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Turn it up when you want to soar, or turn your guitar down to play clean with the super-responsive, all-tube Fender Custom Vibrolux Reverb-Amp Combo. The more dynamic your style, the more you'll love ... Read More

Overview

Turn it up when you want to soar, or turn your guitar down to play clean with the super-responsive, all-tube Fender Custom Vibrolux Reverb-Amp Combo. The more dynamic your style, the more you'll love the Custom Vibrolux Reverb's ability to whisper or scream in reply to changes in your pick attack. Connoisseurs call this combo amplifier the "Little Vibro-King!"

40W is loud enough for any club, and provides just the right punch in the studio, too. 2 - 10" Jensen alnico-magnet P10R speakers reproduce that fullness of tone for virtually any application. Clean, the Custom Vibrolux is punchy and full. With distortion, its punchy bass and horn-like midrange make this amp ideal for sustained and scorching solos.

Both channels (Normal, Bright) have access to the tube reverb and vibrato, which you can control with the included 2-button footswitch.

The Custom Vibrolux Revert-Amp Combo was designed in the Fender Amp Custom Shop and built on the regular tube amp line in the U.S.

Features
  • 40W tube power
  • 2 - 6L6 Groove Tube output tubes
  • 5 - 12AX7 preamp tubes
  • One 12AT7 reverb/vibrato tube
  • 2 x 10" Jensen P10R speakers with alnico magnets
  • 2 independent channels (Normal and Bright)
  • Reverb (both channels)
  • Vibrato (both channels)
  • External speaker jack (4 ohms)
  • 2-button footswitch
  • Tilt-back legs
  • Made in the U.S.
Specifications
  • 25"W x 19-1/2"H x 8-1/2"D
    46 lbs.
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4.8

(based on 13 reviews)

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This Bird Can Sing!!!

What can I say other that Holy Smokes! This amp is absolutely the giant KILLER! Unbelievable sound from a 2-10" speaker amp! The 40 watts are the loudest watts you will...Read complete review

What can I say other that Holy Smokes! This amp is absolutely the giant KILLER! Unbelievable sound from a 2-10" speaker amp! The 40 watts are the loudest watts you will ever hear coming from this "little monster" combo. For my personal taste, I use an A/B switch on the the two channels with a vintage Korg distortion plugged into channel two, for the "Hound sound". This set up allows me not to fuss much with my guitar volume controls. Both channels have that cool throaty voiced sound that is to die for, for your rhythm needs! The reverb is over the top sweet!I have been looking for the perfect sound for 35 years and finally...FINALLY found it! You need not to look for any other amp but this jewel! Two thumbs up for the Vibrolux!!!

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Decent for a new tube amp, but nothing like the ORIGINAL!

These sound pretty good considering that they are new tube amps that are well priced, but they just simply don't sound like their amazing vintage counterparts. So, if you are absolutely set on...Read complete review

These sound pretty good considering that they are new tube amps that are well priced, but they just simply don't sound like their amazing vintage counterparts. So, if you are absolutely set on finding that true, "surfy" 60's sound and are aware of the differences in tone between the new and old, you may want to go vintage instead ultimately. I may still buy one of these since they are fairly cheap, and more importantly a reliable backup to have around! However, the reverb and vibrato are nowhere near as wet, deep, and sexy sounding as my 67 Vibrolux or 68 Super Reverb. That's a simple fact--the reverb sounds very different compared to the vintage vibrolux amps. So, to end on a positive note though, these are apparently rather reliable, as mentioned, and with the right mods and changes in components it can be transformed into something even better! IE, the speakers could be better, as well as the tubes, and there are various mods that I have heard of to help with the reverb, vibrato, tone, etc, etc. This little amp sounds much better than the new custom shop, hand-wired Vibro-King that costs almost 4k, so that is worth considering as well! You are getting a better sounding amp that breaks up more easily for nice natural gain, and at almost 1/3 of the new Vibro King's ridiculous price! Keep at it Fender! Perhaps a true, custom shop Vibrolux would be an amazing amp for Fender to consider production of...hopefully better executed than the new Vibro-King.

