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1964 Fender Vibroverb Pre-CBS Vintage Tube Amp 1x15 Collector Grade w/ Ftsw


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Up for sale, a 1964 Fender Vibroverb in near mint, collector-grade condition and in perfect working order. An extremely original and stunningly clean example of Fender's rarest and most desirable Blackface amp, the Vibroverb was only made in the Pre-CBS Fender era, lasting from late-1963 through '64.

Perhaps best known for its association with Stevie Ray Vaughan, the Vibroverb delivers 40 tube watts via a pair of 6L6 power tubes and the original CTS 15" ceramic magnet peaker. The tone is clear and powerful, with dynamic Fender cleans that sparkle and twang. The CTS speaker is up to the task of keeping things clean and tight, letting the light compression and velvety tube overdrive of the circuit be heard with stunning clarity. The Reverb has plenty of splash and dimension with a long decay, and the Vibrato (technically tremolo) has a strong, smooth pulse.

The circuit is extremely clean and stock, with all of the original Schumacher-made transformers intact dating between the 8th and 14th weeks of '64. Visible date codes on the Stackpole pots date to the 52nd week of '64. The preamp retains its full complement of original blue molded Ajax caps, a key ingredient of the sweet, musical sound of Fender's Blackface circuits. The power supply features a professional recap of the main filters with Sprague Atoms, cleanly sleeved inside the original Minimite wrappers and the smaller bypass caps in the preamp have been upgraded as well and also sleeved. The original two-prong gray power cable is still intact. The tubes consist of an ostensibly original vintage Mullard GZ34 rectifier, a pair of JAN/Phillips 6L6GC power tubes, and a host of mostly vintage preamp tubes from the likes of RCA.

The cabinet does not appear to have ever had a tube chart applied. The CTS speaker has been professionally reconed, and the black frame is extremely clean with a date on the ceramic magnet from the 9th week of 1964.

Cosmetically, this amp is an absolute stunner which has likely lived its life in the studio, due to the absence of any notable cosmetic wear. The stock smooth black tolex is exceedingly clean, and the original silver sparkle grillcloth is virtually unaged with plenty of sparkle in the thread. The original hardware is all intact and near mint, as is the faceplate with its full set of gleaming witch hat knobs

This is a collector-grade and well maintained vintage Fender Vibroverb, ideal for the stage, studio and discerning player!

The original two-button Reverb/Vibrato footswitch is included.