Reissue Amp! 40 Watt Combo Amplifier & A 15 Inch Speaker
The Fender Vibroverb may have the silliest name of any electric guitar amplifier you’ll encounter, but that doesn’t mean this amp is something to laugh at.
Maybe it means the Fender people were more interested in performance than marketing when they came up with it.
Or maybe it sounded better in 1963.
Maybe you don’t agree with those who think it sounds like a vibrating part of speech.
Is there a Vibronoun? A Vibroadjective?
Despite the unusual name, however, the Vibroverb has an important claim to fame.
Introduced in 1963 and discontinued after the 1964 model, it was the first Fender amp to offer on-board vibrato and reverb, effects that became standard on many Fender tube amps in the coming years.
The name starts to make at least a little sense now.
The 1963 Vibroverb was a 40-watt combo amp in brownface and covered in brown tolex.
In 1964, it got the same remodel as other amps in the Fender line and became a blackface.
While the original model had two 10-inch speakers, the 1964 Vibroverb had a single 15-inch speaker and different circuitry.
Both models have been brought back by Fender , and both reissues are now discontinued, too.
From 1990 to 1995, the company offered a ‘63 Vibroverb reissue.
A direct-coupled oscillator was used for the vibrato, something slightly different from the original, but it had the warm sound associated with the classic brownface Vibroverb.
Reviews for the ‘63 Vibrolux reissue came in favorable.
Released at $900, it is now only somewhat collectible, but it has been popular enough to inspire some other amp makers to try to make clones.
The ‘64 Vibroverb Custom came with a price tag of over $2,000, turning off many buyers.
Rather than trying to faithfully recreate the 1964 Vibroverb, Fender asked renowned amp modifier Cesar Diaz to fix up something close to the modified 1964 model that Stevie Ray Vaughn used.
The Custom Shop item came out in 2003 and was not produced after 2008.
In addition to a 15-inch Eminence speaker, this one features point-to-point wiring rather than a printed circuit board.
Only time will tell whether the Fender Vibroverb fades into history or comes around again.
With its short-lived original models long gone and even its reissues out of production, it could just fade away.
But a few players will always remember and covet the strangely-named Vibroverb.
If you’re willing to look around on eBay and shell out, you could be one of them.
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