Fender Vibrolux Reverb Tube Amplifier (1965)

Fender  Vibrolux Reverb Tube Amplifier (1965)
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Fender Vibrolux Reverb Model Tube Amplifier (1965), made in Fullerton, California, serial # A-03282, black tolex covering finish.
Height is 17 3/4 in. (45.1 cm.), 24 1/2 in. (62.2 cm.) width, and 9 1/2 in. (24.1 cm.) deep.

This is a great sounding example of a JUST CBS-era blackface Vibrolux Reverb, retaining the same pre-CBS AA864 circuit used from 1964 up through mid-'67. The tube chart marking is OH, indicating the unit was assembled in August 1965. At this point the new management at CBS-Fender had yet to make any important changes to the amplifier line, and the amps still retain their earlier character.

Being the smallest member of the 6L6 driven black-panel family, the Vibrolus offers a sweet breakup and distinct tonal character from the smaller speakers, power and output transformers compared to those found in its larger siblings the Super Reverb, Vibroverb and the Pro Reverb. With two 10" speakers and dual 6L6 power section putting out about 35 watts, the Vibrolux Reverb is one of the best sounding and most versatile amps in that all-time classic lineup.

Externally this amp shows some typical wear to the Tolex and fittings but nothing too serious. The control panel is a bit scruffy in spots but retains all the original graphics with no major damage. Internally the amp appears unaltered and original except for the typical needed maintenance of a 55 year old unit. The two speakers are original Jensen "Special design" C10's coded 220-542; the transformers are all original with mostly identical date codes except the power transformer which is marked 606-4-36, in stock from about a year earlier. The others all date to the 39th week of 1965.

Recent service included having the electrolytic capacitors replaced, a three prong grounded power cord added and all sockets, jacks and pots cleaned. This amp is still ready to rock on well into its sixth decade of existence and beyond, a testament to the care and attention built into all of Leo Fender's babies. 55+ years on the Vibrolux remains one of Fender's best and most versatile period designs and still an excellent choice for both gigging or recording purposes. Overall Excellent - Condition.