‘63 Vibroverb RI

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  1. gridlock

    gridlock Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I sold this about two years ago and got a chance to buy it back.

    It has the warmest tone, more than any vintage Fender amp that I’ve ever owned and maybe the best reverb and tremolo. Only sold it because I traded for another vintage Fender that is now gone and did not sound nearly as good.

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  2. drf64

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    nice to get one back now and then. enjoy!
     
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    I tried one once. They are quite rare.
     
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    Right on, enjoy.
     
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    Dang it!



    I've been looking for one of those..
     
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    It looks brand new, definite keeper.
     
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    They didn't sell well when they were first released, hard to believe. It was an amp made before the renewed interest in brown Fenders. I believe Fender should rerelease it, but it would probably be at a price point where most would balk.

    I totally agree about its successor. Lousy pretty much sums it up...
     
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  9. gridlock

    gridlock Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    If Fender ever made a tube-rectified and handwired version of this amp, I’d be all over it.

    Original vintage ‘63 Vibroverbs are going for crazy money $7K - $10K.
     
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    My dream amp.... If you should ever decide to sell it again... just sayin'....
     
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    I did the same thing....gave one up towards a vintage amp I wound up not totally bonding with....then I got the VV back later. Congrats....mine sees a lot of use.

    What speakers are in it?
     
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    I regret not buying one of these, but it was cosmetically trashed and priced too high for my taste.
     
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    The amp has an Eminence Legend and a Tone Tubby San Raphael inside.

    I have an Alessandro G10-SC64 that I want to install. I’m debating on which speaker to pull and replace with the Alessandro.

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    Probably pull the legend myself.

    Curious, what vintage amp did you part with over the vvri?
     
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    • Kind of my thought also, pull the Legend and replace with the Alessandro in the speaker swap.
    • It was a 1974 Fender Vibrolux Reverb. A nice amp but I think that the Vibroverb sounded better. I’ve always been a handwired amp snob, so I let the Vibroverb go. I could never get that VR to sound as good as it should have, probably the speakers. I’ve owned two BF and two SF Vibrolux Reverbs and I love them, but the VIbroverb just sounds different and warmer. I own a near mint 1965 Fender Deluxe Reverb that’s currently covering my vintage Fender amp need.
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    I tried a blackface’d 70’s vibrolux, it had two of the legends in. Made that amp super thin and bright. I was bummed because I was looking for a vintage vibrolux, but that one wasn’t it.
     
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    Sold this BF VIbrolux Reverb a few months ago and kept my Deluxe Reverb.

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    It's easy to change a Custom Vibrolux circuit to be the same as the Vibroverb RI.
     
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    This is why I may never sell my VVRi.... I think I would seriously regret it and pine away for it's loss.

    I've had mine for what 12 years now? It doesn't see as much play time as it used to... I'm playing through my Bassman Reissue, or my tweed Twin. At one point, I had a PRRi (with a V30 in it), a '69 Vibrolux Reverb and my VVRi. I still have the VVRi. I loved the Vibrolux Reverb, but I loved the VVRi a little better.

    The reverb and trem of the VVRi are spectacular, warm and lush. The trem, in a small bedroom, with the door closed, can almost make you seasick! LOL
     
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