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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" 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. T...  Click To Read More About This Product

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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" 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.

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  • 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
 
4.0

(based on 7 reviews)

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80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (5)
  • Portable (5)
  • Easy to use (4)
  • Good power output (3)
  • Warm / comfy (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (4)
  • Performances (4)
  • Professional recording (4)
  • Amateur recording (3)
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(10 of 13 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.

      (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      No problems so far

      By chasmopor

      from Two

      About Me Professional Musician

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      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.

        (5 of 31 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...

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Sounded awesome just needed more headroom

        By T bird

        from Boston

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Portable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording

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

          This is a great amp but I ended up switching up to the 68' twin reverb for more power and headroom. The vibrolux sounded great on both channels, I actually prefer the tone on vintage side with my jazzmaster but Overtime the custom side grew on me.The reverb tank on mine rattled like crazy, but that may have been from being a floor model and it being abused. I'd say this is the perfect amp for someone who wants a easy to carry amp that can keep up with a drummer, and provide fender cleans plus great fender breakup. It really starts tooverdrive at 4+ Which is kinda loud but nothing crazy. My drummer is a hard hitter and i was finding myself on 7-10 volume to really cut and fill the air in a power trio. And it sounded great with the right setting at that level but it's very overdriven at that point and would flub out if not eq'ed properly.the main reason I switched up to the 68 twin was to be able to play loud cleans parts as well as the beautiful overdrive parts with just my volume knob. but I was nervous I'd have too much headroom and not get that amazing overdriven fender sound without killing everyone in the room. The twin sounds surprisingly similar just much louder. It's still gets a vibrolux break up I loved but definitely need earplugs to get you there and a ts808 on clean boost or equivalent. Overall the twin is definitely worth the extra 100 bucks IF you need the extra watts,otherwise the average guy wanting a full range of great fender tones the vibrolux makes much more sense.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excelent For Clean Tones

          By TeleFusion

          from Washington DC

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Portable

          Cons

          • Limited Functions

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

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

          I was looking for an amplifier that would work well with a guitar synthesizer and a Fender Mustang Floor, that had enough power to compete with a drummer and stay clean and which was light-weight enough to carry. I found all of this in the 68 Custom Vibrolux Reverb. The Vibrolux weighs only 42 lbs. (compared to 64 lb. for a Twin). The Vibrolux seems to be brighter (and clearer) sounding than the Twin in general but can sound more similar when the treble and bass are set low. I have nothing to complain about with the Vintage channel (or the Custom channel) playing clean. I can dial in a sound with the volume on 1 and the sound is very similar on 5, even on 10. The two 10 in speakers deliver very sharp, clear (high velocity) sounds and seem not to color the sound as much as 1x12 in speaker arrangements. This makes it easier to hear the difference between various cabinet modeling selections of the guitar synthesizer or the Mustang Floor.

          As far as potential problems are concerned, what makes a great clean amp is not the same as wat makes great dirt. It is very difficult to over-drive. Even though it is rated as having just 35 Watts of power it is very loud, too loud to dial up to 10 for long; and when I briefly did so it still played fairly cleanly. Related is it clearly reproduced picking and other sloppy playing noise. I might be happier with a Custom channel that was easier to over-drive and that was more forgiving of playing errors (a good blues channel).

          This is a (really) great amp for clean player and/or a player that can accept getting their distortion and compression from a peddle. It does polish the sound (that is, it does have a more pleasant sound than a solid state amp) but it is very clean, perhaps even cleaner than a Twin. This may not please a blues player. This amp has gotten some bad reviews and I think its because it is too clean for may players taste.

          I would recommend this to someone who wants a clean sound and/or uses effects.

          (2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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%.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Goldilox's Amplifier

            By MSDTrinity

            from Naples, FL

            About Me Professional Musician

            See all my reviews

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Great Weight
            • Portable
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • All Around Amplifier
              • Amateur Recording
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

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

              I've had this amp for 3 months now and waited to do this review until after I've had it, used it, practiced, gigged etc. I had been using an Egnater Rebel 30 (head+cab) and a Blackstar Artist 15.

              I don't really like the Marshall/Vox sound and I tend to lean more toward Fender in general anyway so I thought it was time to revisit all of their offerings. I like the 68 Custom Series because of the blending of the original circuits with some new twists. I ended up settling on the 68 Custom Vibrolux Reverb instead of the Deluxe or Princeton.

              I ordered the Vibrolux into the GC local to me so that I could at least try it before I lugged it home and test it against a 65 Deluxe (which everyone raves about). I thought it was a no-contest hounds down winner on the Vibrolux. It just seemed to have more of everything.

              I thought the 2x10 speaker setup would be better for me than a 1x12 and it I liked it much better than the Deluxe. As the speakers are starting to break in, I can hear the difference when the saturation starts to ooze out.

              I've gigged with it and used it for all my rehearsals in the past 3 months so it's got a lot of hours on it. I doubt I'll ever need anything louder! It certainly can get lost in the mix at 2 but move it past 3 and it's right there with a loud drummer. Move it to 4 and depending on the channel, it sings as the compression starts to sag in and then between 4-5 it's ridiculous for that ultimate rock sound. Single or HBs are great.

              I was worried about pedals and especially my delay being in series as opposed to effects loop but its not been as big a deal as I thought. I regularly use an OD, FUZZ and Tubescreamer in different variations and channels depending on what I'm playing and there are some magic combinations.

              The amp's built in Vibrato (Tremolo) and Reverb are just classic Fender and there's just not enough that can be said about them.

              Overall the size/weight, sound and (so far) reliability are making this a winner!

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