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Fender Custom Vibrolux Reverb-Amp Combo   (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

Not a reissue, but a modern interpretation of a classic Fender.

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.

One of the world's most-collected vintage amps . . . with updated sound and specs. It's the heavenly, warm, overdriven tone you've been craving. Order today!

SPECIFICATIONS

Custom Vibrolux Reverb-Amp Combo

  • 25"W x 19-1/2"H x 8-1/2"D
  • 46 lb.
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FenderCustom Vibrolux Reverb-Amp Combo
 
4.7

(based on 54 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (3)
  • Portable (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur recording (3)
    • Home studio (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Tone, tone and more tone!

    Bought this amp new 7 or 8 years ago. I wanted something easier to carry around than my evil twin. Sounded great but when I tried to play with it in the church band...Read complete review

    Bought this amp new 7 or 8 years ago. I wanted something easier to carry around than my evil twin. Sounded great but when I tried to play with it in the church band it was way too noisey, mostly hiss. I did some research and found some great mods to reduce this and had my amp tech implement them and a re-tube.Voila, nice and quiet! Keeping good tubes in the amp is key. Ususally mine don't make it a year. Also, the reverb was modded and greatly improved. A lot of people will complain about spending so much money on an amp and then having to spend some more to make it acceptable. In this case it was way worth it. Sold the evil twin and this has been my main amp ever since. Hundreds of gigs, countless rehearsals and jams later and still going strong. I have to play a wide variety of styles and have a good collection of pedals which this amp accepts extremely well. The most important part of the whole equation is the tone and this amp is a thing of beauty. Tone is subjective but I can put this next to my buddys 65 DRRI and make him kick himself for not buying one of these instead. I've played through a ton of different amps, Boogies, hand wired botiques, Vox's, Marshalls, etc. and while I generally find something to like about them I would'nt trade this one for any of them.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Disappointed

    I was looking for something similar to my Deluxe Reverb Reissue (DRRI) but with a bit more kick, and thought this might fit the bill. It didn't. I tried to warm up...Read complete review

    I was looking for something similar to my Deluxe Reverb Reissue (DRRI) but with a bit more kick, and thought this might fit the bill. It didn't. I tried to warm up to it, but in the end returned it. The break up is a bit too early for my liking and not the "sweet" variety when it did. The amp sounded brittle and sterile. It's probably a great amp for some music and players, but the Vibrolux didn't do it for me. Also, this is a noisy amp -- lots of hiss and buzz.

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    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Classic amp

    By Rickp

    from Seattle, Wa

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fender Tone
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable

    Cons

    • Can Be Noisy And Hissy

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Home Studio Fun
    • Small gigs

    Comments about Fender Custom Vibrolux Reverb-Amp Combo:

    It's a Fender tube amp. What can I say besides I like it. Everyone should have a tube amp in their home studio. The Vibrolux is a decent choice. A bit spendy for the amp you get considering it's Mexico made. A little adjusting and it does the job. Good clean and reverb, ok performance for dirty...I use effects pedal mostly.

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    (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Tone, tone and more tone!

    By Emkay

    from Birmingham, AL

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable
    • Powerful
    • Sweet Mother Of Tone

    Cons

    • Noisey From The Factory

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Fender Custom Vibrolux Reverb-Amp Combo:

    Bought this amp new 7 or 8 years ago. I wanted something easier to carry around than my evil twin. Sounded great but when I tried to play with it in the church band it was way too noisey, mostly hiss. I did some research and found some great mods to reduce this and had my amp tech implement them and a re-tube.Voila, nice and quiet! Keeping good tubes in the amp is key. Ususally mine don't make it a year. Also, the reverb was modded and greatly improved. A lot of people will complain about spending so much money on an amp and then having to spend some more to make it acceptable. In this case it was way worth it. Sold the evil twin and this has been my main amp ever since. Hundreds of gigs, countless rehearsals and jams later and still going strong. I have to play a wide variety of styles and have a good collection of pedals which this amp accepts extremely well. The most important part of the whole equation is the tone and this amp is a thing of beauty. Tone is subjective but I can put this next to my buddys 65 DRRI and make him kick himself for not buying one of these instead. I've played through a ton of different amps, Boogies, hand wired botiques, Vox's, Marshalls, etc. and while I generally find something to like about them I would'nt trade this one for any of them.

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    (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Decent amp, Great with simple mods!

    By bgmathews

    from Idaho

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Sound
    • Portable
    • Powerful
    • Reliable

    Cons

    • Poor Tube Choice

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Blues
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Jazz
    • Performances
    • Rhodes

    Comments about Fender Custom Vibrolux Reverb-Amp Combo:

    I should preface this by saying I rarely leave an amp with stock equipment. Having said that, this amp is decent, and as far as I know is a good re-boot of the old Vibrolux Reverb. I've used it on all kinds of performances and sessions over the last five years, from rock to jazz to latin, using guitars, electric cuban tres, and a Rhodes piano. I play a lot of jazz, so it breaks up too early for me. For those looking for more clean headroom, here are some tips I've used to make yours really sing: I'm using Reverend All Tone 1025 speakers, no preamp tube in the normal channel (don't use it), 12AT7's for the bright channel, reverb, and vibrato, a 12AU7 for the phase inverter, and JJ 6L6's rated at about 27mA I believe. Much more clean headroom, smooth yet crisp sound, and decent punch in the bass. Not a bad amp at all.

