Rare 1960 Fender Vibrasonic amp, this is the first tolex covered front facing controls combo amp model made by Fender. A few were made in 1959 and production ended in 1963 when the blackface Vibroverb replaced it.
1-15" speaker, 50 watts, has that great brownface Fender harmonic tremolo.
This is even more rare as the volume control is in the center on both channels.
I bought this amp as a non working basket case.
It had non original power and output transformers, it was missing the JBL 15" speaker. Also someone had installed a 1/4" jack for the tremolo and drilled an additional hole in the back of the chassis for a tremolo on/off switch.
The cabinet has original tolex, baffle has the original grill cloth.
There were tilt back legs installed which I removed.
I had a local amp tech rebuild the amp, he stripped it down and completely rebuilt it , all new wire, new caps.
He reused the original resistors if they were still good, original circuit boards, all the potentiometers were good. Original knobs and handle.
Installed new input jacks and output jacks. Amp was previously converted to a 3 prong ac cable.
The original filter cap cover was missing and it is a non standard size, I had one made that works.
Since there was already an extra hole he installed an impedance selector knob , in the middle it is 8ohm, to the left 4ohm to the right 16 ohm.
The back panels were missing so I made and installed new ones with modern brown tolex which is not an exact match, the very early brown tolex is a different color, and unavailable.
Comes with a new Fender single button footswitch for the tremolo, and a tan vinyl amp cover.
The speaker is a new Celestion Fullback, 8 ohm 100 watt speaker, it sounds great.
This is a players amp, if you want a vintage amp that is dependable that you can go out and use and gig or record with this is it. This amp sounds great with single coils or humbuckers.
Local Memphis TN area pickup or I will ship it within the continental USA only.
I am not sure what shipping will cost and it will vary depending on location.
I will pack the amp very well and fully insure it.
I have pictures of the amp before the rebuild if needed and I can provide the amp builder info and receipt for the work that I had done.
$1950 plus actual shipping , less than many brownface clone amps cost new.
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- Memphis TN