Up for sale, a 1976 Fender Vibrolux Reverb, freshly serviced and in perfect working order, complete with the original two-button footswitch. With good reason, the Vibrolux is one of the most desirable Fender models for its ideal size and power, well-suited to both stage and studio applications. The amp delivers sparkling cut and muscle, and a surprising amount of headroom, cascading into lightly compressed tube overdrive when pushing towards 10 on the Volume dial. Offering 35 tube watts through the original Oxford 10L6 speaker pair, the Vibrolux is the perfect platform for getting the most out of a variety of guitars and stompboxes. Clean and sweet up til about 5 on the volume knob (with a perceived volume that's loud enough to keep up with an aggressive drummer), the Vibrolux has clear note attack and sweet tube rectifier sag, not to mention lush tube-driven Reverb and percussive Tremolo.
Fully serviced, the bias supply has been converted to Black Panel specifications, and all pots, switches, jacks and tube sockets have been thoroughly cleaned. The preamp is nearly 100% stock, retaining a full complement of original blue molded caps. All of the transformers are manufactured by Fender's primary transformer supplier in this era, Schumacher, dating between late 1975 and early 1976. All of the original CTS pots are intact too, with visible date codes from the 51st week of '75. The power supply retains the majority of its original (and still viable) Mallory capacitors, with one new cap sleeved in the original wrapper. The tube complement includes a bevy of vintage valves in the preamp and a properly biased pair of JJ 6L6 power tubes.
The Oxford 10L6 10" speakers are the original matched pair with black frames and foil stickers on the ceramic magnets, dating to the 35th week of '76. Remarkably, given the patina on the frames, both speakers retain their original cones which perform admirably. These speakers are the perfect pairing for the Vibrolux circuit, yielding a sweet high treble roll-off and plenty of clarity and midrange smoothness. The tube chart is intact as well.
The original smooth black tolex and silver sparkle grillcloth with orange stripe are intact, exhibiting wear on the enclosure edges in particular, and darkening of the grillcloth. The hardware shows notable surface patina on the original handle caps, chassis straps, corners, and sphinx glides (feet). The faceplate, in contrast, is particularly well-kept with a full complement of witch hat knobs.
The original two-button footswitch is included.