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'66 Vibrolux Reverb

Discussion in 'Glowing Bottle Tube Amp Forum' started by AlbertaGriff, Jul 25, 2019.

  1. AlbertaGriff

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    Have a chance to buy a '66 Vibrolux Reverb for about $1900 usd ($2500 cad). Pretty great shape overall. Pretty original inside (I've checked) besides a mod to add reverb to the 'Normal' channel. Original Jensen C10NS speakers. Would need a cap job.

    I've recently sold some stuff, so have the money for it. There are cheaper amps around, too.

    Thoughts on this one?
     
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    From what I’ve seen vluxes going for, that sounds pretty good to me. Great amps. I think I’d be all over it if it was in good original shape, and it sounds like it is.
     
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    It's a bit high for what I would pay, but it doesn't seem too high for what the market will bear. In comparison to other amps from the same time period, not a lot of Vibrolux Reverbs were made. I was looking for a 64-70 Vibrolux for the past few months, but found a 68 Fender Pro Reverb for $850. It's one of the early one from Santa Ana that has the same blackface circuit that Pro Reverbs used from 65-67. It still has all of the Mallory blue caps in great shape. A Pro Reverb is basically the same amp as a Vibrolux except it has a pair of 12's, larger cabinet and a more robust power supply/transformer.

    A Vibrolux Reverb in conjunction with a Telecaster is definitely a dynamite combination. I can understand your desire.
     
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    BFVR is a great amp. Buy wisely...
     
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    By comparison, there is also a 'project amp' available nearby. It's a 1972 Vibrolux Reverb in fairly rough shape. Would need the cabinet recovered, likely new grill cloth, cap job, maybe tubes and speakers. It's going for $800 but I haven't heard it or seen it in person yet.

    The BF sounded really really good.
     
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    My favorite - price seems right for blackface. I'd do it if I was in the need/want category.
     
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    Duplicated....
     
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    The VR runs lower voltage than do the other 2x6L6 Fender reverb guitar amps. That is a big difference, ime. They are my favorite BF/SF Reverb amp. If the amp is truly all-original and sounds good, it would be hard to walk away....even if they did not accept whatever counteroffer I made. I might give that price if I wanted it.
     
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    I'm really leaning toward doing it. The way I see it, I sold a 77 Vibro Champ and will sell a Les Paul in order to fund it. I didn't use those two items much, but would use the Vibrolux... basically a 2 for 1 trade.
     
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    One of if not the best Fender BF/SF amps made... price seems right to me. My favorite amp is my 69 SFVR with Jensen C10NS speakers... BTW the speakers are very hard to find and to me some of the best from the era.

    If I had the funds I no doubt would be picking that amp up.... hope it works out for you..

    Share pics if you have them...
     
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    I only snapped a couple when checking it out.

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    OHman, that seems real clean. Do it.
     
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    That seems really clean to me.. you should see my 69, it's a mess compared to that one. That grill cloth seems almost to clean, possible replacement?
     
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    Cloth looks legit to me. If the amp had a cover it could totally be that clean.
     
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    FYI, you can tell if the grill cloth was replaced - if you don't see black staples it's probably been replaced as they used black staples. Anything new more than likely would have silver staples.
     
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    The grill cloth looks more aged in person, I believe it is original. The cab has a few dings in it, too, which the current owner coloured black with a sharpie. It definitely looks very clean in person, maybe not quite as clean as the pictures, haha.

    The current seller is the second owner, and a relative of the first owner, who bought it new in 66 or 67.

    I told the seller I would like to buy it, so hopefully I am not too late.
     
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    $1900 for a BFVR? I would seriously consider buying it. Are the transformers all original? That seems like a really good deal to me. Excellent condition Silverface DRs and VRs are starting to tick up in the $1100-$1400 USD range where I live. That amp is priced well below book value IMO.
     
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    Shhh.
     
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    At some point in the amp's history it's had Celestion or JBL speakers in it, hence the broken-off posts?
     
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    Interesting, I did not actually notice that missing post. I believe the speakers are original to the amp, but I do know the current owner has taken them out for photographing.
     
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