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    (14 of 29 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Yesteryear's model was the best!

    By StratMan007-LZ16Y

    from Orlando, FL

    Comments about Fender Custom Vibrolux Reverb-Amp Combo:

    The flimsy build; the weak construction; the lightness of a tube amp (break for alnico speakers); the weak verb and tremelo just left a bad taste. I knew in 15 minutes I wanted to return this amp. I will say Musicians Friend has the best customer service in the business!
    No midrange and no effects llop. If they aren't going to keep the amp historically correct, give us something we can use!
    The box is flimsy. The back oanel is very weak. This is a very light tube amp. It would be great for a junior high kid. Definitly not a professional quality amp. I'm very disappointed in Fender this time. The reverb is average; the tremelo is barely okay...I'm sending it back and purchasing The Super Sonic Twin 100 combo in black tolex.
    It's not a bad amp, just not all that. It's not representitive of Fender. It says Made in The USA...feels like Chinese junk!

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    (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A little Super Reverb

    By 2MarkHigh

    from Texas

    Comments about Fender Custom Vibrolux Reverb-Amp Combo:

    Bought mine around 2002. Reminds me of my old Super Reverb with half the weight/size. The hiss is there, but on a gig you never notice it; doesn't bother me. Love the Jensens. Wish the reverb was stronger, but none of the newer Fenders seem to have reverb like the old ones.
    As classic Fender as it gets. Reverb is pretty weak compared to the old Fenders, but functional. Vibrato sounds right.
    Been gigging with mine for 10+ years and never had a problem. Was a little concerned with how the PCB circuitry would hold up, but it's been a workhorse for me.
    Satisfied.

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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

    By Ron-1lCim

    from Lynn, MA

    Comments about Fender Custom Vibrolux Reverb-Amp Combo:

    I've owned this amp for a few years. It's very powerful for large venues. Sounds great with my Strat but not as great with my Gibson Studio. It is not too heavy like some other powerhouse amps, but the TONE is the key and you can't beat this amp. But for the Hmmmmm that seems to be present, this is the best affordable amp. on the market. I won't trade it for any other. I like the tilt back handles and the pedal to switch to reverb and vibrato. I would note that the reverb could be stronger but still fulfills my soft rock and blues style of music. I'm no techi, but I know that I hear what I like with this fender amp.

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    (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Disappointed

    Comments about Fender Custom Vibrolux Reverb-Amp Combo:

    I was looking for something similar to my Deluxe Reverb Reissue (DRRI) but with a bit more kick, and thought this might fit the bill. It didn't. I tried to warm up to it, but in the end returned it. The break up is a bit too early for my liking and not the "sweet" variety when it did. The amp sounded brittle and sterile. It's probably a great amp for some music and players, but the Vibrolux didn't do it for me. Also, this is a noisy amp -- lots of hiss and buzz.

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    (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Sweet tones

    Comments about Fender Custom Vibrolux Reverb-Amp Combo:

    I plugged into this amp kind of by accident when I was in the music store one day. I was trying out a guitar and after a minute or so, I started thinking, "wow, that's a nice sounding amp!" I did an A/B comparisson against a Deluxe Reverb reissue (DRRI) - the DRRI sounded very nice - sparkly and jangly. The CVR has way more punch in the low end, and definitely breaks up much earlier than the DRRI. I got the CVR home and it just goes over the cliff if you put even a mild OD from a pedal on it. This is definitely a "dirty" sounding amp. If loud shimmering cleans are your thing, then look elsewhere. What this amp has is loud, articulate definition with edge. Jumper both channels together and be prepared for some awesome OD/fuzz tones! Yeah, the reverb isn't as strong sounding as the DRRI, but I find Fender reverb to be over saturated at higher settings anyway. It's still nice, just not in your face like typical Blackface style amps. The tremolo (vibrato) sounds excellent. I can see why this is not the amp for everybody, but I certainly love it's versatility and unique abilities compared to other Fenders. Probably an amp you should try before you buy. Personally, I love it!

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    (10 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    CIRCUIT BOARD AMP - BAD!

    Comments about Fender Custom Vibrolux Reverb-Amp Combo:

    I got this amp and had to return it twice. The tremelo made all kinds of noise and the amp had a constant hiss. In this day and age, amps should be quiet - I called Fender and they said it was the nature of the amp - that is just wrong. This is a slap together amp and Fender should NOT use the Vibrolux name as it is a misrepresentation of the product. The old Vibrolux was a great amp, this is a new design that does not come close.

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    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Where's the Reverb

    By John W.

    from Diamond Point N.Y.

    Comments about Fender Custom Vibrolux Reverb-Amp Combo:

    I've owned many different Fender amps in my 40 plus years as a guitarist.The Custom Vibrolux Reverb has been one of my best buys.It matches my Tele perfectly, but the reverb is weak compared to other Fenders I have owned.I hope all the others aren't the same.All in all a very nice amp.

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