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(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Tone

By Jonn S Slette

from MN

This amp surpassed all expectations. It's a gem. If you're reading this, I'm sure you've seen all the reviews and online discussions about how noisy it can be and that it has a hiss. When I first turned it on, I barely heard anything. I'd say it makes about as much white noise or hiss as my Blues Junior if the volumes are roughly set the same. I'm not sure if Fender addressed the complaint for earlier models, but my 2013 Custom Vibrolux is NOT a noisy amp at all. Some say that these break up too early. Mine starts to break up at 4 when I play with my Tele. It breaks up a little earlier if playing through a humbucked guitar. Nonetheless, it breaks up beautifully and by the time it starts to break up, it's already loud enough to make the windows rattle. I'll also add that at bedroom volumes, I get still get sublime tones. No way I'm going to neuter it with the Moyer mods. It's a beautiful sounding amp and I'll treasure it for years. I'm totally whupped by it!

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

THIS IS IT...

By sean h

from seattle WA

i spent most of last fall looking to upgrade my amp. i looked at most of the fenders and voxs out there, plus some of the dr z's and mesas that are available at vintage stores here in seattle. it came down to a vibrolux, a twin reverb, and an AC30x (the one with the alnico blues). the vibrolux was the winner. the dr z's were awesome, just out of my $$$ range, and when i came across the vibrolux, it was like "wow, you've been here all this time and i never even considered you..". seriously, i am so proud/happy/stoked to own this amp. incredibly touch responsive, can be as loud or quiet as you want it. the -6db inputs in the normal and bright channels are great for playing at home. plug in to the #1 bright channel, turn it to about 6, and you are pushing serious air. loud enough for most small clubs on its own. i play a clapton strat and an epiphone bb king lucille through this thing, and the tones i get just make me laugh. the strat just sings, like they were made for each other, and the lucille packs so much punch through those jensens its crazy. factor in my ts9 and my qtron, and, well, this is probably the setup i will keep for life. thank you fender for this amp. best $$ i ever spent.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Amp

By Vincent Ford

from Opelika Al

Over the years I've owned several good tube amps.This is the best sounding of them all!The amp has a hiss in the preamp but that was fixed by replacing the tubes with NOS.This is a great amp,it's all i'll use from now on,Thanks Fender!

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(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Amp, Great Tone, Best in Its Class

By Jim Derrickson

from Chapel Hill, NC

I've owned one of these amps for over 12 years and never experienced the HISSSS that one of the reviewers mentions, and it sounds like he/she has a technical issue with the amp. If the problem has existed with the amp from the beginning, then the reviewer should have mentioned it to the dealer shortly after purchase, since most music dealers have a 30-day return policy these days. My advice is this: take the amp to a reputable repair shop and get it fixed. Just because the amp is having technical issues doesn't mean that it's a systemic problem with the entire line of Vibrolux amps, as the reviewer suggests. Just as one needs to go to the dentist for a teeth cleaning every 6 months, or go to the doctor to get a physical exam once a year, high-end guitar amps needs occasional maintenance, too.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Too Good...

By Andy

from so cal

Not much to say here, I played the amp a few hours at a friends house, 3 days later bought one myself, it was between this and a vox ac30, i just felt the quality of the fender was better and the speakers are way better than the wharfdales, if you can afford the alnico blues then the vox is a contender but different, still Brit sound. I love the Vibrolux and will keep it for a long time, great investment, it feels/sounds like a A REAL Fender Amp.

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(2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Decent for a new tube amp, but nothing like the ORIGINAL!

By Nick

from Nashville, TN

These sound pretty good considering that they are new tube amps that are well priced, but they just simply don't sound like their amazing vintage counterparts. So, if you are absolutely set on finding that true, "surfy" 60's sound and are aware of the differences in tone between the new and old, you may want to go vintage instead ultimately. I may still buy one of these since they are fairly cheap, and more importantly a reliable backup to have around! However, the reverb and vibrato are nowhere near as wet, deep, and sexy sounding as my 67 Vibrolux or 68 Super Reverb. That's a simple fact--the reverb sounds very different compared to the vintage vibrolux amps. So, to end on a positive note though, these are apparently rather reliable, as mentioned, and with the right mods and changes in components it can be transformed into something even better! IE, the speakers could be better, as well as the tubes, and there are various mods that I have heard of to help with the reverb, vibrato, tone, etc, etc. This little amp sounds much better than the new custom shop, hand-wired Vibro-King that costs almost 4k, so that is worth considering as well! You are getting a better sounding amp that breaks up more easily for nice natural gain, and at almost 1/3 of the new Vibro King's ridiculous price! Keep at it Fender! Perhaps a true, custom shop Vibrolux would be an amazing amp for Fender to consider production of...hopefully better executed than the new Vibro-King.

