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Amp For 1969 Tele: BFDR or BFVR?

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by rootsnblues, Nov 9, 2007.

  1. rootsnblues

    rootsnblues Tele-Meister

    Dec 11, 2006
    I can't decide between a mid 60's, lively and bright Deluxe Reverb or a fat and spongy Vibrolux Reverb-they blow me away and I can't buy afford to buy them both!!! Needs are for playing small to medium size venues and recording clean to crunch tracks. I know this is very subjective-just for fun, please tell me what you love about yours-thanks!
  2. Timo

    Timo Tele-Meister

    Oct 25, 2006
    Montreal, Canada
    I have a DRRI that sounds good with my tele- but what I like even better is my new 57 Deluxe Reissue- now that's a thick and smooth sound. Never played a Vibrolux Reverb.
  3. Brudr

    Brudr Tele-Meister

    Nov 16, 2006
    West Virginia
    To quote John Hiatt's song "Memphis In The Meantime".......
    "Sometimes I just gotta hear a Telecaster through a Vibrolux turned up to ten" :lol:
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  5. Tele295

    Tele295 Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 16, 2003
    Ventura CA
    Tough call, but I'd go for the Vibrolux! I love that fat sponginess. Plus, lcick on the bright switch and it's Bakersfield for days. That amp with a Tele or Esquire does it all.

    I've found that the VR is just about the perfect size amp for any venue. I've played quiet coffeehouses to outdoor BBQs for hundreds of people, and it's always just right. If I ever needed more amp, like a stadium or something, I'd just mic it.
  6. Geo

    Geo Friend of Leo's

    Mar 17, 2003
    Hendersonville, TN
    Buy one now and then get the other one later.
  7. djinn1973

    djinn1973 Tele-Meister

    Dec 10, 2006
    Vacaville, Ca.
    Have some one else play through them, and see which one catches your ear
  8. nonvintage

    nonvintage Tele-Holic

    Mar 3, 2006
    San Diego
    For the price of a Blackface, get 1 Silverface DR and 1 SFVR and have $ left over.
  9. quackerz

    quackerz Tele-Afflicted

    Sep 10, 2006
    New Jersey
    +1!!! My SFDR sounds every bit as good as my BFDR ever did and probably even better due to a finer choice of speaker and tubes.
  10. JohnnyCrash

    JohnnyCrash Doctor of Teleocity

    Mar 12, 2005
    Fullerton, CA
    Get a Princeton Reverb and mic it up. PR's are versatile amps. makes GVerbs which have the PR soul - otherwise, go for used SF Princeton Reverbs.

    If micing is not a regular possibility, you're screwed since both DR's and VR's are both so cool sounding at that volume level that it will be too hard for ANYBODY to decide on! HAHAHA
  11. austintele

    austintele Tele-Afflicted

    May 1, 2004
    austin, texas
    I'd get the deluxe. I like the sound of one speaker amps, don't like bright switches, and it's easier to carry.

    You really can not go wrong with either
  12. J_Lee

    J_Lee TDPRI Member

    Aug 3, 2007
    Both great amps. I played gigs through a 1965 BFVR for several years and loved it. I now play through a 1964 BFDR because I don't need as much volume and it is lighter. These amps are both so good sounding that it mainly depends how much volume you need, and whether you like 2 10" speakers or 1 12". I have also found that each VR and DR can have its own sound, often depending on which speaker(s) it has, so you do have to listen to the specific amp you are interested in. For volume, these days you can usually mic an amp, so it is not so much of an issue. I also have found Princeton reverbs to be outstanding.
  13. Califiddler

    Califiddler Friend of Leo's

    Jan 21, 2005
    The DR vs. VR question is what has gotten me thinking about an Allen Encore. I haven't heard any Allen amps, but they're supposed to really nail the BF tone. In the Encore, by switching rectifier and power tubes and adjusting the bias with bias adjustment controls you can switch from 22W to 35W. Other than having to choose one speaker configuration, you have a BFDR and a BFVR in one amp, for less than either a real BFDR or BFVR would cost.

    You can do the same thing in an Allen Accomplice without changing the rectifier tube, but the Accomplice does not have tremolo/vibrato.
  14. pbenn

    pbenn Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 6, 2007
    The DR vs VR question also involves comparing a 6V6 sound with a 6L6 sound. Is this comparing apples and oranges?
  15. tweeddeluxe

    tweeddeluxe Tele-Afflicted

    Mar 16, 2003
    More like comparing Fuji to Gala apples, imo.

  16. rootsnblues

    rootsnblues Tele-Meister

    Dec 11, 2006
    Thanks for the comments. I ended up getting the '64 BFDR. My ears couldn't decide so I listened to my back and my wallet!
  17. Danocaster

    Danocaster Tele-Holic

    Nov 18, 2003
    i have a great '64 BFDR and a great '66 BFVR - if i HAD to choose, I'd take the Vibrolux

    but i would still cry at losing the deluxe:mad:
  18. Paul in Colorado

    Paul in Colorado Doctor of Teleocity

    Mar 17, 2003
    Fort Collins, CO
    Even though I own a BFDR, I'm going to say get the Vibrolux. A little more power, a little brighter if you need it. Two ten's and a Tele just go together in my mind.
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