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Fender '68 Custom Vibrolux Reverb Guitar Combo Amplifier  

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The year of 1968 was a transitional one 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" gr... Read More

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Overview

The year of 1968 was a transitional one 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, gig-ready 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.

Features
  • Power: 35W (tube)
  • Tubes: four 12AX7, two 12AT7 (preamp); two 6L6 (power amp)
  • Two channels
  • Four inputs: two Custom, two Vintage
  • Speakers: 2x10" Celestion TEN 30
  • Impedance: 4Î
  • Controls: Bright switch, volume, treble, bass (independent each channel); reverb, speed, intensity (Vintage channel)
  • Effects: reverb, vibrato
  • Two-button footswitch included
  • Fitted cover included
  • Dimensions: 18.13" x 24.38" x 9.63"
  • Weight: 41.8lb.
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Fender'68 Custom Vibrolux Reverb Guitar Combo Amplifier
 
3.8

(based on 4 reviews)

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5.0

Best Amp I ever owned, recommended by a recording engineer.

By Mickey

from Ormond Beach FL

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable
  • Powerful
  • versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Fender '68 Custom Vibrolux Reverb Guitar Combo Amplifier:

    Recommended by a recording engineer for a great all around amp. I agree with him 110%.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    A Faded copy of the Original

    By Voodoo Drive In

    from Narragansett

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

      Cons

      • Poor Sound Quality

      Best Uses

        Comments about Fender '68 Custom Vibrolux Reverb Guitar Combo Amplifier:

        I think it's the original Vibrolux is arguably one of Fender's best amps ever. Because of this it always seemed kind of strange that they never came out with a reissue to create the original magic.

        The advertising makes it quite clear that this is not a reissue but rather a customized reissue with earlier breakup. To me it seems more like a Frankenstein type recreation. To be fair their previous version, the Vibrolux Custom Reverb (built 1994-2013) was also a Frankenstein version of the original, although to me, seemed to have a much more successful outcome.

        Out of the box I would give the tone a solid C rating. It didn't sound like a Vibrolux and it didn't sound like a Marshall, it was sort of lost in no man's land somewhere in between with none of the personality or benefits of either. Almost sounded like a solid state amp.

        After many extensive tube and speaker changes as well as tube bias adjustments I got it to sound like a solid B, unlike the original it's just not a very vibey amp, and it still almost sounded like it wanted to be a solid state amp!

        At this point I have a theory as to why I could never get this amp sound better than so so. The first is the Bassman channel (which by the way does not really sound anything like a Bassman). The problem is if you're playing through the second "Vibrolux Channel" its tone is still being shaped by the 1st Bassman channel even though you are not plugged into it. I think this is what kills the Vibrolux channel's tone (it really needs both channels and tone stacks dedicated to just the Vibrolux tone for the real deal), The second theory is that it is the quality of components, the caps etc. may be not of the highest quality. I somewhat also suspect this as the many speaker and tube changes I performed only slightly changed the tone which to me indicated I wasn't really attacking the real problem. Of course it could be a combination of the two as well. Either way I ended up selling it.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        No problems so far

        By chasmopor

        from Two

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Portable
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Fender '68 Custom Vibrolux Reverb Guitar Combo Amplifier:

          I tried several solid state amps after deciding that I just couldn't get my Twin Reverb into my car anymore, and they were all - - well, terrible. I realized that the Twin sound is the gold standard and I wished I hadn't sold it to gain portability. I'm 67, 60 yrs of guitar playing, and the last amp I tried - Roland JC40 - broke up into that god awful solid state crackle at low volumes, sounded like my ABS on ice. So the Vibrolux is close to the Twin in sound, a little high on midrange, but it does allow my 335 to sound like the high end piece that it is. So I'm OK for now. I use a pedal board and can get any sound I want without feeling like I should be playing a 300.00 guitar. We'll see how it breaks in, should get better over time. I''l modify if necessary rather than look for something new. I'm limited to amps under 50 lbs. now, I think this is as good as it gets.

          (2 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          took Mrs. Evil back

          By DENNIS

          from Nevada City, CA

          Comments about Fender '68 Custom Vibrolux Reverb Guitar Combo Amplifier:

          Too many flaws....Still love the amp, just had flaws...Bumbed out....Took it back...

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