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Fender '68 Custom Vibrolux Reverb Guitar Combo Amplifier   (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

Get that legendary Vibrolux Reverb tone without hunting through pawn shops.

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: 4Ω
  • 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
 
4.7

(based on 6 reviews)

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Pros

  • Excellent sound (6)
  • Portable (6)
  • Warm / comfy (6)
  • Easy to use (5)
  • Good power output (4)

Cons

No Cons

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  • Performances (6)
  • Outdoor events / games (4)
  • Amateur recording (3)
  • Home studio (3)
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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

68 custom vibrolux

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from New York City

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Audible Hiss
  • Speakers Could Be Better

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Performances

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

got this amp going on three months now the first one had a tube rattle in the power section, no problem MF sent me another one. you would think That for the money Fender wants for these new amps they would fix this hissing issue,Not that it is a bad amp it has a great sound with my Strat and tele I like the bassman tone stack takes pedals very well, also it has a great overdrive cleans are beautiful but it is unusable in a recording studio.the mics pickup that hissing sound even without raising the volume on the amp in a club or live venue you don't know it,s there.now the speakers in my humble opinion don't do this amp justice added a pair Jensen blue AlNiCo to it all i can say is wow love this amp, I will look into this issue of the hissing problem with my tech and take it from there otherwise if you can deal with hiss then enjoy it hopefully Fender might address this issue and turn a good amp into a great one.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

68 custom vibrolux

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from New York City

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Pros

  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable

Cons

  • Hisses A Lot When Idle
  • Speakers Could Be Better

Best Uses

  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Performances

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

Great and portable amp Excellent sound when played with a Tele,stratocaster and gretsch guitars.Speakers are good but I prefer the ragin cagin from Eminence much better sounding.Gave it 4 stars because of the hissing. overall a good amp for giging less heavier than my twin reverb

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love Vibrolux Reverb

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from Northport, NY

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Performances

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

    Sweet sweet tone of a Twin Reverb that won't break your back., about 25 Pounds lighter. The Twin Reverb will give more clean volume, I love the amp. I wish it had the legs to lean it back. That's the only con, no legs. Purchase an ABY switch so you can go between Bassman tone stack input and the custom input. Probably good idea to get an overdrive or distortion if you require and don't already have one.

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    (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Fender "68 Custom Vibrolux

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    from N. Ft. Myers, FL

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Limited Functions

    Best Uses

    • Performances

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

    This amp is the closest I've found in years to having the vintage sound and touch/feel of the originals....

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    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Fender'68 custom vibrolux

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    from N. Ft. Myers, FL

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Limited Functions

    Best Uses

    • Performances

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

    Great value and so ambient and touch sensitive... Especially with cleans...but it will stand out on the custom side channel too... Needs channel switching built-in

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    (13 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The Go-To amp you wish you always had

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    from Victoria.BC

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    Pros

    • 6l6 Power Tubes
    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable
    • Powerful
    • Size
    • Tweed And Blackface Sound
    • Two Channels
    • Weight

    Cons

    • Learning Curve Required

    Best Uses

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

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

    Connoisseurs call the blackface Vibrolux the "Little Vibro-King". Well, yes and no. I have the Vibro-King.

    The features that are similar are:
    All amps have two 6L6's. All amps have 10" speakers. The '68 Silverface Vibrolux and the Vibro-King have a tweed sound (Bassman) option. The Vibro-King has a FAT switch and the '68 Vibrolux has a Custom channel.

    The Vibro-King combo runs 3x10" Jensen speakers down to 4 ohms; with the 2x12" Celestion extension speaker cabinet option, 5 in total speakers operate at two ohms. Pete Townsend of the Who finds the Vibro-King big enough to play stadiums with. Sometimes he runs two Vibro-Kings with the 2x12 extension cabinets. One Vibro-King pushes 60 watts.

    The '68 Vibrolux pushes 35 watts at 4 ohms into two 10" Celestion rock and roll speakers.

    Headroom. This is the big difference. The Vibrolux has less headroom when compared to the Vibro-King. The Vibro-King will scream when pushed. The Vibrolux will flap its speakers when pushed if not EQ'd or compressed to a certain degree. The '68 Vibrolux will overdrive nicely if you have it setup optimally with EQ and Compression. It takes some trial and error to nail the proper dynamics that will sound musical.

    The Bright switch. Audience members complain how tin-e the amp sounds when the bright switch is engaged.

    The Reverb effect. The '68 Vibrolux introduces a graduating level of hiss when the Reverb is engaged. The hiss is noticeable when playing in a quiet studio environment. I use the amp's reverb effect set low. The effect is pleasant sounding.

    The vibrato effect. Tube-driven grid-bias vibrato. The Eric Clapton Fender amps have 50's style bias vibrato; the notes vibrate when you stop picking or strumming. That is cool. I also like the '68 Vibrolux and Vibro-King vibrato. The notes ebb & flow as you play.

    The '68 Vibrolux is Deluxe size & weight. Handy. The Vibro-King is heavy. Not handy. With practice, the '68 Vibrolux can do lots of venues. A go-to amp. Buy it!

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