and has escaped any fading. The grill cloth too is intact and fade free. Control face has a few minor marks but nothing too extreme at all.
Both output and power transformers are correct though the power cable has been replaced for a three pin heavy duty one which is really a must to keep these amps safe. As far as we can see, this is the only modification though there is evidence of solder being reflowed.
Both speakers are correct and work well with no evidence of any damage. The reverb tank is correct and works well.
This amp lives up to its reputation. 35 watts might be all you need to reach Fender tone nirvana. The pair of 10”speakers give this amp a more midrange-y punch that really cuts through and the lower wattage means it breaks up earlier. The touch sensitivity is exquisite, from lush clean to gritty growl with a simple change in dynamics. The vibrato circuit is sumptuous and the reverb adds that lovely spanky depth to the sound. A truly inspiring amp.
Considered by most to be the zenith of Fender amp tone, this Vibrolux is a must have. Grab it before it gets away…