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(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Better than expected!

By Tim M.

from Akron, OH

I love this amp! It's a perfect compliment to my American Standard Strat, which I tricked out with Custom Shop '69 pickups. It brings out the "personality" of the PUs like no other amp I've played the guitar through. Long ago I owned a Twin Reverb, and there's just something about dual speakers that adds so much more depth and character to a combo amp. I felt like I was taking a chance on this purchase, as I had read more than one review on this amp that tended to be slightly negative in a couple of areas. The primary one was noise or hiss. There is some (which I have come to expect from a lot of Fender amps) but it is not nearly as pronounced (to my ear) as some folks seemed to perceive. I find another complaint mildly valid. The reverb is definitely not up to par with Fender's classic spring configuration. Yet, it's plenty for me, as I don't rely on heavy reverb to achieve the sound I am looking for in an amp. Other than that, this baby is so clean and so clear I am more than satisfied so far. There are a couple of minor features I would like to point out that really pleased me. It's not talked about much, but on the bright channel there is a second input for your instrument that reduces the output gain by 6dB. I find this ideal for practice, as this amp has a LOT of punch! I notice no appreciable difference in tonal quality using this input. Another thing I really like (of all things) are the tilt-back legs. They allow me to position the amp at at an angle for perfect small room acoustical considerations. Finally, for you Gibson buffs, my Les Paul Studio sounds awesome through this baby, as well. I have Burstbucker Pros on the LP, and it just screams through the Vibrolux! The sustain lasts from here to China! IMO, this is just an awesome piece of equipment if you cherish a clean, bright sound in an amplifier.

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Touch sensitivity!!

By JayDog

from Hesperia, Ca.

Been playing for 30 years and like all other older musicians I've been through the Marshalls, fenders, Carvins, and many other amps. This is the most touch sensitive amp you can buy (IMO)!It's extremely light, loud, natural tube distortion, and the reverb and tremolo are typical old Blackface Fender! I don't use pedals and you do not need them with this anyway! You have your Reverb, Distortion, and Vibrato all in one. Perfect!! My son couldn't believe how it sounded like his vintage Marshall and Les Paul when he played my 335 through it!! Excellent amp!

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(6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

HISSSSSSSSSSSSSS

By Strum

from Lynn, MA

I'ved owned mine for ten years. great powerful and not to heavy amp. Plays great with my Strat and Les Paul. But, sometimes it can hiss and hiss.

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(26 of 26 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Vintage Tone Utopia

By Wes Gundersen

from El Paso, Texas

I have played electric guitar since 1966 and have forever dreamed of owning that amp which delivers the vintage tone which we all crave: that high end clarity with the sweet saturation that can only be produced from a righteous complement of overdriven tubes. I have used many different amps in my quest for the voice I desired and, finally have stumbled upon perfection, quite by accident in fact. I had just purchased a beautiful Tweed Hod Rod Deluxe in mint condition with a vintage Jensen P12N and some nice upgrades and was brousing in our local Guitar Center when staff members put this Custom Vibrolux Reverb on the floor as a re-sale. She was a beauty and also in mint condition, the previous owner had traded up to buy a Super Sonic. I had the jack to put down so I bought her on the spot, no questions asked. I suffered through a 30 day wait to verify that the amp wasn't hot, payed for her, anxiously took her home and immediately fell in love with a dream come true. Truly I haven't the vocabulary to adequately express the joy I have experienced from owning this great amp. Pride radiates from within me when I take her out and I honestly have become a better, more confident musician when performing because this amp allows me to do what I now know I am capable of doing, unrestricted by inferior tone or projection. I'm rambling in euphoria, but know this : this amp produces the finest quality sound I've ever heard, the tube driven reverb/tremolo is unbelievable, the tonal spectrum will surely blow your mind and the volume attainable is amazing! As to excessive hissing I've read about - Please! What noise? When I perform live, neither myself, bandmates or the audience would no the difference. Thank you Fender for a lifetime of love but today I am blown away in a very blissful Tonal Heaven.

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